Fresh 2013 Super Bowl Odds, Post-NFL Draft
The offseason is officially over, and teams have now made their biggest moves. Some went wild during free agency, and some went wild during the draft. Shoot, some even went wild during both.
Fans and media members alike will now be scouring all 32 rosters trying to peg the next Super Bowl champion. Teams like the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots all seem like legitimate contenders at this point.
Yet the NFL is made up of 32 teams, not just those four.
Not to mention there always seems to be one dark-horse team that comes out of nowhere. What do the oddsmakers say? Will your favorite team be the dark horse this year?
Here are the latest post-NFL draft Super Bowl odds for every team.
*Odds courtesy of Bovada.
Arizona Cardinals, ODDS: 100/1
Head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim's first draft has to be viewed as a major success. They added immense talent at offensive guard, cornerback and inside linebacker, which means a once-talent-starved roster is slowing catching up in the NFC West arms race.
However, oddsmakers still don't believe the Cardinals are quite where they need to be. Only Jacksonville has worse Super Bowl odds than Arizona. The 2013 draft is only the beginning for this organization. They will need years of successful drafts before they even sniff the Super Bowl.
Atlanta Falcons, ODDS: 12/1
Prior to the draft, the Falcons' biggest weakness was easily their defensive secondary. Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson both found new homes, so it was no surprise that Atlanta used its first two picks on cornerbacks.
Washington's Desmond Trufant and Southeastern Louisiana's Robert Alford seem to be set to play right away, so it will be interesting to see how they both hold up as the season rolls on. They may end up being the deciding factor in terms of the Falcons' fate in 2013.
The strong Day 1 and Day 2 selections have Atlanta tied for the fifth-best Super Bowl odds with the Green Bay Packers.
Baltimore Ravens, ODDS: 20/1
Despite replenishing their stock some during the draft, oddsmakers feel the Baltimore Ravens just don't have the talent they had in 2012. Matt Elam, Arthur Brown and Brandon Williams will be impact players right away, but there are still other questions that need to be answered on the defensive side of the ball.
If the Ravens want to get back to where they were last year, they will need this year's draft class to pay dividends immediately. There were eight teams total that had better Super Bowl odds. The two surprising teams in front of them were the New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans.
Buffalo Bills, ODDS: 100/1
Some loved the Buffalo Bills' draft, and others hated it. There were some questionable picks (E.J. Manuel), and then there were some not-so-questionable picks (Robert Woods). Regardless of the initial observations, one thing rings true: Buffalo added talent on both sides of the ball.
That was the thing they needed the most, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Pairing Stevie Johnson with Woods and Marquise Goodwin will be sure to turn some heads. Yet the Bills are still tied with the Cardinals, Raiders and Titans for the worst Super Bowl odds.
Carolina Panthers, ODDS: 50/1
It's no secret that the Carolina Panthers' biggest weakness last year was their defense. Ron Rivera knows that; he's no dummy. Even though they didn't have very many picks to work with in the draft, general manager Dave Gettleman made the most of what he had.
He drafted defensive tackle Star Lotulelei in the first round and defensive tackle Kawann Short in the second round. Both players are impact players who will start on Day 1. However, the Panthers defense is still far from perfect, and it still needs plenty of work.
With even more defensive help, one would have to think their odds of winning the Super Bowl would be better than 50/1.
Chicago Bears, ODDS: 25/1
Replacing Lovie Smith will not be easy. He was a very successful coach who put together plenty of winning seasons, which is why the Bears front office was under heightened pressure to draft well in 2013.
Chicago addressed the offensive line (finally) twice and the linebacker position twice as well. Both positions were positions of need, and it's safe to say they acquired three starters out of those four picks.
Couple their selections with the talent they already had in place leading up to the draft, and it's easy to see why oddsmakers have them with the 11th-best Super Bowl odds.
Cincinnati Bengals, ODDS: 35/1
Ever since the New England Patriots started shredding teams with two tight end sets a few years back, other organizations have started to follow suit. On Thursday, the Cincinnati Bengals became the newest team to join the Patriots' ranks when they drafted Tyler Eifert out of Notre Dame.
Eifert will be paired up with fellow first-round tight end Jermaine Gresham. Quarterback Andy Dalton should start getting familiar with 12 personnel, as one would expect the Bengals to be running plenty of it when September rolls around.
Not to mention they also added defensive end, safety and running back help. Their star-studded draft now has them at the middle of pack when it comes to Super Bowl odds.
Cleveland Browns, ODDS: 75/1
With defensive coordinator Ray Horton now in charge of their defense, the Cleveland Browns made sure to add pass-rushers and secondary help on Days 1, 2 and 3 of the NFL draft. Barkevious Mingo and Leon McFadden should prove to play plenty of snaps right away in 2013.
Even though they didn't address the offensive side of the ball until Round 7, the Browns should be much better off on offense than they were until 2012. Oddsmakers liked the team's five draft selections, yet they didn't like them enough to put Super Bowl odds in their favor.
Cleveland will have an uphill battle all season long as it tries to keep pace with the Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and Bengals.
Dallas Cowboys, ODDS: 28/1
Is Jerry Jones turning into the late Al Davis? One would have to think so after scanning through the Cowboys' list of draft selections. Center Travis Frederick, wide receiver Terrance Williams and safety J.J. Wilcox were all considered reaches by experts who evaluate the draft.
Fortunately enough for Dallas, it still has enough talent on the 53-man roster to make a Super Bowl run. Its 28/1 odds are good enough to put them ahead of teams like the Washington Redskins, Cincinnati, the Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles.
Denver Broncos, ODDS: 15/2
The Denver Broncos' Super Bowl window will only be open as long as Peyton Manning is on their roster, which is exactly why John Elway felt the need to bolster their defense with three of the team's first four picks.
Defensive tackle Sly Williams is a perfect plug-and-play player at defensive tackle, along with Kayvon Webster at cornerback. Webster should start in the nickel right away, and he is expected to eventually take over for the aging Champ Bailey.
Expect Denver to make a serious run at the Super Bowl this year, as oddsmakers have given it the second-best odds in the NFL.
Detroit Lions, ODDS: 40/1
Now that Cliff Avril, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Lawrence Jackson are gone, Detroit felt a pressing need to upgrade the defensive side of the ball. Drafting Ezekiel Ansah, Darius Slay and Devin Taylor were all nice attempts to replenish the lost talent, but was it enough?
Most analysts felt it wasn't, and the Vegas oddsmakers agreed. It was a step in the right direction, but the Lions are still far from being Super Bowl favorites. There are 17 teams that currently have better odds to win it all in 2013.
Green Bay Packers, ODDS: 12/1
In recent years, Ted Thompson has fallen in love with drafting defensive line help in the first round. And this year was no different, as they used the 26th pick on UCLA defensive lineman Datone Jones. Jones is a versatile player who should come in and start right away at right defensive end.
Second-round pick Eddie Lacy should also have no problem winning the starting job at running back. Back-to-back starters in back-to-back rounds was a great way to start the draft for the Packers. Often, it seems like the rich only keep getting richer.
Green Bay's fantastic draft helped them inch closer and closer to another Super Bowl title. As it stands right now, they are tied for the fifth-best Super Bowl odds heading into the 2013 season.
Houston Texans, ODDS: 18/1
For sometime now, the Houston Texans have needed an explosive wide receiver to pair with Pro Bowl wideout Andre Johnson. Well, after years of neglecting the position, this was the year where they finally pulled the trigger when they drafted Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
Hopkins not only fills an immediate need, but he will instantly take pressure off Arian Foster and the run game. Opposing defenses will now have to account for one more playmaker in Gary Kubiak's offense. Aside from Hopkins, Houston also added talent in the secondary and along the defensive line.
Is this the year where the Texans finally win their first Super Bowl? The oddsmakers think it's a real possibility. They have the seventh-best odds at 18/1.
Indianapolis Colts, ODDS: 35/1
From 2-14 in 2011 to playoff contenders in 2012, the Indianapolis Colts are now trying to make even more headway by winning their second Super Bowl in the last 10 years. For this to happen, general manager Ryan Grigson knew he had to draft talent for Chuck Pagano's defense.
Bjoern Werner proved to be a nice start in Round 1, and Montori Hughes was an underrated selection in Round 5. If you couple those two moves with the team's signings in free agency, it would be hard to argue against Indianapolis' overall improvement on defense.
The Colts' upgraded roster now has them tied with the Cincinnati Bengals for the 16th-best Super Bowl odds.
Jacksonville Jaguars, ODDS: 200/1
With David Caldwell and Gus Bradley at the helm, the Jacksonville Jaguars looked like a totally different team on draft day. Their draft selections made sense, and there were no real head-scratching picks that made you say, "What in the world?"
This was a welcome sight, as Jaguar fans had been accustomed to that phrase when Gene Smith was manning the war room controls. However, much like the Cardinals, one good draft isn't enough to turn a 2-14 team into Super Bowl champions.
And oddsmakers know that. Jacksonville currently sits at 200/1 favorites to win the Super Bowl. No other team has worse odds than that.
Kansas City Chiefs, ODDS: 50/1
Last year, the Kansas City Chiefs had more Pro Bowlers (five) than wins (two). I know it doesn't make sense, but it did show John Dorsey and Andy Reid that the Chiefs had some supporting pieces in place, which, in turn, attracted Reid and Dorsey to the organization.
After evaluating the roster, the duo felt the offense side of the ball needed more work than the defensive side of the ball. This would explain why they used five of their eight selections on offensive talent through Days 1, 2 and 3 of the draft.
Eric Fisher and Travis Kelce are slotted to start right away, but will their help, coupled with the free-agent signings, be enough to make a Super Bowl run in 2013?
Oddsmakers don't think so. They have the ninth-worst odds after the draft.
Miami Dolphins, ODDS: 40/1
Maybe Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland needs to be on the hot seat every year. Based on this year's draft results, one could argue he drafts better when he is under pressure to save his job. Ireland did a nice job of upgrading Miami's secondary and giving quarterback Ryan Tannehill more offensive weapons.
A 7-9 team from a year ago now has the opportunity to flip that record and possibly string together nine wins. Even though that would likely save Ireland's job, it's unlikely the Dolphins become Super Bowl contenders at 9-7.
Therefore, their 40/1 Super Bowl odds are a spot-on prediction.
Minnesota Vikings, ODDS: 40/1
Was there any team who had a better draft than the Minnesota Vikings? They picked up three starters in the first round and added depth at a few key positions toward the end of the draft.
Even though they seemingly gave up a king's ransom for Cordarrelle Patterson, general manager Rick Spielman proved that he would do whatever it took to add a playmaker at wide receiver.
After last year, we are all aware that the lack of production at wide receiver hampered quarterback Christian Ponder's development. Yet some aren't sold that better wide receivers are enough to get Minnesota to the Super Bowl.
Many feel Ponder is the problem and that he is the reason why the Vikings offense struggles for long stretches. Vegas oddsmakers seemingly feel the same. Despite having a talented roster, Leslie Frazier's team has the same Super Bowl odds as the Dolphins and Lions.
New England Patriots, ODDS: 8/1
In true Bill Belichick fashion, the New England Patriots scoffed at the talent available in the first round and moved back. That allowed them to pick up a plethora of picks, something they were lacking prior to the draft.
Of the seven selections they made, five of them came on the defensive side of the ball. Not to mention three of the five defensive players were drafted out of Rutgers. It appears as if Belichick has found his own farm system in New Jersey.
Despite the heavy defensive nature of New England's draft, the oddsmakers still gave the Patriots the third-best odds in terms of winning it all.
New Orleans Saints, ODDS: 18/1
After being suspended for a year, head coach Sean Payton was back at the controls for the 2013 NFL draft. Even though the Saints didn't have as many picks as they would have liked, I thought they picked up great value in every round.
Safety Kenny Vaccaro is a great fit for Rob Ryan's defense, Terron Armstead was arguably a top-50 player and John Jenkins should push to start at nose tackle. Kenny Stills will be looking for playing time in the slot, and Rufus Johnson will see snaps as a pass-rushing outside linebacker.
All five players will play right away, exactly what the Saints needed out of their draft class. New Orleans will ride a strong offseason into the season, as it is 18/1 favorites to win the Super Bowl. Only six teams have better odds heading into 2013.
New York Giants, ODDS: 20/1
Years of neglect along the offensive line can come back to bite you in the behind—Tom Coughlin learned that the hard way.
The Giants used two of their seven selections on offensive linemen. The first one was used on Syracuse offensive tackle Justin Pugh, and they took Ohio offensive guard Eric Herman with the second pick.
Pugh will be plugged in right away at right tackle, and Herman will start out as a depth player at both left and right guard. In my opinion, both are great schematic fits that will upgrade an aging offensive line. Look for an improved offensive line to help Eli Manning and the Giants offense get back on track in 2013.
It's also worth mentioning they added two stout players along the defensive line as well: John Hankins and Damontre Moore. The retooling of the offensive and defensive lines gives Coughlin a strong chance at his third Super Bowl ring.
New York Jets, ODDS: 75/1
In surprising news, the other New York team had a healthy draft as well. Two first-round playmakers in Dee Milliner and Sheldon Richardson give Rex Ryan's defense help at two crucial positions, while a Round 2 selection in Geno Smith gives the Jets the franchise quarterback they desperately need.
Not to mention three straight offensive line pickups after that should help the Jets shore up one of their team's weakest areas. Overall, New York still needs help at so many other impact positions, making it a weak Super Bowl pick in 2013.
Right now, only five other teams have worse odds than the Jets do.
Oakland Raiders, ODDS: 100/1
Prior to the draft, was there a team more talent-starved than the Oakland Raiders? General manager Reggie McKenzie is still trying to dig this team out of the shadow of the late Al Davis. He showed over the course of this draft that he is finally putting his stamp of approval on the team.
They genuinely boosted the quality of this team in every way by adding competition and depth at nine different positions. Their best selections came on Day 2 and Day 3 of the draft when they added nine players in total in Rounds 2-7.
With that being said, the organization still has a long way to go before it is back in contention. Oddsmakers gave the Raiders the second-worst odds to win the Super Bowl.
Philadelphia Eagles, ODDS: 30/1
The Chip Kelly effect has taken Philadelphia by storm. While at Oregon, Kelly enjoyed mixing it up on both offense and defense, something he is looking to do in the NFL level as well. His unique approach showered him with success at the collegiate level, so why not try it at the pro level?
Well, it appears as if that's what he will try to do it based on the Eagles' draft selections. Philly drafted multiple players who are schematically diverse. The players he drafted should also make us think his schemes in college won't be the same in the NFL.
Matt Barkley is a perfect example of this notion.
After only four wins in 2012, oddsmakers have the Eagles as 30/1 favorites to win the Super Bowl under Kelly's guidance.
Pittsburgh Steelers, ODDS: 25/1
Upon further examination, it's hard not to like what the Pittsburgh Steelers did during the draft. They upgraded their pass rush, added playmakers on the offensive side of the ball and attempted to shore up the back end of their defense.
A once-aging defense now has fresh life breathed into it. Jarvis Jones, Shamarko Thomas and Terry Hawthorne should all find their way onto the field early on in the season. Jones is already slotted as a starter at outside linebacker.
A youth infusion now has the Steelers as the 11th most likely team to win the Super Bowl.
St. Louis Rams, ODDS: 60/1
General manager Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher are making Billy Devaney and Steve Spagnuolo look incompetent. In two years, they have completely revamped the roster and given franchise quarterback Sam Bradford the weapons he has been yearning for.
The selections of wide receivers Brian Quick, Chris Givens, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey prove that. Not to mention Fisher has made a serious attempt to upgrade every facet of the defense as well with Michael Brockers, Janoris Jenkins, Alec Ogletree and T.J. McDonald.
This seven-win team from a year ago enters the season with better Super Bowl odds than seven other organizations.
San Diego Chargers, ODDS: 40/1
Despite the fact the San Diego Chargers only had six selections in this year's draft, they made do and drafted well in the process. In Round 1, they selected Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, and in Round 2, they selected inside linebacker Manti Te'o. Then, in the third round, they selected California wide receiver Keenan Allen.
All three players filled positional needs and were value picks. It's easy to see, based on those three selections alone, that San Diego is headed in a new direction under general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Mike McCoy.
The Chargers' re-made front office has helped make San Diego 40/1 Super Bowl favorites, putting them in the same category as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Vikings and Dolphins.
San Francisco 49ers, ODDS: 6/1
I said it earlier about the Packers, and I will say it again about the San Francisco 49ers. The rich seem to only get richer. This comes from having the right men in charge of the organization. Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh maneuvered their way through the draft at will.
In all, they made 11 selections. Six came on the defensive side of the ball, and five came on offense. Surely, one should only expect seven of those 11 players to make the team. Yet the seven who will make the team should be given a fair shot at contributing early on in the season.
The oddsmakers liked the 49ers' offseason so much that they have made them the Super Bowl favorites heading into the 2013 season.
Seattle Seahawks, ODDS: 9/1
Even though the Seattle Seahawks didn't have a Day 1 selection because of the Percy Harvin trade, they still found a way to pick up extra picks and maneuver their way through the draft, like the 49ers did. The one thing that stuck out to me were all the value picks John Schneider and Pete Carroll made.
They drafted players like Chris Harper, Jesse Williams and Tharold Simon rounds later than they were expected to go. For a team that didn't have a whole lot of holes going into the draft, it seemingly got better as the draft went on.
Only the 49ers, Broncos and Patriots currently have better Super Bowl odds than the Seahawks.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ODDS: 40/1
Like the Seahawks, the Buccaneers surrendered their first-round pick when they traded for a superstar game-changing player. Tampa Bay has needed secondary help for years now, so it did what it needed to do and acquired All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Yet that didn't stop it from acquiring even more secondary help. In Round 2, they used the 43rd selection on Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks. Revis will start at left cornerback, and Banks will push Eric Wright for the starting corner spot on the right side.
Upgrading the secondary in a couple of different ways has helped the Bucs enter the season with 40/1 odds to win the Super Bow.
Tennessee Titans, ODDS: 100/1
Spending big along the offensive line during free agency didn't deter the Tennessee Titans from adding another offensive lineman in Round 1. The organization decided Chance Warmack was the final piece to their re-made offensive line.
Even though they have now spent boatloads of money on that line, I still think they did the right thing in selecting him. It will not only make life easier for quarterback Jake Locker, but for running back Chris Johnson as well.
It's also worth mentioning Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter will give Mike Munchak's offense a new dimension when you pair him with Kenny Britt and Kendall Wright.
However, it takes more than solid additions to get the oddsmakers on your side. It takes wins. The Titans enter the 2013 season with the second-worst odds to win the Super Bowl.
Washington Redskins, ODDS: 28/1
Last but surely not least are Mike Shanahan's Washington Redskins. Tight salary cap restrictions forced them to be non-factors during free agency, so it was important that they hit on all their picks during the draft.
Even though Shanahan and Co. didn't have a first-round selection, they managed to shore up a leaky secondary by drafting David Amerson, Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo. Moreover, they also added playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. Tight end Jordan Reed and running back Chris Thompson were solid late-round selections.
After a playoff appearance in 2012, the Redskins will be looking to take that next step and get to the Super Bowl odds. As it sits right now, they have the 13th-best odds in terms of becoming Super Bowl champs.