Ikem Ekwonu And Travon Walker Best 2022 NFL Draft Bets

  • NFL Draft betting odds show Travon Walker is likely the first overall pick.
  • Aidan Hutchinson has the second shortest odds to be the top pick, but much more value when betting on Ikem Ekwonu.

LAS VEGAS – The NFL Draft is today, but unlike most years there is still some confusion on who the Jacksonville Jaguars will select first overall.

2022 NFL Draft – Number 1 Overall Pick

  • Travon Walker -450
  • Aidan Hutchinson +350
  • Ikem Ekwonu +800
  • Evan Neal +2000
  • Kayvon Thibodeaux +5000
  • Charles Cross +10000
  • Derek Stingley +10000
  • Kenny Pickett +10000
  • Kyle Hamilton +10000
  • Malik Willis +10000
  • Desmond Ridder +20000
  • Jordan Davis +20000

Travon Walker Distancing Himself From The Pack

NFL Draft bettors have seen some incredible odds swings for the 2022 NFL Draft.

Player Date As Favorite Best Odds As Favorite Current Odds
Spencer Rattler 29-Sep 225 N/A
Kayvon Thibodeaux 26-Oct -110 5000
Evan Neal 24-Feb 138 2000
Aidan Hutchinson 10-Mar -243 350
Travon Walker 28-Apr -450 -450

Walker’s rise can be attributed to two main factors: his incredible NFL Combine performance and the Jacksonville Jaguar’s general manager Trent Baalke’s pass rusher preferences.

Travon Walker’s combine performance was legendary. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds after weighing in at 272 pounds. His 4.51 second 40 time was the fastest by a prospect over 270 pounds since at least 1999.

It was not just Walker’s 40 time that was elite. Compared to other defensive linemen, Travon Walker was in the 65th percentile (percentile in the parentheses) or higher in his height (78th), weight (65th), Arm Length (95th), 40-Yard Dash (98th), Vert (78th), Broad Jump (88th), 3-Cone (94th), and the Short Shuttle (85th).

The Jaguars General Manager Trent Baalke has also shown a preference for edge rushers with similar body types back when he worked for the San Francisco 49ers, specifically Aldon Smith.

Baalke drafted Aldon Smith 7th overall in the 2011 draft when he was with the 49ers. Smith’s combine performance was similar to Walker’s, except Walker was slightly better at everything.

Category Travon Walker Aldon Smith
Height 6’5″ 6’4″
Weight 272 lbs 263 lbs
Arm Length 35 1/2″ 35 3/8″
Hand Size 10 3/4″ 9 3/4″
40 Yard Dash 4.51 4.82
Vertical Jump 35.5″ 34″
Broad Jump 123″ 118″
3 Cone Drill 6.89 7.19
20 Yd Shuttle 4.32 4.5

Keep in mind that Aldon Smith was an elite NFL player, and more importantly for NFL Draft bettors, he was the 7th overall pick in the first round. He was by no means a slouch, the statistics just show what a special athlete Travon Walker is.

Best Bet Outside Of Walker On Ikem To Be First Pick

Online sportsbooks have given Aidan Hutchinson the second-best odds to be the first overall pick, but the best bet on anyone other than Travon Walker to be the first pick is Ikem Ekwonu.

The Jaguars did just sign their left tackle Cam Robinson to a three-year contract extension, but outside reports are suggesting that the Jaguar’s Head Coach Doug Pederson wants to continue solidifying the offensive line and take Ekwonu.

With a lack of support surrounding Aidan Hutchinson and Ekwonu’s +800 betting odds, the best underdog bet to be the first overall pick in the NFL Draft is on Ikem Ekwonu.