2017 NFL Draft Odds And Number Of Players Selected

Posted by Eric Williams on Tuesday,April 18, 2017 12:45, EST in

If you’re suffering from ‘pro football withdrawal’ and you just can’t wait until the start of the 2017 regular season, then you’re in luck!

With 2017 NFL draft less than a month away, NFL enthusiasts like you can now make NFL Draft odds wagers for the first time ever. Better yet, thanks to the 2017 NFL Draft analysis and expert picks that you’re about to get, you could add to your annual NFL betting bankroll in a big way by nailing one or more of these value-packed picks. Now, let’s get started.

2017 NFL Draft Odds And Early Betting Predictions

 

 

No. of SEC players selected in Round 1

Over 11.5 (EVEN)
Under 11.5 (-120)

Analysis: Starting with Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett and ending with Missouri hybrid linebacker/defensive end Charles Harris, I’m expecting a whopping 13 SEC players – and 12 minimum – to go in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Pick: Over 11.5 Players

Round 1 conference matchup

SEC players -5.5 (-110)
Pac-12 players +5.5 (-110)

Analysis: Stanford’s Solomon Hill and Christian McCaffery, along with Washington wideout John Ross, head up a group of what I believe will be five, Pac-12 players at most, to get drafted in the first round. Bet the SEC -5.5 layers to cover the spread here with room to spare!

Pick: SEC -5.5 Players

Round 1 conference matchup

SEC players -4.5 (-110)
Big Ten players +4.5 (-110)

Analysis: Ohio State safety Malik Hooker, Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton, Buckeyes cornerback Marshon Lattimore, Wisconsin tackle Ryan Ramczyk, Michigan State defensive lineman Malik McDowell, Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley and Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt, the younger brother of Houston Texans superstar J.J. Watt, all going in the first round, Still, that leaves the Big Ten at least five players shy of what I expect to be a minimum of 12 SEC players taken in the first round.

Pick: SEC -4.5 Players

Round 1 conference matchup

Pac-12 players +0.5 (+130)
Big Ten players -0.5 (-150)

Analysis: The Pac-12 is projected to have four players selected in the first round (Solomon Thomas, John Ross, Garrett Bolles and Takkarist McKinley) and no more than five, while seven Big Ten players will likely go in the draft’s opening round.

Pick: Big Ten -0.5 Players

More offensive or defensive players selected in Round 1

Offensive players +5.5 (-120)
Defensive players -5.5 (EVEN)
Doesn’t include: Kickers, punters, long snappers 

Analysis: This is going to be a fairly close wager, but in the end, I’ve got 19 defensive players going in the first round and 13 offensive players. Defensive players look like they’ll dominate the top third and bottom third of this year’s NFL Draft, but not enough to cover the 5.5-player spread.

Pick: Offensive Players +5.5

Round of first place-kicker taken

Rounds 1-3 +240
Rounds 4-7 -280
If no PK is selected, bet is a refund

Analysis: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round a year ago, but that marked the first time a kicker has been chosen in the first three rounds in 11 years. Only two kickers have been chosen in the first three rounds since 2001, but there is a strong sentiment that Arizona State’s Zane Gonzalez could go in the second or third round, especially seeing as how making extra points has now become an issue for so many kickers. Maybe it’s me, but I think Gonzalez looks special enough to warrant a third round pick by some kicking-starved franchise.

Pick: Rounds 1-3