Pass rushers and quarterbacks were the storylines during the draft, and apparently Vegas believes they will garner attention in the betting community, too.
Naturally, quarterbacks and top picks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota garnered some of the top interest in the rookie lines set by Bovada.lv.
Winston’s over/under total passing yards in the 2015 regular season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was set at 3,750 with his touchdown passes at 19½. His interceptions over/under was nearly that high, too, at 17½. If he goes over that total, it would tie him or put at more than the top interception-throwers from last year. Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers led the league with 18 interceptions each in 2014.
Mariota was given lower numbers in passing yards (3,400) and touchdowns (18½), but wasn’t even given an interception total in his over/under projections. He was, however, given 425½ rushing yards as an over/under bet, and three rushing touchdowns.
The running backsTodd Gurley, the first running back taken in the first round of the draft since 2012, was given an over/under on rushing yards of only 750½ after becoming the 10th overall pick of the St. Louis Rams. Last year, 20 running backs had more than 750 yards rushing.
Gurley was given an over/under of five rushing touchdowns, a mark exceeded by 17 players last year.
Melvin Gordon, taken by the San Diego Chargers five spots after Gurley, was shown more respect, perhaps because he isn’t coming off major knee surgery like Gurley is. Gordon’s over/under on rushing yards is 900½, a total surpassed by 14 other players last year, and six is the over/under on his touchdowns.
The receiversWhat does Vegas think of the follow-up crop of receivers after a strong performance?
Amari Cooper, the No. 4 overall pick in the draft to the Oakland Raiders, was given the over/under of 900½ receiving yards and 5½ touchdown receptions.
Kevin White, chosen seventh overall by the Chicago Bears, was given lower expectations at 800½ yards receiving but is apparently expected to be a better red zone threat with an over/under of six touchdown catches.
DeVante Parker, the third receiver picked at No. 14 by the Miami Dolphins, is at 750½ for receiving yards and five touchdown catches.
Nelson Agholor, picked 20th by the Philadelphia Eagles, had his over/under numbers established at 700½ and 4½ touchdowns
The defendersAs for the defensive players, Dante Fowler Jr., the No. 3 overall selection by the Jacksonville Jaguars, was given 15/2 odds to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year before he sustained a torn ACL in Friday's practice, followed by Vic Beasley, taken eighth by the Atlanta Falcons, at 10/1 odds.
Fowler’s over/under on sacks was 7½ before the injury that will obviously take him off the board, and Beasley’s is at 8 sacks.
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