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Super Bowl Odds, Three Risers, and Fallers – Post-NFL Draft

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Many teams had extraordinary drafts, which raised their overall chances of making the most important game of the year, the Super Bowl. This is the three teams that have seen the biggest rise and fall from grace for the opportunity to be in the Super Bowl after the NFL Draft

Risers

Bengals (+20,000 to +17,500)

The Bengals had one of the strongest drafts in the 2020 NFL Draft. In the first round, the Bengals drafted the most talented player in the draft, quarterback Joe Burrow. In the second round, the Bengals drafted another weapon for Burrow in a wide receiver, Tee Higgins. To kick off the third round, the Bengals drafted a depth linebacker and potential starting linebacker, Logan Wilson. For their fifth round pick, the Bengals drafted defensive end, Khalid Kareem, which will add some depth to the team overall. To start the sixth round, the Bengals drafted offensive tackle, Hakeem Adeniji, which adds some depth to the offensive line. During the seventh round, the Bengals drafted, linebacker, Markus Bailey, which will add yet another depth linebacker. Overall, the Bengals added their franchise quarterback and a receiver to the roster, which in the end will help them begin rebuilding for Super Bowl opportunities in the coming years.

Florida defensive back CJ Henderson (5) lines up for a play during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Charleston Southern Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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Jaguars (+20,000 to +17,500)

The Jaguars have begun to rebuild their organization after trading away many pieces of the team including Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, and Nick Foles. For their first round selections, the Jaguars drafted star cornerback, C.J. Henderson, and edge rusher, K’Lavon Chaisson. Those two will fill major holes on defense. After cutting Marqise Lee, the Jaguars drafted wide receiver, Laviska Shenault in the second round. To launch into the third round, the Jaguars drafted a defensive lineman, DaVon Hamilton. This addition will add depth to nose tackle. During the fourth round, the Jaguars drafted offensive tackle, Ben Bartch, cornerback, Josiah Scott, as well as linebacker, Shaquille Quarterman. All of these players will help with added depth to there positions. For the fifth round, the Jaguars drafted wide receiver, Collin Johnson, and safety, Daniel Thomas. These two selections will help give Gardner Minshew more options and help the secondary out. To tackle the fifth round, the Jaguars drafted quarterback Jake Luton, and tight end Tyler Davis. In the seventh round, the Jaguars drafted, cornerback, Chris Claybrooks. This selection was a head scratcher because they already drafted two
corners. Overall, the Jaguars drafted lots of future stars on the defensive side of the ball, but not
as much on offense.

Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah plays against Michigan in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Lions (+11,500 to +9,000)

The Lions began to draft for the future and had lots of strong picks overall. In the first round, they drafted their franchise cornerback in Jeff Okudah. To commence the second round, the Lions got a complete steal when they drafted running back, D’Andre Swift. During the third round, the Lions got another linebacker, Julian Okwara, and offensive line help in guard, Jonah Jackson. To go about the fourth round, the Lions drafted two offensive linemen in John Simpson and Logan Stenberg. This will add needed depth to the offensive line. In the fifth round, the Lions drafted two skilled positions in running back, Jason Huntley, and wide receiver, Quintez Cephus. During the sixth round, the Lions drafted some more depth in the defensive end, Jashon Cornell. Overall, the Lions stacked the defensive and offensive line, which will help them begin to build for Super Bowl contention.

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Fallers 

Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Raiders (+4,250 to +5,800)

The Raiders had many surprising draft picks. The team also only had picks until the fourth round. During the first round, the Raiders went out and got their future receiver Henry Ruggs and cornerback in Damon Arnette. There were better players on the board overall, but they were not terrible draft picks. In the third round, the Raiders drafted two more receivers in Lynn Bowden and Bryan Edwards, which was a surprise move because they could have made upgrades elsewhere. During the fourth round, the Raiders bolstered there offensive line with a guard, John Simpson and they added cornerback, Amik Robertson, which adds more depth to the team overall. Overall, the Raiders drafted a lot of corners and receivers but did not address any other position or any of their needs. This likely caused the drop in their odds of Super Bowl contention.

Oct 5, 2019; Knoxville, TN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson (79) blocking Tennessee Volunteers linebacker Darrell Taylor (19) during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports

Titans (+3,100 to +3,500)

The Titans are coming off of an underdog story where they made it to the AFC Championship Game, but their draft proved to not help them sustain this for the upcoming season. In the first round, the Titans drafted replacement offensive tackle, Isaiah Wilson. During the second round, the Titans drafted some cornerback depth, in Kristian Fulton. This should be an overall positive move for the team. To begin the third round, the Titans drafted some running back depth in Darrynton Evans. For the fifth round, the Titans were able to draft some defensive line depth in Larrell Murchison. During the seventh round, the Titans drafted quarterback, Cole McDonald to back up Ryan Tannehill. They also drafted defensive back Chris Jackson, which will add some depth to the defensive backs. Overall, the Titans didn’t do terrible, but they did not do as well as they should have done in the draft. 

Oct 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Cole Kmet (84) runs after a catch during the second quarter against the Navy Midshipmen at SDCCU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Bears (+4,250 to +4,500)

The Bears had a bit of a surprising draft, but overall it was not there best one. In the second round, the Bears drafted another tight end, which there are about ten on the roster, Cole Kmet. With the other pick in the second round, the Bears drafted Jaylon Johnson, defensive back, which will help the cornerback group overall. In the fifth round, the Bears drafted, an edge rusher to help the defensive line in Trevis Gipson. Also, in the fifth round, the Bears drafted, Kindle Vildor, cornerback, this will add some more depth to the cornerback position. Also, in the fifth round, the Bears drafted a wide receiver, Darnell Mooney, which will help out a weak receiving core overall. In the seventh round, the Bears drafted two offensive line depth in Arlington Hambright and Lachavious Simmons. Overall, the Bears missed out on some key offensive lineman and wide receivers to help their team overall. 


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