Assuming you can do it legally, what better way to spice up the 1st Round of the 2011 NFL Draft tonight than with some prop bets, right? I mean, if it works for Super Bowl parties, why not the NFL Draft?
Best of all, unlike your average prop, most of these have been analyzed and discussed (albeit indirectly) by countless “Draft Experts” for months now — so you’ve actually got a wealth of supposedly reliable, predictive information to work with.
Let’s take a look at what’s arguably tonight’s marquee prop, for instance:
Cam Newton’s Draft Position: Over/Under 1.5 (+250/-400)
Or, in other words: Will Cam Newton go #1 Overall, or not?
Now, if you’re at all interested in this year’s NFL Draft, you’ve probably read no less than 10 articles in the past 72 hours on what the Carolina Panthers are gonna do with the #1 pick. The overwhelming consensus: They’re going to draft Cam Newton (but aren’t necessarily over the moon about it).
Carolina is certainly in an unenviable position. Newton, despite how high his ceiling may be, is still almost certainly somewhat of a project, at best. Gus Malzahn’s “One Read and Go” offense at Auburn — however misconstrued it may be — probably didn’t prepare Cam for the complexities of an NFL passing attack as much as it could, amongst other red flags .
It also appears the Panthers, in desperate need of QB help regardless, may not be able to find a viable trading partner for the #1 pick, and Newton — at -400 — is the clear favorite to be selected first overall (Marcell Dareus is the next favorite at a distant +300).
All that said, roll the dice on Newton Under 1.5, and — particularly if you’re a Panthers fan — make sure your fingers are firmly crossed….