Notable Super Bowl 47 Betting Line Changes
The 2012 NFL Draft is in the books, and now that bettors and the sportsbooks alike have had a chance to digest what went on over the course of the weekend, there have been some adjustments that have been made. Check out some of the teams that we think did a great job in the NFL Draft that should be counted upon at these odds as Super Bowl contenders this year.
New England Patriots (+600 @ Bookmaker Sportsbook) – The Pats did the very unusual thing of trading up, and they did it twice in the first round of the draft. They took three players that could be starting right away in their first three picks, taking Chandler Jones, Dont’a Hightower, and Tavon Wilson, and in the end, if they end up all being impact players, when combined with Jerod Mayo, the makings are there for a young defense that could be ready to pick up the slack from the offense. The first six picks for this team were all spent on defense, and New England could be set to finally give QB Tom Brady the help that he needs to get the job done.
Pittsburgh Steelers (+1800 @ Bookmaker Sportsbook) – Getting OLs David DeCastro and Mike Adams in the first two rounds of the draft without having to trade up all of a sudden makes this offensive line quite formidable. Remember that the 49ers did this last year with Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati, and they led the team all the way to the NFC Championship Game with a sturdy O-Line. Now, DeCastro and Adams will join Maurkice Pouncey up front, and this all of a sudden looks like one of the potentially best offensive lines in the league. Sure, the defense is aging just a bit, but with this infusion of talent in crucial spots for this team, there is no doubt now that the Steelers are going to be back and contending once again this year.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+10000 @ Bookmaker Sportsbook) – Betting on the Bucs right now isn’t just about playing on them. It’s about playing against the Falcons and the Saints as well. It is clear that New Orleans is going to have a heck of a lot of rebuilding to do to the point that it might seriously not make the playoffs next year. The Falcons had already given up their top pick in the draft for this year as well. Sure, Carolina is going to be headed in the right direction as well, but we think that Tampa Bay has done the most to improve its team. The Bucs picked up Eric Wright defensively and Carl Nicks and Vincent Jackson offensively. They passed on Mo Claiborne and elected to trade down, pick up some picks, and take S Mark Barron instead. He’ll immediately be a starting safety for the team, and we think that the second pick in the first round that they had, RB Doug Martin is the perfect type of runner for new Head Coach Greg Schiano. The scouts are already ranting and raving about LB Lavonte Davis and his ability to take over right away at outside linebacker. Look out for a big rebound for the Buccaneers this year.
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