With sports betting reaching all new heights, the prop bets for Round 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft are sure to see droves of people attempting to beat Vegas. As the host city, however, you better expect to know your stuff before you bet the house against the house. Tip the odds in your favor: Here are our favorite prop bets surrounding Round 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft.
2022 NFL Draft Odds: Best prop bets
Finding the angle to bet and then attacking is the best option. Separating your bets out over a plethora of choices, finding one or two you really like, and just not betting at all are viable strategies as well. However, if you do find yourself between the moon and a sportsbook ahead of Thursday’s Round 1, here are some of our favorites.
Total first-round quarterbacks: Over 2.5 (-160)
Look, you’re not going to pocket much, but if you want the rush that you get from winning, just go off the law of averages. The quarterback position is the most important in team sports, and more than three teams are in the hunt for a new quarterback in Round 1.
Compounding matters in favor of the over, more than three teams have needs at quarterback and multiple first-round picks. It makes sense that if a team is going to reach on a quarterback, they’d do so with another first-round pick on the books in that same class, right?
Jameson Williams in the top 10 (-125)
This one has picked up steam over the past few weeks. In fact, Jameson Williams is reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery and could play meaningful snaps as early as his rookie season.
Williams can take the top off the defense and has game-changing speed. Any number of top 10 teams need a new receiver, and if he does get a clean bill of health from their medical team, Williams could very well be the first wide receiver taken. Hello, Atlanta.
Draft positions props to watch
Here are some of our favorite individual player props to watch.
- Zion Johnson UNDER 24.5 (-160)
- Sam Howell UNDER 45.5 (+110)
- Kaiir Elam UNDER 32.5 (-250)
- Treylon Burks OVER 23.5 (-105)
- Jordan Davis OVER 13.5 (-160)
Johnson is a talented interior offensive line prospect. Perhaps the most talented one in this class. As such, there’s likely no way he would slip outside of the top 20, especially when the Los Angeles Chargers have a need and pick at No. 17.
Howell is a talented QB, and there’s some meat left on the bone at the top of Round 2 with teams who could pass on a signal-caller in Round 1. The Indianapolis Colts at No. 42 have Matt Ryan for two years and need a suitable replacement.
Elam is every bit of a first-round pick and could vie to become the third CB drafted. Especially given the injury reports to Clemson’s Andrew Booth Jr., Elam will battle it out with the Washington duo to be the third corner off the board. And that will happen in the first round.
Burks had a terrible showing in the pre-draft process. He was sluggish and slow and appeared ready to rest on his laurels after that showing. Burks was also reportedly out of shape. If the media is hearing that, imagine what the teams invested in his reports, medicals, and well-being are hearing. No way a team would want to take that much of a risk that high.
Last but not least, Davis is a monster. But unless he two-gaps for a living, selecting a DT that high when there is a bevy of other higher-profile targets on the board seems unlikely. Davis is the top DT on the board — but not that high.