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Best Ohio State NFL Draft Props: Three Buckeyes Slated as First-Round Picks

C.J. Stroud

For Buckeyes diehards, there’s plenty of Ohio State NFL Draft prop bets available this week.

Sportsbooks are offering a variety of NFL Draft odds on quarterback C.J. Stroud, receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. All three are expected to go in Thursday’s first round. 

Best C.J. Stroud NFL Draft Prop Bets

Stroud will receive the opportunity to further buck the narrative that Ohio State quarterbacks are busts. Despite spending the early portion of the NFL Draft season as the projected No. 1 pick, Stroud’s perceived stock is falling.

Even so, it’s not likely he’ll fall too far in this Ohio State NFL Draft prop bet. 

C.J. Stroud NFL Draft odds: Exact Draft Position

If you’re buying the rumors and suggestions that Stroud is tumbling draft boards, it’s not a bad idea to consider him falling out of the top four. Pick Nos. 5-8 appear to present the best values for bettors to consider. These C.J. Stroud NFL Draft odds are courtesy of DraftKings:

  • No. 5: +800
  • No. 6: +1000
  • No. 7: +1100

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The idea that Stroud could fall is based on the perceived upside advantage Will Levis and Anthony Richardson possess. Not to mention, this draft features multiple highly rated defensive players who warrant top 5 consideration.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba NFL Draft Prop Bets

Ohio State and LSU are locked in quite a battle for the title of “Wide Receiver University.” Smith-Njigba will be the latest Buckeye to make his case. He’s the presumptive favorite to be the first wide receiver off the board, but Smith-Njigba isn’t head and shoulders above his peers as a prospect. Keep this in mind if you’re placing wagers on this Ohio State NFL Draft prop bet. 

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Jaxon Smith-Njigba NFL Draft odds: Second Receiver Selected (+330)

For those sprinkling their bets across a handful of NFL Draft props, Smith-Njigba going as the second receiver is worth consideration. It’s a long-shot bet — hence the plus-money odds — but we’re not talking about a Ja’Marr Chase or Garrett Wilson caliber of prospect. 

Paris Johnson Jr. NFL Draft Prop Bets

Ohio State is a football factory, so it’s no surprise they churn out NFL offensive lineman at a high clip. Offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. is one of the best in the 2023 class. He will hear his name called early on Thursday evening.

Paris Johnson Jr. NFL Draft odds: Second Offensive Lineman Selected (+150)

NFL Draft pundits generally project three offensive lineman to go off the board by the middle of the first round. Johnson is among that trio, but in these situations, bettors are often at the whim of one organization’s preference. Unless you’re privy to inside information, why not roll with the plus-money in this Ohio State NFL Draft prop bet?

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Paris Johnson Jr. Draft Position: Over 9.5 (+105)/Under 9.5 (-140)

As we mentioned, there are three offensive lineman in the top tier of the 2023 class. Those three could go off the board in any order according to various mocks. Considering the quarterbacks and defensive players rated as top-10 caliber prospects, it’s not difficult to imagine Johnson falling to a team in the mid-first.

— Article contributed by Craig Williams

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Joshua Buckley is a contributor for NEO Sports Insiders. Along with award-winning experience as a sports editor in Alabama and Texas, he has also spent time in public relations for the tourism and blood banking industries. Joshua is co-host of "Whole Lotta Wolves," the only U.S.-based Wolverhampton Wanders FC podcast.

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