- Aidan Hutchinson has been the betting favorite to be the first overall pick for a little over a month, but Travon Walker’s rise has shortened Hutchinson’s odds.
- NFL Draft betting odds have Malik Willis the favorite to be the first overall pick, but if Kenny Pickett gets drafted by the Carolina Panthers he may pull of the upset.
LAS VEGAS – The Jacksonville Jaguars are on the clock and 2022 NFL Draft betting odds indicate that they have a tough decision on their hands.
2022 NFL Draft – Number 1 Overall Pick Betting Odds
- Aidan Hutchinson -190
- Travon Walker +170
- Ikem Ekwonu +1200
- Evan Neal +1500
- Kayvon Tibodeaux +2800
- Malik Willis +3500
Comparing The Prospects With The Shortest Betting Odds
The past three NFL Drafts have begun with quarterbacks: Kyler Murray, Joe Burrow, and Trevor Lawrence getting selected first overall by their respective franchises. According to legal online sportsbooks that trend is likely to change.
Aidan Hutchinson has been the presumed number one overall pick since March 10th, when he had -243 odds at being the first pick. At that same point, Travon Walker’s top pick odds were +2267.
Hutchinson and Walker were both expected to be first-round selections before the NFL Combine began on March 1st. Walker turned heads with his performance at the event and may have made the Jaguars reconsider who they would select first overall.
|Player:||2021 Sacks:||Height:||Weight:||40 Yard Dash:|
|Aidan Hutchinson||14||6′ 6″||265 lbs||4.74|
|Travon Walker||6||6′ 5″||275 lbs||4.51|
Aidan Hutchinson had a dominant senior season at Michigan. He had 14 sacks and even finished in second place in the Hiesman Trophy voting.
Despite his great season, Hutchinson has seen some NFL talent evaluators lean towards Travon Walker’s perceived upside after his standout combine performance that saw him run the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds (tied for the ninth-fastest time by a defensive lineman ever!).
The argument for the top pick comes down to the perceived higher floor of Aidan Hutchinson and the higher ceiling that Travon Walker showcased at the combine.
Battle Between Malik Willis and Kenny Picket To Be The First Quarterback Drafted
There is no consensus top-rated quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft, but the two with the shortest betting odds to be the first one selected will still most likely be selected in the top half of the first round. The over-under for first-round quarterbacks this year is 3.5, with the under favored with -165 odds.
1st Quarterback Selected Betting Odds
- Malik Willis -175
- Kenny Pickett +130
- Desmond Ridder +1200
- Matt Coral +1600
- Sam Howell +2500
- Carson Strong +10000
A look at potential landing spots for Kenny Pickett and Malik Willis supports betting on Picket to be the first quarterback selected.
Comparing Landing Spots For The Top Quarterbacks
|Team||First Round Pick(s)||Odds To Select Kenny Pickett||Odds To Select Malik Willis|
|New Orleans Saints:||16th/19th||250||600|
The points of focus when betting on the first quarterback selected are the Detroit Lions with the second pick and the Carolina Panthers with the sixth pick.
It seems likely that NFL bettors are leaning against the idea of Willis being selected by the Lions, but that may be the only way that he is picked before Pickett given the strong odds that Pickett gets drafted sixth overall by the Panthers.
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Brett is a passionate sports writer who majored in Sport Management at Florida State University. He combines his knowledge of stats with his understanding of game theory to find the best values when sports betting. Brett enjoys golfing, playing cornhole, and hanging out by the pool when he’s not locked in watching games.