The great thing about gambling is that you can bet on just about anything, and that definitely holds true when it comes to the 2019 NFL Combine taking place in Indianapolis, IN from Tuesday, February 26 through Monday, March 4.
With the more relaxed rules on NFL wagering now in place in the United States, it’s possible to legally bet on all things football these days, and the combine is no exception.
We already covered the proposition bets, or prop bets for the top-five combine events (see: NFL Combine Workout 2019 - Top 5 Prop Bets & Odds), and here we cover the ten prop bets for specific players who are expected to shine during this week of workouts.
What is the NFL combine?
For those new to the NFL offseason, at the end of every February in Indianapolis, IN at Lucas Oil Stadium, the best college football players are invited to perform physical and mental tests in front of NFL coaches, GMs, and scouts.
It’s called the Combine, and it takes place before the NFL draft in order to give the decision makers a chance to see more of what potential draft picks can do and an opportunity to meet with some of their favorite players to determine their football IQ and general on and off-field demeanor.
Up until 1982, NFL teams would have to schedule individual meetings to make that happen, but then Tex Schramm, the president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys from 1960 to 1989, had the idea to centralize the evaluation process to make it easier on everyone.
Named the National Invitation Camp (NIC) at first in 1982, the event was changed to the NFL Scouting Combine in 1985 once the various divided scouting camps agreed to a somewhat complicated merge.
Which college players receive invitations to the combine?
In simple terms, only the best college football athletes get invited to the NFL combine, and it is essential that they have declared themselves eligible for the NFL draft.
To get an invitation, a college athlete must receive what’s called ‘supermajority’ support from the selection committee as opposed to just over half.
The average number of athletes invited to the NFL Combine each year is 330.
Who are some exciting players to watch this year?
Nick Bosa, defensive end, Ohio State Buckeyes
Many football experts have predicted the 6-foot-4, 263 pound Nick Bosa to be the number one overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, which at this point would mean playing for the Arizona Cardinals.
The younger brother of Pro Bowl defensive end Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers, 21-year-old Nick sat out most of the 2018 season, his junior year, after undergoing core muscle surgery in September, and decided to forego his senior year and enter the 2019 NFL draft.
In 30 games, Bosa had 17 sacks, 77 combine tackles (29 for loss), two forced fumbles with a touchdown and two passes defended.
Dwayne Haskins, quarterback, Ohio State Buckeyes
Heisman trophy finalist Dwayne Haskins, the 6-foot-3, 218-pound quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes, was a 2019 Rose Bowl Champion and the game’s MVP.
Now 21-years old, Haskins, a two-time Big Ten Champion and the 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year, is predicted to be selected sixth in the first round of the NFL draft by the New York Giants to begin the team’s shift from veteran Eli Manning.
In 22 games, Haskins completed 413-of-590 for 5,396 yards and 54 touchdowns with just 9 interceptions while running 109 times for 194 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Kyler Murray, quarterback, Oklahoma Sooners
We already wrote about this exceptional young man in our article Kyler Murray NFL Draft 2019: Odds and Predictions, a rare two-sport athlete who was drafted by the Oakland Athletics his junior year but who has decided to give the NFL a try.
The undersized 21-year-old is just 5-foot-10 and 206 pounds, yet Murray was the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner and the 2018 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.
In 2018, dual-threat Murray completed 260-of-377 for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns with just 7 interceptions while running 140 times for 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Quinnen Williams, defensive tackle, Alabama Crimson Tide
Quinnen Williams, the 21-year-old All-American defensive tackle, is an Outland Trophy winner who is expected to be the second overall pick in the 2019 draft.
Williams, whose Crimson Tide won the 2018 National Championship Game but lost it in 2019, had just completed his sophomore season before announcing he would forego his final two college years and declare himself eligible for the 2019 draft.
In his two seasons with Alabama, Williams had 10 sacks, 91 combined tackles (26 for loss) and a pass defended.
Josh Allen, linebacker, Kentucky Wildcats
21-year-old Josh Allen is a linebacker who played for the Kentucky Wildcats and was a unanimous All-American and First Team All-SEC in 2018.
A strong pass rusher with a national-best 93.5 pass-rush grade, Allen is expected to be the third overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, which would mean he could become a New York Jet.
In four seasons, Allen had 220 total tackles (42 for loss), 31.5 sacks, an interception, 11 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and eight passes defended.
Greedy Williams, cornerback LSU Tigers
Williams, whose actual first name is Andraez, is a 21-year-old cornerback who just completed his sophomore year with the LSU Tigers and as a freshman led the SEC in interceptions and passes defended.
Williams, at 6-foot-3 and 184-pounds, was a consensus All-American and First-team All-SEC last season and is predicted to go to the Denver Broncos as the tenth pick in the NFL draft.
In two seasons, Williams had 8 interceptions, 19 passes defended and 71 total tackles.
Montez Sweat, defensive end, Mississippi State Bulldogs
After becoming the 24th best junior college recruit in 2017, Sweat committed to Mississippi State and in his freshman year registered 10.5 sacks.
The 6-foot-6, 252-pound giant as selected First-Team All-American and First-Team All-SEC in 2018 and is predicted to go to the Green Bay Packers as the 12th pick of the 2019 NFL draft.
In his two seasons with the Bulldogs, Sweat had 101 total tackles (30 for loss), 22.5 sacks, a fumble recovery, and a forced fumble.
Hunter Renfrow, wide receiver/punt returner, Clemson University Tigers
Hunter Renfrow is a big-time player whose Tigers won in the 2029 National Championship Game, Renfrow’s third CFP championship game appearance.
Renfrow, 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, won the Burlsworth Trophy in 2018, an award given to the college player who began his career as a walk-on, is projected to be selected in the fourth-round range.
In his four seasons at Clemson, Renfrow caught 186 balls for 2,133 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 11.5 yards per catch.
Trace McSorley, quarterback, Penn State Nittany Lions
Though the 6-foot-1, 2015 pound Trace McSorley is said to be one of college football’s most electrifying and consistent players, it’s anyone’s guess if that will translate in the NFL
McSorley has set eight Penn State records, including passing yards in a single season (3,614) and career passing touchdowns (77).
In his four seasons with the Nittany Lions, McSorley threw for 9,899 yards and 77 touchdowns with 25 interceptions while running 473 times for 1,697 yards and 30 touchdowns.
D.K. Metcalf, wide receiver, Ole Miss Rebels
Considered to be a physically dominant wide receiver, the 6-foot-5, 237-pound D.K. Metcalf is just 21-years old and after his sophomore season (last year) declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Metcalf only played in 7 games last season after injuring his neck against Arkansas and ending his season.
In three seasons (but just 21 games), Metcalf caught 67 balls for 1,228 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 18.3 yards per catch.
What are these players’ individual NFL Combine prop bets?
With prop bets, you can gamble on the results of each event, or you can bet on individual player performances.
Below are the prop bets and the associated odds for our ten selected players, most of whom are expected to do well in the 40-yard dash while a few are expected to excel in the vertical leap and even fewer at the bench press.
The only player who currently has odds placed on his body measurements is Kyler Murray since his small size is the main factor NFL experts have been questioning about him.
40-Yard Dash Time:
Bench Press Reps – 225 pounds:
Vertical Jump from a standstill:
- measured height
- measured hand size
Over 9 1/8"
Under 9 1/8"