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NFL Draft 2020 Betting: More offensive or defensive players drafted in Round 1?

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NFL Draft prop bets are keeping the betting market afloat in these scarce times. From individual player props to wagers pitting conference rivals against each other, to whether or not any cats will show up on players’ livestreams during the first round, you can bet on almost anything surrounding the 2020 NFL Draft.

While most bets will be resolved one way or another quite quickly, with the focus either at the top of the draft or only for a small section of picks, there’s one bet that will take the entire night to determine. How many offensive and defensive players will be taken in Round 1? More specifically, which side of the ball will have more first-round picks?

According to Bovada, the offensive side of the ball is the heavy favorite to have 17 or more players selected in the first round—Al Davis isn’t around to draft kicking specialists, so bettors shouldn’t factor that in at all. Those who believe more defensive players get taken can get almost a 2/1 return on their investment. Let’s dive into this further.

In my latest mock draft for Sports Illustrated, I have 15 offensive and 17 defensive players going in the opening round. A late run on defenders from picks 24-32 put the underdogs in his prop on top. In Kevin Hanson’s latest mock draft, he has an even 16-16 split between both sides of the ball, with three straight offensive players being taken to round out the night for a push. 

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