Sports bookmakers in Nevada this year are offering wagering on what players teams select at the NFL draft. This is the first time such proposition bets have been given the go-ahead by the gambling authorities in the state.
Some sports books do not seem overly enthusiastic about the new option. For example, Jay Kornegay of the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook said he might post a few of the 17 approved wagers after doing additional research into teams and players. He expressed scepticism about the likelihood of encompassing all possible moves and commented, “If a trade happens, it can happen at any time, which could change the entire draft. It could have a rippling effect.”
Others, like William Hill, are taking advantage of the proposition wagers. As of Friday morning, the sportsbook had already accepted 14 bets on the draft.
Gamblers will get to bet on the number of players drafted from a particular college in the first round and in the entire draft, as well as the conference with the largest number of players drafted.
The deadline for accepting bets is April 26.