- The Jacksonville Jaguars have the first pick in the NFL Draft.
- Evan Neal has +125 odds to be drafted first overall.
- Aidan Hutchinson has +200 odds to be drafted first.
LAS VEGAS – Now that the 2021-22 NFL season is over, it is time to shift the focus towards the offseason and what could possibly play out in the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft is set to take place on April 28 in Las Vegas.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have the first overall pick in the draft and legal online sportsbooks have Alabama offensive tackle, Evan Neal, favored to be selected first overall.
NFL Draft First Overall Pick Odds
- Evan Neal +125
- Aidan Hutchinson +200
- Kayvon Thibodeaux +600
- Ikem Ekwonu +700
- Charles Cross +1000
- Kenny Pickett +2000
Shift In The Odds
Since first opening, the NFL odds on the first overall pick have seen tremendous movement. Looking at Neal’s odds, since first opening back in May of 2021, Neal was way down with +3000 odds and has seen his odds shorten at every chance they get. Come October, they had already shortened under +1000 to +800. Once the Jaguars figured out that they would be selecting first overall, Neal’s odds came down as the favorites.
Other names that have held on to the shortest draft odds are Oregon defensive end, Kayvon Thibodeaux, and Michigan defensive end, Aidan Hutchinson. Thibodeaux actually opened up the draft odds as the favorite to be drafted first at +400 odds and remained the favorite until January when Hutchinson declared for the draft. Once Hutchinson declared, both of their odds sat at +140 until Hutchinson’s odds leveled at +150 while Thibodeaux moved back to +215 and now sits at +600.
What Makes Sense
With the Jaguars having the first overall pick, they can clearly use help at any position that they please. One area that they could use a tremendous amount of help is on the offensive line. This offensive line was top-10 in sacks allowed last season having allowed Trevor Lawrence to go down 32 times. The Jags were also in the bottom-10 in rushing yards per game as they averaged just 103.2 rush yards each week.
Neal can certainly come in and make an impact from the jump. During his final season at Alabama, he accounted for 1,073 snaps played last and allowed just two sacks all season. Also, just 22 quarterback pressures came from his spot on the line over the last two seasons.
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