Here’s how you should bet on the 2021 CFL Draft

The 2021 CFL Draft is less than 24 hours away and there’s lots to be excited about — and bet on!

Our partners at Bodog Canada have created some exclusive lines for the 2021 CFL Draft that we hope you’ll enjoy. Placing bets is a great way to add some intrigue to an event that not everyone finds as exciting as its NFL counterpart.

Please note that the lines below are accurate as of the publishing of this article, but are subject to change as bets roll in.

Who will the Hamilton Tiger-Cats selected at No. 1 overall in the 2021 CFL Draft?

Terrell Jana +210
Daniel Joseph +210
Nelson Lokombo +500
Logan Bandy +700
Mohamed Diallo +1100
Deshawn Stevens +1100
Alaric Jackson +1500
Sage Doxtater +1600
Josh Palmer +1800
Patrick Davis +1800
Ben Hladik +2500
Pier-Olivier Lestage +2500

Note: no action if pick is traded.

You can take a few names out of consideration immediately — Palmer, Jackson, and Lestage are under contract with the NFL and won’t be taken this high. Davis, meanwhile, projects as a late-round pick.

I don’t see Diallo as a fit for Hamilton at No. 1 overall, nor do I think the Ticats will take Bandy, Stevens or Hladik. Joseph would be a great fit position-wise, but he’s not a great buy at +210.

The smart plays are Jana, Lokombo, and Doxtater. Lokombo is expected to be a top-three pick, Doxtater was born nearby and projects as an offensive tackle, and Jana is arguably the best player in the draft who’s not a future.

Who will the Saskatchewan Roughriders select at No. 2 overall in the 2021 CFL Draft?

Nelson Lokombo +280
Logan Bandy +350
Daniel Joseph +450
Alaric Jackson +750
Terrell Jana +800
Mohamed Diallo +850
Deshawn Stevens +850
Sage Doxtater +1100
Patrick Davis +1100
Josh Palmer +1800
Ben Hladik +2500
Pier-Olivier Lestage +2500

Note: no action if pick is traded.

Lokombo is a solid buy here considering he fits an area of need — remember, the Riders will likely start a national cornerback this year — and played just down the road in Saskatoon. Stevens, Doxtater and Hladik could be nice buys here as well considering the juice. I’d say the same about Jana, though there’s a possibility he’ll already be off the board.

The NFL guys won’t be in play here for Saskatchewan, though there’s a chance the team could selected someone at No. 2 who’s not on this list: Regina native and Boston College tight end Jake Burt.

Who will the Winnipeg Blue Bombers select at No. 3 overall in the 2021 CFL Draft?

Terrell Jana +280
Nelson Lokombo +400

Logan Bandy +450
Daniel Joseph +500
Mohamed Diallo +700
Deshawn Stevens +700
Patrick Davis +860
Sage Doxtater +900
Josh Palmer +1400
Ben Hladik +2500
Pier-Olivier Lestage +2500

The Blue Bombers are one of the toughest teams to project in this year’s draft because their biggest need — defensive back — will be tough to address if Lokombo’s already off the board.

I’d considering betting on Joseph and Stevens at this spot as both would be solid futures picks along the defensive line. I doubt Hladik’s the guy at No. 3, but there’s a chance he is and you can’t go wrong at +2500.

Avoid the NFL guys like Palmer and Lestage. It’s too early for them. I also don’t see Winnipeg selecting Diallo or Davis.

Who will be the first NCAA player selected in the 2021 CFL Draft?

Terrell Jana +115
Daniel Joseph +170
Mohamed Diallo +450
Deshawn Stevens +1100
Sage Doxtater +1200
Josh Palmer +1200
Alaric Jackson +1200
Patrick Davis +1200

Jana is the only player here who is not under contract with the NFL or going back to school in 2021, which makes him easily the best buy.

If you’re looking to put money down on higher-paying odds, Joseph, Stevens, and Doxtater are your best bets. Diallo could be the guy, but I couldn’t bet on him at +450. Avoid Palmer, Jackson, and Davis — none of them will get you a win.

Who will be the first U Sports player selected in the 2021 CFL Draft?

Logan Bandy -120
Nelson Lokombo -120
Ben Hladik +500
Pier-Olivier Lestage +600

Lokombo is likely going to be a top-three selection, so he’d still be a decent pick despite the juice. I wouldn’t buy Bandy at -120 but I’d consider him at anything higher than +200.

Hladik is unlikely to be the first U Sports prospect taken, but the juice makes him an intriguing pick. Lestage is under contract with the Seattle Seahawks, so I’d avoid betting on him.

Who will be the first offensive player selected in the 2021 CFL Draft?

Logan Bandy +135
Terrell Jana +170
Sage Doxtater +550
Josh Palmer +700
Alaric Jackson +700
Patrick Davis +700
Pier-Olivier Lestage +1150

Jana is the best buy here by far, though Doxtater would be a solid buy as well. There’s a chance that Bandy is the first offensive player off the board on Tuesday, though I wouldn’t take him at +135.

Avoid Palmer, Jackson, and Lestage as they are all under contract with the NFL, while Davis will be a late-round selection at best.

Who will be the first defensive player selected in the 2021 CFL Draft?

Daniel Joseph -120
Nelson Lokombo +240
Mohamed Diallo +400
Deshawn Stevens +400
Ben Hladik +500

Lokombo is the best buy here as he’s likely to be a top-three pick in the draft. Joseph would be a solid choice as well, though the juice is far from optimal.

Stevens and Hladik aren’t bad buys, though I’d be surprised if either was the first defensive player off the board.

Where will Chuba Hubbard be drafted?

Over 26.5 -150
Under 26.5 +115

Hubbard was a fourth-round selection of the Carolina Panthers in the 2021 NFL Draft, which should negatively affect his stock in Canada. Historically, players who are drafted down south either get picked in the later rounds of the CFL Draft or go unselected.

With that said, the CFL Draft is the most unpredictable draft in sports. This is more true than ever this year given the uncertainty regarding the 2021 season and a potential merger with the XFL on the horizon. Some personnel experts suspect that futures will go earlier than normal and Hubbard could be one of them.

The native of Sherwood Park, Alta. isn’t a prototypical NFL running back at six-foot and 205 pounds. If he suffers an injury early in his professional career, some believe we could see him in the CFL relatively soon despite where he was drafted by the Panthers.

I’d still take the over here, but the under isn’t a bad buy — especially if the juice continues to drive up.

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