Mar 3, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Liberty quarterback Malik Willis (QB16) goes through a drill during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
- Malik Willis is the -550 odds-on favorite to be the next quarterback selected in the NFL Draft
- Christian Watson is the +125 favorite to be the next wide receiver off the board on Day 2 of the draft
- NFL Draft selection resumes beginning with the second round at 7pm ET on Friday, April 29
A lot of NFL Draft experts were expecting that Malik Willis would hear his name called on the opening day of activity. However, the first round of NFL Draft picks passed without the Liberty quarterback being invited to the stage.
That isn’t the expectation on Friday. As the second round of the NFL Draft gets underway, Willis is the overwhelming -550 favorite to be the next QB to hear his name called.
When is the NFL Draft resuming? Well, NFL Draft time is showing that the second round gets underway at 7:00 pm ET from Las Vegas. ABC, ESPN, and the NFL Network are carrying the broadcast. As well, all of the action can be live-streamed via fuboTV.
Next QB to Be Picked In NFL Draft Odds
|Malik Willis (Liberty)||-550|
|Desmond Ridder (Cincinnati)||+400|
|Sam Howell (North Carolina)||+750|
|Matt Corral (Ole Miss)||+1400|
|Carson Strong (Nevada)||+5000|
|Jack Coan (Notre Dame)||+10000|
|EJ Perry (Brown)||+10000|
|Dustin Crum (Kent State)||+10000|
|Kaleb Eleby (Western Michigan)||+10000|
|Bailey Zappe (Western Kentucky)||+10000|
|Brock Purdy (Iowa State)||+10000|
|Skylar Thompson (Kansas State)||+20000|
|D’Eriq King (Miami)||+20000|
|Cole Kelley (SE Louisiana)||+20000|
|Chase Garbers (California)||+20000|
|Aqueek Glass (Alabama A&M)||+20000|
Odds as of April 29th at DraftKings Sportsbook
Willis was anticipated in many NFL mock drafts to be a first-round selection. There was even some speculation that the Detroit Lions might be looking at him with the second overall selection.
Meanwhile, others thought that he was a better fit for the Pittsburgh Steelers than Kenny Pickett because in Mason Rudolph, the Steelers already had a QB of similar ilk to Pickett. However, when the local guy fell to the Steelers at #20, they really were left with no choice but to tab Pickett.
That’s my grandma 😂😂 https://t.co/pNcD7uuSqz
— Malik Willis (@malikwillis) April 29, 2022
So where are the likely landing places for Willis? Well, don’t count out the Lions at +1200 odds. However, after moving up to get receiver Jameson Williams in Round 1, the Lions dropped from #34 to #46 in the second round order.
Team to Draft Malik Willis Odds
|New York Giants||+350|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+600|
|New Orleans Saints||+1600|
Odds as of April 29th at DraftKings Sportsbook
Both the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks are in need of a QB for the future. When assessing the NFL Draft Picks by team, the Seahawks own both the 40th and 41st picks in Round 2. Expect Willis to go there if he’s still on the board. But right now it looks like a two-horse race in the odds at +350 between the Giants and Titans.
Best Bet to Be Next QB Picked: Malik Willis (Liberty) -550
There was a run on receivers in Round 1. Six of them were selected between picks 8-18. The next group aren’t as certain to be stars but are intriguing nonetheless.
Next WR to Be Drafted Odds
|Christian Watson (North Dakota State)||+125|
|Skyy Moore (Western Michigan)||+170|
|George Pickens (Georgia)||+210|
|John Metchie III (Alabama)||+850|
|Alec Pierce (Cincinnati)||+1100|
|Jalen Tolbert (South Alabama)||+1600|
|Wan’Dale Robinson (Kentucky)||+2400|
|Calvin Austin III (Memphis)||+2400|
|Tyquan Thornton (Baylor)||+3400|
|David Bell (Purdue)||+3400|
|Velus Jones Jr (Tennessee)||+5000|
|Khalil Shakir (Boise State)||+5000|
|Kyle Phillips (Iowa State)||+6000|
|Bo Melton (Tennessee)||+6000|
|Justyn Ross (Rutgers)||+7500|
|Romeo Doubs (Nevada)||+7500|
|Erik Ezukanma (Texas Tech)||+7500|
Odds as of April 28th at FanDuel Sportsbook
Western Michigan’s Moore certainly displays playmaking skills but at 5-10, 195 pounds, he will scare teams off. There are no such issues regarding North Dakota’s Watson.
— NDSU Football (@NDSUfootball) April 29, 2022
At 6-foot-4 and 208 pounds, Watson offers length and the ability to go vertical. He’s also equipped with freakish speed, which he utilized to stand out in the crowd at the Senior Bowl. He’ll get the nod over the the other remaining wideouts.
Best Bet: Christian Watson (North Dakota) +125
NFL Draft Position Odds
|Player (School)||Pick at DraftKings||Over Odds||Under Odds||Pick at FanDuel||Over Odds||Under Odds|
|Skyy Moore (Western Michigan)||41.5||-115||-115||41.5||-114||-114|
|Christian Watson (North Dakota State)||42.5||-115||-115||41.5||-138||+104|
|George Pickens (Georgia)||42.5||-115||-115||44.5||-114||-110|
|John Metchie III (Alabama)||56.5||-115||-115||OFF||OFF||OFF|
|Trey McBride (Colorado State)||46.5||-115||-115||47.5||-138||-104|
|Kyler Gordon (Washington)||37.5||-140||+110||-37.5||-130||-102|
|Sam Howell (North Carolina)||61.5||-115||-115||61.5||-114||-114|
|Jordan Stout (Penn State)||188.5||-200||-160||OFF||OFF||OFF|
|Roger McCreary (Auburn)||52.5||-115||-115||52.5||-138||-104|
|Isaiah Spiller (Texas A&M)||71.5||-120||-110||OFF||OFF||OFF|
|Kenneth Walker III (Michigan State)||47.5||-120||-110||OFF||OFF||OFF|
|Nakobe Dean (Georgia)||OFF||OFF||OFF||41.5||-114||-114|
|Arnold Ebiketie (Penn State)||OFF||OFF||OFF||44.5||-114||-114|
|Matt Corral (Ole Miss)||OFF||OFF||OFF||58.5||-130||-102|
How many NFL Draft picks are there? Seven rounds, as a matter of fact and there’s plenty of talent still to be had.
A record five Georgia defenders went in the first round. Amazingly, LB Nakobe Dean wasn’t one of them. NFL.com rated him at #17 overall. There’s no way he’ll still be there by #42.
Thank you @NFL for giving me the opportunity to even be here, truly a blessing. Congratulations to everyone who got drafted tonight. You guys deserve every bit of it. Of course I’m disappointed i didn’t hear my name called. Sometimes you just gotta let go and let God!
— M A T T Y (@corral_matt) April 29, 2022
There’s been a lot of buzz about Ole Miss QB Matt Corral in the NFL Draft odds. It wouldn’t be surprising if he comes off the board before North Carolina’s Sam Howell. He’s also looking to be a solid under play at 58.5.
Best Bets: Nakobe Dean (Georgia) under 41.5 (-114); Matt Corral (Ole Miss) under 58.5 (-102)
An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.