Betting Tips and Prediction For Wagering On The NFL Combine 2019

The annual ‘Underwear Olympics,’ otherwise known as the NFL Combine, are about to get started in Indianapolis. Over 300 of college football’s best athletes will descend on the home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts to show NFL executives how fast they can run, how high and far they can jump, and how strong they are. 

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Coaches, executives, players, and analysts are quick to say that the tests that players are put through really don’t indicate how well a player can play football. But the Combine is something the NFL has done every year since 1982 and will likely continue doing for years to come.

Whether it is relevant to the game or not, it is something that generates a lot of attention among fans. As much as we like to see our favorite players play, we love to see how fast they are, too—and now we can bet on how fast we think they are.

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The Odds

BetOnline.ag has posted a lot of prop bets related to the 2019 NFL Combine:

  • Fastest 40-Yard Dash By Any Player—4.29 seconds

o    Over -120

o    Under -120

  • Highest Vertical Jump By Any Player—43.5 inches

o    Over -120

o    Under -120

  • Most Bench Presses By Any Player—40 reps at 225 lbs.

o    Over -120

o    Under -120

  • Position of Player to Record Fastest 40-Yard Dash

o    Defensive Back +100

o    Wide Receiver +125

o    Running Back +175

  • Kyler Murray Best 40 Time– 4.37 seconds

o    Over -200

o    Under +110

  • Bryce Love Best 40 Time—4.38 seconds

o    Over -120

o    Under -120

  • Trace McSorley Best 40 Time—4.65 seconds

o    Over +200

o    Under -120

  • D.K. Metcalf Best 40 Time—4.59 seconds

o    Over +300

o    Under -500

  • Dwayne Haskins Best 40 Time—4.71 seconds

o    Over -500

o    Under +200

The Prediction

There are so many factors that can go into how well a player is going to perform at the Combine. The best thing gamblers can do is try to make the most educated guess they can. How can they do that? By knowing a little history on the players (if available) and by studying Combine trends.

For example, when it comes to the 40-yard dash:

  • The fastest time ever was by wide receiver John Ross, 4.22 seconds, in 2017.
  • He broke the record set by Chris Johnson, 4.24 seconds, back in 2008.
  • Of the ten fastest 40 times: running backs turned in two of them, wide receivers four, and defensive backs the other four.
  • The top-ten all-time runs are all under 4.3 seconds.

When it comes to the fastest time since there have only been ten that were 4.29 or quicker, chances are the over will be a safe bet. There aren’t any guys with exceptional speed in this draft. As for what position runs the fastest time, it will likely be either a wide receiver or defensive back. But Bryce Love is projected to run well, so take a chance and go with a running back.

Other noteworthy trends and stats include:

  • Four players have recorded a vertical over 43.5 inches since 2010 (so go with the under)
  • Eight players have had more than 40 reps of 225 lbs. since 2010 (so, again, go with the under)
  • Only one quarterback has run under a 4.5 since 2010; 12 got under a 4.6.
  • Bryce Love ran a 4.3 in high school. But he’s coming back from ACL surgery (because of the surgery, go with the over).
  • At 230 lbs., a 4.59 might seem just right for DK Metcalf, but he has been clocked at a 4.46 (go with the under).
  • Dwayne Haskins and Trace McSorley are known for their quickness when they run but not their speed (go with the over for both).
  • Kyler Murray says he has run a 4.3 in the past (two or three years ago). With combine times usually about .05 slower, that puts him around 4.35. He says he is faster now, but what do we expect him to say? Go with the over.
  • DK Metcalf is huge; looking at him, you wouldn’t think of him as being fast—but he is a ball of muscle. So, yeah, he weighs more, but he can move. He has been clocked running a 4.46 (go with the under)

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