Jaxon Smith-Njigba, a wide receiver for Ohio State, is the clear favorite to go first overall in this year’s NFL draft.
DraftKings now has Smith-Njigba as the -270 favorite to be the first receiver selected.
- Zay Flowers of Boston College (+380 odds)
- Jordan Addison of USC (+750)
- Quentin Johnson of TCU (+800)
- Jalin Hyatt of Tennessee (+3000)
It’s expected that no wide receivers will be selected in the first 12 picks of this year’s draft. The total number of draft picks for Smith-Njigba is 12.5; the over is preferred at -200 odds.
The number of wide receivers selected in the first round has an over/under of 3.5.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba Fantasy
When Jaxon Smith-Njigba was a kid, he did a lot more than just play football and hang out with other kids in the area. He would also create elaborate football scenarios in his living room, replete with cushions on the “sideline” to cushion his fall from his acrobatic receptions. Jaxon reached varsity as a freshman at Rockwall High School, which is located approximately 30 minutes northeast of Dallas and roughly 40 miles from AT&T Stadium, thanks in large part to the regular athletic training he received from his father, former Stephen F. Austin linebacker Maada Smith-Njigba.
He didn’t become a household name in the Dallas-Fort Worth area until his junior year, when he set a state record with 97 receptions for 1,828 yards and 20 touchdowns, making him the area’s top high school athlete. As a senior, he improved on those figures to the tune of 104 catches, 2094 yards, and 35 touchdowns, winning him the Landry Award as the top football player in North Texas and the Texas Gatorade Football Player of the Year honors. By the time he won these, he was ranked as the fifth-best WR prospect in his class and had a 247Sports composite rating of five stars. He had also decided to attend Ohio State.