2022 NFL Draft first round position totals best bets: Offensive linemen lead the way
NFL Draft week is here. The 2022 festivities get underway on Thursday night in Las Vegas. Who will go No. 1? Georgia pass-rusher Travon Walker has become the favorite, but Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson cannot be discounted. Don’t be shocked if the Jaguars if an offensive lineman. There are no slam-dunk guarantees when it comes to this particular draft, so things could get crazy in Las Vegas.
A whole host of questions will be answered soon enough, starting on Thursday (and perhaps sooner if there are some trades). For now, let’s take a look at the best position totals bets to be made for the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Best bet: Over 7.5 offensive linemen (+150)
We have eight offensive linemen going in the first round of our 2022 NFL Mock Draft, so at +150 I will happily back this prop. Ikem Ekwonu and Evan Neal should be locks for the top 10 and Charles Cross may find himself around there, as well (we actually have Ekwonu going No. 1 overall to Jacksonville at +400 odds). Trevor Penning, Zion Johnson and Tyler Linderbaum are next on the OL list. If Kenyon Green Bernhard Raimann can snag first-round spots, this prop will cash. We have both Green and Raimann going off the board no later than No. 26.
Under 6.5 wide receivers (-120)
In our mock there are six wide receivers going in the first 32 selections. It wouldn’t be shocking if it ends up being five, as Jahan Dotson is no guarantee. Given the depth of edge rushers and offensive linemen that are available, some receivers could end up being the odd men out. There isn’t a single WR who is a lock for the top 10, so if the run doesn’t begin until 11 or later then guys like Dotson could get pushed farther down.
Under 4.5 cornerbacks (-150)
The cornerback position is top heavy with Sauce Gardner and Derek Stingley Jr., but aside from that duo it is mostly unspectacular. We also have Trent McDuffie and Andrew Booth Jr. going in the first round, but neither one of those two is a lock. Even at -150, this is one of the better bets for the NFL Draft.
Over 2.5 quarterbacks (-200)
I would not bet this at -200, but if you want to hammer every single position market then I would go with the under as opposed to the over in this case. Malik Willis and Kenny Pickett should be safe bets for the first round, so the question is if Desmond Ridder, Matt Corral and/or Sam Howell can sneak in and make it a trio. We have Ridder making the cut, while both Corral and Howell have a chance—especially if there is a run on Willis and Pickett earlier than expected in round one.
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