On Thursday, April 28, the front offices of the 32 NFL teams will occupy a large space at Caesars Forum on the famed Las Vegas Strip, convening to make their selections in the annual NFL Draft.
Unlike the draft of any other league, the NFL Draft has become a spectacle, with live coverage of each of the seven rounds spread over three days and fans in attendance to support or boo the choices by their favorite teams.
Much speculation surrounds the 2022 NFL Draft, with experts split on which college players should be the top picks. Fans can wager at their favorite Virginia sports betting apps to make the experience even more thrilling.
Hutchinson And Walker In Match Race For #1 Pick
Like an old-fashioned match race, it appears to be between Michigan defensive lineman Aidan Hutchinson and Georgia defensive lineman Travon Walker for the No. 1 overall selection in the draft.
Jacksonville and Detroit are No. 1 and No. 2 in the draft, and both are apparently leaning toward keeping their pick and taking one of the linemen, both of whom are expected to immediately make an impact in the league.
As of Friday morning, the odds at DraftKings Virginia heavily favor Hutchinson (-200) over Walker (+190).
It will come down to either Liberty’s Malik Willis or Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett being the first QB picked. Many mock drafts have the passer from Liberty going in the top 10. A few have him dropping as low as No. 20 where the Steelers might grab him to be a replacement for recently retired Ben Roethlisberger.
But don’t discount the crazy that can be the Detroit Lions — a maligned franchise has a history of terrible first-round picks. Would they pass on Hutchinson or Walker and go for Willis to fill a hole at QB? It’s a long shot but with odds of +900 at FanDuel Virginia, probably worth a $50 bet to return $450.
Derek Stingley Jr. And The Cornerbacks
A clear superstar entering the draft is LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., projected by most to be the first defensive back selected. If the first two picks go as forecast, Stingley is there for the Houston Texans, who need the help at the corner. It’s possible that Stingley drops a few picks (maybe to the Seahawks at No. 9) and that Cincinnati’s Ahmad Gardner actually is the first CB selected, but we’re looking for interesting prop bets here with longer odds.
Because of that, take a look at Stingley Jr. to be the No. 3 overall pick (+450 at Caesars Sportsbook).
First Wide Receiver Drafted Odds
Sportsbooks are split on the wide receiver market for this draft. The competition for first overall WR picked is intriguing. Here are the odds from three sportsbooks on the top wideouts to be picked:
Garret Wilson, Ohio State+115+135+110
Jameson Williams, Alabama+150+140+200
Drake London, USC+210+300+225
What Will The Giants Do In Round One?
Thanks to a trade with the Bears, the New York Giants hold the Nos. 5 and 7 picks. The G-Men haven’t had a winning season in six years, and in each of their last two seasons, they ranked 31st in the league in offense.
But the Giants need help on both sides of the ball, which may lead them to take one offensive player and one defensive player with the early picks. That way, the team gets an instant starter both ways.
If the Giants select Mississippi State offensive lineman Charles Cross and Gardner in the first round that betting market odds of +950 at FanDuel. A winning $50 bet would pay you $475. That’s enough for two tickets to a game and parking at the Meadowlands.
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