2015 NFL Draft Prop Bets: Part II

2015 NFL Draft Prop Bets: Part II

Much of the appeal of the NFL Draft is the rampant and neverending speculation unleashed upon the football viewing public by talking heads during the lead-up to the actual event. Mock drafts are literally being spit out on the hour by anyone with a keyboard and scant knowledge of college prospect evaluation. Every spotlight NFL pundit from Peter King to Mel Kiper is pontificating about which teams should select which players. The best part of this glut of hype is very few of these so-called experts knows a damn thing about running a draft, let alone the types of players best suited to fit into a franchise’s unique culture. Nevertheless, the fun is prepping the dinner, not eating it. With this in mind, here are some more Draft-related prop bets to ponder, sans Winston and Mariota.

Which TE will be drafted first?

Maxx Williams           -200

Devin Funchess          +140

Clive Walford            +900

Nick O’Leary             +6600

This is a less than inspiring tight end class, especially if Funchess, who some personnel gurus project as a wide receiver, is removed from the equation. Williams has the size, athleticism, and playmaking skills teams covet. O’Leary was productive with Winston under center, but he’s not fast or a particularly good blocker.

Which OT will be drafted first?

Brandon Scheriff           -175

Andrus Peat                +300

La’el Collins              +550

Ereck Flowers               +900

Peat has been gaining steam lately, but barring an unforeseen Jets-like blunder, Scheriff will be taken first and likely before pick 10. Collins is a mauler with position versatility, although his possible connection to a shooting death last week isn’t doing him any favors.

Which OLB will be drafted first?

Vic Beasley               -500

Alvin Dupree              +333

Shaq Thompson           +1200

Paul Dawson               +1400

Kind of a no-brainer here. Beasley could be the first non signal caller selected, meaning he won’t last past pick 5. Now, not listing Dante Fowler Jr. as an OLB makes Beasley the clear-cut frontrunner at the position, even though Fowler is considered by some teams as a natural 3-4 pass rusher. Buyer beware: Both Gaines Adams and Da’Quan Bowers were monumental busts coming out of Clemson, so history isn’t on Beasley’s side.

Which WR will be drafted first?

Amari Cooper             -112

Kevin White               +155

DeVante Parker           +1200

Breshad Perriman        +3500

Similar to 2014, when Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans were battling to be the first WR off the board. Cooper is more polished, but White fits the mold of the modern day wideout — big, strong, and blazing fast. The Jaguars at 3 and Raiders at 4 should consider both players as possible candidates. Perriman is a poor man’s White, but he’s rising quickly up the charts.

Which will Mr. Irrelevant Be?

Offensive Player           -105

Defensive Player           -105

Specialist                  +900

The last specialist to be pegged last in the Draft was kicker Ryan Succop in 2009. Succop has been ironically anything but irrelevant since entering the pros. He was a member of the All-Rookie team, and holds the Chiefs record for field goals made in one game with 6. For what it’s worth, five offensive players and four defensive players have landed in this spot in the last decade.