NFC North Draft Odds – Lions Closely Favored to Draft a CB, Bears to Choose OL
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- Odds have been posted on which place every NFC North crew drafts first
- The Detroit Lions are favored to win the NFC North for the primary time since 1993
- A have a look at the primary place drafted odds for every NFC North crew might be discovered under with picks
The Detroit Lions are favored to win the NFC Central in 2023. Sure, the Lions, a franchise that hasn’t gained a division title in three a long time since 1993.
The oddsmakers imagine the Lions will unseat the Minnesota Vikings as NFC division champions after ending 9-8 final yr. Additionally they imagine a cornerback is prime want for this Lions crew as a CB being taken first within the Draft is closely favored within the Lions Draft odds. We’ve the NFC North Draft odds for each crew right here.
The Vikings went 13-4 and have been the one crew from the division to succeed in the playoffs, the place they have been upset by the New York Giants within the first spherical.
The Packers completed in third place with an 8-9 report and may have a brand new beginning quarterback for the primary time since 2007 as Jordan Love replaces 10-time Professional Bowl choice Aaron Rodgers.
The Chicago Bears had the worst report within the league in 2023 at 3-14 an are anticipated to draft an offensive lineman.
Detroit Lions First Place Draft Odds
Odds as of April seventeenth at DraftKings.
The Lions want some big-play targets for quarterback Jared Goff regardless of ending eighth within the NFL in passing offense final season.
Whereas Amon-Ra St. Brown had 106 receptions for 1,161 yards final season and was a Professional Bowl choice, no different Lions broad receiver had greater than 47 catches. They might additionally use a top-notch tight finish after buying and selling TJ Hockenson to the Vikings seven video games into 2022.
The Lions want to bolster the inside line on the defensive aspect. They have been final among the many 32 NFL groups in complete protection a yr in the past.
There was some discuss that the Lions may commerce down within the first spherical for extra picks and there has additionally been hypothesis that controversial Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter will fall to them at #6.
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Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon can also be being closely linked to the Lions and is listed at +165 to be the primary cornerback chosen within the NFL Draft odds, however it appears Carter shall be there for them.
Choose: Defensive Lineman/EDGE +200
Minnesota Vikings First Place Draft Odds
Broad receiver Justin Jefferson had a monster season final yr as he completed with 128 receptions for 1,809 yards. That was sufficient for him to make first-team All-Professional.
Nonetheless, very like Brown with the Lions, Jefferson may use a stronger WR2 to alleviate among the strain on him after Adam Thielen was not re-signed in free company. Thielen had 70 receptions a yr in the past.
The Vikings want to retool their protection in any respect three ranges after ending next-to-last in complete protection final season. They might use assistance on the inside line in addition to linebacker and cornerback.
Some pundits have linked the Vikings to Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker with the 23rd total decide, which make him Kirk Cousins successor in ready. Nonetheless, a large receiver reminiscent of Boston Faculty’s Zay Flowers or Ohio State’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba appears the extra seemingly decide.
Choose: Broad Receiver +175
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Inexperienced Bay Packers First Place Draft Odds
The Packers wish to improve a passing recreation that ranked 17th within the NFL final season and provides Love some assist with upgrades at broad receiver and tight finish.
Broad receiver Allen Lazard led the Packers in receptions final season with simply 60 and left for the New York Jets in free company. He presumably will reunite with Rodgers with the Jets if New York and the Packers ever finalize a commerce.
The protection was additionally center of the, ahem, pack because it ranked 17th within the league. Inexperienced Bay may use assist at edge rusher, inside line and security.
The Packers may go in a variety of totally different instructions with the 15th decide. Among the many gamers they reportedly like are Utah tight finish Dalton Kincaid, Iowa edge rusher Lukas Van Ness and Alabama security Brian Department.
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Let’s go along with a worth play right here.
Choose: Security +2000
Chicago Bears First Place Draft Odds
The Bears gained the #1 total decide by advantage of getting the league’s worst report. Nonetheless, already dedicated to Justin Fields at quarterback, Chicago traded the choice to the Carolina Panthers for a bevy of picks.
Chicago must bulk up on either side of the road. Among the many positions the Bears want reinforcements are offensive deal with, heart, edge rusher and defensive inside line. Including a cornerback would additionally assist a protection that noticed the second-most opponents’ passing makes an attempt within the league final season.
Following their large commerce, the Bears’ first decide is now #9. They’ve been linked to such offensive tackles as Paris Johnson Jr. of Ohio State and Darnell Wright of Tennessee in addition to Clemson edge rusher Myles Murphy.
Betting on an offensive lineman gained’t pay a lot so let’s go on the opposite aspect of the ditch.
Choose: Defensive Lineman/EDGE +180
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