Bets continue to come rolling in ahead of Thursday’s NFL draft.
The first two picks appear to be foregone conclusions with Trevor Lawrence going to Jacksonville (-10000) and Zach Wilson heading to the Jets (-5000). There is a lot of debate surrounding the third pick, which currently belongs to San Francisco.
The 49ers are expected to take either Justin Fields, Mac Jones or Trey Lance. One PointsBet customer is hoping they go a different route.
He or she wagered $500 on Florida tight end Kyle Pitts to be the third pick in the draft at 50/1 odds, according to Ben Fawkes of VSiN. The bet would return $25,000 if San Francisco decides to take the tight end.
BetOnline has Pitts listed as a heavy -300 favorite to be selected at under 5.5 picks in the draft. However, most mock drafts have Pitts going to Atlanta with the fourth pick, which makes the PointsBet wager a longshot.
“Kyle Pitts is the best player in the 2021 NFL Draft, and I don’t even think it’s that close,” MajorWager’s Brian Edwards said. “I get it, though. Quarterback is the most important position on the field and that’s why Trevor Lawrence will go No. 1 to Jacksonville.”
The Falcons are going to move on from veteran wide receiver Julio Jones eventually, so Pitts would help fill that void. DraftKings has him priced at 11/1 to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year this season.
Lawrence is a +200 ‘chalk,’ followed by Jones (5/1) and Wilson (7/1). Pitts could be a sneaky bet at longer odds.
“With Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, defenses can’t solely focus on him,” Edwards said. “And Matt Ryan still has lots of good football left in him. Pitts is a matchup nightmare. Linebackers are too slow for him and DBs are too small for him. I think he’s a steal at 11/1 to win ROY honors.”
Pitts could fall to Cincinnati with the fifth pick if the Falcons decide to draft a quarterback.
“[Pitts] had zero drops this past year and drew penalties galore from opposing defenses that didn’t end up on his stat line,” Edwards said. “I think he’s a Pro-Bowler and dominant NFL player starting with his rookie debut in Week 1. Even if he falls to the Bengals, I think he’ll be great with Joe Burrow.”
Fields and Lance are both priced at 8/1 to win the award. Former LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase is 12/1. Alabama’s Jaylen Waddle (14/1), Najee Harris (16/1) and DeVonta Smith (16/1) could certainly be in the mix as well.
DraftKings has Atlanta at -150 to draft a tight end with its first pick on Thursday night.