The NFL Scouting Combine is in full swing and what better way to ring in the festivities than to get some action in. Bizarre, you say? Try again. Although betting on the Scouting Combine seems a little strange, there is always value to be found. Below are the five best bets on the board, courtesy of Bovada.
Fastest 40 Yard Dash Time – Over/Under 4.32 seconds
Oh yes, the 40-yard dash, the combine’s premier event. Bovada set this mark at 4.32, which is one-hundreth of a second shy of 2012’s fastest time (Josh Robinson, Central Florida, 4.33). Only six players since 2008 have run faster 40 times than a 4.32. In 2008, East Carolina running back Chris Johnson set the record running a 4.24.
Fortunately in 2013, there are a few candidates who could clock sub-4.32 times including Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb, West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin and Texas receiver Marquise Goodwin.
The Bet: Under 4.32 -120
40 Yard Dash Time – Dee Milliner – Over/Under 4.45 seconds
Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner is likely a top-10 pick. He shutdown SEC wide receivers on a weekly occasion and played like an absolute superstar in the BCS Championship Game. Unfortunately, Milliner is reportedly set to undergo surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder after this week’s combine. The injury will not prevent Milliner from running in the 40-yard dash.
It’s a steep price at -140, but you’d have to think, running with a torn labrum could severely hinder his time.
The Bet: Over 4.45 -140
Most Bench Press Reps – Over/Under – 44
Only four players since 2006 have repped 225 pounds more than 42 times at the combine. It won’t happen this year, either. Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is an early favorite, but his lengthy arms could be a problem for his endurance past the 30-rep mark. Take the under, it’s where the smart money is.
The Bet: Under 44 -120
Vertical Leap – Cordarrelle Patterson – 40 ½
The vertical leap measures a prospects lower body explosion. The prospect must elevate himself from a standstill position and then smack the Vertec, which is the jump-testing device of choice for NFL scouts. Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson should show off his freaky athleticism this week and the vertical leap will be a gauge of his core strength. Feelin’ a little bold? Take the over.
The Bet: Over 40 ½ -120
Who will record a faster 40 Yard Dash? Geno Smith or Manti Te’o
This one is easy. There is a perception that Geno Smith is a dual-threat quarterback. Don’t be fooled. This week, Smith was compared to Rams quarterback Sam Bradford because of his pocket presence, on NFL.com.
On the other side, Manti Te’o has been criticized of his speed and just uses his keen instincts to get him in the right position. Well, that’s not true, either.
Scout.com has Te’o tabbed with a 4.55 40-yard time and if Te’o resembles any of that speed, this could be easy money.
The Bet: Manti Te’o -120