There's a lot of uncertainty about the NFL Draft betting and the wide receiver position is no different. However, Ohio State's Garrett Wilson appears to be the consensus first receiver selected in most mock drafts which gives plenty of NFL betting value to this NFL Draft odds market.
The top three wideouts this year have separated from the rest of the class and Wilson seems like the closest thing to a sure bet to contribute from Day 1.
That's why our latest NFL Mock Draft has him being the first wide receiver selected in the 2022 NFL Draft this Thursday.
NFL Draft 2022 first WR selected odds
Odds courtesy of bet365, as of April 26, 2022
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NFL Draft 2022 first WR Selected pick
- Garrett Wilson first WR selected (+100 )
Pick made on April 26, 2022.
Out of all the position markets, the first wide receiver selected might be the most open with the favorite Wilson still available at plus money.
However, there are a few reasons why most mocks have Wilson as the first wide receiver off the board with the Buckeye just ahead of Jameson Williams and Drake London.
London has terrific size but most modern NFL offenses place a greater emphasis on speed and the ability to separate, areas where Wilson and Williams have a clear edge.
Williams is a fantastic prospect and if he was fully healthy he would likely be neck-and-neck with Wilson. But the Alabama product is coming off an ACL tear, so there's got to be a bit of a question mark for teams there. While it won't drop him out of the first round it could drop him below Wilson who is fairly similar to him in terms of skillset and overshadowed him at Ohio State, with Williams needing to transfer to Bama to come into his own.
Williams is a bit better as a route-runner but Wilson has better play strength and should go a few spots earlier.