- Paris Johnson Jr. has +100 odds to be the first offensive lineman drafted.
- There are +150 odds for Peter Skoronski to be the first offensive lineman taken in the draft.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Odds on the 2023 NFL Draft are heating up and now there are odds on who will be the first offensive lineman taken and there are just two names sitting at the top of the odds board with under +200 odds.
First Offensive Lineman Selected
- Paris Johnson Jr +100
- Peter Skoronski +150
- Broderick Jones +350
- Darnell Wright +800
- Dawand Jones +3300
- O'Cyrus Torrence +3300
- John Michael Schmitz +3500
- Anton Harrison +4000
- Steve Avila +5000
- Cody Mauch +8000
First Offensive Lineman Selected In 2023 NFL Draft
The two that are being seriously considered to be the first lineman drafted by NFL betting sites are Paris Johnson Jr. out of Ohio State and Peter Skoronski from Northwestern.
It's hard to see why Skoronski is even being considered with Johnson considering what they both did in college. Johnson was a huge part to an elite offensive line at Ohio State that improved in sacks allowed in each of the three seasons that he was there.
In 2020, the Buckeyes let up 21 sacks, 17 in 2021, and just 12 in 2022. The Buckeyes also had one of the top run-blocking lines in the country over the last three seasons with three running backs going for at least 350 yards in each of those years.
The main thing holding back Skoronski’s NFL Draft odds is that he was overshadowed by a somewhat underachieving Northwestern offensive line over the last three seasons. Over those three seasons, the run blocking on the line saw just one 1,000+ yard running back and only two that went for 350+ yards.
As for the sacks, each of the last two seasons saw their QBs get sacked 20+ times.
Team To Cash The Odds
The only team that makes sense to cash these odds are the Arizona Cardinals who currently have the third overall pick. The Cardinals allowed the ninth most sacks last season at 46 and allowed Kyler Murray to get taken down 25 times.
Murray actually suffered a season-ending ACL injury last season as a result of the offensive line not being able to block and forcing Murray to scramble. That said, they’ll certainly look to continue building around Murray to keep him healthy and successful.
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