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NFL Draft Review

Sam Bradford went first in last week’s NFL Draft, but don’t expect him to lead the St. Louis Rams back into contention any time soon.

Even with their quarterback of the future on board the Rams are still bound for the basement in the NFC this season. The same can be said for most of the other Top 5 teams in the draft order (Detroit, Tampa Bay, Kansas City) except for maybe Washington, who could be on the rise if Donovan McNabb pans out.

The first real championship contender to make a pick in this year’s draft was San Diego. The Chargers traded up to land the No. 12 pick to take running back Ryan Matthews. With LaDainian Tomlinson gone the Chargers need another back to share the load with Darren Sproles, and Matthews could be it.

The Chargers currently sit as 10/1 underdogs on the latest Super Bowl futures and that likely won’t change much before the season starts in a few months.

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Following the draft, the top of the futures list remains exactly the same as it looked before Bradford put on a Rams jersey. The Colts top the list at 8/1, followed by the Saints at 9/1, while the Patriots share 10/1 odds with the Chargers.

The Cowboys show up next at 11/1, and they made an interesting move in the draft by taking a chance on wide receiver Dez Bryant. He was considered to be the most talented receiver in the draft this season, but he fell off many teams’ draft board due to questions about his attitude. This isn’t the first time Jerry Jones has taken on “problem players” (Terrell Owens and Adam Jones are recent examples), but it could work out well if Bryant lives up to his potential.

The Jets finish off the Top 6 on the Super Bowl odds list at 12/1, but they made their offseason noise before the draft.

Mark Sanchez led the Jets to the AFC title game as a rookie last season and he’ll have some more help in his sophomore season after the Jets picked up Santonio Holmes. Unfortunately Holmes will miss the start of the season due to a suspension, but when he returns he’ll form a solid tandem with Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery. After also adding Antonio Cromartie to the secondary alongside arguably the best corner in the league, Darrelle Revis, the Jets’ defense could be even scarier.