2022 NFL Draft Odds: OL

Odds, trends and analysis

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Offensive tackles are among the premium positions in the NFL Draft. While not quite valued as highly as quarterbacks, teams often pay up handsomely to draft a premiere offensive tackle. Below, we’ll look at 2022 NFL Draft odds for all offensive linemen, both inside and out. Which player will be taken first? This year, there’s no obvious answer.

NFL draft odds: First OL drafted

Odds for first OL drafted have been up for months. DraftKings Sportsbook also has lines on second OL drafted. Toggle through the tabs below to see those odds and click to wager.

First OL Drafted
Second OL Drafted

Ikem Ekwonu
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-200
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-160
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-200
Evan Neal
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+300
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+250
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+300
Charles Cross
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+300
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+300
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+300
Tyler Linderbaum
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+5000
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+7500
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+10000
Trevor Penning
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+5000
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+7500
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+10000
Zion Johnson
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+10000
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+10000
Kenyon Green
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+10000
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+10000

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Ikem Ekwonu
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-175
Evan Neal
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+150
Charles Cross
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+800
Trevor Penning
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+2000
Tyler Linderbaum
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+2500

How to bet on first OL drafted

At most online sportsbooks, you can find options for several NFL Draft bets including the first player drafted at each position. To find this section click the NFL tab and find a tab for “First Pick by Position” then view the odds listed below.

If you’re looking to bet the first OL taken, there’s plus money to be had. Correlated markets at DraftKings Sportsbook also don’t align with their odds board for OL drafted, so there is potential for value on both sides. For example, Alabama’s Evan Neal is favored to be the first one off the board, but NC State’s Ikem Ekwonu is favored ahead of Neal at every draft position until fifth overall. Either way you land, there’s a good value bet out there.

NFL Draft: 2022 OL profiles

Ikem Ekwonu, NC State

At both FanDuel Sportsbook and BetMGM, “Ickey” Ekwonu is the favorite to be taken off the board first. At DraftKings Sportsbook, he still comes in plus money at +150. The shift in odds likely comes in response to a growing popularity that edge rushers will be taken with the first three picks off the board or two pass rushers and a quarterback. Ekwonu is strongly tied to the New York Jets, who pick fourth. Ekwonu is viewed as a more true tackle in the league, while questions surrounding Neal as a guard are commonly fixed to him.

Evan Neal, Alabama

For a stretch before free agency, Neal was seen as the favorite to be the number one overall draft pick. When the Jaguars tagged tackle Cam Robinson, Neal’s stock dropped. Some mocks even go as far as having Neal outside the top 10 (Sam Monson, PFF). However, with tackle-needy teams like the Jets, Giants, and Panthers having five total picks in the top 10, that’s a stretch. Evan Neal is massive– 6′ 7″ tall and over 350 pounds. It is noted that he may be best suited to move inside to guard due to the explosive speed of the NFL’s top pass rushers.

Charles Cross, Mississippi State

Cross is viewed as a starting left tackle in the NFL– one of the most sought-after positions in all of football. Evaluations of Cross mention an explosive first step, key for neutralizing speedy pass rushers off the edge. He’s been linked to teams like Carolina as high as sixth overall. He’s -450 at DraftKings Sportsbook to be selected in the top 10, an implied 81.8% chance that happens.

Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa

No one had a faster rise during the Senior Bowl than Northern Iowa’s Trevor Penning. He went viral for his bully-style of football, constantly burying other prospects and engaging in some extra-circulars after the whistle. At books, he’s got long odds to be a top-10 draft pick (+600 at FanDuel Sportsbook). The interesting connection with Penning is with the New York Giants front office. New GM Joe Schoen has a history of drafting Northern Iowa players– namely Spencer Brown in 2021 when Schoen was with Buffalo. The Giants draft at both five and seven, giving Penning a pretty decent chance of being a surprise top-10 pick.

Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa

Tyler Linderbaum is shaping up to potentially be one of the most highly-drafted centers of the last 25 years. Maurkice Pouncey and Ryan Kelly– two bonafide All Pros– were drafted in the late teens, about where Linderbaum is being mocked to. Look for teams like Philadelphia (15, 18) and Pittsburgh (20) to be landing spots for him in the first round. Every evaluation of him pins Linderbaum as a “high-level starting center in the NFL” (The Draft Network).

NFL Draft OL history

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

YearTeamPlayerCollegePick (No. overall)
2021Detroit LionsPenei SewellOregon7
2020New York GiantsAndrew ThomasGeorgia4
2019CincinnatiJonah WilliamsAlabama11
2018San FranciscoMike McGlincheyNotre Dame9
2017DenverGarrett BolesUtah20
2016BaltimoreRonnie StanleyNotre Dame6
2015WashingtonBrandon ScherffIowa5
2014St. LouisGreg RobinsonAuburn2
2013Kansas CityEric FisherCentral Michigan1
2012MinnesotaMatt KalilUSC4
2011DallasTyron SmithUSC9
2010WashingtonTrent WilliamsOklahoma4

NFL Draft odds, betting strategy, and trends

With more offensive linemen being on the field at once than any other NFL position on a typical play, they’re the most frequently-drafted players. Defense may win championships, but offensive lines get teams in the conversation. In recent years, we’ve seen explosive teams crumble to dust without an effective offensive line, most recently the 2021 Cincinnati Bengals and 2020 Kansas City Chiefs.

DraftKings Sportsbook has the total number of offensive linemen drafted in the first round at 7.5 (O +155). Two of them are also the favorites to be the first offensive player drafted this year, with Ekwonu (-140) being the odds-on favorite.

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