With live sports on hold for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus outbreak, sports bettors have had to seek out alternative ways to wager their money.
For Bay Area fans, the NFL draft provides plenty of opportunities for those trying to increase their bank balance.
Here are some of the best prop bets, courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook, for fans to partake in during Thursday night’s first round:
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Alabama players taken in the first round: Under 5.5 (-135), Over 5.5 (+105)
The Raiders and 49ers both likely will have a say in this, as two former Crimson Tide pass-catchers in Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III headline one of the most loaded wide receiver classes in draft history. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has five Alabama products being selected in Round 1, while NBC Sports Bay Area’s Dalton Johnson and Josh Schrock have the same. Opting to bet the over here would mean you’d be wagering $100 to win $105, while the under requires wagering $135 to win $100.
First wide receiver drafted: CeeDee Lamb (-160), Jerry Jeudy (+145), Henry Ruggs III (+500)
Speaking of that loaded class of receivers, there has been relentless speculation about which of this year’s trio of elite prospects (Jeudy, Ruggs III, and Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb) will come off the board first. Our latest mock draft has Jeudy being that player at No. 10, but the oddsmakers seem to think a team might be trading up for Lamb.
Player to be drafted first: Justin Herbert (-900), Jordan Love (+600)
If fans are feeling especially gutsy Thursday night, this is one of the more intriguing yet unlikely bets. Although consensus seems to favor Herbert going in the top 10 while Love sits closer to 20, the general unknowns surrounding each team’s thought process and lack of typical draft groupthink could create chaos. If the Raiders, who've been linked to Love in multiple mock drafts, think someone above them might be eyeing him, they could trade up. Crazier scenarios have played out on draft day.
Will there be a running back drafted in the first round?: Yes (-150), No (+120)
The Raiders grabbed Josh Jacobs out of Tuscaloosa late in the first round a year ago, and the rookie went on to be one of the NFL's most productive tailbacks. But as the position becomes more and more devalued, the days of seeing multiple running backs coming off the board in round one seem to be behind us. NBC Sports Bay Area's latest mock doesn't have any being taken with the first 32 picks, but Wisconsin product Jonathan Taylor or Georgia workhorse DeAndre Swift might entice a team to take a flyer late on Thursday night.