The 2021 NFL draft is now just a week away. Next Thursday night, the Jacksonville Jaguars are on the clock to begin this year’s biggest offseason event.
The NFL draft is more than just an entertaining show. Thanks to the online sportsbooks in West Virginia, residents can wager on the draft in a variety of ways.
DraftKings WV recently released a bunch of specials for the draft. Besides betting on which player is the top pick, the online sportsbook provides plenty of other props and futures.
While the first couple of selections seem to be set, there still is more than enough excitement building. NFL fans love the draft, and with so many trades, any team can make a splash pick at any time.
As in recent years, only the first round will be conducted on the opening night. The second and third rounds continue on Friday, with the draft concluding on Saturday.
Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and BYU’s Zach Wilson are expected to be the first two players off the board. Currently, DraftKings lists Lawrence at -10000 and Wilson -5000 to go with the top picks.
That leaves the San Francisco 49ers’ third choice as the decision where things get interesting.
Let’s break down some of the best NFL draft markets available in the Mountain State.
DraftKings Sportsbook NFL draft odds
Today’s NFL game is completely based around the capabilities of the quarterback. It’s very difficult to have long-term success without a quality player under center.
That, along with the fact that the position demands the biggest salary commitment, makes finding a good rookie crucial. Since there are so many teams that need a QB, the beginning of the draft could be crazy with trades.
The 49ers already dealt for the third pick, but it’s possible the Falcons and Bengals could trade back, too.
All of this movement makes DraftKings’ prop of the first player taken who isn’t a quarterback very enticing.
Florida’s Kyle Pitts leads this group with odds of -121. Even though he’s a tight end, Pitts is receiving lots of praise leading up to the draft. He’s considered an amazing offensive weapon who features a rare combination of both size and speed.
A team looking for a receiving threat also has the option of several top wideouts. LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase has the second-best odds to be the first non-QB chosen, at +300.
Alabama’s DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle are projected first-round picks as well. They both feature +4000 odds to go after the quarterbacks.
Beyond receivers, there are two talented offensive linemen who could hear their names early. Oregon’s Penei Sewell is at +300, while Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater is shown at +800.
Those who think a team might draft someone on the defensive side of the ball have some very favorable odds.
Patrick Surtain II is one of the best corners in this field of players and is at +2000. Despite opting out of this past season, Penn State’s Micah Parsons is +2500 as the top linebacker.
This is a fun bet because there really isn’t a lock. Pitts is the favorite because he might be the most skilled player; however, it’s quite possible teams will go in a different direction.
Historically, tight ends are never selected too high, and those who need help in the trenches could go with a lineman instead. If you like one of the players listed for this prop, it could be worth a small value bet.
Draft position specials
DraftKings includes a specials section that has a lot of options. Here, you can wager on the draft position for a bunch of different players, ranging from early picks to second rounders.
A few notable odds are available on the online sportsbook:
- Over 11.5 (+105)
- Under 11.5 (-130)
- Over 33.5 (+100)
- Under 33.5 (-124)
- Over 5.5 (+125)
- Under 5.5 (-159)
- Over 4.5 (+150)
- Under 4.5 (-190)
Bettors can put action down on the total number of players taken at each position in the first round. Some of these show relatively even odds, but there are a few exceptions.
The longest odds available in this section are surprising based on the narrative for the opening picks in the draft.
The total number of quarterbacks is 5.5 in the first round, with the over’s odds at +390.
While it’s clear that only five players are projected to go on Thursday night, it would only take one more QB to sneak in for this to hit. With Mac Jones slated to go third, Fields and Trey Lance round out the top five.
DraftKings put Lance’s pick total the lowest among these guys at 6.5. This means that he’s likely to be gone by the 10th pick, leaving 22 more selections in the first round. That is a lot of time for another quarterback to go.
Even though the next tier of quarterbacks might be a step down, there are more than five franchises looking for a signal caller.
It’s very feasible that one of these teams could jump back into the back of the first and take the sixth QB.
DraftKings’ College Specials
A prop section that you won’t find at many other sportsbooks is DraftKings’ College Specials. The online sportsbook allows you to bet on how many players from a specific school or conference are taken on the opening night.
Right now, it shows the following:
Total ACC players
- Over 5.5 (+125)
- Under 5.5 (-159)
Total Big Ten players
- Over 6.5 (+100)
- Under 6.5 (-125)
Total SEC players
- Over 12.5 (+140)
- Under 12.5 (-177)
Total Alabama players
- Over 5.5 (-200)
- Under 5.5 (+155)