2015 NFL Mock Draft: An Oddsmakers Take

The first round of the 2015 NFL draft commences Thursday, April 30th at 8 p.m. ET as teams search for the best young talent from the college ranks. Although fans from across the country will be scouring the internet looking for mock draft predictions for their favorite team, there is a large segment of the population who believe that these mock drafts are typically inaccurate and offer limited insight.

Right now Florida State QB Jameis Winston seems to be the consensus for the number one overall pick, but things get murkier after that. Although Oregon QB Marcus Mariota seems like the front runner for the number two overall pick, it’s highly questionable whether the Titans will be keeping or trading this pick. In fact, the popular offshore sportsbook Bovada posted a prop bet regarding this very subject.

Mariota is -500 to be drafted with the second overall pick but just -110 to be drafted by the Titans. That’s because teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers are viewed as potential trade destinations with veteran QB’s like Sam Bradford and Philip Rivers conceivably being dealt to Tennessee along with additional draft pick compensation.

The table below compares the most recent 2015 NFL mock draft picks from Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and Peter King to these oddsmaker projections to see if there are any discrepancies.

Team (Pick) Oddsmakers Todd McShay (4/22) Mel Kiper (4/9) Peter King (4/28)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1) Jameis Winston Jameis Winston Jameis Winston Jameis Winston
Tennessee Titans (2) Marcus Mariota Marcus Mariota Marcus Mariota Marcus Mariota
Jacksonville Jaguars (3) Leonard Williams Dante Fowler Leonard Williams Amari Cooper
Oakland Raiders (4) Dante Fowler Amari Cooper Amari Cooper Leonard Williams
Washington Redskins (5) Amari Cooper Shane Ray Dante Fowler Dante Fowler
New York Jets (6) Brandon Scherff Todd Gurley Brandon Scherff Andrus Peat
Chicago Bears (7) Kevin White Leonard WIlliams Kevin White Bud Dupree

As you can see, there are a number of differing opinions once we get past the top two picks. The over/under on Florida DE/OLB Dante Fowler’s draft position is currently 3.5 with the over currently juiced up to -140. There’s another prop bet that lists USC DT Leonard Williams as a -120 favorite to be selected ahead of Fowler (-110). Although it’s only a slight lean, this was enough for us to slot Williams at 3 and Fowler at 4.

Another prop bet has the over/under for Alabama WR Amari Cooper’s draft position at 5.5 with the under currently being juiced up. Although ESPN’s tandem of Mel Kiper and Todd McShay project the Raiders to once again draft a wide receiver with the fourth pick, we believe Cooper will drop to Washington at 5. Between DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon the Redskins already have two highly capable receivers, but the team may want to surround RGIII with as much talent as possible before giving up on their supposed franchise quarterback.

Originally we felt that it was almost impossible to gauge what the New York Jets will do with the number six pick. All three draft experts have different players falling to New York and there have been rumors that the Jets are willing to trade up for Mariota or trade down to accrue additional draft picks. However, most experts agree that if the Jets stand pat, they will likely select an offensive lineman.

On Wednesday morning, BetOnline posted odds for the first player drafted at every position. The prop bet for offensive lineman can be viewed below:

  1. Brandon Scherff -205
  2. Andrus Peat +350
  3. La’el Collins +600
  4. Ereck Flowers +900
  5. DJ Humphries +1200
  6. TJ Clemmings +3300
  7. Cedric Ogbuehi +400

Although Peter Kings believes that Stanford OT Andrus Peat (+350) will be the Jets selection, we feel much more comfortable agreeing with Mel Kiper’s assessment on the pick.

The final pick that we feel comfortable projecting is the Chicago Bears selecting West Virginia WR Kevin White. After trading star receiver Brandon Marshall to the Jets, Chicago has a clear need for another pass catcher. White posted massive numbers last season for the Mountaineers (109 catches for 1,447 yards) and was incredibly impressive at the combine. The over/under on White’s draft position is currently 7 with the under juiced up to -140.

Other NFL Draft Props to Monitor:

  1. Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon: Draft Position O/U 22.5
  2. How many quarterbacks will be taken in the 1st round? O/U 2.5 (U-350)
  3. How many running backs will be taken in the 1st round? O/U 1.5 (O-550)
  4. How many wide receivers will be taken in the 1st round? O/U 5.5 (O-140
  5. How many offensive linemen will be taken in the 1st round? O/U 6 (O-125)
  6. How many defensive backs will be taken in the 1st round? O/U 6 (U-155)
  7. How many defensive linemen plus linebackers will be taken in the 1st round? O/U 10 (O-150)
  8. Which will be drafted first? Kicker -115 | Punter -115
  9. Mr. Irrelevant’s position: Offensive Player -115 | Defensive Player -115
  10. Number of 1st round picks by position: Defense -140 | Offense +110
  11. Will Adrian Peterson be drafted before the conclusion of the draft? Yes +200 | No -300

First Player Drafted by Position

Quarterback (4/29 vs. 4/30)

  1. Jameis Winston -1000 | -2500
  2. Marcus Mariota +800 | +800
  3. Field +1200 | +3300

Running Back (4/29 vs. 4/30)

  1. Todd Gurley -550 | -550
  2. Melvin Gordon +375 | +300
  3. Ameer Abdullah +2500 | +3300
  4. Tevin Coleman +2800 | +3300

Wide Receiver (4/29 vs. 4/30)

  1. Amari Cooper -280 | -800
  2. Kevin White +220 | +500
  3. DeVante Parker +2000 | +2800

Offensive Guard

  1. AJ Cann -130
  2. Laken Tomlinson +150
  3. Arie Kouandijo +1200
  4. Tre Jackson +1200

Defensive End (4/29 vs. 4/30)

  1. Leonard Williams -195 | -130
  2. Dante Fowler +145 | +100
  3. Randy Gregory +2000 | +2500

Inside Linebacker (4/29 vs. 4/30)

  1. Eric Kendricks -120 | -120
  2. Benardrick McKinney +250 | +500
  3. Denzel Perryman +500 | +150
  4. Stephone Anthony +500 | +500
  5. Ramik Wilson +2500 | +2500

Outside Linebacker (4/29 vs. 4/30)

  1. Vic Beasley -300 | -225
  2. Alvin Dupree +200 | +150
  3. Eli Harold +1400 | +2500
  4. Paul Dawson +1400 | +2500
  5. Shaq Thompson +1400 | +2500

Cornerback (4/29 vs. 4/30)

  1. Trae Waynes -600 | -800
  2. Byron Jones +600 | +750
  3. Marcus Peters +650 | +1000
  4. Kevin Johnson +1000 | +900
  5. Jalen Collins +1000 | +2000

We will continue to update this piece as the draft approaches and more prop bets are released. Have any questions for the staff at Sports Insights? Make sure to utilize our live chat or call us directly at 877-838-2853.

David Solar is the Content Manager at Sports Insights and can be reached directly at david@sportsinsights.com.

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David Solar has been the Content Manager at Sports Insights for over four years. He specializes in sports betting analytics and has created several popular data-driven betting systems. He can be reached directly at david@sportsinsights.com or on twitter at @TheDavidSolar.

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