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Odds to Be First Offensive Lineman Selected in 2022 NFL Draft Favor Ikem Ekwonu Over Evan Neal

Larry Rupp
Odds to be the first offensive lineman selected in the 2022 NFL Draft have been released on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Odds to be the first offensive lineman selected in the 2022 NFL Draft have been released on FanDuel Sportsbook. / Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2022 NFL Draft is under a month away as college football standouts from across the country are preparing to hear their names called. One position to keep an eye on is along the offensive line and odds have been released on FanDuel Sportsbook regarding which lineman will be taken first.

Ikem Ekwonu leads all candidates with odds set at -125. The NC State standout excelled at creating gaps in the rushing attack during his senior year and finished with a 93.8 grade in run-blocking, according to ProFootballFocus. Ekwonu's quick development makes him a day one NFL starter.

Ekwonu is followed closely behind by Alabama's Evan Neal. The 21-year-old's massive frame (6-foot-7, 337 pounds) allows him to suit up at different positions along the line. Neal shines in pass protection as well, allowing just 5 sacks and 36 pressures across a total of 40 college games played.

The large gap in the rest of the odds makes it seem as if this two-man race won't see much change before April rolls around. The battle between Ekwonu & Neal will be one to keep checking in on, though. Here's a look at the rest of the offensive linemen listed.

First OL Drafted Odds

1. Ikem Ekwonu, NC State (-125)

2. Evan Neal, Alabama (+110)

3. Charles Cross, Mississippi State (+1200)

4. Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa (+5000)

5. Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa (+5000)

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