NFL Draft Odds 2022: First Look At 2022's Class

Our first look at the 2022 NFL Draft odds tells us Oregon's stud pass rusher, Kayvon Thibodeaux, is the odds-on favorite to go first overall. Find out who else could get their name called first in our 2022 NFL Draft odds update.

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2021 10:46 AM ET Read Time: 4 min
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As we approach the midway point of the college football season, we look ahead to the 2022 NFL Draft, and answer the most important question: Who is the favorite to be the first overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft?

Let's take a look at the odds board for the 2022 NFL Draft's first overall pick.

2022 NFL Draft odds: First overall

Player Position Odds to go first overall in 2022 NFL Draft
Kayvon Thibodeaux DE -110
Matt Corral QB +250
Malik Willis QB +450
Carson Strong QB +500
Evan Neal OT +700
Sam Howell QB +1,000
DeMarvin Leal DL +1,200
Aiden Hutchinson DE +1,500
Kenny Pickett QB +1,500
Derek Stingley Jr. CB +1,500
Desmond Ridder QB +2,000
Kenyon Green OT +2,500
Zion Nelson OT +2,500
J.T. Daniels QB +3,000
Kedon Slovis QB +3,000
Kyle Hamilton S +3,000
Jayden Daniels QB +3,000

Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook on November 23, 2021.

Favorite to be the first overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft

Oregon's stud DE Kayvon Thibodeaux is currently the odds-on betting favorite at -110. Thibodeaux was the 2019 class' No. 2 prospect and has shown why in his time with Oregon. In the 27 games he's played with the Ducks, he's totalled 114 total tackles, 33.5 tackles for loss, and 18 sacks. 

Behind Thibodeaux is a slew of talented QBs, including Ole Miss' Matt Corral (+250), Liberty's Malik Willis (+450), Nevada's Carson Strong (+500), and UNC's Sam Howell (+1,000). Most notably, Matt Corral has been a part of the Heisman Trophy discussion for much of the season. To this point, he's thrown for 3,099 yards, 19 touchdowns, and only three interceptions - he's even added 10 scores on the ground as well.

While quarterbacks litter the rest of the board, there are a couple of notable non-QBs in the mix, including Evan Neal, Alabama's star left tackle (+700) and Kyle Hamilton, the best safety available out of Notre Dame (+3,000).

NFL Draft betting trends

• Quarterback is the most important position on the football field and while most first overall selections have played QB, quarterback hunters have been in high demand as well. Three of the last 15 No. 1 overall picks were pass rushers. That might come again this year with Kayvon Thibodeaux being the odds-on favorite to get picked first overall (-110).

• All but two of the last 15 NFL Drafts have seen an offensive lineman get picked in the Top 10. Evan Neal, star left tackle from Alabama, sits sixth on the odds board at +700.

List of first overall NFL Draft picks

Year Player Position
2021  Trevor Lawrence QB
2020 Joe Burrow QB
2019 Kyler Murray QB
2018 Baker Mayfield QB
2017 Myles Garrett DE
2016 Jared Goff QB
2015 Jameis Winston QB
2014 Jadeveon Clowney DE
2013 Eric Fisher OT
2012 Andrew Luck QB
2011 Cam Newton QB
2010 Sam Bradford QB
2009 Matthew Stafford QB
2008 Jake Long OT
2007 JaMarcus Russell QB
2006 Mario Williams DE

How to bet on the 2022 NFL Draft

Sportsbooks will post odds for the player to go first overall in the draft as soon the previous year's draft is over. Once the college football season begins in September, these odds could change weekly depending on how players are performing as well as the evaluations of trusted draftniks such as Mel Kiper Jr.

In addition, this NFL futures bet may also take into account the team needs of the worst team(s) in the NFL.

After the NCAA football season is over, NFL Draft odds will solidify after key events such as the underclassmen declaration deadline, the NFL Scouting Combine and pro days. In the weeks leading up to the draft, sportsbooks will offer more NFL Draft prop bets. 

Understanding NFL Draft odds

The odds to go first overall in the NFL Draft will typically look like this:

  • Matt Corral +300

This means that if you placed a $100 bet on Corral, you would win $300 if the Ole Miss QB goes first overall in 2022. When you get closer to the draft and there is a general consensus on who will go first overall, you might see a player with a minus sign (-) ahead of his odds, like this:

  • Kayvon Thibodeaux -110

This means that you'd have to bet $110 to win $100 on Kayvon Thibodeaux being drafted first overall.

Above we have posted the American odds for the 2022 NFL Draft. However, these are easy to convert to decimal odds or fractional odds with our odds converter tool.

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