Remember when Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields was the betting favorite to be selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the No. 3 pick of the NFL Draft? That lasted less than a week.
BetOnline.ag updated its odds and once again has Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Mac Jones as the favorite to be drafted third overall at -115. Fields, meanwhile, fell from -180 to +110. Trey Lance of the North Dakota State Bison went from +500 to +375, while BYU Cougars QB Zach Wilson remains a long shot at +2800.
Most experts and analysts believe the Jacksonville Jaguars will select Clemson Tigers superstar Trevor Lawrence first overall before the New York Jets grab Wilson with the second pick.
Ryan Wilson and Josh Edwards of CBS Sports currently predict the 49ers will draft Jones, while Chris Trapasso and Pete Prisco linked San Francisco with Fields in their latest mock drafts. However, those updates were shared before NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed on Wednesday that Fields previously informed teams he is managing epilepsy:
The illness has not affected Justin Fields on the field, and other family members have outgrown it in their 20s. The prognosis from doctors is that Fields should be in the same situation. Fields’ symptoms have shorter and less frequent over the past few years. https://t.co/Zcp4MqcG08— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 21, 2021
Justin Fields has been taking his medication, and has not had any recent issues. It’s possible he may have already outgrown the illness. https://t.co/Zcp4MqcG08— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 21, 2021
Walter Cherepinsky of Walter Football changed his mock draft on Tuesday and now has the 49ers drafting Lance instead of Fields.
"Justin Fields is vastly superior to Trey Lance, but there's lots of speculation about Lance being the choice," Cherepinsky explained. "Lance has been working with quarterbacks coach John Beck, who has strong ties to Kyle Shanahan. And speaking of Shanahan, he stated that he wants a mobile quarterback. Michael Lombardi emphatically stated that this selection won't be used on Fields, so that leaves Lance as the favorite."