Post Draft Odds & Betting Preview for the 2017 NFL Season
Will Myles Garrett help the lowly Cleveland Browns improve on the field in 2017? Will surprise No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky help the San Francisco 49ers in their quest to get back to respectability? Will Deshaun Watson end up starting in Houston this season and if he does, will the Texan have a better chance of advancing in the postseason?
With the completion of the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, numerous Super Bowl-hopefuls are likely to see their 2017 NFL odds change, whether it’s for the better or not. Thankfully, this look back at the top winners and losers and how their draft pick could impact their futures odds in the coming season will both inform and entertain.
Cleveland Browns 300/1
The Browns get an ‘A’ for drafting defensive end Myles Garrett with the first overall pick and they also get good grades for nabbing hybrid linebacker/safety Jabrill Peppers at No. 25 and Miami tight end David Njoku at No. 29. All three players will make a contribution right away, so Cleveland’s 300/1 odds could improve in the near future.
The Panthers nabbed a player at No. 8 that I believe is going to be a flat-out star in hybrid running back/receiver/returner Christian McCaffrey. The former Stanford star will see plenty of action right away in a variety of roles and hi presence alone should improve Carolina’s NFL futures odds.
The Texans made the best move of all by moving up to take Clemson superstar Deshaun Watson with the Browns’ No. 12 pick and while he may not see the field as a rookie, I wouldn’t be surprised if he did and I’m genuinely expecting Watson to become a star in the NFL. By the way, why the hell are the Texans favored to win Super Bowl 52 over teams like Oakland, Denver, Pittsburgh and Kansas City? Strange!
Jacksonville is never a favorite, but having the talents of Leonard Fournette will definitely give the team a much better chance this coming season. The Jags are a 90/1 pick to win Super Bowl 52, but drafting Leonard Fournette could bump up their odds just a bit, to maybe, 75/1. Fournette is a monster athlete that has stardom written all over him.
San Francisco 300/1
Not only did the Niners get the player they wanted by drafting Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas, but they absolutely fleeced the Bears by dropping down one spot and getting Chicago’s third- and fourth-round picks this year along with a third-rounder next year.
”Kudos to the Bears,” new Frisco GM John Lynch said. ”I give Ryan Pace and John Fox credit for making a courageous move and we’re thrilled with what we got out of it.”
The Cardinals needed a linebacker in the worst way and they got an absolute stud in Temple linebacker Hassan Reddick. I have no idea why the Cardinals’ upper Bowl 52 odds are behind teams like Minnesota and Indianapolis, but the addition of Reddick could help improve their odd, even if it’s not by much.
The Bears made a foolish move to move up just one spot to nab North Carolina signal-caller Mitchell Trubisky when they could have gotten him with their original No. 3 pick. Not only did the Bears give up too much for Trubisky, but I also believe they made a hue mistake by not drafting the far more proven Deshaun Watson.
I know you just saw the Browns on my ‘winners’ list as a team whose NFL futures odds could improve this season, but the Browns also blew it by failing to draft a quarterback when they could and should have.
Kansas City 25/1
I have no idea what the hell Andy Reid was thinking, but I believe he made a foolish mistake by moving up to draft Patrick Mahomes II over Watson. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of Mahomes and I do believe he could turn into a quality quarterback at some point in the near future. However, I genuinely believe that Deshaun Watson is going to be a superstar at some point in the very near future and that passing on him was a huge mistake by any team that drafted another quarterback instead of the national championship-winning Watson.