2022 NFL Draft Preview

The future stars of the NFL will take center stage on Friday (AEDT) as Las Vegas plays host to the 2022 Draft.

Anticipation is high with several trade scenarios on the table, many involving quarterback-needy teams in a Draft that is reasonably thin on talent at the position.

Which teams will move one step closer to a Lombardi Trophy? And which teams will uncover a diamond in the rough?

Find out how we expect this year’s NFL Draft to unfold from a betting perspective, below!

2022 NFL Draft Order

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
  2. Detroit Lions
  3. Houston Texans
  4. New York Jets
  5. New York Giants
  6. Carolina Panthers
  7. New York Giants
  8. Atlanta Falcons
  9. Seattle Seahawks
  10. New York Jets
  11. Washington Commanders
  12. Minnesota Vikings
  13. Houston Texans
  14. Baltimore Ravens
  15. Philadelphia Eagles
  16. New Orleans Saints
  17. Los Angeles Chargers
  18. Philadelphia Eagles
  19. New Orleans Saints
  20. Pittsburgh Steelers
  21. New England Patriots
  22. Green Bay Packers
  23. Arizona Cardinals
  24. Dallas Cowboys
  25. Buffalo Bills
  26. Tennessee Titans
  27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  28. Green Bay Packers
  29. Kansas City Chiefs
  30. Kansas City Chiefs
  31. Cincinnati Bengals
  32. Detroit Lions
#1 Overall Draft Pick
Aidan Hutchinson @ $3.00

This year’s Draft lacks the excitement of years past, but there’s still some uncertainty surrounding who Jacksonville will take with the No. 1 overall pick.

Pressuring the quarterback was a huge problem for the Jags last year, so I don’t think they pass up the opportunity to take a proven edge rusher like Aidan Hutchinson.

The 2021 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year sacked the quarterback 14 times in his final season at Michigan and is far away the most explosive athlete of the bunch.

Projected as a day one starter, taking Hutchinson is a no-brainer, and so is backing him at the very generous $3.00 quote.

#2 Overall Draft Pick
Travon Walker @ $6.00

What the Lions do at No. 2 is going to be fascinating.

Head coach Dan Campbell has already said he wants to draft someone that can make an immediate impact, so with the quarterback talent razor thin, you have to think they’ll choose to address their other pressing need on the edge of the defence, right?

If the Jags snag Hutchinson, that likely leaves them on the phone with Georgia edge rusher Travon Walker.

The 6-foot-5, 272-pounder finished with six sacks in his junior year with the Bulldogs and looks versatile enough to play inside or outside.

#3 Overall Draft Pick
Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner @ $3.50

The Texans are basically spoiled for choice at No. 3.

Houston needs everything from a quarterback to an offensive tackle, which could be a little overwhelming for a team starting from scratch (again).

That said, I think the Texans are best served by taking the guy with the most talent and upside: cornerback Sauce Gardner.

The 21-year-old finished with three interceptions in each of his three seasons with Cincinnati and was voted the 2021 AAC Defensive Player of the Year.

The Texans had a real problem defending the past last season – particularly in the red zone – so Gardner should provide them with a defensive piece to build around for years to come.

#4 Overall Draft Pick
Kayvon Thibodeaux @ $2.25

If Kayvon Thibodeaux is still on the board at No. 4 you have to think the Jets pull the trigger.

Like those before them, the Jets were among the bottom in sacks last year, and they could do with another body to replace the recovering Carl Lawson.

#5 Overall Draft Pick
Ikem Ekwonu @ $4.00

The Giants seem set on seeing out the Daniel Jones experiment, which leaves them no other option but to select a lineman at five.

Evan Neal is a great prospect, but I think Ikem Ekwonu makes more sense here given New York’s need at right tackle. Paired alongside Andrew Thomas on the opposite side of the line, the N.C. State prospect should provide plenty of blocking for Saquon Barkley.

#6 Overall Draft Pick
Evan Neal @ $5.00

Drafting a quarterback like Malik Willis will be tempting for the Panthers at No. 6, but I think they’re better off addressing the offensive line first, especially if Even Neal is still on the board.

Alabama prospects are proven commodities, and this 337 pounder has already shown he’s capable of protecting the quarterback and setting up strong running lanes.

Top 10 Pick
Malik Willis @ $1.95

I wouldn’t discount someone taking a flyer (if you can call it that) on quarterback Malik Willis in the Top 10.

The Auburn turned Liberty quarterback ascended quickly on draft boards last year when he threw for over 2,800 yards and 27 touchdowns with the Flames in his junior year.

Teams like Atlanta (pick 8) and Seattle one spot later could be in play.

First Wide Receiver Drafted
Garrett Wilson @ $2.00

Garrett Wilson is the standout receiver in this year’s draft, and there’s enough value on offer here to make it a worthwhile bet.

The Ohio State product has a strong set of hands that can be credited to his basketball background, while he also possesses incredible adjustment skills and an outstanding wingspan.

A team like the Jets or even the Saints could do with all of that.

Top 3 Draft Order
1st. Hutchinson/2nd Walker/ 3rd Gardner @ $26.00