How will the results of the 2020 NFL Draft impact who wins Super Bowl LV?
The draft is one of the best places for contending teams to add much-needed depth to their rosters. Many of these teams are up against the salary cap and don't have the financial flexibility to sign any of the remaining high-priced free agents or acquire a high-salary player via trade. Therefore, nailing your draft can provide valuable depth and talent upgrades at key positions that remain weaknesses on a given roster.
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We saw plenty of interesting picks from contenders in this past weekend's draft. For example, the teams with the best odds to win Super Bowl LV -- the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens -- both took running backs in the first two rounds. The Chiefs selected LSU star Clyde Edwards-Helaire at the end of the first round and the Ravens took Ohio State star J.K. Dobbins in the second round. Both players could fill important roles on what are expected to be two of the most potent offenses in the league next season.
Another contender that made a splashy move was the San Francisco 49ers, who lost to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. They acquired star left tackle Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins in exchange for multiple draft picks.
How do oddsmakers feel about the top teams in the league following the 2020 draft? Here are the 10 teams with the best odds to win Super Bowl LV, courtesy of DraftKings SportsBook.
Kansas City Chiefs: +600
Baltimore Ravens: +700
San Francisco 49ers: +900
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +1100
New Orleans Saints: +1200
Dallas Cowboys: +1800
New England Patriots: +2000
Philadelphia Eagles: +2000
Seattle Seahawks: +2200
Green Bay Packers: +2500
The Packers are a great value pick at +2500. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is still an elite player, and his team advanced to within one win of the Super Bowl in 2019. Green Bay's defense was much improved last season as well. The Seattle Seahawks, led by MVP candidate and top-tier quarterback Russell Wilson, also are one of the most undervalued teams at sportsbooks. The Eagles and Cowboys are among the most overvalued teams.
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The AFC East had a particularly interesting draft, and the betting lines to win the division in 2020 have shifted a bit as a result.
The Miami Dolphins took a chance and drafted Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who has the potential to be great but his injury history is a concern. Miami had three first-round picks and made 11 selections overall. The Dolphins' draft picks, in addition to their impressive signings in free agency, have made them a popular pick to be a breakout team in 2020. Miami's odds to win the AFC East have risen a bit, but it still isn't expected to be a serious threat in the division.
The Patriots remain the betting favorites, but the Bills are not far behind. Let's take a look at the new AFC East odds, courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
New England Patriots: +115
Buffalo Bills: +160
New York Jets: +700
Miami Dolphins: +700
The Patriots have won the AFC East in 11 consecutive seasons, and the only other team to win the division since 2002 is the Dolphins in 2008. Could we see the Bills finally break through in 2020? The smart money should still be on the Pats.