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NFL Draft 2022 – Latest Draft Updates, Odds & Predictions

The NFL Draft 2022 is fast approaching, and the fans, players, and coaches are all hyped up. The 2022 NFL Draft will kick off on the 28th of April 2022, in Paradise, Nevada, Las Vegas.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, as they did last year, will have the first pick in the 2022 draft. This season, their 3-14 record topped that of the Detroit Lions (3-13-1).

The biggest question now is who will be selected first. The odds and predictions for the first overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft are as follows.

Aidan Hutchinson is Topping the Board at -300 odds

Aidan Hutchinson has long been projected as the No.1 NFL draft pick, and that projection doesn’t seem to be slowing down, and we’re sure you already know that. During the season of college football, Hutchinson and Thibodeaux were the favorites, and they are now priced at +2500 to be the very first picks.

Will you pick Hutchinson for -300 at NFL Draft Betting?

The Next Possible Contender

Travon Walker of Georgia has risen to the top rankings in recent weeks. Walker, who stands 6.5 ft and weighs 272 pounds, is another great athlete.

His time at the Combine on his 40th attempt was 4.51. Walker is built fast, big, and very strong. He was a significant part of Georgia, having the best defense in college football and winning the national championship.

The odds for Walker to become the No.1 is +325 and will likely be because of the Jaguars’ need for a front running back.

Jaguars Will Focus on Defense

When the Jaguars had the No. 1 pick in the drafts last year, they were desperate for a quarterback. They found their man in former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Lawrence struggled as a rookie, but he successfully threw 3,641 yards and got 12 touchdowns. He also completed 17 interceptions, proving that he can be the franchise’s quarterback for the next decade.

It frees up Jacksonville and its new head coach, Doug Pederson, to concentrate on defense. As a result, Michigan DE Aidan Hutchinson is the favorite to be drafted first overall.

Hutchinson stands 6.7 ft tall and weighs 260 pounds. At the NFL combine, he recorded 4.74 in the 40-yard dash run and accomplished a 36-inch vertical jump. He is explosive, and his engine never stops.

Hutchinson can also effectively play anywhere on the defensive line and in cover. At -300 odds, he’s the favorite to be selected by the Jaguars, who are in dire need of a competent running back.

What Other Possibilities Exist?

 If Jacksonville comes out in the top spot for the NFL drafts, there is no way another running back can be first in the 2022 NFL draft. Securing their defensive spot is their utmost need ahead of the NFL season. 

Ikem Ekwonu at (+1000) and Evan Neal (at +1,200) are the most favored athletes on the board after Walker. However, we don’t expect them to become number 1 unless Giants or Texans move up.  

Both teams might maintain their current positions and still acquire the person they want.

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