The great thing about gambling is that you can bet on just about anything, and that definitely holds true when it comes to the 2020 NFL Combine taking place in Indianapolis, IN from Sunday, February 23 through Monday, March 2.
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 – Top 5 Prop Bets), and here we cover the ten prop bets for specific players who are expected to shine during this week of workouts.
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.
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.
D’Andre Swift is just as his name suggests – a fast running back who carried the ball 195 times last season for 1,216 yards and 7 touchdowns while also catching 24 balls for 216 yards and another touchdown.
Swift, one of many skilled backs to emerge out of Georgia, is predicted to be a Year 1 quality starter in the NFL and is said to possess “the play traits and running style of a skillful NFL veteran” due to his compact build and strong lower body.
Watch for Swift in the 40-yard dash and on the Bench Press at the NFL combine, he’s expected to be impressive.
For more 40-yard dash prop bets check out also our latest video on the best prop bets around the NFL Combine.
Jalen Hurts is the 6’ 2”, 225-pound quarterback who, after playing for Alabama for three seasons, lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa so he transferred to Oklahoma and took them to a Big 12 Championship and a spot in the College Football Playoffs.
For Oklahoma, Hurts completed 237-of-340 passes last season for 3,851 total yards and 32 touchdowns with just 8 interceptions for a completion percentage of almost 70 and a quarterback rating of 191.2.
However, the Sooners’ got blown out in the College Football Playoffs by the eventual champions, the LSU Tigers, and that damaged Hurts’ stock as a potential draft pick, so expect him to show up to the NFL Combine and put on an impressive demonstration in order to reignite the excitement over him.
Justin Jefferson is a 6’ 2”, 193-pound wide receiver who helped his team win the 2020 National Championship Game after a regular season where he led the country with 111 receptions, with the second-most receiving touchdowns in America with 18 and the third most total receiving yards with 1,540.
Jefferson is considered a boom or bust NFL prospect, mostly because of his inability to create separation in passing situations, but his powerful initial burst off the snap and ability to make quick cuts and still catch the ball make him a desirable dual threat out of the backfield.
With his speed and great hands, expect Jefferson to impress in the 40-yard dash and during the receiving drills at the upcoming combine, predicted to be a late first-round, an early second-round pick in the NFL draft.
Jerry Jeudy is a 6’ 1”, 192-pound wide receiver out of Alabama who became the MVP of the 2020 Citrus Bowl with six receptions for 204 yards and a touchdown in the Crimson Tide’s win over Michigan.
Jeudy, who scored 24 touchdowns over his last 28 games with Alabama, is predicted to be a Year 1 Quality starter in the NFL, his incredible speed a constant issue for opposing corners and safeties, as is his ability to evade and slip out of tackles in the open field.
A reputation as a ball dropper should have Jeudy stepping up in the receiving drills of the combine, and if he does well is talented enough to be an early first-round draft pick but is expected to be selected somewhere in the latter part of the first round because teams in front have more pressing needs than a receiver.
JK Dobbins is the 5’ 10”, 217-pound running back out of Ohio State who finished sixth place in the Heisman Trophy voting last season and who was named First Team All-Big Ten and First Team All-American as an All-Purpose player by the Football Writers Association of America.
In his final season at OSU, Dobbins carried the ball a whopping 301 times for over 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns on top of catching 23 passes for 247 yards and 2 more touchdowns, proving he can become a dual-threat, three-down running back in the NFL.
Assuming a decent showing at the combine regarding speed, strength, and maneuverability, Dobbins is predicted to be a late first-round pick by a team like the Kansas City Chiefs, who could use a young pair of legs and hands in their backfield.
Joe Burrow is the 6’ 4”, 216-pound quarterback who took his LSU Tigers to a 2020 National Championship Game victory after a regular season where he completed 402 passes for 5,671 total yards and an incredible 60 touchdowns for a quarterback rating of 202.0.
Burrow is expected to be the first overall pick, which would mean he would go to the Cincinnati Bengals, and though he has been quoted as saying he will go to whichever team drafts him, some fans and experts have speculated that he could pull an “Eli Manning” and refuse the selection.
As a prospect, Burrow is predicted to be a potential Pro Bowl Talent, but don’t expect him to do too much showing off at the NFL Combine since he cannot improve his draft position at this point and can only hurt it if for whatever reason he fails to impress.
CeeDee Lamb is the 6’ 2.5”, 195-pound wide receiver who caught 62 balls for the Oklahoma Sooners last season for 1,327 total yards and 14 touchdowns on top of running the ball 9 times for 20 yards and another touchdown.
Said to be (arguably) the best receiver in this draft, Lamb is expected to go somewhere in the first round, though where exactly depends on the needs of teams with earlier picks, with wide receiver not seeming to be one of the more pressing positions for any of them at this point.
Lamb is a smooth route runner who can find the open field and is predicted to be somewhere between a Year 1 Quality NFL Starter and a Pro Bowl Talent, but either way expect him to put on a show at the combine during the receiver drills.
Jonathan Taylor is the 5’ 11”, 214-pound running back who was a unanimous first-team All-American the last two seasons he was a Wisconsin Badger as well as a 2× Big Ten Running Back of the Year in both of those seasons.
Taylor ranked second in Wisconsin school history for his 6,174 total rushing yards over three seasons, and no college player has ever rushed for more yards in his junior season than Taylor did, with 2,194 total yards on the ground and 21 touchdowns, as well as 26 catches for 252 yards and 5 more touchdowns.
Predicted to go somewhere late in the first or early in the second round of the upcoming NFL draft, Taylor is considered a potential boom or bust prospect who could be an NFL starter in the next couple of years, so expect him to put up impressive numbers at the combine.
Justin Herbert is the 6’ 6”, 237-pound quarterback who became the offensive MVP in the Rose Bowl when his 12-2 Ducks beat the Wisconsin Badgers 28-27, bringing Oregon’s lifetime record at that event to .500 at 4-4.
Predicted to be a boom or bust prospect who could be an NFL starter in the next couple of years, Herbert is the perfect size for an NFL quarterback and his experience in pro passing concepts means he could play sooner rather than later for a team that needs him.
In his last four games under center for Oregon, Herbert was disappointing as a passer, so expect him to fully participate in the NFL combine passing drills in order to re-establish himself as a legitimate first-round draft pick.
Chase Young is the 6’ 5”, 265-pound defensive end who played three seasons at Ohio State and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting behind three quarterbacks and who would be the number one overall pick if the Cincinnati Bengals didn’t so desperately need a quarterback.
Predicted to be a Perennial NFL Pro Bowler, Young will most likely get selected second in the draft by the Washington Redskins, unless they suddenly decide to let another team trade up to the second slot in exchange for lots of other picks and goodies.
Over his three years at OSU, Young averaged 10 sacks per season (he had 16.5 of them last year) with 68 total tackles (31 of those for a loss) and 8 forced fumbles, so expect him to be an instant starter with big numbers and a lot of fun to watch on Washington’s defensive line.
With prop bets, you can gamble on the results of each event, or you can bet on individual player performances.
Below are the 40-yard dash prop bets and the associated odds for our ten selected players, most of whom are expected to do well.
The odds for the individual prop bets will be updated as soon as they are made available by the sportsbooks. Let us know what are some of your propositions in the comments section.
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