The first round of the NFL Draft will begin at 7 p.m. CST Thursday. And new DraftKings users have a no-brainer opportunity to turn $1 into $100 in free bets.
Here’s how it works: Upon sign-up, you must deposit at least $5 into your sportsbook account. Then, you need to place a bet of $1 or more on any NFL Draft market (excluding parlays).
Regardless of if your bet hits, you will win $100 in free bets if a quarterback is selected first overall. And since Trevor Lawrence appears to be a shoo-in to go to the Jacksonville Jaguars with the first pick, it’s an enticing offer.
In case you were curious, Lawrence is -10,000 to be the top choice at DraftKings.
The winnings would be paid out in four free $25 bets. Those bets are only valid for seven days before they expire, so make sure to use them in time.
Where Illinois DraftKings users must sign up
Unfortunately, you can no longer sign up for an Illinois sports betting app from the comfort of your home. Why? Because Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker waived his executive order in early April that allowed for online registration.
So to sign up for DraftKings in IL, you must visit DraftKings at Casino Queen in East St. Louis.
That’s more than a four-hour drive from the Chicagoland area, but it’s in suburban St. Louis.
Once there, you don’t even need to go inside the casino to sign up, although you can obviously. The casino uses geolocation technology to allow users to sign up from the parking lot if they so choose.
Could the Bears trade up for a quarterback?
Chicago is set to pick 20th in the first round. But former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, once considered the second-best QB in the class, looks like he could fall.
At FanDuel, for instance, Fields’ over/under draft position last week was 3.5. Now? It’s fallen all the way to 7.5.
That’s on the heels of a report that the San Francisco 49ers will choose between Mac Jones and Trey Lance with the third pick.
The consensus seems to be that the Bears would have a tough time coughing up the assets to move up to No. 4 to select someone like Fields. But if he falls beyond that range, perhaps the Bears could strike a deal.
Lance, meanwhile, has an over/under of 5.5. So if the odds are correct, Fields would be a more realistic trade target for the Bears — if they are interested.