Las Vegas Sportsbooks Approved to Take Prop Bets on 2017 NFL Draft

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 8, 2017

An NFL logo is shown during the fourth round of the NFL football draft by the at Radio City Music Hall Saturday, April 30, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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Gamblers will now be able to have a little extra invested in the 2017 NFL draft as Las Vegas sportsbooks were granted approval to accept certain wagers on the prospect extravaganza. 

Per Todd Dewey of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Nevada Gaming Control Board approved a measure to accept prop bets on the draft. 

Because the board only approved prop bets, Dewey noted bettors can't wager on specific players being drafted. For instance, they won't be allowed to bet on Myles Garrett being selected first overall by the Cleveland Browns. 

Bettors will be allowed to place a wager on things like "total number of quarterbacks drafted in the first round, whether there will be more offensive players than defensive players drafted in the first round, and the over/under of the draft position for the first kicker taken," per Dewey.

“It has to be something that makes us comfortable from a regulatory standpoint,” Nevada Gaming Control Board chairman A.G. Burnett told Dewey. “Most importantly, that the outcome of the event can’t be affected by a bet that is placed.”

Wagers will stop at the close of business on April 26, with the draft's first round taking place the following day. 

For more news, rumors and related stories about the 2017 NFL Draft and the NFL, check out the NFL stream on Bleacher Report's app.

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