Will the Falcons draft a running back in the top 10 after taking pass catchers in the prior two cycles? The case for Bijan Robinson to land in Atlanta is gaining steam.
There are a number of factors supporting this narrative, but none stronger than the betting markets. Just last week, the Cowboys were the betting favorites with the Falcons as the second-most likely team to draft Robinson.
FanDuel had Dallas sitting at +550 odds while Atlanta trailed at+600, followed by the Houston Texans at +700 and Los Angeles Chargers at +800. Now, the odds have shifted.
The Falcons sit at +250 favorites, followed by the Cowboys and Texans at +600 while the Eagles, Lions, and Chargers sit at +1000. That is pretty convincing, but if you need more, here are some other driving factors.
Bijan Robinson is a generational prospect and would be in the conversation for the first overall pick in a different decade. He’s that talented, MVP kind of stuff. However, the schematic fit is seamless. Arthur Smith wants to run the ball, and who better to do that than the best prospect at the position in a decade? Lastly, Terry Fontenot has spoken ad nauseam that his club will select the best player available; Robinson could very well be the best player left when the Falcons are on the clock.
However, there are some things pointing in the opposite direction.
Tyler Allgeier is the biggest reason. The emerging star is under contract through the 2025 season at a fraction of the price Bijan Robinson would cost as the 8th overall pick. In addition, positional value is working against the Bijan to Atlanta narrative.
Nonetheless, Vegas sees the Falcons as the most likely landing spot. It’s an exciting idea to have an offense with Drake London, Kyle Pitts, Cordarrelle Patterson, Tyler Allgeier, and Bijan Robinson. It would undoubtedly give Desmond Ridder more than enough support to make a complete analysis on whether he’s the future of the franchise.
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