For better or for worse amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL draft is back in all of its usual glory. Thousands upon thousands of football fans will flock to a stage built along the shoreline of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, to watch a fully vaccinated Roger Goodell offer bro-hugs to drafted players and receive loud boos from an audience he admittedly missed during last year's virtual player selection process.
Arguably the best part of any draft for those watching at home or inside an establishment that accepts wagers are the prop bets that, fortunately, aren't linked with the coronavirus or hackers potentially disrupting a portion of the broadcast this time around. The NFL has provided glimpses of normalcy since September, and that trend thankfully continues Thursday night.
(All lines accurate on BetOnline.ag as of April 27)
Primary color of Marissa Mowry's dress: Green/Teal (+125), Orange (+150), Gold (+275), Black (+425)
Ms. Mowry recently tied the knot with a certain Clemson Tigers superstar quarterback named Trevor Lawrence, who, by all accounts, will be drafted first overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night. Logic suggests bettors will want to focus only on Jacksonville's color schemes here, but remember that Lawrence won't be in Cleveland when his name is called. Instead, he'll be watching the draft at Clemson, and that could make orange the safest choice among the four listed by BetOnline.
Who will Trevor Lawrence hug first: Wife (+125), Mom (+180), Dad (+200), Sibling (+800), Friend (+1600)
Don't overthink this one. Lawrence and just about everybody else knows he will be selected by Jacksonville first overall, meaning seats for that happy moment have likely been arranged ahead of time. We're not telling anybody what to do with their money, but we'd like to remind everyone: Happy wife, happy life.
Will Trevor Lawrence be wearing a tie: No (-135), Yes (-105)
A player who chooses to watch the draft from a residence or gathering rather than at the actual event does not immediately have to interact with the commissioner or media members, so he gets to rock a hoodie, sweatpants, or whatever else he wants.
Keep it comfy, QB1. You'll have plenty of time to wear a suit down the road.
Will Trevor Lawrence cry: No (-1000), Yes (+550)
This one could be worth a flier even though there's little drama about when Lawrence will be drafted. Becoming the first-overall selection of any class is a historic achievement on its own, and the right look or hug from a family member could be all that's needed to spark a tear or two.
Team's draft spot moved back due to missing pick: No (-2500), Yes (+800)
As Caleb Friedman once wrote for Sports Illustrated, NFL rules say: "If a team lets its time expire without making a choice, it can make a selection later — but it runs the risk of letting the next team on the clock take the player it was considering."
While these occurrences are quite rare, betting "no" here really isn't worth the potential reward. Go big or go home, and then hope that a general manager finds himself so flustered by a trade or a previous selection that he fails to get his pick in before the clock runs out.
Will Jimmy Garoppolo be traded during Round 1? No (-300), Yes (+200)
"I can’t guarantee that anybody in the world will be alive on Sunday, so I can’t guarantee who will be on our roster on Sunday," San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Monday when asked if current starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will be with the team through the draft's completion.
We're assuming San Francisco would've already shipped Jimmy G to a buyer if one existed as of draft week, and no reasonable team is giving up a first-round pick for Garoppolo by the end of Thursday night. Don't get hooked here.
Will Allen Robinson be traded during Round 1? No (-450), Yes (+275)
As Myles Simmons noted for Pro Football Talk, the Chicago Bears used the franchise tag to retain elite wide receiver Allen Robinson, and new starting QB Andy Dalton would probably like to have Robinson as a target next fall. The later the draft's opening round goes, the less likely it is such a trade will occur on Thursday.
Will the Bears draft a QB in Round 1? No (-300), Yes (+200)
As of Tuesday afternoon, none of four noteworthy CBS Sports analysts were linking the Bears with a quarterback in first-round mock drafts. Walter Football, meanwhile, predicts the Bears will bolster their offensive line. Chicago theoretically could trade up and go all-in on one of the top QB prospects, but odds are they would've done so by this point.