2022 NFL Draft: Who will be the first cornerback drafted? Odds and best bet

Cincinnati Bearcats cornerback Ahmad Gardner (1) tackles UCF Knights defensive back Quadric Bullard (37) in the first half of the NCAA football game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the UCF Knights...
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The 2022 NFL Draft will be held from April 28-30 in Las Vegas, and offers plenty of wagering opportunities. The position battles are extremely intriguing, potentially going in any number of directions near the top of the draft.

Before names start getting called, we have a ton of draft content coming to get you primed. Here we’ll be focusing on draft props surrounding the cornerback position. Recent line movement suggests there is a clear favorite, but there is value to be had across the board.

We’ll start by taking a look at the odds, courtesy of DraftKings, before diving into the best bet:

Odds to be the first cornerback drafted

Odds available with DraftKings Sportsbook at time of publishing.

Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner -450
Derek Stingley Jr. +250
Trent McDuffie +1500
Andrew Booth Jr. +7500
Kaiir Elam +10000

First cornerback drafted prediction: Sauce Gardner (-450)

Sauce Gardner is the clear betting favorite to be the first cornerback selected in this year’s draft. Gardner turned heads in his final season at Cincinnati, finishing with first team All-American honors while not allowing a single catch in the red zone. In fact, the former Bearcat is on the precipice of being the highest selected player at the cornerback position.

Gardner is projected to land anywhere from the No. 2 overall pick to the Lions, to No. 5 to the Giants. However, there are better ways to find value in the Cincinnati cornerback’s draft stock than at this -450 price. The over/under on his draft position is 5.5, with under being a -125 favorite and over currently registering at -105.

While some experts could see the Detroit native ending up on the Lions, I don’t think Detroit passes up on a game-changing defensive lineman in Aidan Hutchinson or Trayvon Walker. The same goes for the Texans at No. 3, who would be hard pressed to pass on Kayvon Thibodeaux. It’s clear that both New York teams really need an upgrade in the secondary, and the Jets have been linked to Gardner of late.

I expect the top three edge rushers gone by the time we reach the 4th pick. If this holds, I think the Jets will go with the best defender available at 4th overall. And even if the Jets end up selecting Ickey Ekwonu, the New York Giants are also in need of a lockdown corner. At -125, there is value in backing Gardner’s draft position to be under 5.5.

When will Cincinnati’s Sauce Gardner be drafted?

First cornerback drafted longshot: Trent McDuffie (+1500)

While Gardner is the most likely to be the first CB drafted, Trent McDuffie may provide the best value on the board at a robust price of 15/1. The Washington Huskies cornerback has increased his draft stock after a strong junior season out west. After generating some buzz and scoring well at the combine, there is a decent chance that McDuffie could be selected higher than expected.

If Gardner isn’t taken in the top 5 for whatever reason, it’s conceivable that a front office may fall in love with McDuffie. Considering the injury history of Stingley Jr, McDuffie could be taken by a team in need at the position. Taking a stab at this price is worth a look.

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