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NFL Offseason Update: Burrow Goes First, Chiefs Still Favored

The NFL has ruled the sports betting world for some time now, but this year’s NFL Draft takes the cake. With so many sports in lockdown due to the coronavirus, all eyes were on last week’s draft – especially Thursday’s first-round coverage, which saw the Cincinnati Bengals take QB Joe Burrow first overall. Burrow was expected to go first, of course; he was the heavy –100000 favorite on the NFL betting lines at Bovada Sportsbook heading into the draft.

It was also a near-lock that Washington would select DE Chase Young (–3000) at No. 2. Things got more interesting with the Detroit Lions at No. 3; CB Jeff Okudah was even money on the NFL odds board early last week, but he made it onto the podium ahead of QB Tua Tagovailoa (+400), who fell to the Miami Dolphins at No. 5. DL Derrick Brown (+400) was taken seventh by the Carolina Panthers, right after the Los Angeles Chargers scooped up QB Justin Herbert (+500). Now let’s hope they actually get to play this fall.

NFL Odds to Win the Super Bowl

Assuming the coronavirus epidemic doesn’t delay the 2020 campaign, the Kansas City Chiefs are still the team to beat. The reigning champions are +600 favorites on the Super Bowl odds board as we go to press, slightly ahead of the Baltimore Ravens (+650) and San Francisco 49ers (+800). Completing the top five are the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, tied at +1000 on the NFL lines after last week’s draft.

None of these teams had a high pick in the draft – not even Tampa Bay, who moved up from No. 14 to No. 13 on draft day after missing the playoffs last year. However, the Buccaneers may have gotten lucky when OT Tristan Wirfs fell in their laps; he was expected to go fourth overall to the New York Giants, but they took OT Andrew Thomas instead. The Cleveland Browns (OT Jedrick Wills at No. 10) and New York Jets (OT Mekhi Becton at No. 11) also passed on Wirfs. If the former Iowa Hawkeye can protect Tom Brady’s blindside this year, Wirfs will look like the steal of the 2020 Draft.

After the Bucs loaded up on Wirfs, the Niners took DT Javon Kinlaw with the No. 14 pick, having traded DT DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts last month for Indy’s first-rounder. That didn’t change San Francisco’s NFL Vegas odds in the short term, but at least Kinlaw comes cheaper than Buckner. Then it was the Ravens taking LB Patrick Queen at No. 28, and finally, the Chiefs wrapped up the first round with Burrow’s LSU teammate, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, at No. 32. While we eagerly wait to see when these newly-minted pros will meet on the field, stay tuned to Bovada Sportsbook for the latest NFL odds – and stay healthy.

*Odds as of May 27, 2020

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