The NFL Draft is always one of the biggest annual events in the league’s offseason calendar.
This year, the NFL Draft is even bigger for Maryland, as it marks the first time sports bettors in the state can bet on the event online.
While each state approaches the NFL Draft differently, it’s good to know just what you can and can’t bet on this week at Maryland online sportsbooks.
Not to mention, there is still plenty of intrigue surrounding the Baltimore Ravens and their approach in this year’s draft.
When is the 2023 NFL Draft?
This year’s NFL Draft will be held April 27-29 from Union Station in Kansas City, Mo.
You can view the draft on ESPN, ABC and the NFL Network. Both ESPN/ABC and the NFL Network will also have streaming options available.
The NFL Draft will run in the following order:
- Round 1: Thursday, 8 p.m. ET
- Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 28, 7 p.m. ET
- Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 29, Noon ET
What NFL Draft bets can you make in Maryland?
For the first time being available for online betting, Maryland bettors will have plenty of options to choose from in this year’s NFL Draft.
If you are wondering if you can bet on it this week, the answer is likely ‘yes.’
But, just in case, here’s a complete list of what the Maryland State Lottery & Gaming Control Agency has approved for NFL Draft betting.
- First Overall Pick
- Exact Outcome of First X Picks
- First Quarterback Drafted
- First Defensive Player Drafted
- First Running Back Drafted
- First Wide Receiver Drafted
- First Offensive Lineman Drafted
- First Defensive Lineman Drafted
- First Cornerback Drafted
- First Linebacker Drafted
- First Non-Quarterback to be Drafted
- Player to be Drafted between Picks X and Y
- Player to be Drafted First
- Player to be Drafted in Round X
- Player to be Drafted with X Pick
- Player to be Selected with Team’s X Draft Pick
- Last Player Drafted from the Green Room
- How many trades will occur on Draft Day involving that year’s 1st round picks
- More offensive players than defensive players drafted in entire draft
- More offensive players than defensive players drafted in Round X
- More players drafted from College X than College Y in entire draft
- More players drafted from College X than College Y in Round X
- More players drafted from Conference X than Conference Y in entire draft
- More players drafted from Conference X than Conference Y in Round X
- Over/Under Draft Position for Player X
- Over/Under on the number of Position X drafted in Round X
- Player X to be drafted in the 1st Round
- Position played by Mr. Irrelevant? (last person drafted in final round)
- Team X to draft Offensive or Defensive Player with their 1st Pick
- The number of players drafted from a College X in entire draft
- The number of players drafted from College X in Round X
- Will team X trade their [current year] 1st Round Draft pick (before selection is made)
- Player X to be drafted by Team X
- Player X to be drafted in the Top 10
- Which college will have the most players drafted in the Round X
- Which player will be drafted higher (matchbet)
- Round of First Special Teams player drafted
- Most Players Drafted in the X round – Offense vs Defense
- Total X Players Drafted in the X Round (i.e. Offensive Players, Defensive Players)
- Total X Position Drafted in X Round
Does Maryland have a time restriction for NFL Draft betting?
The answer there is a simple no.
Some states restrict the betting on the NFL Draft to when the first pick of a given day is made.
In Maryland that is not the case.
According to the MSLGCA, there is no time restriction for placing a bet on the NFL Draft outside of when the pick you are wagering on is made.
Live and in-play betting is permitted throughout the NFL Draft in Maryland.
It should be noted that live broadcasts of the NFL Draft can be behind when compared to the information the sportsbooks have. If you are live betting, it’s best to give yourself a little cushion to place your wager.
Baltimore Ravens hold five picks in 2023 NFL Draft
It’s been an interesting offseason for the Baltimore Ravens as they enter the NFL Draft.
Coming into Thursday, the Ravens hold a total of five picks in this year’s draft.
- Round 1: No. 23 overall
- Round 3: No. 23, 86th overall
- Round 4: No. 22, 124th overall
- Round 5: No. 23, 157th overall
- Round 6: No. 22, 199th overall
While questions still linger regarding the future of quarterback Lamar Jackson, it’s unclear just what direction Baltimore could go in this draft.
Needs for the Ravens include wide receiver, cornerback and outside linebacker.
Mock drafts have leaned heavily into the Ravens opting for a receiver or corner. Here’s a look at what some of the top draft prognosticators are saying about pick No. 22 for Baltimore.
*DraftKings Over/Under Draft Position for the player listed if available
- ESPN’s Todd McShay: CB Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State
- ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.: CB Deonte Banks, Maryland (O/U 20.5)
- ESPN’s Matt Miller: WR Zay Flowers, Boston College (O/U 22.5)
- Football Night In America’s Peter King: CB Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State
- C.J. Doon, The Baltimore Sun: CB Deonte Banks, Maryland
- Chad Reuter, NFL.com: WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba (O/U 12.5)
Washington Commanders with eight picks, including No. 16
The Washington Commanders step into this week’s NFL Draft with eight selections.
With an offseason featuring a potential sale of ownership and most recently a gambling suspension to defensive end Shaka Toney, Washington fans are looking for something else to focus on.
Starting with the 16th overall selection, here’s what the Commanders are working with in the NFL Draft.
- Round 1: No. 16 overall
- Round 2: No. 16, 47th overall
- Round 3: No. 34, 97th overall
- Round 4: No. 16, 118th overall
- Round 5: No. 16, 150th overall
- Round 6: No. 16, 193rd overall
- Round 6: No. 38, 215th overall
- Round 7: No. 16, 233rd overall
Washington still has questions to address at the quarterback position. Will it look to make a move to do it in the first round?
If not a quarterback, Washington could be looking at cornerback or offensive lineman as positions of need.
It appears that the popular selection for Washington at No. 16 is Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr. Multiple notable mock drafts pair the two together. Here’s a look at some of the notable prognosticators predictions for Washington at No. 16.
- ESPN’s Todd McShay: OT Darnell Wright, Tennessee
- ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.: CB Joey Porter Jr., Penn State (O/U 19.5)
- ESPN’s Matt Miller: CB Joey Porter Jr., Penn State
- Football Night In America’s Peter King: S Brian Branch, Alabama
- Rob Maadi, The Associated Press: CB Joey Porter Jr., Penn State
- Chad Reuter, NFL.com: CB Joey Porter Jr., Penn State