NFL Draft Odds: Betting Guide For 2022

Draft Order, Odds, And Strategy

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The crown jewel of the NFL offseason is always the Draft, which is held this year from April 28 through April 30 in Las Vegas. Unlike recent years, there is no consensus No. 1 overall pick. Georgia’s Travon Walker overtook Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson for the favorite to be picked first by the Jacksonville Jaguars late in the draft cycle. Alabama’s Evan Neal was also in consideration. This page will lay out 2022 NFL Draft odds and betting guides to help you navigate the event.

NFL Draft odds

Sportsbooks have posted NFL Draft odds, such as who will be picked first overall. Odds for who will be picked second, third, fourth etc. are also available at DraftKings Sportsbook, Caesars Sportsbook and BetMGM.

First overall pick odds

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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+1500
Kayvon Thibodeaux
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+5000
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+3000
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Kenny Pickett
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+10000
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OTB
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+12500
Charles Cross
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OTB
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Derek Stingley Jr.
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OTB
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Malik Willis
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+8000
Ahmad Gardner
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+10000
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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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+10000
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OTB
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OTB
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+12500
Zion Johnson
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OTB
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+25000
Drake London
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OTB
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+25000

Sportsbooks also have “Pick by Position” NFL Draft odds for which QB will be selected first, which RB will be selected first, etc. Check out NFL Draft odds for each position by looking at our position-by-position draft previews:

Draft specials

Sportsbooks like DraftKings have a variety of special markets for 2022 Draft. To wager on any of the following markets at DraftKings go here.

  • Player draft positions
  • Number of QBs/WRs/OL taken in the first round
  • First player drafted at each position
  • Will pick 32 be offensive or defensive player

2022 NFL Draft order

PickTeam2021 RecordDraft Needs
1Jacksonville Jaguars3-14EDGE, SAF, IDL
2Detroit Lions3-13-1QB, EDGE, SAF
3Houston Texans4-13EDGE, CB, SAF, OT
4New York Jets4-13OT, EDGE, SAF, CB
5New York Giants4-13OT, EDGE, SAF
6Carolina Panthers5-12QB. OT
7New York Giants4-13OT, EDGE, SAF
8Atlanta Falcons7-10EDGE, WR, QB, SAF, LB
9Seattle Seahawks7-10QB, OT, EDGE, CB
10New York Jets4-13OT, EDGE, SAF, CB
11Washington Commanders7-10WR, CB, OL
12Minnesota Vikings8-9SAF, DL, CB
13Houston Texans4-13EDGE, CB, SAF, OT
14Baltimore Ravens8-9DL, EDGE, CB, OL
15Philadelphia Eagles9-8CB, EDGE, WR, OL
16New Orleans Saints9-8QB, WR, OT
17Los Angeles Chargers9-8OT, DL, LB, EDGE
18Philadelphia Eagles9-8CB, EDGE, WR, OL
19New Orleans Saints9-8QB, WR, OT
20Pittsburgh Steelers9-7-1OL, SAF, QB, CB
21New England Patriots10-7CB, LB, SAF
22Green Bay Packers13-4WR, EDGE, OT
23Arizona Cardinals11-6CB, EDGE, WR
24Dallas Cowboys12-5EDGE, SAF, WR
25Buffalo Bills11-6CB, WR
26Tennessee Titans12-5WR, LB, OT
27Tampa Bay Buccaneers13-4OL, SAF, WR
28Green Bay Packers13-4WR, EDGE, OT
29Kansas City Chiefs12-5WR, CB, SAF
30Kansas City Chiefs12-5WR, CB, SAF
31Cincinnati Bengals10-7OT, CB
32Detroit Lions3-13-1QB, EDGE, SAF

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2022 NFL Draft prospects

Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

Hutchinson was a solid player all year long, but made a name for himself when he recorded five sacks in the regular season finale against Ohio State. Not only did that performance earn Hutchinson a spot on the Heisman podium, but it vaulted him to being the favorite to be picked first overall. The Jaguars are in dire need of pass rusher. They tagged tackle Cam Robinson, likely opening the door for them to draft a pass rusher first.

Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

No one’s risen up the odds boards faster than Walker this offseason. As late as February, Walker wasn’t even listed with odds to be picked first overall. However, a dominant performance in the Senior Bowl, testing outrageous numbers at the Combine, and showing out at his Pro Day vaulted Walker to a contender for being picked first. Don’t be surprised if he, not Hutchinson, is the guy called first. A number of rumors have linked him to Jacksonville late in the draft cycle– steam that typically causes action.

Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State

Ickey is another player whose draft stock has risen behind rumors and testing this offseason. He’s tagged as truer offensive tackle at the NFL level whereas other tackles in the draft cycle often move inside to guard. He had visits with every team in the top five, but has been most associated with the Jets in mock drafts at four.

Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

At one point, Neal was the favorite to be picked first overall. His size is what NFL executives chase and Neal stands 6′ 7″, 350 pounds strong. However, further developments had whispers that he is better suited as a guard– not a tackle– and when the Jaguars tagged Cam Robinson, his odds began to fall. Alabama doesn’t have a great track record with NFL prospects on the offensive line, though each player should be evaluated in a vacuum.

Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

Thibodeaux has been hailed a top NFL Draft prospect since high school. He’s smart, mature, ferocious, and tactical. This year, edge rushers are needed by a majority of teams drafting high and pass rushers are a premium position. However, the rise of Aidan Hutchinson meant Thibs’ price dropped. He’s been mocked outside the top 10 by some mock drafts, though his odds still favor a top-10 landing spot for him in April.

Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

Each year, executives chase the Josh Allen/Patrick Mahomes “traits” quarterback. Malik Willis is mobile and has a rocket arm, though consistent accuracy is a big issue. He’s extremely effective as a runner, but his size is frequently mentioned as a concern. This year’s quarterback class is regarded as weak, though Seattle is rumored to be strongly interested in Willis at the ninth pick.

Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Over 1,000 coverage snaps played in college, zero touchdowns allowed. Ahmad Gardner was recruited by Marcus Freeman (now head coach at Notre Dame) and developed by Perry Eliano (now at Ohio State), two of the truly elite defensive coaches in the nation. He has length and athleticism matched by few players at all in this draft cycle. Rumors link Gardner to the Jets and Giants and with both drafting around each other, Gardner could come off the board surprisingly high should either team see him as “their guy.”

Kyle Hamilton, SAF, Notre Dame

Kyle Hamilton is graded as one of the most gifted players in the past five years by multiple credible sources, namely Matt Miller (the Draft Scout) and The Draft Network. However, because safety isn’t viewed as a premium position, his projection in mock drafts is falling. Teams that both fall into his projected draft range and have a pressing need for a safety include the Giants (5, 7) and Texans (13).

Kenny Pickett, QB, Pitt

Will his historically-small hands prove to the critical flaw that sends Pickett plummeting on draft day? Large media outlets seem to think so. However, Kenny Pickett has been strongly associated with the Carolina Panthers. Head coach Matt Rhule originally recruited Pickett when he was at Temple and GM Scott Fitterer has been outwardly complementary of Pickett. Rumors strongly link the two, though not many mocks put Pickett at six where the Panthers draft.

Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

While not the biggest receiver on the board this year, Garrett Wilson is twitchy and aggressive at the point of attack. He’s near the top of an extremely deep receivers group and is the favorite to be picked first overall. Wilson was a part of an extremely talented group at Ohio State that also included first-round projected receiver Chris Olave. Wilson is competing with Arkansas’ Treylon Burks and USC’s Drake London as the first pass catcher off the board, sometimes slotted as high as 10th to the Jets.

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How to bet on NFL draft odds

In the coming days, more and more prop bets will be released to give bettors action on the 2022 NFL Draft. The most common bet type is for who will be the First Overall Pick, which brings a lot of intrigue this season.

Bet options will focus on the top prospects, especially at the skill positions. Their potential landing spots, as well as their draft spot, will be available betting options. Additionally, bets will separate players by position and look at who will be the first QB, WR or RB to be taken.

People will also be able to bet on how many of a certain position will be selected in the first round, or overall. Prospects may also be pitted head-to-head for who is the first to be selected.

How NFL draft odds work

Like with betting the moneyline or the spread for games, you’re generally deciding between only two possible outcomes, either the Over or Under on draft position or the number of a certain position to be selected. The biggest difference is in picking from select groups of players to be chosen with the No. 1 pick or to be the top player selected at their position.

When betting a prop such as who will be the First Overall Pick, each option listed is given odds based on their likelihood to go first overall. Aidan Huitchinson is a heavy favorite and had odds of -350 at DraftKings Sportsbook in early April. This means a $100 bet would return a profit of just $35. These are very low, or short odds. Unless you have a large bankroll to support making big wagers, it’s probably best to look elsewhere.

Be sure to shop around, as the odds for each player can vary considerably from sportsbook to sportsbook.

2022 NFL Draft details

Where is the 2022 NFL Draft?

The 2022 NFL Draft will take place in Las Vegas. Next year’s draft has been confirmed for Kansas City.

When is the 2022 NFL Draft?

Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30.

  • Round 1: Thursday beginning at 8 p.m. ET
  • Rounds 2 and 3: Friday beginning at 7 p.m. ET
  • Rounds 4-7: Saturday beginning at 12 p.m. ET

How to watch the 2022 NFL draft

The entirety of the 2022 NFL Draft will be broadcast across ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network, as well as streamed on NFL.com.

How the NFL Draft works

Determining draft order

The draft order for spots 1 through 18 is determined by the reverse order of the standings at the conclusion of the regular season. Barring trades (discussed below) the team which finishes last will make the first pick of each round, while the Super Bowl champions will make the final selection of each round.

Spots 19 through 32 go to playoff teams, with the order being determined by which round teams are eliminated from the postseason, plus their regular-season record. The Super Bowl champion is given the final pick of each round, so long as they haven’t made any trades.

Tiebreakers

Teams which finish with the same regular-season record (i.e. 4-12, 10-6) will have their order decided by tiebreakers, based on the first of these scenarios which results in the teams having a different record:

  • Head-to-head, if applicable
  • Best record against shared opponents (minimum of four)
  • Strength of victory over all games
  • Best league ranking in points scored and points allowed
  • Best point differential
  • Net touchdowns
  • Coin flip

The teams involved in the tiebreakers will alternate which team chooses first in each round, with the tiebreaker awarding the higher pick for Round 1.

Compensatory draft picks

Based on the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, the league can assign up to a total of 32 “compensatory free agent” picks. These allow teams that have lost free agents to recoup losses through the draft. Picks are made at the ends of the third through seventh rounds. Each team can have as many as four additional picks, and these have been eligible to be traded since 2017.

Timing

Each team has up to 10 minutes to make its pick in the first round. That time drops to seven minutes for Round 2, five minutes for Rounds 3 through 6 and four minutes for Round 7. If the clock expires before a team makes its selection, they are able to make the selection later but the next team is able to select the desired player.

Trades

All draft picks are eligible to be traded in exchange for other picks, future picks and active NFL players at any point up until that draft slot. Both teams must phone in a trade with the same information for league approval when trades are made during the draft.

Player eligibility

Players are draft eligible if they have been out of high school for at least three years and have used up their college football eligibility before the start of the next college season. They’re eligible only in the year after they finished their college eligibility. Underclassmen and players who graduated before using their full college eligibility may request league approval for early entry to the draft.

Supplemental Draft

Players who had their eligibility change following the given year’s NFL draft are eligible for the supplemental draft in July. Teams must bid on players by saying which round they’d select a given player and if no other team bids on the same player, his right are awarded to that team, or they’re awarded to the highest bidding team. The team will lose a pick in the same round in the ensuing year’s draft.

NFL Draft history

Over the last five NFL drafts, a quarterback was selected first overall four times. Browns DE Myles Garrett in 2017 was the lone exception and this upcoming draft is expected to be the second exception. The fewest number of quarterbacks taken in the first round was two (2015) and the most was five (2018) during that span. The 2022 NFL Draft may be in contention to break the lowest number, with Malik Willis and Kenny Pickett hesitantly being the only QBs expected to go in the first round. Others like Desmond Ridder and Matt Corral could be chosen Day 1, but it’s unlikely.

To date, six quarterbacks selected with a No. 1 pick have led their team to a Super Bowl title. The most quarterbacks selected in a single draft since it was cut to seven rounds was in 2004 when 17 QBs were selected.