Pundits and sportsbooks alike are being confounded by one team near the top of the draft: the Atlanta Falcons at No. 4.
As mock drafts and even general managers drafting in the near vicinity of the Falcons and their new brain trust flail for answers surrounding which player Atlanta wants with the fourth overall pick, oddsmakers are walking a similar line.
That is to say — they aren’t sure whether Florida tight end Kyle Pitts, North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields or a trade might be coming. First-time general manager Terry Fontenot cut his teeth with the New Orleans Saints, and no trade or decision was ever too aggressive for his boss, Mickey Loomis.
Fontenot said Wednesday all options are open for Atlanta, and there was no reason to make a decision until Thursday night to allow for teams to make their best possible bids for the pick.
Pitts, the beast mode tight end who moves like a wide receiver, is the heavy favorite at FanDuel. At -210, he’s well ahead of Lance (+380), Fields (+430) and LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (+1900).
PointsBet took one $500 bet on Pitts to be the No. 3 pick, which offers a potential return of $25,000.
DraftKings offers a chance to predict the exact order of picks 3-4-5. At +200 is the sequence of Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (3), Pitts (4) and Chase (5). Jones (3), Fields (4), Chase (5) is +550.
DraftKings went away from the pick market after the top three picks. The book does rate Chase (-200) well ahead of Pitts (-400) to be a top-five pick, with Jones at -305. Jones is the favorite at DraftKings to go third overall to the 49ers.
However, DraftKings has a market on the position played by the team’s top pick in the 2021 draft, and tight end is the runaway favorite at -305
Looking to bet on the @Falcons? Here’s a look at their available markets and futures:
2021 NFL MVP
Matt Ryan is +10000 to win the award via BetMGM. That’s even with Giants quarterback Daniel Jones and Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold.
Super Bowl LVI odds
After going 4-12 last season, the Falcons opened with +5000 odds to win Super Bowl LVI.
Falcons win total (via William Hill)
- over-under 7 wins
- (-143 over)
- (+118 under)
–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)