NFL Draft Odds 2022: Several Teams In Play To Select Kenny Pickett, Malik Willis

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Panthers have shortest price to select Kenny Pickett, per 2022 NFL Draft odds (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

The NFL Draft is less than two weeks away (April 28-30). As the most desired QBs of their draft class, where Kenny Pickett and Malik Willis will end up has been the subject of much debate throughout the offseason. Several sportsbooks have posted NFL draft odds on who will draft them. However, after an unusually active offseason for veteran quarterbacks, several teams have answered their QB questions.

But there are others who do not have a franchise quarterback on the roster or could use an upgrade at the position.

Kenny Pickett NFL Draft Odds: Panthers Favored To Select Former Pitt QB

Here’s a partial list of the teams sportsbooks have posted odds on taking Kenny Pickett in the 2022 NFL Draft. Odds are courtesy of PointsBet, DraftKings, and BetRivers and current as of Tuesday.

Team To Draft Kenny PickettPointsBetDraftKingsBetRivers
Carolina Panthers+140+150+150
Pittsburgh Steelers+375+350+500
New Orleans Saints+400+200+250
Atlanta Falcons+500+500+500
Seattle Seahawks+500+500+400
Tennessee Titans+1900+2500+1100
Washington Commanders+2500+2500+1100
Indianapolis Colts+2500+4000+2500
Philadelphia Eagles+2500+2500+2500
Detroit Lions+3300+2000+3000
Minnesota Vikings+4000+5000+5000
New York Giants+5000+5000+6500
Miami Dolphins+6600+10000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+8000+10000+7500
New York Jets+10000+10000
Green Bay Packers+10000+10000
Houston Texans+3000

It is not surprising to see the Panthers with the best odds. They have the No. 6 pick in the first round, and Sam Darnold does not appear to be the QB of the future in Carolina. If they are going to maximize Christin McCaffrey’s value, they need to find a better option at quarterback. However, the Panthers have other needs and could go with a higher-rated player with the sixth pick in the Draft.

Of the teams picking in the top 10, Houston, Detroit, Atlanta, and the Giants could use an upgrade at quarterback. However, all four have a starter in place for the 2022 season and could meet another, more pressing need with a top-10 pick. Seattle tends to go for the best available player, making it unlikely to take a QB with the No. 9 pick.

If you put much stock in mock drafts, look for Pickett to go to either the Saints at No. 19 or the Steelers at No. 20.

Ryan McCrystal, who is considered one of the more accurate mock draft analysts, has him going to the Steelers with the Saints taking Willis right before them. However, Brendan Donahue, who ranks higher than McCrystal in mock draft accuracy over the last five years, thinks the Panthers will jump the gun and go with Pickett at No. 6.

Odds On Malik Willis’ Potential Landing Spots

Here’s a partial list of the teams sportsbooks have posted odds on taking Malik Willis in the 2022 NFL Draft:

Team To Draft Malik WillisPointsBetDraftKingsBetRivers
Detroit Lions+275+350+500
Carolina Panthers+350+250+250
Pittsburgh Steelers+350+350+350
Atlanta Falcons+450+350+600
Seattle Seahawks+450+350+500
New Orleans Saints+1000+1000+600
Houston Texans+1500+1600+1500
New York Giants+2000+1200+2000
Philadelphia Eagles+2000+2000+2000
Washington Commanders+2500+2500+2500
Minnesota Vikings+4000+4000+5500
Indianapolis Colts+2500+3000
Tennessee Titans+2500+7500

It’s a little more challenging to project where Willis will go in the Draft since he is considered a raw talent in need of some work before he’ll be ready to play in the NFL. But his upside is so significant that someone could decide to roll the dice on him in the first round, anyway. However, in doing so, a team will likely have to pass on a player that could help them win games this season.

Losing too many games this year could lead to the coaching staff losing their jobs. So, why choose a player that is more likely to help the next regime?

Detroit needs to improve at the position, but the Lions will not take a QB with the No. 2 pick; it is unlikely Willis is still on the board at No. 32. If Carolina reaches for a QB at No. 6, the Panthers will probably go with Pickett since he is considered the more pro-ready of the two.

Atlanta and Seattle are certainly solid options, but it is more likely they will take care of other pressing needs in the top 10. Like Pickett, Willis could go to either the Saints or Steelers at No. 19 and 20. Mike Tomlin could weather a losing season, and Dennis Allen benefits from being in his first year as head coach of the Saints.

But the Saints could choose to build around Jameis Winston. If the Panthers pass on a QB at No. 6, then the Steelers could have the option of going with either Willis or Pickett at No. 20.

Also read: NFL Draft Odds & Props For Power Five Conference Totals | NFL Season Win Totals 2022

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Travis Pulver is a lifelong football fan, something he says comes naturally having been born in the football-crazy state of Texas. Through the years, his love of sports has extended into baseball, basketball, golf, and rugby. Life currently finds him in Indiana with his wife and two kids.

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