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2010 NFL Draft: Don’t be Surprised at these Surprises

April 21st, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on 2010 NFL Draft: Don’t be Surprised at these Surprises

Every single season, there are surprises that happen in the NFL Draft that just shock us all. Here at Bankroll Sports, we’re prognosticating about some of the potential surprises, and how you can cash in by betting on some of the props available to you at BoDog Sportsbook!

The Buffalo Bills are going to have their chance to grab Jimmy Clausen, but they’re going to pass… as will a ton of other teams: Now here’s a shocker! First of all, Clausen lasting all the way to #9 seems like a bit of a surprise, as the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, and Oakland Raiders are all potential prospects for Clausen as well. But it seems as though Buffalo is the likely destination for the Notre Dame quarterback, right? Think again. The Bills may see value in grabbing RB CJ Spiller or WR Dez Bryant just as much and take one of them off of the board. At that point, the free fall could be on. It doesn’t seem like that Jacksonville, Denver, or Miami are great candidates for Clausen. That’s when the fall could stop. San Francisco would love to see Clausen fall to it at pick #13, its first of two first round draft picks. You can grab that to happen at 5/2 at BoDog Sportsbook right now! You can also wager on him to slip past pick #9 as well at -110.

The prospects of getting a franchise left tackle may be enough for the Pittsburgh Steelers to trade Ben Roethlisberger: Sure, these rumblings have been going on for awhile now that Big Ben will be dealt for a first round draft pick, and though you may find that concept crazy, don’t discount the idea. Roethlisberger has definitely fallen out of favor in Pittsburgh, and with the way that the Steelers play football, many in Steel Town feel as though backup QB Charlie Batch could lead the team to wins just as easily as Roethlisberger could. Are you paying attention Buffalo? What about you, Jacksonville? The blockbuster very well could happen, and if it does, expect to see the Steelers try to grab a left tackle to sure up an offensive line that was woeful at times in 2009.

After Sooners go #1 and #2, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to get the best player in this draft at pick #3: If the St. Louis Rams did this right, they’d draft Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh with the #1 overall pick in the draft. But they won’t… They’ll grab Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford. That would make the Detroit Lions foolish to pass on him. But really, they’re the Detroit Lions… For whatever reason, they seem to prefer Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy. If that’s the case, the Bucs should be running up to the podium with their selection right after Commissioner Roger Goodell start to utter “Ger-“. By all accounts, Suh was accepted as the top player in this draft after the Big XII Championship Game when he totally dominated a solid offensive line of Texas. Suh is a huge force in the middle of a defense, and he will anchor Tampa Bay for years to come at that position, where DT Warren Sapp made a living. Regardless of what else happens in this draft, if the Bucs end up with Suh, they’re going to be thrilled with their findings.

Tim Tebow Will be Drafted in the First Round: Ok, so maybe this isn’t that much of a surprise to all of you, but Tebow is a proven winner and he brings a ton of versatility to the table to the right team. There are a number of teams that have shown a tad bit of interest in the Florida Gator, but no one is ready to commit to him, particularly as the team’s top draft pick quite yet. Still, we think that the New England Patriots may be willing to take a flier on him at pick #22. If not then, at some point, someone is going to become enamored with the idea of having an arm and legs that strong on their team and will snare him before Thursday is complete. You can bet on Tebow to go in the first 29 picks right now at even money at BoDog Sportsbook.

2010 NFL Draft: Top 10 Quarterbacks

April 20th, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on 2010 NFL Draft: Top 10 Quarterbacks
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The quarterback position has always been the make or break position for teams in the NFL. There aren’t a slew of signal callers that are most likely guys that are going to lead franchises to Super Bowls, but here at Bankroll Sports, we’re breaking down the top ten QBs available and projecting what teams that they might be suitable for.

1: Sam Bradford, Oklahoma Sooners: By all accounts, Bradford is most likely going to be one of the first names that you hear come off the board. The only question that surrounds him is whether or not he is able to stay healthy after suffering a pair of shoulder injuries at Oklahoma. We expect to see the St. Louis Rams take him with the top pick and make him the franchise’s QB for years to come.

2: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Clausen could find himself being draft in the Top 5, but one must also remember that his predecessor at Notre Dame, Brady Quinn was once thought to be a Top 5 pick as well, and he ended up slipping all the way to pick #22. Things probably won’t be that bad for Clausen, but a drop out of the Top 10 is possible. Don’t be shocked if he’s playing in Buffalo next season with the Bills.

3: Colt McCoy, Texas Longhorns: If you’re looking for a guy who is just a proven winner, McCoy is your man. The Texas gunslinger had the most wins in the history of the Longhorns, which is saying something considering the fact that some guy named Vince Young started there for three seasons. There’s a chance that he could be drafted in the back end of the first round either via a trade from the top of Round 2 or by a team that is banking on the future, but don’t expect to see him suiting up too much in his first year in the pros. Perhaps the Washington Redskins could nab him as a project pick at the front end of Round 2.

4: Tim Tebow, Florida Gators: It’s anyone’s guess where Tebow is going to go in this year’s draft. We know he’s a winner and we know he can run Florida’s offense like none other, but he’s not a prototypical quarterback and rarely took snaps under center. Still, the Jacksonville Jaguars seem likely to snare him somewhere to try to boost ticket sales for a struggling franchise.

The rest of these quarterbacks are going to be mid to late round picks. If you’re looking for teams that may be in the market for these QBs in addition to the ones that are listed above, consider the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, and Denver Broncos as legitimate options.

5: John Skelton, Fordham Rams: The Baltimore Ravens hitting a home run with Delaware QB Joe Flacco is going to make Skelton an interesting project pick for someone in the late rounds. At 6’5″, there’s no doubt that Skelton is built like a legitimate NFL quarterback, but his lack of competition is always going to be scary. Someone may pull him off the board at the end of Round 3, but most likely, he’s slipping to Round 4.

6: Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan Chippewas: The Chippewas just aren’t going to be the same without LeFevour under center as he has been for the past four years. He’s a duel threat, having rushed for over 3,000 yards in his collegiate career. This is a great project pick for a team that is looking for a Wildcat quarterbacks, so LeFevour should hear his name called by Round 4.

7: Jarrett Brown, West Virginia Mountaineers: If Pat White made it in the NFL, Brown will probably get drafted at some point as well. His 40 time was an impressive 4.54, making him a Wildcat threat as well. A team that uses a lot of creative offensive sets would love to add Brown to the arsenal, especially since he could also be used as a wide receiver if need be. He may be a fourth round pick as well.

8: Jevan Snead, Mississippi Rebels: For whatever reason, Snead decided to forgo his senior season at Ole Miss and enter the draft. Many thought that he’d be a first round pick at this time a year ago, but now, he’ll be lucky to go in Round 5.

9: Tony Pike, Cincinnati Bearcats: Pike has a strong arm and a big upside, but his lack of time under center at Cincinnati is going to scare off a lot of NFL GMs. Still, he led a solid Cincinnati team to last year’s Sugar Bowl with a perfect record before getting whooped by UF, and he’ll get drafted most likely at some point in Round 5 or 6.

10: Max Hall, BYU Cougars: Just having the name “BYU” next to your name means that you know how to throw the football. The downside for Hall is that he is already going to be 25 years old by the start of next season, and he still needs some seasoning to be a legitimate NFL quarterback, even as a backup. Still, he’ll get drafted and could make an impact on someone’s roster in a few years.

NFL Betting: 2010 NFL Draft Props by Position (4/19)

April 19th, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on NFL Betting: 2010 NFL Draft Props by Position (4/19)

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NFL Draft betting action kicked off this morning at BoDog Sportsbook, as a plethora of props opened up for us to pick apart. Here’s a few that we’re focusing in on for Thursday night’s first round!

Prop Bet #1: How many running backs will be drafted in Round 1?: Taking the over 1.5 at -350 odds seems like an absolute slam dunk, but maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to react this way. Sure, Clemson RB CJ Spiller is going to go at some point during the first round. However, beyond him, there really aren’t a ton of running backs that just scream first round talent. Unless someone is reaching, grabbing a guy like Fresno State’s Ryan Mathews isn’t going to be likely until the 20s. Yes, Cal’s Jahvid Best could also be a possibility, as could Auburn’s Ben Tate or Georgia Tech’s Jonathan Dwyer for real reaches. The Houston Texans at #20 could come out and draft a running back, and they could also do so by trading back into the back end of the first round as well. Aside from that though, perhaps Philadelphia could use some running back depth, as could Arizona at #26 or San Diego at #28. Though the prospects are good for another back to be taken, it’s probably worth the stab at the long price that Houston goes with a safety or a corner and everyone else in the draft decides to go with either linemen or defense.

Selection: Under 1.5 running backs drafted in Round 1 +275 at BoDog Sportsbook

Prop Bet #2: How many wide receivers & tight ends will be drafted in Round 1?: This may not be a slam dunk of a prop either, but it really may look like it when the round is said and done. Someone at some point is going to take Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant in Round 1, and whomever that is will probably get themselves a steal, particularly if he lasts into the late teens or early 20s. Though there aren’t a lot of teams out there that are guaranteed to draft offense, there are some other fantastic playmakers that are going to be available at the back end of this round as well. Look for TE Jermaine Grisham to hear his name called in the 20s, which could set the stage for a guy like Notre Dame’s Golden Tate, Illinois’ Arrelious Benn or Georgia Tech’s Demaryius Thomas to fill out our allotment of pass catching options to cash a winning ticket for us.

Selection: Over 2.5 wide receivers & tight ends drafted in Round 1 -115 at BoDog Sportsbook

Prop Bet #3: How many offensive linemen will be drafted in Round 1?: Let’s just throw some names out there of absolute sure fire first round locks for the hogs up front. Oklahoma State’s Russell Okung, Iowa’s Bryan Bulaga, Oklahoma’s Trent Williams, and Maryland’s Bruce Campbell are probably all coming off the board in the first ten selections. It seems likely that Rutgers’ Anthony Davis and Florida’s Maurkice Pouncey will also be picked amongst the first 32. Beyond that six, USC’s Charles Brown, Idaho’s Mike Iupati, and Indiana’s Rodger Saffold are all possibilities. So basically what we’re asking for with this prop is to see the six should be first rounders go, and then just one more. It is becoming more and more trendy to spend first round picks on offensive linemen, and we expect that to continue with at least seven selected in Round 1.

Selection: Over 6.5 offensive linemen drafted in Round 1 -240 at BoDog Sportsbook

Be sure to keep it tuned to Bankroll Sports for all of our coverage of the 2010 NFL Draft!