Draft impact on NFL future odds
There were some Super Bowl future odds that changed after the NFL draft was completed, as some teams really addressed their needs and some did not.
(Odds below reflect today's lines and those from last month at Sportsbook.ag ).
Here are some teams that had the NFL futures change significantly for the better after the draft.
The Cardinals were at 31/1 and now are at 25/1 and the main reason is that they got a great late first round pick in Chris Wells. He and RB Tim Hightower should be a great RB tandem in the desert this season.
The Bills were at 61/1 and are now at 50/1. The team not only had a solid draft with their first round picks DE Aaron Maybin and C Eric Wood and also drafting TE Shawn Nelson, who should compliment Terrell Owens on offense.
The Bears were at 41/1 but are now at 15/1 and the main, and only since they did not have a first round pick, is the trade for QB Jay Cutler.
The Lions were at 101/1 and are now at 85/1. First pick QB Mike Stafford was a good pick and they also snagged TE Brandon Pettigrew in the first round, who was the best TE in the draft. Still, the Lions need defensive help and they did not pick up much in the draft.
The Vikings were at 26/1 and are now at 18/1 after a solid draft. In the first round they drafted a much-needed WR in Percy Harvin and they addressed other needs by drafting RT Phil Loadholt and CB Asher Allen.
The 49ers were at 41/1 and are now at 35/1 and the main reason is that WR Michael Crabtree fell to them with the number 10 pick in the first round. Sixth round pick TE Bear Pascoe may be the steal of the draft.
The Redskins were at 41/1 and are now at 25/1. DE Brian Orakpo was a great pick in the first round and signing DT Albert Haynesworth.
Here are some teams that had significantly worse odds after the draft.
The Bengals were at 51/1 and are now at 75/1. This is a bit confusing as draft experts believe the Bengals had a solid draft taking OT Andre Smith in the first round and their defense should be better with the addition of LB Rey Maualuga and DE Michael Johnson.
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The Broncos were at 31/1 and are now at 40/1. Jay Cutler leaving the Mile High City is the main reason for the worse odds, but Denver chose RB Knowshon Moreno in the first round and their later picks on defense were head-scratches.
The Texans were at 26/1 and are now at 40/1. They need help in the RB position, but for their first pick they took OLB Brian Cushing. He should help, but who will move the chains on offense?
The Chiefs were at 51/1 and are now at 60/1. The drafted DE Tyson Jackson in the first round, but they still need pass rushers and help on the offensive line to protect new QB Matt Cassel.
The Dolphins were at 31/1 and are now at 40/1 and they did have a solid first round pick in DB Vontae Davis, but they failed to address other needs on draft day.
The Jets were at 31/1 and are now at 40/1. They traded up to take QB Mark Sanchez with the number 5 pick and RB Shonn Green was a solid pick, but the Jets still need help at WR and on defense.
The Raiders were at 61/1 and are now at 80/1. They picked WR Darrius Heyward-Bey when they could have had Michael Crabtree and they took a safety in the 2nd round when many draft experts had that guy going in the second day. The Raiders still need help with their offensive line, big time. Many experts game the Raiders a F grade in this year’s draft.
The Buccaneers were at 26/1 and are now at 50/1. Taking QB Josh Freeman in the first round was a stretch and their D should be better with the additions of DT Roy Miller and DE Kyle Moore, but the team still has many question marks.
The futures odds of teams that did not change much and their current odds and their first round picks are:
* St. Louis (90/1) OT Jason Smith
* Seattle (40/1) OLB Aaron Curry
* Jacksonville (30/1) OT Eugene Monroe
* Green Bay (25/1) DT B.J. Raji and OLB Clay Matthews
* New Orleans (22/1) DB Malcolm Jenkins
* San Diego (12/1) DE Larry English
* Philadelphia (12/1) WR Jeremy Maclin
* Cleveland (75/1) C Alex Mack
* Baltimore (20/1) OT Michael Oher
* Atlanta (30/1) DT Peria Jerry
* Indianapolis (12/1) RB Donald Brown
* New York Giants (10/1) WR Hakeem Nicks
* Tennessee (20/1) WR Kenny Britt
* Pittsburgh 10/1) DT Evander Hood