The NFL draft is here, as teams can continue building their rosters heading into next season. There’s been plenty of movement in free agency, but there’s nothing quite like the draft.
Of course, West Virginia sportsbooks are ready for the event, providing lots of various draft markets.
This year’s NFL draft is a little more uncertain than in years past, as there isn’t a firm consensus No. 1 overall selection. Michigan defensive end and Heisman candidate Aidan Hutchinson is the current favorite to hear his name first.
The opening round begins on Thursday, April 28, from Las Vegas, Nevada. The second and third rounds take place on Friday night, while the final four rounds conclude Saturday afternoon.
Trades typically make a good portion of the draft unpredictable. Any team can move up in an instant and change the landscape of the round.
With only a few days before the first pick is announced, let’s take a closer look at some of the odds available at WV sportsbooks.
2022 NFL draft odds at WV sportsbooks
The most exciting part of any player draft is the start, so we’ll get going there. The lack of quarterbacks is part of the reason the order of this year’s most promising selections is still uncertain.
Usually, a few QBs are contending for the top spot and the No. 1 team is set with its decision at this point. That isn’t the case this season, despite the high demand for more quality signal-callers in the NFL.
Currently, DraftKings Sportsbook WV shows Liberty’s Malik Willis (-150) and Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett (+150) as the leaders to be the first quarterback selected. They are well above the rest of the field.
The next listed for the position is Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder with odds of +1000.
That said, Willis’ draft position at the online sportsbook is posted at pick 10.5. The over is available at -130, compared to the under at +100.
He’s just ahead of Pickett, who’s projected to go around pick 12. DraftKings offers the Pitt quarterback at 12.5 for draft position, with the over at -145 and the under shown at +115.
This means that the books don’t think any player at the position will be taken within the first 10 choices on Thursday. That is pretty rare considering how today’s football is played.
Since so many teams are still looking to fill their void at quarterback, this provides a glimpse into how weak this draft class is.
Many analysts believe Willis owns the highest ceiling of the group but isn’t ready for the NFL just yet.
This opens the door for a lot of other possibilities for the beginning of the draft.
To no surprise, all of the contenders for the top overall selection play on the line at two of the most important positions, offensive tackle and defensive end.
Besides Hutchinson, Georgia’s Travon Walker (+190) features the second-best odds for the first pick, with Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux (+1800) in fifth.
On the offensive side, NC State’s Ikem Ekwonu (+1200) and Alabama’s Evan Neal (+1400) lead the way.
NFL draft specials
There are a ton of additional options outside of betting on which player is drafted first. WV sportsbooks highlight lots of positional props, including some specials for individual teams.
DraftKings even allows you to wager on every single pick within the top 10. There is very good value with these markets, as every selection after the first two only shows players with odds better than even money.
If you’re able to choose the right time, a small bet can pay out fairly well. Most of the favorites for each pick own odds listed around +300.
The online sportsbook also gives markets for almost every position on the field. Bettors can put action down on the first and second guy chosen for each.
There’s another section with a wide variety of premade draft parlays. Most are very specific, involving a couple of players or teams.
Some are realistic, though. DraftKings has Willis to be the first quarterback taken, while Ohio State wideout Garrett Wilson is the first at his position. It comes with odds of +225.
Then there’s something like the Green Bay Packers choosing a wide receiver with both of their first-rounders at +550.
It ranges to the incredibly long odds of +8000 for the following players to all go in the first 10 picks:
- Malik Willis
- Kenny Pickett
- Ahmad Gardner
- Derek Stingley Jr.
- Kyle Hamilton
- Jordan Davis
As far as team props go, there are some listed for every franchise. The online book provides odds for the position each addresses with their opening pick.
For some teams, it’s a little more lopsided; however, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ options are very interesting.
Despite adding Mitch Trubisky this offseason, they are still in the market for another signal-caller. That’s currently the favorite for Pittsburgh’s first choice, posted at +110 right now.
It’s certainly not a lock, as QB is closely followed by an offensive lineman, defensive lineman and defensive back. All feature odds of +350.
A wide receiver is also in the realm of real possibilities, available at +700 for the Steelers.