Over the last few weeks and months in the NFL, we have seen plenty of free agency signings, several trades, and numerous draft selections per team. All of that leads to a shift in the balance of power throughout the league. Some teams strengthened their rosters and became legit contenders for the playoffs or even the Super Bowl, while some, on the other hand, lost their position and dropped in the power rankings.
But there are three teams that improved their odds the most following the NFL Draft. This includes the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, and the Detroit Lions. Also, when discussing the enhanced odds, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now one of the top favorites for taking the trophy after their excellent free agency.
Now, to present some numbers. San Francisco went from 12/1 to 10/1, the Cowboys made a big jump from 25/1 to 16/1, and the Lions are 66/1 after being 100/1. Regarding the Buccaneers, the oddsmakers see them at 11/1, after Rob Gronkowski landed in Florida. Before that, Bruce Arians’ crew sat at 20/1.
Gronk’s appearance in Tampa Bay helped give an extra boost to a team that already was reeling from the positive effects following Tom Brady’s decision to head down south from New England. It seems that the sportsbooks had to adjust after one of the best tight ends in NFL history decided to join his old partner. For more odds changes, check out all the best sportsbooks in Canada. Now to speak a bit more about the reasons why each one of these teams improved following the draft.
The Cowboys had a great draft, with several of their picks coming in with great value. More specifically, their decision to take WR CeeDee Lamb as the 17th pick overall cannot be overstated as Lamb is arguably the best wide receiver in this year’s draft class.
How he fell all the way down to the 17, we can’t tell, but we are definitely sure that Cowboys now have one of the best-receiving corpses in the league.
They are the fourth favorite for taking the NFC with the odds 9/1. San Francisco is first at 19/4, the New Orleans Saints are behind at 7/1 (same as Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Eagles are behind at 9/1, while Green Bay and Seattle sit at 10/1.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers landed LT Trent Williams in a trade during the 2020 NFL Draft. Williams, of course, is an All-Pro and one of the best in the league in his position. DE DeForest Buckner was replaced with the 22-year old Javon Kinlaw, the 14th pick. Kinlaw has the potential to make an immediate impact in year one. WR Brandon Aiyuk was the 25th pick in the draft and is already considered to be an immediate game-changer who will become another reliable option for Jimmy Garoppolo in the attack.
Only two teams are ahead of the 49ers in the Super Bowl odds race – reigning champions, Kansas City Chiefs at 13/2, and the Baltimore Ravens at 7/1. Behind them are the Buccaneers at 11/1, same as the New Orleans Saints. Cowboys are at 16/1 while the Eagles, Seahawks, and the Pats are at 20/1.
And at last, to explain the jump of the Detroit Lions, who were one of the worst teams in the league before the draft according to the bookies. They selected Jeffrey Okudah as the third pick overall, the near-consensus CB1 in this year’s CB class. They also added RB D’Andre Swift in the second round.
With several other additions, the situation in the Motor City looks a bit brighter than in the previous years, and everybody is expecting to see head coach Matt Patricia creating something instead of disappointing the army of Lions’ fans for the third year in a row.
All in all, these are changes following the draft, and we can expect even more changes as the start of the next season approaches.