Now that the dust has settled on a unique NFL Draft. It’s time to see who played it well and who didn’t. Over the next few days, US-Odds are producing an in-depth look across the divisions.
In this article, we’ll look at who’s in and who’s out across the AFC East Division teams. Plus, we’ll compare the DraftKings’ odds swing between pre-draft and current Super Bowl odds to decide are the winners and losers of the NFL Draft.
New England Patriots
Division Odds: +115
Pre-Draft Super Bowl 55 odds: +2000
Current Super Bowl 55 odds: +2000
|Key Re-signings||Devin McCourty, CB; Matthew Slater, WR; Shilique Calhoun, LB|
|Key Trade Departure||Duron Harmon, S; Rob Gronkowski, TE|
|Key Free Agent losses||Tom Brady, QB; Kyle Van Noy, LB; Jamie Collins, LB; Danny Shelton, DT; Elandon Roberts, LB; Ted Karras, C; Nate Ebner, S; Phillip Dorsett, WR|
|Key Free Agent signings||Damiere Byrd, WR; Beau Allen, DT; Adrian Phillips, S; Brandon Copeland, DE; Brian Hoyer, QB; Marquise Lee, WR|
|Key Draft Pick||Kyle Dugger, DE (2nd round)|
|Franchise Tag||Joe Thuney, OG|
Of course, the absence of Brady will be a storyline that lingers around all season. Then again, the story of the Patriots rebounding from him will probably live on forever. How is a team that went to the postseason in 17 of the last 19 seasons just supposed to be move on?
Luckily, head coach Bill Belichick is still patrolling the sidelines and that will at least give New England a fighting chance on more Sundays than not. The Patriots are also missing quite a bit of linebackers off their roster from last season, so it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out. Not to mention, the schedule will have to be a lot harder than it was last season. New England’s defense feasted on some of the weaker teams to start the 2019 regular season – that won’t be the case in 2020.
Division Odds: +160
Pre-Draft Super Bowl 55 odds: +2800
Current Super Bowl 55 odds: +3300
|Key Re-signings||Quinton Spain, OG; Dean Marlowe, S; Isaiah McKenzie, WR|
|Key Trade Acquisition||Stefon Diggs|
|Key Free Agent Losses||Shaq Lawson, LB; Jordan Phillips, DT; Kevin Johnson, CB;|
|Key Free Agent Signings||Mario Addison, LB; A.J. Klein; Tyler Matakevich, LB; Josh Norman, CB; Vernon Butler, DT; Quinton Jefferson, DE; Taiwan Jones, RB; Daryl Williams, OT|
|Key Draft Picks||A.J. Epenesa, Edge (2nd round); Zack Moss, RB (3rd round)|
The Bills found themselves back in the playoffs and nearly moved on to the next round had they not blown a lead in the second half. However, things could be shaping up nicely for Buffalo , especially if QB Josh Allen can take the next step in his third season. The Bills landed Diggs in a trade with Minnesota, which actually ended up being a great deal for both sides.
Of course, the prowess of Buffalo’s game is running the football and playing defense. In a year where the GOAT is finally out of the AFC East, perhaps there could be a new leader atop the division. Then again, the Bills still aren’t even the favorites to win the division – that should speak volumes.
New York Jets
Division Odds: +700
Pre-Draft Super Bowl 55 odds: +7000
Current Super Bowl 55 odds: +6600
|Key Re-signings||Neville Hewitt, LB; Arthur Maulet, CB; Jordan Jenkins, LB; James Burgess, LB; Bennett Jackson, CB; David Fales, QB|
|Free Agent Signings||George Fant, OT; Connor McGovern, C; Pierre Desir, CB; Greg Van Roten, OG; Marqui Christian, S; Josh Andrews, OG; Breshad Perriman, NYJ; Patrick Onwuasor, LB|
|Key Free Agent Losses||Maurice Canady, CB; Tom Compton, G; Brandon Shell, OT; Brandon Copeland, DE; Brent Qvale, OT; Robby Anderson, WR; Daryl Roberts, CB|
|Key Draft Picks||Mekhi Becton, OT (1st round); Denzel Mims, WR (2nd round); Ashtyn Davis, S (3rd round); Jabari Zuniga, DE (3rd round); La’Mical Perine, RB (4th round)|
Once again, the key to the Jets season hinges on the health of QB Sam Darnold. Last season, he played the team’s first game and then missed the next three due to mono. It certainly did not help that Gang Green had one of the toughest schedules in the NFL early on either. Nevertheless, New York needs to find a way to get RB Le’Veon Bell more involved into the offense. Last season, Bell totaled 789 rushing yards and three TDs on the ground – he even failed to eclipse 90 rushing yards in any game. The Jets had a fantastic draft, getting Becton and Mims which should help out on offense immediately.
There is also the matter of what the Jets do with superstar S Jamal Adams. There have been many trade rumors of him going elsewhere but so far, nothing has materialized just yet. Perhaps, the Jets can trade him toward the deadline and get a similar type of haul that the Dolphins got for S Minkah Fitzpatrick last season. It also worth noting for optimism that the Jets will finally get a healthy LB C.J. Mostly to start the new year.
Division Odds: +700
Pre-Draft Super Bowl 55 odds: +8000
Current Super Bowl 55 odds: +6600
|Key Re-signings||Adrian Colbert, S|
|Key Trade Acquisition||Matt Breida|
|Key Free Agent Signings||Byron Jones, CB; Kyle Van Noy, LB; Emmanuel Ogbah, DE; Shaq Lawson, DE; Ereck Flowers, OG; Clayton Fejedelem, S; Jordan Howard, RB; Kamu Grugier-Hill, LB; Elandon Roberts, LB|
|Key Free Agent Losses||Evan Brown, C|
|Key Draft Picks||Tua Tagovailoa, QB (1st round); Austin Jackson, OT (1st round)|
From one Ohio team to the other, we’re probably looking at a downtrodden season from the Bengals. Sure, they did land the prized possession — No. 1 overall pick QB Joe Burrow – to lead this team for the decade and then some. However, this is one of the most hard-nosed divisions in all of football, and that’s something he’ll learn sooner than later.
While the Bengals won’t win a ton of games, they should have some fun on offense. WR A.J. Green got the franchise tag and he’ll have at least one season to work with the new messiah of Cincinnati; paired with WRs Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, Auden Tate, and John Ross III, this is going to be an LSU-like type of offense that made Burrow the star he turned into initially. This should be a lot of fun to watch, but let’s not expect too many wins as a team.