2021 NFL Draft Odds: CB

Odds, trends and analysis

This year’s crop of cornerbacks in the 2022 NFL Draft is a sturdy group with plenty of top-end talent. Below, we’ll look at NFL Draft odds surrounding the cornerback position and a guide to help you bet the draft. What markets are available to you? Are there any values in the numbers?

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NFL draft odds: First CB drafted

First cornerback selected odds are now posted at top US sportsbooks. Cincinnati CB Ahmad Gardner is the consensus favorite to go off the board first.

Ahmad Gardner
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-140
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-200
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-140
Derek Stingley Jr.
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+100
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+125
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+100
Trent McDuffie
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+1600
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+2000
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+2000
Andrew Booth Jr.
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+7500
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+5000
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+5000
Kaiir Elam
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+10000
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+8000
Roger McCreary
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+8000
Kyler Gordon
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+10000
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Tariq Wooden
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+15000
Martin Emerson
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+10000
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Marcus Jones
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How to bet on first CB drafted

Most online sportsbooks have options for several NFL Draft bets, including an option to bet on the exact order of the first three picks. To find this section, click the NFL tab and look for “Draft Props” or “Player Draft Specials.” To bet on the first player off the board at their position, find a tab for “First Pick by Position” and view the odds listed below.

NFL Draft: 2022 CB profiles

Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati

Gardner played over 1,200 snaps against the pass in his career at Cincinnati and surrendered exactly zero touchdowns. He’s the definition of a lockdown corner and stood up against receiving corps like Ohio State, Alabama, and Georgia. At 6′ 3″, he’s got the size and couples it with truly elite speed (4.41).

Rumors link Gardner to both the Giants and Jets, who have multiple top-10 picks. Being picked fourth by the Jets isn’t out of the question, but with offensive tackle being a more pressing need, Gardner could be picked as early as fifth or seventh by the Giants. He met with the Giants and Jets, along with the Eagles, Lions, Seahawks, and Texans.

Derek Stingley Jr., LSU

Since stepping foot on LSU’s campus, Derek Stingley Jr. was pinned as a top NFL Draft prospect. However, he suffered a Lisfranc injury, one of the longest recovery time injuries in football and one that has a history of lingering issues. Stingley’s watched his draft stock tumble from potentially top-three, to one of the trendiest candidates for a slide this draft cycle.

However, with teams like Minnesota and Baltimore in serious need of cornerback help, it’d be surprising to see Stingley fall beyond 14. Like many LSU defensive backs before him, Stingley has the highest ceiling of maybe any player in the draft. The Jets and Giants also visited with him, along with the Jaguars, Lions, and Texas (per NFL’s Ian Rappaport).

Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson

A name buried under the headlines of Gardner and Stingley, Andrew Booth has been one of the best corners in the country and will be picked highly in the first round. While mock drafts pit Booth in the mid-first, some sources like The Draft Network grade him inside their top 10 prospects. He’s a terrific man corner, which is imperative in the NFL, and fits schemes of teams like the Patriots, Falcons, and Chiefs.

Some NFL comparisons have gone as far as to tag him with All-Pro Jaire Alexander. Most notably is Booth’s football IQ and his leadership in the locker room. Not only was he recruited to Clemson on his football ability, but for his outstanding academics.

Trent McDuffie, Washington

Trent McDuffie is a name that’s stuck around the mid-first round since the beginning of the draft cycle. He’s a good coverage corner, excelling in both man and zone, but his real allure comes to his willingness to stick his nose into tackles. McDuffie is an eager tackler and has delivered serious hits during his time at Washington– an attractive trait to NFL executives.

The Patriots hosted McDuffie for a top-30 visit, which made headlines and could pinpoint his landing spot. However, teams like the Eagles are also in need of cornerback help and draft ahead of New England. Either way, it’s unlikely that McDuffie lasts past the top 21 in this draft.

Kaiir Elam, Florida

Previously a Day 2 pick, Kaiir Elam’s name has jumped into the first round of mock drafts. The Washington Commanders hosted Elam for a pre-draft visit, though their spot at 11 is rather ambitious. On many analysts boards, Elam falls fifth of sixth– namely by The Athletic’s Dane Brugler and The Draft Network. Should teams in the first round get corner-happy, teams at the back of the first could resort to pulling early on Elam. The Chiefs are a name to watch in this department.

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NFL Draft CB History

Here is a list of the first CB taken in each NFL Draft going back to 2010.

YearTeamPlayerCollegePick (No. overall)
2021CarolinaJaycee HornSouth Carolina8
2020DetroitJeff OkudahOhio State3
2019NY GiantsDeAndre BakerGeorgia30
2018ClevelandDenzel WardOhio State4
2017New OrleansMarshon LattimoreOhio State11
2016JacksonvilleJalen RamseyFlorida State5
2015MinnesotaTrae WaynesMichigan State11
2014ClevelandJustin GilbertOklahoma State8
2013NY JetsDee MillinerAlabama9
2012DallasMorris ClaiborneLSU6
2011ArizonaPatrick PetersonLSU5
2010ClevelandJoe HadenFlorida7

NFL Draft strategy and trends

After a rather thin year on cornerback talent, 2022 brings a deep class with plenty of heavy hitters to the table. It’s a natural counter to the receiving talent also coming into this draft, which should make for entertaining battles in the coming years. Last year, five corners were drafted in the first round while 2020 saw six. In a pass-heavy NFL, trends point toward more and more corners being drafted earlier on, potentially making it a premium position along with QB, pass rusher, and tackle.

DraftKings Sportsbook has set the Over/Under on number of cornerbacks drafted in the first round to 4.5 (O +120).

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