NFL Draft Odds: Betting Prices Shift For No. 1 Pick Following Combine And Free Agency

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Odds tighten on Michigan defensive lineman Aidan Hutchinson going No. 1 in the NFL Draft (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

With significant free agency signings already complete, the needs of several teams have become more apparent, and sportsbooks have shifted NFL Draft odds in several markets — including the No. 1 overall selection. While the betting market favors Aidan Hutchinson to be selected by the Jaguars with the first pick on April 28 in Las Vegas, odds on who will go Nos. 2 and 3 are murkier.

However, while the experts may think they know what Jacksonville will do with the No. 1 pick, that does not mean they’re right, especially with four weeks to go before the draft commences.

Jags Tag Robinson, Hutchinson’s Odds To Go No. 1 Shorten

Last year, it was easy to figure out who the Jags would take with the No. 1 pick. They were in desperate need of a quarterback, and Trevor Lawrence was widely considered the best player in the draft. This year, they have many roster holes that need to be addressed.

Post-combine odds and mock drafts focused on the Jags getting Lawrence some much-needed protection. But along with protecting the quarterback, improving its own pass rush is a priority for Jacksonville.

After the Jags tagged left tackle Cam Robinson, odds shifted back in favor of Hutchinson. While Hutchinson has been at the forefront of No. 1 pick conversations, Travon Walker has been getting a lot of attention after excellent Combine and Pro Day performances.

Odds For No. 1 Overall Pick 2022 NFL DraftFanDuelPointsBetBetMGM
Aidan Hutchinson-250-275-225
Travon Walker+350+350+300
Evan Neal+1200+1400+1200
Ikem Ekwonu+1200+1200+1200
Kayvon Thibodeaux+2500+2000+3000
Malik Willis+3500+4000+3000
Kenny Pickett+8000+10000+5000
Drake London+10000
Derek Stingley+10000+15000+10000
Sam Howell+10000+20000+15000
Matt Corral+10000+10000+15000
Kyle Hamilton+10000+8000+10000
Charles Cross+10000+5000+5000
Desmond Ridder+20000+20000+15000
Jameson Williams+20000
Garrett Wilson+20000+20000
Ahmad Gardner+20000+10000
*Additional players available at BetMGM

NFL Draft Odds: Who’s Going No. 2?

Like the Jaguars, the Detroit Lions have a lot of holes they could potentially fill with the No. 2 pick. Jared Goff did not impress anyone in his first season in Detroit, and whoever plays quarterback could use some more help. They are also in desperate need of playmakers on defense. Improving the offensive line is never a bad idea, but the Lions have more pressing needs.

The Lions will look for someone ready to contribute right away, which takes QB Malik Willis out of the conversation. Kyle Hamilton (safety) has been getting a lot of attention, and Walker has flown up oddsboards this month.

While he has not gotten the press Hutchinson or Walker have during the offseason, it would be foolish to overlook Kayvon Thibodeaux.

Odds For No. 2 Overall Pick 2022 NFL DraftFanDuelPointsBetBetMGM
Aidan Hutchinson+250+250+250
Travon Walker+250+275+225
Kyle Hamilton+450+900+500
Malik Willis+500+275+500
Kayvon Thibodeaux+1000+800+1000
Evan Neal+1600+1500+1600
Ikem Ekwonu+1600+1500+1600
Derek Stingley+2500+2500+5000
Ahmad Gardner+2500+2500+2500
Kenny Pickett+5000+5000+4000
Charles Cross+7500+5000+8000
Jermaine Johnson II+5000
Sam Howell+10000+10000+10000
Matt Corral+10000+10000+10000
Desmond Ridder+10000
*Additional players listed at BetMGM

Texans Have Options At No. 3

The Texans have two picks inside the upper half of the first round (No. 3 and No. 13). With a need for improvement at just about every position, the Texans can go in almost any direction at No. 3.

Either Evan Neal or Ikem Ekwonu would make a big difference on an offensive line that finished the 2021 season ranked 29th by PFF.  They both figure to be available at No. 3. But defensive-minded head coach Lovie Smith might opt for a defensive playmaker. Should that be the case, the rumor mill is pointing to Hamilton and Thibodeaux as potential options.

However, with the numerous improvements the Texans need to make, Houston could trade down for more draft picks. If that happens, who goes No. 3 depends on who trades up.

Odds For No. 3 Overall Pick 2022 NFL DraftFanDuelPointsBetBetMGM
Ikem Ekwonu+175+175+200
Evan Neal+250+225+250
Travon Walker+600+550+500
Kyle Hamilton+600+1300+1000
Kayvon Thibodeaux+900+900+700
Malik Willis+1000+1200+800
Charles Cross+2000+2000+1600
Ahmad Gardner+2000+2000+1200
Aidan Hutchinson+2500+2000+3000
Derek Stingley+2500+3300+2000
Kenny Pickett +3000+5000+3000
Jermaine Johnson II+6600+3000
Drake London+10000+10000+20000
Sam Howell+10000+10000+8000
Matt Corral+10000+10000+5000
*Other players available at PointsBet, BetMGM
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