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Super Bowl Odds: NFL Draft First Round Has Little Impact on Futures Betting

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Cleveland Browns as the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Thursday, May 8, 2014, in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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OddsShark.comFeatured Columnist IVJune 25, 2016

If you believed that Johnny Manziel’s arrival in Cleveland via the NFL draft would spark a rush of Browns money on the Super Bowl future odds lists, you were wrong.

If you believed that Teddy Bridgewater’s arrival in Minnesota via the NFL draft would fail to move the dial for linesmakers setting the same NFL championship odds, you were wrong again.

Cleveland and Minnesota were both 50-1 odds, according to OddsShark.com Friday morning. But the Browns were 50-1 Thursday, before the much-hyped Manziel was picked at No. 22. The Vikings were 66-1 on Thursday and were the lone major move on the betting line.

“It’s not a huge surprise that the top of the Super Bowl odds board was unchanged, because none of the impact players in the first round were available to the top teams,” explained Jack Randall of Odds Shark, in an interview Friday morning.

“And the movement of the Vikings has more to do with upgrading the defense by grabbing UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr at No. 9 than in picking Bridgewater as their quarterback of the future.”

Both teams traded up to select the quarterbacks as they tumbled down the draft board. Earlier, each had passed on QBs to select top defensive talent. The Browns took cornerback Justin Gilbert from Oklahoma State with the eighth pick.

Oddsmakers were right in predicting South Carolina beast lineman Jadeveon Clowney would go first overall to Houston. The line on the Texans was unchanged Friday at 40-1.

They had also set lines on which talented quarterback would be selected first and the odds were against Central Florida’s Blake Bortles, but he went No. 3 to Jacksonville.

Updated Super Bowl future odds after NFL draft first round:

 

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