2022 NFL Draft First WR Drafted Odds, Predictions and Best Bets

Who will be the first wide receiver drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft? This year's crop of WRs is one of the best we've seen in recent memory. But, what makes it even more intriguing is the fact that no one player has separated himself as the clear No. 1 WR.
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2022 NFL Draft First WR Drafted Odds, Predictions and Best Bets

Wide receiver very well may be the deepest position in the 2022 NFL. There are players throughout the first few rounds that are expected to come into the NFL and contribute right away to the team that drafts them.

However, one thing about the WR market, and the first WR drafted odds, is that there is no clear-cut No. 1 prospect with the draft just a week away.

Right now, Ohio State's Garrett Wilson is the favorite to be the first WR selected on Thursday, but the margin between him, Drake London and Jameson Williams is very thin. As always, when there is no clear-cut favorite in a market, there is value to be had.

Who will be the first WR drafted on Thursday night? What do the first WR drafted odds say? Let's take a look and call on former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum for a look inside who he thinks will be the first WR taken.

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First WR Drafted Odds

NameOddsImplied Chance
Garrett Wilson+13542.6%
Drake London+22031.3%
Jameson Williams+30025%
Chris Olave+20004.8%

NFL Draft Odds - First WR Drafted

As you can see above, former Ohio State WR Garrett Wilson is the favorite to be the first WR drafted on Thursday night.

Wilson is coming off an unbelievable season in Columbus where he put up 70 catches for 1,058 and 12 TDs while sharing touches with Chris Olave and Jaxon Smith-Njigba. He is a great route runner and has the speed and elusiveness that it takes to succeed at the next level. His +135 odds give him a 42.6% chance to be the first WR taken.

As for the second favorite to be the first WR drafted in the NFL Draft, that distinction belongs to former USC wideout Drake London at +220. London is also coming off a fantastic season where he caught 88 balls for 1,084 yards and was the best player on a bad USC team.

Closing out the top 3 is the receiver coming off the best season. Alabama WR Jameson Williams sits at +300 to be the first WR drafted, but those odds would be much shorter had he not torn his ACL in the CFP.

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Brian Good's Pick: Jameson Williams @ +300 (Bet $100 to win $300)

If Jameson Williams was healthy he would be the consensus No. 1 WR in the draft ad probably a top-10 pick.

Williams, playing in the toughest conference in college football, was the best WR in the country last season. He took the top off of every single defense he faced. Teams had to gameplan around his ability to beat them over the top, and even with all eyes on his home-run ability, he finished with 79 catches, 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The expression "if he's even, he's leavin'" has never been more true than it is with Williams. His ability to leave over-the-top safeties in a trail of dust will translate to the NFL. You just have to make sure you have a QB that can throw it far enough to reach him.

The value of getting the best WR in the draft at +300 is undeniable. The question is will someone take a chance on a speedy WR coming off a torn ACL? I think someone will be willing to take a risk on Williams before they take someone like London or Wilson.

Mike Tannenbaum's Pick: Garrett Wilson @ +135 (Bet $100 to win $135)

Garrett Wilson should be the first receiver drafted. The 33rd Team ranked Wilson as our 7th overall prospect and top receiver. Wilson is a strong route runner who has excellent short-area elusiveness. There are no glaring holes in his game, and he has outstanding hands. He both looks like and has played like a frontline starting NFL WR.


Brian is a sports journalist with close to ten years of experience in the business. A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan with a passion for all things sports gambling.


Mike Tannenbaum is a co-founder of The 33rd Team and has over 20 years in NFL front offices. Mike served as the Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Miami Dolphins from 2015 to 2018 and was the General Manager of the New York Jets from 2006 to 2012.

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