Clear betting favorite emerges to be Falcons top draft pick

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 02 Middle Tennessee at Alabama

With about two weeks left before the NFL Draft, the Falcons are gearing up for a monumental decision.

Kirk Cousins’ $180 million deal signaled that Atlanta thought of themselves as contenders; whether you or I believe it, they do. The Falcons own the No. 8 overall pick for the third consecutive cycle and have the potential to add a difference-making prospect.

Terry Fontenot has stuck to a code in each draft since coming to Atlanta — selecting the best player available. It was put to the test last year. With Jalen Carter on the board and the defensive line being a position of need, the Falcons elected to draft Bijan Robinson even though Tyler Allgeier, who was coming off a record-breaking rookie campaign, was on the roster.

Obviously, more than just tangible attributes were considered when making that decision. Robinson’s intangibles are what sold the team. The Falcons now sit in a similar situation with an obvious need at the edge position.

Unlike last year, it seems the Falcons will fill the roster need, though. Everyone projects Fontenot drafting Dallas Turner.

Bucky Brooks of, Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, Jordan Reid of ESPN, Mike Tannenbaum of ESPN, Field Yates of ESPN, Matt Miller of ESPN, Ben Standig of The Athletic, Mel Kiper of ESPN, and Brad Spielberger from PFF all have Turner going to Atlanta.

So, it should be no surprise that the overwhelming betting favorite is the Alabama pass rusher to go at the No. 8 pick.

Odds via DraftKings as of 4/10:

  • Dallas Turner +150
  • Laiatu Latu +600
  • Jared Verse +750
  • Quinyon Mitchell +750
  • Rome Odunze +850
  • J.J. McCarthy +1300

That paints a very clear picture of what Vegas thinks. However, odds can shift in the blink of an eye, so I wouldn’t write anything in pen, but it certainly is trending toward Dallas Turner.

Photographer: Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire

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