NFL No. 1 Draft Pick Odds: Pass Rusher Or Pass Protector?

Written By Brett Gibbons on February 14, 2022
NFL Draft Pick odds

For the first time in some years, uncertainty surrounds who will go first overall in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars are on the clock. Will they go with one of the premier pass rushers? A sturdy offensive tackle? Will they trade the pick? DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook released NFL Draft odds, specifically prices on which player will go first overall.

With no consensus surrounding the pick, let’s dive into the possibilities and prices.

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NFL Draft Pick Odds: First Overall Pick

NFL Draft Odds: First Overall Pick

Travon Walker
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-450
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-450
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-450
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-320
Aidan Hutchinson
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+400
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+500
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+400
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+400
Ikem Ekwonu
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+750
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+700
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+400
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+300
Evan Neal
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+2000
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+2500
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+2000
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+1500
Kayvon Thibodeaux
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+5000
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+5500
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+3000
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+5000
Kenny Pickett
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+10000
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OTB
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+25000
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+12500
Charles Cross
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+10000
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OTB
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+10000
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Derek Stingley Jr.
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+10000
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OTB
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+15000
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+15000
Malik Willis
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+10000
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+5000
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+8000
Ahmad Gardner
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+10000
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OTB
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+10000
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+12500
Kyle Hamilton
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OTB
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+15000
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+12500
Jermaine Johnson II
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OTB
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+12500
Zion Johnson
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+25000
Drake London
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+25000

Pass Rusher Or Pass Protector?

For most of the 2021 NFL season, Oregon edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux dominated conversations to be picked first off the board. For his entire career, Thibodeaux seemed like he was going to be the guy.

Michigan pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson entered the conversation after a huge season when he was selected as a Heisman finalist. Hutchinson notched five sacks against arch-rival Ohio State and vaulted himself into the driver’s seat to be picked first.

Much of this speculation came swirled under the assumption that the Detroit Lions would be drafting first. However, the Jaguars secured the spot and the conversation changed.

While a glut of pass rushers is never a bad thing, priorities in Jacksonville may center around protecting Trevor Lawrence. Once the regular season concluded, Alabama’s Evan Neal and even NC State’s Ikem Ekwonu started appearing at or near the top of mock drafts.

The idea of drafting for need at the top with no obvious best player has gained steam going into draft season.

NFL Draft Pick Odds: The Favorites

EDGE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan (+160)

Outside of Ann Arbor, there weren’t a lot of eyes on Hutchinson coming into 2021. Few players have improved their draft stock in a single game more than he did. Hutchinson had his five-sack explosion and was subsequently named a Heisman Trophy finalist. However, his price as the current favorite is questionable considering offensive tackles are a major need for the Jaguars, especially with Lawrence.

OL Evan Neal, Alabama (+250)

When Neal first began popping up atop mock drafts early in the offseason, it was met with a ton of resistance. Alabama’s offensive line in general this past season was among their worst in memory, potentially dragging Neal down with them. The bottom line, though: Evan Neal is a bad man. Standing 6-foot-7, 350 pounds, he bullied even the top SEC defensive linemen. Lawrence was the fifth-most pressured QB in 2021 and the Jaguars need help up front. If Jacksonville drafts for need, Neal could find himself going first overall.

EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon (+500)

The previously consensus No. 1 pick is seeing his draft stock fall. Rumors recently surfaced that Thibodeaux could withdraw from the NFL Draft and return to Oregon. His 2021 was plagued by injury and there’s even some steam behind Thibodeaux falling farther down the board. Injuries or not, he is the most talented pass rusher – potentially the most talented player – in this draft.

OL Ikem Ekwonu, NC State (+800)

According to The Draft Network, Ekwonu is the top offensive lineman in this draft. The concern surrounding both him and Neal, though, is that they may be fit better as a guard in the NFL. Ekwonu started as a true freshman for NC State and never relinquished the position. He’s seen as more of a true starting left tackle, something that’s severely needed by the Jaguars.

NFL Draft Pick Odds: Longshots

S Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame (+6000)

Kyle Hamilton might be the most talented player in the NFL Draft. His 2021 season was cut short by injury, but Hamilton is a sideline-to-sideline ballhawk. The Jaguars have more pressing needs, though, and he doesn’t seem like a likely target for someone to trade up.

QB Malik Willis, Liberty (+4000)

The Senior Bowl did wonders for Willis, who has made a case as the top quarterback in the NFL Draft. He’s the quintessential “traits” prospect, with a rocket arm and excellent mobility. Of course, Jacksonville won’t be the one to take him, but a quarterback-needy team could make an aggressive run to get their guy. Teams like Carolina, Washington and New Orleans could make a jump.

QB Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh (+5000)

While Willis is the traits guy, Kenny Pickett is fairly universally seen as the most pro-ready quarterback in the draft. Again, this would mean a team will trade up to get Pickett. The Carolina Panthers are reportedly prepared to draft Pickett. With Willis’ stock rising in the draft, this could indicate to Carolina that they don’t need to move off the sixth pick to land Pickett.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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