The 2022 NFL Draft gets underway April 28 in Las Vegas, and sportsbooks allow bettors to place wagers on a variety of markets. Bettors can find odds on things like who will get selected with the No. 1, 2, or 3 picks, the first quarterback, wide receiver, and running back selected, and so much more. Here we explore NFL Draft props on the number of players to be selected from major college conferences.
NFL Draft Odds: College Conference Props
Total Big 12 Players Drafted In 1st Round
The Big 12 has not been as popular in the first round as other conferences in recent years. Only 25 first-rounders have come from it in the last nine drafts—five in 2020 and zero last year. It does not look good for the Big 12 this year. PFF has one player from the conference ranked inside their top 32, Baylor’s Jalen Pitre; CBS has him at No. 41.
Most mock drafts do not have anyone from the Big 12 going in the first round.
Total ACC Players Drafted In 1st Round
- Over 4.5 +115 (BetRivers)
- Under 4.5 -122 (FanDuel)
North Carolina State’s Ikem Ekwonu is considered a top-10 pick, and possibly top-five. Many mock drafts have Andrew Booth Jr. (Clemson), Jermaine Johnson (Florida State), and Zion Johnson (Boston College) going in the first, but in the second half of the opening round. As for a potential fifth pick– several mocks have quarterbacks Kenny Pickett (Pitt) and/or Sam Howell (North Carolina) going in the first round.
If you agree that someone will reach for the QB they want and take him in the first, then go with the ‘over’ here.
Total Pac-12 Players Drafted In 1st Round
- Over 4.5 +139 (BetRivers)
- Under 4.5 -140 (FanDuel)
At one point, Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux was favored to go No. 1. That belief has changed, but he should still go inside the top 10, if not the top five. USC’s Drake London will likely go in the top half of the first. Several mocks have Washington’s Trent McDuffie going anywhere from No. 15 to 25. Utah’s Devin Lloyd could go as high as No. 8, but most mocks have him going in the second half of the first round.
As for a fifth—that’s a good question. Take the ‘under’ here.
Total Big Ten Players Drafted In 1st Round
- Over 6.5 -120 (DraftKings)
- Under 6.5 -110 (DraftKings)
The Big Ten has been good for seven players in the first round in three of the last five drafts and has certainly gotten a lot of attention this year with the No. 1 pick expected to be Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson. But will there be at least six other players drafted in the first?
Ohio State’s Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson will likely go in the first round, as will Purdue’s George Karlaftis. Iowa’s Tyler Linderbaum should be the first center off the board around the midway point of the first round. Depending on the mock draft you read, David Ojaba (Michigan), Daxton Hill (Michigan), Arnold Ebiketie (Penn State), and Jahan Dotson (Penn State) could be first-rounders.
Total SEC Players Drafted In 1st Round
- Over 10.5 -115 (BetRivers)
- Under 10.5 +105 (DraftKings)
There is a history of SEC bias in the first round. Twelve SEC players got selected in the first last year, and there has been an average of 11 taken each year dating back to 2010. If the player rankings and mock drafts are correct, there is reason to believe that will again be the case this year.
PFF has 11 SEC players ranked inside its top 32; CBS Sports has 13. Player rankings do not always match mock drafts or what teams will do. Most mock drafts have between 10-12 SEC players going in the first. However, while mock drafts often get quite a few selections right, even the best do not get them all right.
It will be close, either way. But the plus money odds make going with the ‘under’ a little more tempting.