The 2017 NFL regular season may still be months away from getting started, but if you want to know how the recently completed NFL Draft, could affect the Super Bowl 52 odds of several title hopefuls, then you’re in for a treat.
Will the lowly Cleveland Browns take a step forward after nabbing three players in the first round? Will quarterback Mitchell Trubisky prove to be worthy of the No. 2 overall pick? Lat but not least, will the Houston Texans take another step forward after nabbing their quarterback of the future in former Clemson superstar Deshaun Watson?
Let’s find out the answers to these questions and much more.
Post 2017 NFL Draft Super Bowl 52 Odds
- Arizona Cardinals +3700
- Atlanta Falcons +1250
- Baltimore Ravens +4300
- Buffalo Bills +10000
- Carolina Panthers +3000
- Chicago Bears +14500
- Cincinnati Bengals +6000
- Cleveland Browns +32500
- Dallas Cowboys +950
- Denver Broncos +2000
- Detroit Lions +6600
- Green Bay Packers +1150
- Houston Texans +2275
- Indianapolis Colts +4000
- Jacksonville Jaguars +10000
- Kansas City Chiefs +2500
- Los Angeles Chargers +7000
- Los Angeles Rams +15500
- Miami Dolphins +5000
- Minnesota Vikings +3300
- New England Patriots +450
- New Orleans Saints +6600
- New York Giants +1500
- New York Jets +20000
- Oakland Raiders +1400
- Philadelphia Eagles +5000
- Pittsburgh Steelers +1250
- San Francisco 49ers +32500
- Seattle Seahawks +1125
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +4000
- Tennessee Titans +4000
- Washington Redskins +6600
Houston Texans +2275
- Deshaun Watson – QB – Clemson
Maybe it’s me, but I swear the Houston Texans got the ‘steal’ of the draft by getting Cleveland’s 12th overall pick to nab former Clemson signal-caller, Deshaun Watson. The only thing holding the Texans back the last couple of seasons has been some really horrific play at the quarterback position. While veteran Tom Savage is expected to start, I wouldn’t be surprised if Watson saw the field at some point this season. Not only is Watson a star on the field, but more importantly, I believe he’s by far, the best young leader in the entire 2017 NFL Draft. Make no mistake about it, the Texans’ Super Bowl odds could improve at some point in the near future because of their acquisition of the national championship winning Deshaun Watson.
Carolina Panthers +3000
- Christian McCaffery – RB – Stanford
I’m going on record right now to say that the Carolina Panthers nabbed a player with the eighth overall pick that I believe is going to be a genuine superstar in former Stanford hybrid running back/receiver/returner Christian McCaffery. I’m expecting the son of former NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffery to make an immediate for the Panthers in a variety of roles while giving Cam Newton and the Panthers’ offense the balance they missed so much a year ago. Don’t be surprised the see Carolina’s Super Bowl 52 odds improve, if ever so slightly as we move closer to the tart f the regular season.
Cleveland Browns +32500
- Myles Garrett – DE – Texas A&M
- Jabrill Peppers – LB – Michigan
- David Njoku – TE – Miami
The Browns had a pretty wild draft if you ask me. On the one hand, the Browns did a great job by not messing up the first overall pick and taking Texas A&M star Myles Garrett. I also like Cleveland’s drafting of hybrid linebacker/safety Jabrill Peppers at No. 25 and Miami tight end David Njoku at No. 29. I expect all three players to make a contribution right away, so that’s good news. However, there’s some bad news for the Browns as well. Cleveland failed to draft a quarterback in the first round and could have had Deshaun Watson at No. 12. Instead, Cleveland waited to grab Notre Dame signal-caller DeShone Kizer with the 52nd overall pick and I believe that decision could come back to haunt them, even though I will say that Cody Kessler looked pretty solid last season – when he wasn’t running for his life that is.
- Mitchell Trubisky – QB – North Carolina
I don’t know what’s going on in the Windy City, but the Chicago Bears made one of the most foolish moves in recent NFL Draft memory by moving up one spot to nab former North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky when they could have gotten him with their original No. 3 pick. Chicago gave up third- and fourth-round picks this year along with a third-rounder next year to get an inexperienced quarterback in Trubisky – all after signing veteran Mike Glennon to a three-year deal in the offseason to replace the departed Jay Cutler. I wouldn’t expect Trubisky to see the field this season – or Chicago’s Super Bowl 52 odds to improve at all.
San Francisco +32500
- Solomon Thomas – DE – Stanford
- Reuben Foster – LB – Alabama
The Niners absolutely fleeced the Bears and still managed to get the player they wanted at No. 3 in former Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas
”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.”
In addition of Thomas, the Niners also nabbed an impact player with the 31st overall pick by selecting linebacker Reuben Foster. The former Alabama star was expected to go in the top five but slid down following some pre-draft nonsense and a diluted drug sample that cost him big, but could aid the Niners’ in their quest to get back to respectability. San Francisco won’t contend in 2017, but their upper Bowl 52 odd could improve just a bit after getting two players that will contribute right away.
Kansas City +2500
- Patrick Mahomes II – OQ – Texas Tech
The Chief have been perennial double-digit winners ever since Andy Reid set foot in town, but I think Kansas City blew it big-time by jumping up in the draft to take former Texas Tech signal-caller Patrick Mahomes II over Watson. I know Mahomes II has a huge arm and an even bigger upside, but I believe Deshaun Watson is hands down, not only the best young leader in this draft but a player that I already a better leader than half of the starting quarterbacks in the league. Kansas City’ Super Bowl 52 odds won’t improve because they drafted Mahomes II but they’ll contend anyway.
- Leonard Fournette – RB – LSU
The Jags are a longshot pick to win Super Bowl 52, but drafting the gifted Leonard Fournette, I suspect we could see a small change in their upper Bowl 52 odds. While Fournette ha drawn comparisons to Adrian Peterson, I believe Jacksonville’ best offseason acquisition was that of former head coach Tom Coughlin.
- Adoree Jackson – CB – USC
You may not know as much about Tennessee Titans 18th overall draft pick Adoree Jackson, but you should. Jackson is arguably the most gifted athlete in the entire draft and a player that will make an immediate impact on the defensive side of the ball for a Titans team that went 9-7 last season and is poised to challenge for a playoff berth in 2017. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Tennessee’s Super Bowl 52 odds move just a bit because of the addition of Jackson.
- T.J. Watt – LB – Wisconsin
Maybe it’s me, but I’m stunned that T.J. Watt lasted until the 30th overall pick, but everyone else’s loss will be Pittsburgh’s gain. Watt isn’t the most athletic linebacker in the world, but he reminds me of a Brian Cushing or Sean Lee type of player that I all over the field and making play you’d never expect him to make. Watt has a nose for the ball and will help the Steelers on the defensive side of the ball right away. Even if the Steelers’ odds to win upper Bowl 52 don’t improve because of his addition, I fully expect to see T.J. Watt on the field and making plays as a rookie for Mike Tomlin.