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NFL Draft Picks – Best Bets for the First Round

Bryan Thiel

by Bryan Thiel in NFL Football

Apr 27, 2022 · 9:00 AM PDT

Derek Stingley Jr, cornerback, LSU
LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (7) warms up before an NCAA college football game against UCLA Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • The first round of the 2022 NFL Draft is live on ESPN and NFL Network at 8pm ET on April 28
  • Edge defender, cornerback and wide receiver are among the deepest position groups
  • See the best 2022 NFL Draft First Round odds and bets ahead of Thursday night

The first round of the NFL Draft always brings plenty of drama. And that’s what fans are expecting Thursday, April 28th when Roger Goodell takes to the stage to announce the picks.

In fact, there’s already some intrigue in the odds surrounding the first overall pick. But there’s plenty to be decided beyond the Travon Walker/Aidan Hutchinson debate.

With that in mind, here are three other first round bets to consider.

2022 NFL Draft First Round Odds

Prop Over/Under/Position Odds
Total Cornerbacks Drafted – First Round 4.5 +125
Total Tight Ends Drafted – First Round 0.5 +450
Position of First Drafted Player – New England Patriots Offensive Lineman +300

Odds as of April 26th at BetMGM

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Total Cornerbacks Drafted First Round

While opinions vary on where it ranks with the other positions, there’s zero doubt that this cornerback class is deep.

So seeing the line set on CBs selected at 4.5? That’s prime time to pounce.

With the way the NFL game has changed thanks to high-powered air attacks, stopping these super-talented receivers has become paramount. And you do that with good corners.

Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner and Derek Stingley Jr should go within the first ten picks; maybe the first five. That means you’ve got 22 other selections to hear three names called. CBS has Andrew Booth Jr, Trent McDuffie, Roger McReary and Kaair Elam all ranked within the top 36 players.

Then consider the fact that 2020 saw six corners taken in the first round and last year five heard their names called on opening night. This number seems very achievable.

  • The Pick: Total Cornerbacks Drafted in Round 1 OVER 4.5; +125

Total Tight Ends Drafted First Round

If cornerback is among the deeper positions in the draft, then tight end is among the more shallow.

On the field the position has become a more popular one lately. The teams that find a player who seamlessly meshes size and athleticism have a matchup nightmare on their hands. But there are also a number of prospects who test well that fizzle out, leaving teams hesitant to invest heavily in the position.

With the value so high and the total so low however, this is a solid long shot play.

Trey McBride is the top-ranked player at the position at most outlets. The 6’4″, 246-LB Colorado State TE has a consistent second round grade across the board, although some have him in the high 40s, while others have him in the 50s and 60s.

With just one tight end needing to be picked for this to cash though, all you need is one team to love him enough, and want that extra year on a first round contract, to reach a little bit.

This won’t be one that gets results early (unless there’s a REAL shocker). This is going to be one you’re sweating out come picks 30, 31 and 32 most likely, but the odds are nice if it hits.

  • The Pick: Total Tight Ends Drafted in Round 1 OVER 0.5; +450

Position of First Drafted Player: New England Patriots

This one comes with a bit of a caveat because you might not see this settled until Friday. Bill Belichick and the Patriots are notorious for trading back. Granted that’s a little more palatable when you’re moving out of the last four spots of the first round rather than the 21st overall pick, but it’s how they operate.

Whenever they pick, the Pats famously follow the ‘best player available’ mantra. Fortunately for them, the best player available on Thursday (or Friday) should fill a position of need.

The one position most draft experts have circled is defensive back. And while there are quality names on the board, don’t expect Belichick to suddenly jump up into an arms race for a name he’s not truly enamored with.

Another position is linebacker, with the popular name being Devin Lloyd. The issue there is that there’s a big fall-off from the top two at the position.

So that leaves us with a sneaky position of need: offensive line.

Tackle Trent Brown signed an incentive-laden deal based on weight and playing time, and Isaiah Wynn has played 16+ games once in three years. Their interior offensive line has also taken hits the last two seasons with the losses of Joe Thuney and Shaq Mason.

There are a number of players both outside and insider that could appeal to the Patriots, including BC product Zion Johnson. It would be very Belichickian to watch the rest of the league jump over each other for corners and linebackers, only to land a solid value along the offensive line.

  • The Pick: Position of first player drafted by New England Patriots – Offensive line; +300
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