Let’s have a look at the 2021 NFL Draft betting picks.
There seems to be little doubt as to which two players will be taken with the top two picks in the 2021 NFL Draft that is set to get underway on Thursday, April 29 in Cleveland, Ohio. After leading the Clemson Tigers to three straight ACC titles and a national championship in 2018, Trevor Lawrence is perched as a massive favourite to hear his name called when the Jacksonville Jaguars make the first overall selection.
|Trevor Lawrence - First Overall||1.001|
|Trevor Lawrence - Second Overall||67.00|
|Zach Wilson - First Overall||19.00|
|Zach Wilson - Second Overall||1.02|
While Zach Wilson sits well back of Lawrence on the odds to go first overall, the BYU pivot is pegged as a heavy favourite to be taken with the No. 2 pick in the draft. Despite the lack of suspense as to how this year’s draft will start, football fans and sports bettors enjoy plenty of betting options as the NFL welcomes the Class of 2021.
CanadianBettingSites a look at the best props to consider as the countdown to the 2021 NFL Draft continues.
|NFL Draft Third Overall Pick|
|Patrick Surtain II||401.00||n/a|
Niners Shopping for a QB at No. 3
While little doubt remains as to who will be taken with the top two picks, a tight three-way race has developed in the hunt to become the third overall pick. The San Francisco 49ers raised eyebrows by trading their way up to the No. 3 pick, fueling speculation that the team was prepared to move away from current injury-prone starter Jimmy Garoppolo.
First it was, “The 49ers are sticking with Jimmy Garoppolo.”
Then they trade up to 3 and specifically say they’re taking a QB.
Now it’s, “Gotta keep Jimmy until the rookie is ready.”
Find someone that loves you as much as the 49ers media loves Jimmy Garoppolo.
— Rob “Stats” Guerrera (@StatsOnFire) April 16, 2021
The uncertainty over Jimmy G’s future has raised the draft stock of passers Mac Jones and Justin Fields, who sit as co-favourites to be picked overall, while Trey Lance closely trails. Jones and Fields are both coming off spectacular campaigns and faced off in this past year’s national championship game. Jones came away as the winner in that matchup, leading Alabama to glory on the strength of a five-TD performance in the Crimson Tide’s 52-24 win over Fields and his Ohio State Buckeyes.
And while the 49ers have no shortage of roster holes to fill at this year’s NFL Draft, picking up Jones solves any problems under the center, both in the short and long term.
Pick Mac Jones to be selected third overall at this year’s NFL Draft. A $20 bet at Sports Interaction will return $45.
|NFL Draft First non-Quarterback Selected|
|Patrick Surtain II||31.00|
Look for Pitts to Go Top Five
Quarterbacks are expected to dominate the first round of the NFL Draft, with a successful $20 bet on OVER 5.5 pivots getting taken in the opening round returning a tidy $93 in NFL props betting at Sports Interaction. But once pivots like Lawrence, Wilson, and Jones are taken, teams will be quickly moved to fill other holes. That has opened the door for Kyle Pitts to get the call as the first non-quarterback chosen at this year’s draft.
Pitts a Good Fit in Atlanta or Cincy
The Florida Gators tight end is coming off a stellar 2020 campaign, compiling 770 receiving yards and 12 TD catches in just eight outings. And while the Atlanta Falcons could use the upgrade downfield, the need to plan for a future without veteran Matt Ryan could push the Falcons to opt for a passer at No. 4.
“You hear you can’t draft a Tight End that high..
But he’s the best Tight End I’ve ever evaluated who happens to also just be an unbelievably great kid so I don’t think you can go wrong however high he goes just take him”@MoveTheSticks on Kyle Pitts #PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/7sMuVcOcBE
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) April 16, 2021
However, Pitts is not likely to last past No. 5, considering the Cincinnati Bengals are eager to provide budding star QB Joe Burrow with quality targets. That also makes Pitts a solid bet at MyBookie (1.57) to be taken among the first five picks.
Pick Kyle Pitts to be the first non-quarterback selected at the 2021 NFL Draft. A $20 bet at Bodog will return $40.00.
|NFL Draft First Defensive Player Selected|
|Patrick Surtain II||1.833||1.87|
|Greg Newsome II||71.00||102.00|
Horn a Strong Value Bet to be First Defensive Player Picked
Patrick Surtain II has emerged as the favourite to be the first defensive player taken in the NFL Draft, and with good reason. The Crimson Tide cornerback quickly rose to prominence during his three seasons at Alabama, averaging over 25 tackles per year and accumulating four career interceptions.
Notable performances by Jaycee Horn
1/1, 12 yards
1/1, 7 yards
2/4, 14 yards
1/3, 20 yards
1/9, 44 yards, 2 INTs
7/10, 47 yards (2 games)
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 20, 2021
However, Surtain is likely to face stiff challenges in the race to be the first defensive player picked from another cornerback, South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn. While Horn chose to cut last season short so as to focus on preparing for this year’s draft, he has many similarities to Surtain, in build and in performance. Linebacker Micah Parsons and defensive end Kwity Paye are also worthy of consideration in this category, but it is tough to overlook the attractive odds that Horn sports to get the nod.
Pick Jaycee Horn to be the first defensive player picked at the 2021 Draft. A $20 bet at 10Bet will return $160.