NFL Scouting Combine Betting Tips

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It’s been more than two weeks since you cashed in on your Super Bowl LVIII bets, and it’s going to be another two months before you can cash in on your NFL Draft bets. But not to worry. The workouts for the NFL Scouting Combine begin on Thursday, and NFL online sportsbooks are here to satiate your football betting needs.

40-Yard Dash

The NFL Combine record in the 40-yard dash is 4.22 seconds, and you can get +425 odds on someone running a faster time. Wide receiver John Ross set the record in 2017, and used that record time to get drafted ninth overall by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Look for Oregon State wide receiver Anthony Gould, Michigan wide receiver Roman Wilson, Oregon wide receiver Troy Franklin, and Texas Tech safety Tyler Owens to challenge the record, but ultimately fall short.

20-Yard Shuttle

The 20-yard shuttle record at the Combine was set by Iowa wide receiver Kevin Kasper in 2001. His time of 3.73 isn’t expected to be approached by anyone in this draft class, and Iowa online sportsbooks have set the over/under on the fastest time at 3.89 seconds.

Of players currently in the NFL, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Brandin Cooks was the fastest at 3.81.

Bench Press

It was 25 years ago that Eastern Kentucky defensive tackle Justin Ernest put on a show and completed 51 reps of 225 pounds. Stephen Paea came close to matching him in 2011 with 49 reps, and he was able to turn that showing into a second-round selection by the Chicago Bears. Because he was drafted and played in the NFL and Ernest never did, that gives Paea the official record. However, Ernest’s effort is legendary, and it’s the mark everyone wants to beat.

Last year’s winner with 34 reps was Michigan defensive tackle Mazi Smith, and Michigan online sportsbooks have set the line for this year’s winner at 38.5 reps. Under 38.5 is a -130 favorite. Over 38.5 is paying even money.

Vertical Jump

The NFL Scouting Combine record for the vertical jump is 46.0 inches, set by safety Gerald Sensabaugh in 2005. From there, he went on to play for eight seasons in the NFL. Linebacker Cameron Wake has the second-highest vertical jump in combine history at 45.5, and he made the NFL Pro Bowl five times.

A high jump in Indianapolis often leads to a good pro career, and the over/under for this year’s vertical jump winner was set at 44.25 inches by Indiana online sportsbooks. Only eight times in history has someone jumped higher than that line – the most recent being current Detroit Lions wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, when he jumped 44.5 inches in 2020.

Broad Jump

Free agent cornerback Byron Jones had a vertical jump of 44.5 inches in 2015, and he remains the record-holder in the broad jump at 12 feet, three inches. That’s a full six inches longer than anyone else.

The over/under on the broad jump winner this year is 11 feet, 6.5 inches, and you can get +710 odds on a new record being set.

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