NFL Draft Betting: Travon takes over at #1 overall

Evan Neal OT Alabama NFL Draft Betting 2022

We are now just hours away from the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas, and betting is really hotting up ahead of the annual pro football talent contest.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are sitting pretty with the top pick, but for the first time in the countdown online bookmakers now expect them to take freakishly talented George edge Travon Walker over Michigan star Aidan Hutchinson.

In the final hours before the Jags hand in that card to Roger Goodell, Walker is seen as almost a lock to go first. He’s now -350 favorite (bet $350 to win $100) with Hutchinson way out at +500 (bet $100 to win $500).

A lot of this is based on Jags GM Trent Baalke being known as a guy who values freakish athletic traits even at the expense of college production. Remember Walker has incredible traits but failed to produce big-time at Georgia, while Hutchinson constantly got to the passer with the Wolverines.

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Gone are the days when the offensive tackles Evan Neal and Ickey Ekonwu were top of the betting to go first overall, and nobody knows where the wild card – Oregon edge Kayvon Thibodeaux – will land.

There is though fresh impetus behind the chances of Ekwonu – he was +1700 a couple of days ago but is now right down to +550. Maybe the Jags will go OT after all despite already franchising Cam Robinson.

There is no generational talent at quarterback in this year’s class, which makes the first round even harder to predict. Consensus says in another year, none of these guys would be good enough to go in the 32.

As it is, there are a couple of signal callers who may be first-round picks – notably Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett and Liberty’s Malik Willis. Watch out for QB-needy Carolina to satisfy its need at #6 overall, rich though it may be.

There are only a handful of potentially blue-chip prospects followed by a ton of very good pro prospects. This is not 1989, where we had Troy Aikman, Barry Sanders, Deion Sanders and Derrick Thomas all going in the top five picks overall.

There are a ton of players who have intriguing talent, but also lack the production to be able to predict confidently what they will be as a pro. Walker falls into that category, while his Georgia teammate Jordan Davis, another freak, also is the subject of much debate. DTs like him don’t come along very often.

NFL Draft Betting Odds

There are a ton of great betting lines you can get involved in for the 2022 Draft. Here are the biggest.

First Overall Pick

The best odds for the #1 overall pick in 2022 right now are as follows:

PlayerPositionSchoolOddsSportsbook
Travon WalkerEdgeGeorgia-350Caesars
Aidan HutchinsonEdgeMichigan+500FanDuel
Ickey EkwonuOTN.C. State+550bet365
Evan NealOTAlabama+2500DraftKings, FanDuel
Kayvon ThibodeauxEdgeOregon+5500FanDuel
Malik WillisQBLiberty+10000DraftKings, Caesars
Charles CrossOTMississippi St.+15000SugarHouse
Derek Stingley JRCBLSU+15000BetMGM, Borgata

NB: Odds Correct on April 28, 2022

First Quarterback Drafted

Willis remains favorite to be the first signal caller taken. That could be as early as #6 to the Carolina Panthers. It appears to be a two-horse race with Pittsburgh signal caller Kenny Pickett.

The big mover in the betting in recent days is Desmond Ridder of Cincinnati. He’s in to +1000 (bet $100 to win $1000) from +3000.

Latest odds for the first QB to be taken are as follows:

PlayerSchoolOddsSportsbook
Malik WillisLiberty-145PointsBet
Kenny PickettPittsburgh+170FanDuel
Desmond RidderCincinnati+1000DraftKings, FanDuel
Matt CorralOle Miss+1800DraftKings, PointsBet
Sam HowellNorth Carolina+5000FanDuel, PointsBet
Carson StrongNevada+15000PointsBet

NB: Odds correct on April 28, 2022

First Cornerback Drafted

Fascinating line here people, and this is getting MUCH closer as we head into the Draft.

A couple of days ago Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner was the hot name on everybody’s lips right now, and was a strong favorite at around the -450 mark. Not any more though – now he is as big as -140 (bet $140 to win $100).

The big challenger is LSU stud Derek Stingley Jr, who is now +125 having been +310 just 24 hours ago. Big move.

Here are the latest and best odds:

PlayerSchoolOddsSportsbook
Ahmad GardnerCincinnati-140DraftKings
Derek Stingley JrLSU+125BetMGM, Borgata
Trent McDuffieWashington+2000Widely available

NB: Odds correct April 28, 2022

First Offensive Lineman Drafted

Ekwonu is favorite right now but it’s a close line with Neal just behind him. We now have a three-horse as Charles Cross is in to +350 from +700 just one day ago. Here are your best and latest:

WPlayerSchoolOddsSportsbook
Ickey EkwonuN.C. State-167Unibet
Evan NealAlabama+300Widely available
Charles CrossMississippi St.+400Unibet

NB: Odds correct April 28, 2022

First Wide Receiver Drafted

Without doubt the most interesting positional betting line, with so much uncertainty. A lot of talent but a lot of questions too. Superstar Buckeye Garrett Wilson just shades it as favorite now, but the sensationally talented Jameson Williams and Drake London are right behind him:

PlayerSchoolOddsSportsbook
Garrett WilsonOhio State+100Caesars, PointsBet
Jameson WilliamsAlabama+250FanDuel
Drake LondonUSC+275PointsBet
Chris OlaveOhio State+2500FanDuel, Caesars
Treylon BurksArkansas+4000SugarHouse, Unibet

NB: Odds correct April 28, 2022

First Running Back Drafted

This looks a straight fight between Hall and Walker – the former shades it as favorite right now:

PlayerSchoolOddsSportsbook
Breece HallIowa St.-250DraftKings
Kenneth Walker IIIMichigan St.+200DraftKings

NB: Odds correct April 28, 2022

First Linebacker Drafted

Wow. This looked like a one-horse race with Lloyd -500 to be the first LB taken just 24 hours ago. Now it’s a straight fight with Quay Walker (another Georgia Bulldog…). Pretty close betting going in:

PlayerSchoolOddsSportsbook
Devin LloydUtah-160FanDuel
Quay WalkerGeorgia+175DraftKings
Nakobe DeanGeorgia+750DraftKings, FanDuel

NB: Odds correct April 28, 2022

NFL Draft Order in 2022

Okay, so we have had a ton of high-profile trades since the new NFL league year started March 16.

Most of those have impacted the order for the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, we now have seven (SEVEN) teams with multiple selections in Round 1. Here is the latest:

  • 1. Jacksonville Jaguars
  • 2. Detroit Lions
  • 3. Houston Texans
  • 4. New York Jets
  • 5. New York Giants
  • 6. Carolina Panthers
  • 7. New York Giants (from Chicago Bears)
  • 8. Atlanta Falcons
  • 9. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver Broncos)
  • 10. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)
  • 11. Washington Commanders
  • 12. Minnesota Vikings
  • 13. Houston Texans (from Cleveland Browns)
  • 14. Baltimore Ravens
  • 15. Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami Dolphins)
  • 16. New Orleans Saints (from Indianapolis Colts through Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 17. Los Angeles Chargers
  • 18. Philadelphia Eagles (from New Orleans Saints)
  • 19. New Orleans Saints (from Philadelphia Eagles
  • 20. Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 21. New England Patriots
  • 22. Green Bay Packers (from Las Vegas Raiders)
  • 23. Arizona Cardinals
  • 24. Dallas Cowboys
  • 25. Buffalo Bills
  • 26. Tennessee Titans
  • 27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 28. Green Bay Packers
  • 29. Kansas City Chiefs (from San Francisco 49ers through Miami Dolphins)
  • 30. Kansas City Chiefs
  • 31. Cincinnati Bengals
  • 32. Detroit Lions (from Los Angeles Rams)

NB: Draft order correct on April 26, 2022

NFL Draft Prop Bets

It’s not just the first overall pick you can bet on, there will be a ton of props available from online sportsbooks as we get closer to the draft.

Some of the examples:

  • First player chosen by a specific team
  • First offensive player taken
  • First defensive player taken
  • Number of QBs taken in Round 1

We’ll keep you updated on the best available props as the months countdown to Draft Day.

When is the 2022 NFL Draft

The Draft will take place between Thursday April 28 and Saturday April 30, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Round 1 will take place Thursday April 28, Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday April 29 and Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday April 30.

2022 NFL Draft on TV

You can watch the 2022 Draft on a variety of channels – ESPN, ABC or NFL Network.

How to bet on the NFL Draft

You’ll need to start getting acquainted with the talent and the teams right now. Millions of column inches will be devoted to draft rumors in the coming months – you need to work out what’s on the level and what is not.

We also have a guide to NFL Betting which might just help you. It’s also likely sportsbooks will offer great signup bonuses around the draft – again we’ll keep you across all of the best offers.

Can you bet on the NFL Draft?

Absolutely, as long as you’re currently in a state which has legalized sports betting – check out our state-by-state laws for the latest situation.

Can you bet on the NFL Draft on FanDuel

Absolutely – all major sportsbooks carry odds on the Draft. There will be a ton of props released too as we get closer to those three huge days in Vegas. Everything from which position a player will be drafted (you can bet over or under) to how many QBs might go in the first round.