2022 NFL Draft Odds: Kenny Pickett, Malik Willis Favored to Be First Quarterback Selected on FanDuel Sportsbook

Kenny Pickett and Malik Willis own the best odds of this class to be the first quarterback selected in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Kenny Pickett and Malik Willis own the best odds of this class to be the first quarterback selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. / Justin Berl/GettyImages

All eyes are focused on the 2022 NFL Draft with Super Bowl LVI in the rearview mirror. The Los Angeles Rams proved that having the right player under center makes all the difference, and now plenty of other teams have a chance to find their potential franchise quarterback in April.

2022 NFL Draft Odds

The odds on FanDuel Sportsbook point to two early favorites as the first gunslingers off of the board.

First Quarterback Selected Odds

Pitt's Kenny Pickett owns the best odds at +175, followed closely by Liberty's Malik Willis at +200.

Both of these talented young QBs impressed at the recently held Senior Bowl during Pro Bowl Weekend. Pickett completed all six of his passes for 89 yards and a TD, while Willis threw for 11 yards and had a highlight-reel run that helped him finish with 54 rushing yards on the day.

Pickett is coming off of a standout year at Pitt, throwing for 4,319 yards and 42 TDs (with 7 INTs) while adding 233 yards and five scores on the ground.

Willis displayed dual-threat abilities over the past two years at Liberty. He threw for a combined 5,107 yards, 47 TDs and 18 INTs across 23 games. Willis also rushed for 1,822 yards and a whopping 27 scores in two seasons with the Flames.

These two QBs could be sought after by a number of teams during the draft. There's significant noise around the Carolina Panthers at No. 6 overall going for a quarterback, while other QB-needy squads include the Washington Commanders (No. 11), New Orleans Saints (No. 18) and Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 20).

Sam Howell of UNC (+400), Matt Corral of Ole Miss (+500) and Desmond Ridder of Cincinnati (+2000) round out the top five in the odds for the first QB to be selected in 2022.

2022 NFL Draft Odds

1. Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Panthers (+175)

2. Malik Willis, Liberty Flames (+200)

3. Sam Howell, North Carolina Tar Heels (+400)

4. Matt Corral, Ole Miss Rebels (+500)

5. Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati Bearcats (+2000)

6. Carson Strong, Nevada Wolf Pack (+5000)

7. Kaleb Eleby, Western Michigan Broncos (+10000)

8. Bailey Zappe, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (+10000)

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