How The NFL Draft Will Impact Division Odds

  • The Atlanta Falcons have +400 odds to win the NFC South.
  • Will Anderson has -275 odds to be the first defensive player drafted.
  • The Chicago Bears have +325 odds to win the NFC North.

ATLANTA – The NFL Draft is under 2 weeks out and there are still plenty of NFL Draft odds to take advantage of. However, some NFL odds that should not be forgotten are the odds for division winners which could shift based on how certain teams draft early on.

Specific teams to keep an eye on that could see their NFL odds to win the division lose value after the draft include the Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals, and Chicago Bears.

Atlanta Falcons

With the eighth pick in the NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons have to be thinking offense considering most of their free agent signing have been on defense. What better way to get a jump start on offense than with Jaxon Smith-Njigba whose NFL Draft odds favor him being the first receiver taken at -275.

Smith-Njigba could certainly be the difference maker for Atlanta after leading a receiving room that included Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave at Ohio State with receiving yards and touchdowns. He’ll definitely affect the Falcons +400 odds to win the NFC South. Especially with the division as weak as it is. That being said, those who are interested in betting on the Falcons to win the division should do so before the draft.

Arizona Cardinals

Granted that the Houston Texans take a QB with the second pick, it would leave the Arizona Cardinals with Will Anderson at the third pick. If they select Anderson, it would set up the Cardinals with a potential top-5 or even top pair of linebackers in Anderson and Isaiah Simmons. When fully healthy, the Cardinals have shown that they are one of the top offenses in the league, so addressing their defense is certainly the right move.

As they currently sit, they have the longest NFC West odds at +2500 which are the longest divisional odds across the NFC. Those looking to take a flyer would certainly want to look at taking them sooner rather than later as the Anderson pick could shorten those odds immediately.

Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears have had arguably the biggest offseason up to this point having traded away the number one pick and have spent the most in free agency up to this point. There have been reports of them being interested in Jalen Carter and rightfully so. Their offense produced the most rushing yards last season as the only team to go over 3,000 yards on the ground while their defense let up the most points per game and the second most rushing yards allowed per game.

Carter would help solidify the run defense and will help drop their NFC North odds even further. They currently sit at +325, however, they’ve dropped considerably since the start of the season when they opened at +450. With the downfall of the Green Bay Packers and a declining Minnesota Vikings, now could be the time for them to regain their elite status in the division.

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