NFL Draft season is always full of surprises, and the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft won’t be any different. There will be plenty of players who go far higher than expected as teams look for their next franchise cornerstone. Here are several sleepers who could be picked inside the top 10 and pay out huge betting wins.
Here are the 2022 NFL Draft Odds, courtesy of FanDuel.
2022 NFL Draft Odds To Be Selected Inside the Top 10
Drake London: +100
Kenny Pickett: +175
Treylon Burks: +1200
The 2022 NFL Draft is loaded with wide receiver talent. University of Southern California wide receiver Drake London may be the best pass-catching prospect in this draft class. He won’t wow anyone with speed or quickness, but his massive frame and athleticism make him a nightmare to defend. His skills certainly warrant a top-ten selection, and there are several teams that could make that happen.
"Nearly 1,100 yards in just eight games last year" 😯
Drake London has what it takes to be the best receiver in this year's draft. pic.twitter.com/mPIbmzlbEg
— ESPN (@espn) April 21, 2022
The New York Giants and the New York Jets both have two picks inside the top 10, and both need help at receiver. There have been recent rumors of the Giants shopping former first-round receiver Kadarius Toney in trade talks. So, it’s possible they’ll be looking at a wideout early in this year’s draft. The Jets are just as likely to take a receiver in the top 10. General manager Joe Douglas has been on the hunt for a wide receiver all offseason now, but to no avail. It’s certainly possible that London is selected 10th overall to fill that void on the Jets’ roster. At +100, he’s well worth the risk.
This may not seem like a great bet, but Pickett is one of the better top-10 sleeper bets out there. He’s currently sitting at +175, and he plays the most coveted position in all of sports. There are several teams that need to select a quarterback early. Pickett is one of the best at the position in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Teams have also shown a willingness to move up for a quarterback in the past. That could certainly happen in the 2022 NFL Draft. Pickett won’t be picked inside the top five, but teams like the Carolina Panthers, the Atlanta Falcons, or the Seattle Seahawks could all make him a top-10 pick. It’s surprising to see Pickett at +175, so there’s definitely some value in this bet.
Out of all three players listed, Burks is by far the biggest long shot to be taken in the top 10. However, there’s reason to believe it could happen. The difference between the best receiver and Burks isn’t that big. Garrett Wilson of Ohio State University is the most likely to be the first receiver taken, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Burks or London be taken before him. Because of that, there’s huge value to be found in Burks’ line. The Arkansas product is currently a ridiculous +1200 to be taken inside the top 10, making him well worth a speculative bet. It’s not likely he’s taken that early, but +1200 is just far too big of a line to pass up.