All 32 NFL teams went into last week’s draft in Nashville with a specific plan to make their roster better. The teams at the top of the draft order in each of the seven rounds obviously had deeper needs than the teams picking late in each round. However, NFL experts all across the nation have already weighed in as to which ones should get high grades for their picks verse the ones that may have missed the boat to actually make their team significantly better.
Now that the draft is in the books, it is time for sports bettors to weigh-in with new money on the updated NFL Super Bowl LIV futures. Much like stocks rise and fall with daily trading, some teams’ value went up with their draft picks and some teams’ value headed in the opposite direction.
Super Bowl LIV Betting Futures Odds on the Rise
The New England Patriots have the luxury of drafting for depth as opposed to actual need given that they have been to the last three Super Bowls while winning twice. They had the best odds on the board at MyBookie ahead of the draft at +700 and they remain the favorites with the draft in the books.
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The Patriots had 10 picks over the seven rounds starting with Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry with the final selection of the opening round. The did add a quarterback at the end of the fourth round by taking Jarrett Stidman from Auburn.
The second-favorite on the Super Bowl futures list in the NFC’s Los Angeles Rams at +750. This makes sense after the Rams lost to New England 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII as 2.5-point underdogs.
The Rams are another team that could focus their attention on depth as opposed to direct need in this year’s draft. They are already positioned for another deep playoff run behind quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley on offense. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald has already proven to be one of the most disruptive forces in the NFL on that side of the ball.
Los Angeles used five of its eight selections in the draft on defense starting with Washington safety Taylor Rapp in the second round. It used the first of three picks in the third round on Memphis running back Darrell Henderson in light of some of the injury issues that have plagued Gurley during his NFL career.
Super Bowl Betting Futures Odds on the Decline
One of the favorites that has slipped a bit on the list is the Kansas City Chiefs. They are listed as +800 third-favorites as opposed to their +750 odds heading into the draft. That has more to do with the tenuous off-field issues facing All Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill. He is facing a possible league suspension that could linger into the regular season. As a tactical move, the Chiefs used the 24th pick in the second round to select Georgia wide receiver Mecole Hardman as the first of their six draft picks.
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The Cincinnati Bengals and the Miami Dolphins still have the longest odds on the board to win Super Bowl LIV at +12500. The Bengals have a new head coach in Zac Taylor. In what is expected to be a major rebuilding project following a trio of losing seasons, the Bengals went with Alabama tackle Jonah Williams with the 11th overall pick. In one of the more interesting moves in the later rounds, they moved up to select former North Carolina State quarterback Ryan Finley with the second pick of the fourth round.
Miami decided to move away from Ryan Tannehill as its starting quarterback. During the draft, the Dolphins traded for Arizona quarterback Josh Rosen after the Cardinals used the first overall pick on Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. Rosen was Arizona’s No. 1 pick in last year’s draft.