Evan Neal Now Has 2nd Shortest NFL Draft Odds To Be First Pick

  • As Evan Neal's top pick odds (+200) shorten, Kayvon Thibodeaux's (+250) grow longer
    Aidan Hutchinson's odds (+155) remain relatively stagnant

LAS VEGAS - The betting odds for Evan Neal have reached +200, moving him past Kayvon Thibodeaux and making him the second most likely candidate to be the first overall draft pick. The NFL Draft prospect with the shortest odds to be drafted first overall is Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson at +155.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have now finished two seasons in a row with the top selection, and are out of the quarterback market after using the top pick the 2021 NFL Draft on Trevor Lawrence.

Current 2022 NFL Draft Odds

  • Aidan Hutchinson +155
  • Evan Neal +200
  • Kayvon Thibodeaux +250
  • Ikem Ekwonu +500
  • Kenny Picket +3000
  • Derek Stingley +4500

Two questions that the Jaguars must debate for the 2022 NFL Draft are what oddsmakers are now projecting:

Should they spend the top pick protecting Trevor Lawrence with an offensive tackle or with a superior prospect at defensive end?

Who is the top prospect at the position they decide to select?

Evan Neal's Odds Are Reflective Of His Rank Among Offensive Tackles

Kayvon Thibodeaux's draft odds have been the most affected by Evan Neal's rise up the board. That is reflective of the thought process the Jaguars are going through. Evan Neal is considered by most as the top offensive tackle and Aidan Hutchinson is referred to as the top overall prospect by most. That means that evaluators and oddsmakers alike have moved Thibodeaux down even though he may be considered the superior prospect to Neal.

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Ikem Ekwonu (+500) is the only other offensive tackle prospect that online sportsbooks have given relatively short odds to be the top pick... and Neal is still considered more than two times as likely to be the top overall pick.

The third most likely offensive tackle to be selected top overall is Charles Cross (+5000) out of Mississippi State.

Hutchinson Remains The Favorite To Go Number One

Thibodeaux started this season with the shortest odds out of all defensive players to be the top pick in the NFL Draft. He struggled with injuries, missing three because of injury in 2021, but was otherwise his usual dominant self. The reason he is no longer the top defensive prospect has less to do with himself, and more to do with Hutchinson's dominant season.

Hutchinson recorded 14 sacks in 2021 and even played so well that he finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting. Given the positional value that the NFL places on protecting the quarterback and getting after the quarterback, it is no wonder that a player of Hutchinson's caliber has been established as the player with the shortest odds to be the first pick in the NFL Draft.