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Five best bets to make on the 2022 NFL Draft

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The start of the NFL season may be months away, but NFL Draft betting props in 2022 are the next best thing to actually having games to bet on.

There are NFL Draft prop bets on FanDuel and several other sportsbooks. There are even NFL Draft over/unders based on the position of drafted players, the college they attended, and several other factors. Of course, there are also NFL Draft odds for potential trades that could happen.

NFL Draft betting props 2022

Naturally, the key is knowing the best NFL Draft bets to make. Most NFL fans are just getting used to making wagers on games and haven’t had much experience betting on the draft.

That’s why we wanted to pass along some advice on NFL Draft betting props in 2022 to help get you thinking about the best wagers you can make if you want to wager some money on this week’s NFL Draft.

First overall pick

The NFL Draft betting props in 2022 begin with the top overall pick. Unlike in past years, there is no consensus on what player will be the top overall pick, which has created some interesting betting odds for several players. We know that the Jaguars aren’t going to be picking a quarterback after taking Trevor Lawrence first overall last year. But that’s the only certainty as far as the top overall pick is concerned.


Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson has long been the favorite to be the first player selected. However, Georgia defensive end Travon Walker has picked up steam since the combine and now appears to be a legitimate threat to be picked first.

Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux is also an interesting wild card, as he has arguably the most upside of those three defensive players. It remains a toss-up with Hutchinson being a somewhat safe bet, although the odds have been shifting in the last few days leading up to the draft given all of the hype around Walker.

Total Quarterbacks in first round

Perhaps more than any other year in recent memory, there is great uncertainty over how many quarterbacks will be selected in the first round. It’s one of the more intriguing NFL Draft over/unders available to bettors.

If it weren’t for the incredible need that several teams have at the quarterback position, there might not be that many quarterbacks given a first-round grade in this class. However, 2.5 quarterbacks selected seems to be the over/under most sportsbooks are offering. 

It’s starting to look like a safe bet that both Malik Willis and Kenny Pickett will be selected in the first round. If it ends there, the under on 2.5 quarterbacks is valued at around +190 while over 2.5 has a moneyline around -250.


However, whether Desmond Ridder and Sam Howell will squeeze into the first round is up in the air. That makes Matt Corral the wild card. The former Ole Miss quarterback has undeniable talent but plenty of drawbacks as well. With at least a handful of teams in the market for a quarterback of the future, it would be a little surprising not to see somebody take a chance on Corral within the top 32 picks.

That makes over 2.5 a safe bet, although under 3.5 with a moneyline of -110 is also intriguing unless teams are more desperate for quarterbacks than we think.

First Wide Receiver selected

With time running out until the draft, one of the best NFL Draft bets to make could be betting on Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson to be the first wide receiver selected.

The current odds are around +105, which is good value for a player who is dynamic after the catch and is coming from a college that’s produced more than its fair share of great wide receivers.

The only caveat with Williams is that there should be at least five or six wide receivers selected in the first round. That means Wilson has plenty of competition for the top receiver selected.

If a particular team has a different preference for that position, Wilson may not be the first receiver selected. USC’s Drake London has some value, as he’s a bigger target who could fit a team’s needs better than Wilson. Jameson Williams of Alabama also has the talent to be the first wide receiver picked in this year’s draft. However, after suffering an ACL injury late last season, his stock could drop enough to ensure that he’s picked after Wilson is off the board.

Kyle Hamilton’s draft position

Hamilton has become perhaps the most enigmatic player heading into the draft, making him a target for NFL Draft betting props in 2022. Some consider Hamilton to be the top overall player in the draft. But his 40-yard dash time at the Combine was a disappointment. Also, his positional flexibility could end up hurting him because teams won’t know where he fits best.

His over/under for being picked is around 9.5 or 10.5. Before the combine, Hamilton falling outside of the top-10 would have seemed impossible. But it’s a distinct possibility now, which means bettors can find value if they believe he’s still going to warrant selection within the first nine or 10 picks.

First Quarterback selected

The last of the NFL Draft betting props in 2022 to watch is what quarterback will be the first selected. Malik Willis is the current betting favorite, although he doesn’t hold much value.

There’s a distinct possibility that Carolina could grab him at no. 6 overall. But if that doesn’t happen, there’s no telling how far Willis could fall or if he’ll end up being the first quarterback picked.

Pitt’s Kenny Pickett has decent value with a moneyline around +145. Pickett is appealing as the first quarterback to be picked because he’s the most likely of the quarterbacks available to be ready to start Week 1.

That could help him to ultimately be chosen ahead of Willis. However, don’t discount Matt Corral, who has a moneyline of +1800 to be the first quarterback selected. Given how unpredictable this draft figures to be, those long odds could pay off because it’s not out of the question that one of the teams in need of a quarterback will prefer Corral.

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