2022 NFL betting mock draft: Best prop bets, picks


Ladies and gentlemen, finally: something different than the normal mock draft to which you are accustomed. Something to entertain you. Something that is good enough, for you.

To quote the “Millenium Man,” Chris Jericho in his RAW debut, you think of events so gigantic it changes the course of history. Well, that is exactly what the sports bettor’s mock draft is.

I am here to save the NFL mock draft. Without further ado, here it is: The 2022 sports bettor’s NFL mock draft.

Sure, while the sports bettor’s mock draft is not quite as gigantic as Chris Jericho’s WWE debut, it is an innovative way to look at the draft. There are position totals that are easily accessible on sports betting apps. You can bet on each individual pick, as well as over/under draft slots for dozens of players.

So that’s what we’re going to do. Bet on all 32 selections in the first round of the NFL Draft.

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Importantly, I am not a scout. I don’t go to the NFL combine, nor do I talk to the GMs of the franchises. Perhaps that could make this even more fun down the road, but for now, we are using information gathered from the people who do these things.

These experts include NFL Network’s Peter Schrager and his Mock Draft 2.0, Todd McShay’s player rankings, and WalterFootball’s Charlie Campbell. Each of these mock drafters has a proven track record of accuracy. If you are not familiar with Charlie Campbell, his mock draft last season was the most accurate in the industry according to a list compiled by FantasyPros.

With these experts and odds from across the legal sports betting landscape, we can track the best bets for the 2022 NFL Draft. With all of the hearsay, speculation and evaluation that drives every decision possible. Welcome to sports bettor’s mock draft…

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2022 NFL Mock Draft and best bets

Pick Projection Best Bet
1. Jaguars DE Travon Walker To be the first player drafted, -190 (DraftKings)
2. Lions DE Aidan Hutchinson To be drafted second, -200 (BetMGM)
3. Texans WR Garrett Wilson Top 10 pick -175 (DraftKings)
4. Jets CB Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner To be draft 4th overall +350 (FanDuel)
5. Giants OL Ikem Ekonwu Giants’ first player drafted position: OL -175 (Caesars)
6. Panthers OL Evan Neal Panthers’ first player drafted position: OL -110 (BetMGM)
7. Giants DE Jermaine Johnson Draft slot under 9.5 -120 (WynnBet)
8. Falcons DE Kayvon Thibodeaux Draft slot over 4.5 +150 (DraftKings)
9. Seahawks OL Charles Cross Seahawks’ first player drafted position: OL +175 (Caesars)
10. Jets WR Jameson Williams Draft slot under 10.5 +144 (FanDuel)
11. Commanders CB Derek Stingley Draft slot over 8.5 +128 (FanDuel)
12. Vikings S Kyle Hamilton Draft slot under 12.5 -150 (DraftKings)
13. Texans DT Jordan Davis Draft slot under 14.5 -158 (FanDuel)
14. Ravens CB Trent McDuffie Number of cornerbacks drafted: ‘Over’ 4.5 +112 (FanDuel)
15. Eagles WR Drake London Total number of Round 1 wide receivers drafted: Over 5.5 -600 (Caesars)
16. Saints WR Chris Olave Total number of Round 1 wide receivers drafted: Over 5.5 -600 (Caesars)
17. Chargers ILB Nakobe Dean First Linebacker selected +600 (FanDuel)
18. Eagles DT Devonte Wyatt Draft slot under 29.5 -114 (FanDuel)
19. Saints OT Trevor Penning Total number of offensive lineman drafted: Over 7.5 +152 (FanDuel)
20. Steelers QB, Malik Willis Team to draft Malik Willis, Pittsburgh Steelers +280 (Caesars)
21. Patriots ILB Devin Lloyd Patriots’ first player drafted position: Linebacker +300 (DraftKings)
22. Packers WR Jahan Dotson Total number of Round 1 wide receivers drafted: Over 5.5 -600 (Caesars)
23. Cardinals OL Zion Johnson Total number of Round 1 offensive lineman drafted: Over 7.5 +152 (FanDuel)
24. Cowboys C Tyler Linderbaum Cowboys’ first player drafted position: OL +105 (Caesars)
25. Bills CB Andrew Booth Jr. Bills’ first player drafted position: DB +160 (BetMGM)
26. Titans QB Kenny Pickett Draft slot over 16.5 -125 (FanDuel)
27. Buccaneers OL Tyler Smith Total number of Round 1 offensive lineman drafted: Over 7.5 +152 (FanDuel)
28. Packers DE George Karlaftis Draft slot over 22.5 -145 (DraftKings)
29. Chiefs WR Treylon Burks Total number of Round 1 wide receivers drafted: Over 5.5 -600 (Caesars)
30. Chiefs S Daxton Hill Draft slot over 28.5 +100 (DraftKings)
31. Bengals CB Kalir Elam Number of cornerbacks drafted: ‘Over’ 4.5 +112 (FanDuel)
32. Lions QB Desmond Ridder Draft slot over 30.5 -130 (DraftKings)
2022 NFL Mock Draft best bets
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Highlights and best bets

Texans reach for Wilson

The draft really starts with Houston with Walker and Hutchinson the expected one-two punch. The Texans would probably love to trade down but since no teams are clamoring to trade up, the Texans could reach here for the best playmaker.

You’ll notice the best bet is just for him to be a top-10 pick. Betting him to go third is +2500 on DraftKings so this is a longshot, to say the least. The Texans are as difficult to predict as any team in football.

Panthers pass on quarterbacks

Todd McShay had an interesting tidbit about the Panthers sticking with Darnold for the draft. It is possible that this is a smokescreen, after all, as Peter Schrager says that the Panthers are taking Pickett. Someone is right here, I think Schrager is wrong.

Jets finally make their splash

Sauce Gardner and Jameson Williams in the first round? Man, that would be fun. Make it happen, Joe Douglas!

Pickett Falls

If the Panthers pass, who goes for Pickett? It could be the Steelers, but most experts believe that they are in on Malik Willis. Pickett could be in freefall until he gets saved by Tennessee, who were less than thrilled to see Ryan Tannehill come up small in the playoffs.

Lions go for Ridder

This could be a spot for a trade as the 32nd overall picks stands to help a team gain that coveted 5th-year option.

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