Scouting Combine Props: Time to Make a Run For It

Doug Upstone

Thursday, March 1, 2018 9:09 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 9:09 PM UTC

Yes, this really is a thing you can bet on. 5Dimes and other sportsbooks have these props available for those who cannot get enough NFL wagering when no games are being played.

NFL: Scouting Combine Props Bets

The NFL Scouting Combine runs through Monday in Indianapolis. Here are a variety of props with NFL odds and free picks.

Saquon Barkley time: Over 4.40 seconds +100

Saquon Barkley time: Under 4.40 seconds -130

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The Penn State product is considered a remarkable physical specimen and has the lowest listed time for running backs in the 40-yard dash, according to oddsmakers. If Barkley is motivated, he has an excellent chance to go "under" because of explosive start potential. There are football bettors who study this and like Barkley for "over" 41 inches on the vertical leap if he weighs 225 pounds or less.

Here are other running backs' "over/under" betting odds, though we do not officially know if they will actually run:

Kerryon Johnson time: Over 4.55 seconds -115

Kerryon Johnson time: Under 4.55 seconds -115

I will lean "over" with Johnson, who is already comfortable that his skills are sufficient enough and he does not need a super time in the 40 to justify his skill as an all-around back.

Nick Chubb time: Over 4.54 seconds +165

Nick Chubb time: Under 4.54 seconds -205

There has always been a segment of supposedly knowledgeable football experts who have doubted Chubb, and my guess is he has something to prove.

Derrius Guice time: Over 4.42 seconds +100

Derrius Guice time: Under 4.42 seconds -120

Generally considered the best "pure" runner in the draft, I'll back the "over," believing Guice is not as fast as Barkley.

Quarterback Prop of 40-Yard Times

Honestly, not really sure what this time proves because escape-ability is more important than pure speed. The benefit for the other quarterbacks listed here besides Baker Mayfield is if a team is thinking about having one of these drafted players play another position down the road.

Mayfield has nothing to prove here, which makes the "over" a safer wager. The other three do and I would take Lamar Jackson "under" and Quinton Flowers and J.T. Barrett "over," believing they are more elusive than really fast.

Baker Mayfield time: Over 4.69 seconds -175

Baker Mayfield time: Under 4.69 seconds +145

Lamar Jackson time: Over 4.45 seconds +100

Lamar Jackson time: Under 4.45 seconds -130

Quinton Flowers time: Over 4.58 seconds -135

Quinton Flowers time: Under 4.58 seconds +105

J.T. Barrett time: Over 4.60 seconds -360

J.T. Barrett time: Under 4.60 seconds +270

Non-Player Specific Props Bets

Next up are two props that are strictly for speed demons. It is generally acknowledged that LSU cornerback Donte Jackson, N.C. State running back Nyheim Hines and Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward will be three fastest players in the building. Jackson and Hines have run track in college, and that speaks to what they are capable of. Ward is an explosive athlete. That said, none of these individuals are as fast as John Ross from a year ago (4.22), making both these bets "over" plays.

Fastest time: Over 4.29 seconds -110

Fastest time: Under 4.29 seconds -120

Any player faster than 4.22 seconds +525

No player faster than 4.22 seconds -860

In the 13 years of the combine, an offensive player has posted the fastest time nine times. The reason this prop is listed this way is because of Jackson and Ward. Have to agree with this one and back the defensive player.

Offensive player has fastest time +145

Defensive player has fastest time -175

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