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Bet the First Offensive Lineman Selected - 2022 NFL Draft

Written by:
Dan Shapiro
Published on:
Apr/26/2022

Ikem Ekwonu is the odds-on favorite at -155 to be selected first as an offensive lineman.

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First offensive lineman selected                    

Ikem Ekwonu              -155

Evan Neal                    +210

Charles Cross              +350

Ekwonu career highlights and honors included: 

Unanimous All-American (2021)

ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy (2021)

First-team All-ACC (2021)

Third-team All-ACC (2020)

“Ekwonu, he gets out and pancakes people on the move,” Eric Edholm, a draft analyst for Yahoo! Sports told the Observer in January. “He’s really fun to watch.”

Neal played college football at the University of Alabama.  His career highlights and honors included:

Career highlights include:

Consensus All-American (2021)

CFP national champion (2020)

First-team All-SEC (2021)

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk believes the Jaguars will ultimately select Neal.

"The rumblings are strong enough, frankly, to take a close look at the available odds for Neal as pick No. 1. At PointsBet, he’s a 20-1 underdog, behind Aidan Hutchinson, Walker, Ikem Ekwonu, and Kayvon Thibodeaux. DraftKings has Neal at 16-1. The best deal comes at FanDuel, where Neal is a 25-1 long shot."

Brady Quinn and Ryan Wilson joined Chris Hassel of CBS Sports to discuss the Panthers taking OT Neal No. 6.

- Dan Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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