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Best bet for first QB selected in 2022 NFL Draft

We break down which QB will be drafted first in the NFL Draft.

Kenny Pickett #QB11 of the Pittsburgh Panthers throws during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 03, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

The 2022 NFL Draft is not widely considered to be a great one for quarterbacks. Unlike last year when teams took signal callers with the first three picks of the draft, we are unlikely to see too many go in the first round this year. But at least a couple of players will slide into the opening round, probably even the first half of it, just because of the positional value.

Kenny Pickett from Pittsburgh was widely viewed as the best quarterback in the draft not so long ago. He took some hits over the size of his hands, but with four years of tape, he still looks like a player who can develop into an NFL starter.

Malik Willis from Liberty has vaulted up draft boards. Willis’ passing stats took a slight dip last season with the Flames—though his numbers were hardly bad ones—but it’s his ability as a dual threat that teams in need of a quarterback will prize.

But which quarterback will be the first one off the board? Consensus around that has changed since the start of the year. Here’s what the oddsmakers say. NFL Draft odds via the DraftKings Sportsbook.


Malik Willis -190
Kenny Pickett +170
Desmond Ridder +1000
Matt Corral +1900
Sam Howell +4000
Bailey Zappe +10000
Carson Strong +10000

Best bet

It’s between Willis and Pickett, and some of that could depend on which team is actually making the pick. However, the best bet here is Willis. He’s got the arm and the legs that can set him apart in today’s NFL.

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