NFL draft odds: First wide receiver, tight end and more
Jaxon Smith-Njigba is one of the top wide receiver prospects. Photo by John McCoy/AP.

The NFL draft begins on April 27, leaving plenty of time for speculation to swirl.

The latest: A deep wide receiver class presents several options who could hear their name called first. There are two offensive linemen with strong cases to be the first and a few options at cornerback, while the first defensive player to shake hands with commissioner Roger Goodell seems obvious.

Check out the latest NFL draft odds.

NFL draft odds

Check out the latest NFL draft odds.

NFL draft odds: First wide receiver drafted

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PlayerOdds (March 14)Odds (March 4)
Jaxon Smith-Njigba-112+350
Quentin Johnston+200+145
Jordan Addison+550+250
Zay Flowers+550+450
Jalin Hyatt+700+450
Kayshonn Boutte+6,000+3,500
Josh Downs+7,500+4,500
Rashee Rice+10,000+7,500

NFL odds as of 11:40 a.m. ET on 03/14/2023.

Quentin Johnston had the best odds of any wide receiver to go first after an impressive junior campaign, but now that distinction belongs to Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

Smith-Njigba is one of the most intriguing prospects in this class. His sophomore season was one of the greatest ever by a wide receiver, amassing 95 receptions for 1,606 receiving yards and nine scores, outproducing both Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave, who were both first-round picks in last year's draft.

The reason why Smith-Njigba's not a slam-dunk choice to be the top option at his position is a lingering hamstring injury that limited him to only three games and five receptions last year.

His odds are on the rise after strong performances in the three-cone drill (6.57 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (3.93 seconds) at the NFL combine.

First offensive lineman drafted

PlayerOdds (March 14)Odds (March 4)
Paris Johnson-118-106
Peter Skoronski+150+120
Broderick Jones+350+500
Darnell Wright+500+2,500
Dawand Jones+4,500+1,500
O'Cyrus Torrence+4,500+2,500
Anton Harrison+5,000+5,000
Matthew Bergeron+8,000+6,000
Cody Mauch+10,000+10,000

Paris Johnson is the odds-on favourite to be the first offensive lineman off the board. He's a versatile blocker with experience playing left and right tackle, in addition to guard. This past season was his first as an every-game starter.

Peter Skoronski, meanwhile, has been Northwestern's starting tackle since arriving at Evanston. With an impressive collegiate track record behind him, he appears to be the safest option at the position.

NFL draft odds: First defensive player drafted

PlayerOdds (March 14)Odds (March 4)
Will Anderson-225-215
Jalen Carter+300+350
Tyree Wilson+350+250
Christian Gonzalez+2,500+2,500
Myles Murphee+5,000+4,500
Nolan Smith+5,000+5,000
Bryan Breese+8,000+8,000
Lukas Van Ness+8,000+5,000
Devon Witherspoon+8,000+8,000
Will McDonald IV+10,000+9,000
Joey Porter Jr.+10,000+10,000
Brian Branch+12,000+10,000
Cameron Smith+12,000+12,000
Keele Ringo+15,000+15,000
Drew Sanders+15,000+15,000

Will Anderson was the top defensive player in this class before the year started and he did enough to maintain the distinction.

He didn't repeat his 2021 performance (101 tackles, 31.0 tackles for a loss, and 17.5 sacks) but his 51 tackles, 17.0 TFL, and 10.0 sacks were solid.

Tyree Wilson's another option we can get behind.

The imposing 6-foot-6, 275-pound defensive lineman from Texas Tech had seven sacks and 14 tackles for a loss in 10 games last season.

First cornerback drafted

PlayerOdds (March 14)Odds (March 4)
Christian Gonzalez-200-157
Devon Witherspoon+200+160
Joey Porter Jr.+750+400
Cameron Smith+2,800+1,700
Deonte Banks+4,000+4,000
Keele Ringo+4,000+4,000
Emmanuel Forbes+8,500+8,500
Clark Phillips+9,000+9,000
Eli Ricks+10,000+10,000
Kyu Blu Kelly+10,000+10,000

Christian Gonzalez was a dominant performer at the NFL combine. He ran a 93rd-percentile 40-yard dash time (4.38 seconds), resulting in a 95th-percentile speed score (110.1) due to his above-average size (6-foot-1, 197 pounds) for the position, per PlayerProfiler.

He had four interceptions at Oregon in 2022 after transferring from Colorado.

Plenty of buzz surrounds Devon Witherspoon after an excellent senior season at Illinois. He had three interceptions for the Fighting Illini last year and is gaining plenty of steam through the pre-draft process, going No. 7 in Mel Kiper's latest mock draft.

NFL draft odds: First tight end drafted

PlayerOdds (March 14)
Michael Mayer+135
Dalton Kincaid+150
Luke Musgrave+400
Darnell Washington+400
Zack Kuntz+6,000
Sam LaPorta+8,000
Jahleel Billingsley+10,000
Tucker Kraft+10,000
Cameron Latu+10,000
Luke Schoonmaker+10,000

Michael Mayer, also known as "Baby Gronk," is the favourite to be the first tight end drafted in what's a loaded class.

After posting back-to-back 800-yard seasons with 16 total touchdowns at Notre Dame, while also demonstrating elite blocking skills, he's going to be at the top of the board for many NFL squads.

Dalton Kincaid is next up and he's flying up mock drafts thanks to elite receiving chops.

His 890 yards and eight touchdowns in his junior campaign caught the attention of many scouts.

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