NFL odds: Five early bets to make after the NFL Draft

By Sam Panayotovich
FOX Sports Betting Analyst

the 2022 NFL Draft came and went, so it’s time to make some future bets.

You might feel a little bummed about placing a bet in May for a season that starts in September, but first and foremost I want to get ahead.

And while we don’t have the full NFL schedule yet, we do know all 17 opponents and each team’s locations. So if there’s one bet I’m bullish on, I have absolutely no problem playing the long game.

Here are five NFL top bets that I love, with odds via FOX Bet:

Jameson Williams Over 700.5 receiving yards: -110 to FOX bet (bet $10 to win $19.09 in total)

I’m so high on Williams’ potential, it hurts. And the more you hear about it, the more likely it seems he’ll be ready for training camp after suffering a torn ACL in January’s national championship game against Georgia.

Assuming Williams is good for Week 1, he’ll need to average 41 yards a week for 17 weeks, and that’s nothing in the modern NFL. He will arguably be the best wide player for the Lions, and they will throw the ball more than most teams as they trail in many games.

I’m ready to top 700.5 now before it’s cleared and the number goes up. We could realistically see O/U 730.5 or 750.5 after bettors and bookmakers saw some highlighted plays during training camp.

Aidan Hutchinson Under 8.5 bags: +100 to FOX bet (bet $10 to win $20 in total)

JJ Watt recorded 5.5 sacks in his first season, Myles Garrett had seven and Chase Young had 7.5. Sure, there are outliers (like Joey Bosa’s 10.5 sacks in 2016), but most rookie rushers have an uphill battle the first year against NFL offensive linemen.

As I mentioned above, Detroit will be underdogs in most of its games, and there’s a good chance the Lions will play from behind a lot. This allows opponents to run the ball in the second half and keep sacks off the sheet.

Hutchinson has the tools to be a special player in this league, but I’m going to go “under” his sack total to more money, given all the circumstances.

Jahan Dotson wins Offensive Rookie of the Year: +1600 on FOX Bet (bet $10 to win $170 in total)

This bet is definitely a long shot.

But you’ll be able to throw an educated dart this season because there isn’t a transcendent quarterback like Kyler Murray or Justin Herbert who will start on day one and run away with the prize.

Dotson should slip right into the starting role in Washington and I expect him to take the pressure off Terry McLaurin immediately. And Dotson is the type of player who can be used in different ways, so as long as the commanders put the ball in positions for him to succeed, he will make plays.

Indianapolis Colts Over 9.5 wins: -125 to FOX bet (bet $10 to win $18 in total)

I hate how much I love Indianapolis this coming season. They moved to quarterback with Matt Ryan and added two defensive playmakers, cornerback Stephon Gilmore and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue.

Add those three to a team that finished 9-8 with ever-average Carson Wentz under center, and I’m way too excited.

The Colts will always rely heavily on the running game, and if Jonathan Taylor picks up where he left off, life will be a lot easier for Ryan and his receivers.

foals should being favored in five of AFC South’s six games, which puts them in an ideal position to rack up plenty of wins and hit double-digits.

Philadelphia Eagles win NFC East: +300 on FOX Bet (bet $10 to win $40 in total)

I bet that almost immediately after Philadelphia drafted defensive tackle Jordan Davis and acquired receiver AJ Brown from Tennessee.

If you’re reading this space, you’ll remember I was super high on the Dallas Cowboys last offseason at -110 to win the East after a 6-10 campaign in 2020. Dallas passed with a record of 12-5, but now I’m ready to short them. Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson don’t walk through that door, and last I checked, Mike McCarthy (and his brutal clockwork management) is still a sheriff with rusty bullets.

On the other hand, the Eagles are loaded in the skill and speed department with Brown, DeVonta Smith, Zach Pascal, Jalen Reagor and Miles Sanders. And if Jalen Hurts can take another step forward, the Eagles will be well-positioned to make some noise in a winnable division.

Sam Panayotovich is a sports betting analyst for FOX Sports and NESN. He previously worked for WGN Radio, NBC Sports and VSiN. He will probably choose against your favorite team. Follow him on Twitter @spshoot.


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