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NFC North Draft Odds – Lions Heavily Favored to Draft a CB, Bears to Pick OL

John Perrotto

by John Perrotto in NFL Football

Updated Apr 17, 2023 · 6:42 AM PDT

Illinois Fighting Illini defensive back Devon Witherspoon (31) celebrates a win
Nov 6, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive back Devon Witherspoon (31) celebrates a win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the fourth quarter at Huntington Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports
  • Odds have been posted on which position each NFC North team drafts first
  • The Detroit Lions are favored to win the NFC North for the first time since 1993
  • A look at the first position drafted odds for each NFC North team can be found below with picks

The Detroit Lions are favored to win the NFC Central in 2023. Yes, the Lions, a franchise that hasn’t won a division title in three decades since 1993.

The oddsmakers believe the Lions will unseat the Minnesota Vikings as NFC division champions after finishing 9-8 last year. They also believe a cornerback is top need for this Lions team as a CB being taken first in the Draft is heavily favored in the Lions Draft odds. We have the NFC North Draft odds for every team here.

The Vikings went 13-4 and were the only team from the division to reach the playoffs, where they were upset by the New York Giants in the first round.

The Packers finished in third place with an 8-9 record and will have a new starting quarterback for the first time since 2007 as Jordan Love replaces 10-time Pro Bowl selection Aaron Rodgers.

The Chicago Bears had the worst record in the league in 2023 at 3-14 an are expected to draft an offensive lineman.

Detroit Lions First Position Draft Odds

Position Odds
Cornerback -250
Defensive Lineman/Edge +200
Quarterback +1000
Tight End +3000
Offensive Lineman +3000
Running Back +3500
Linebacker +5000
Safety +6000
Wide Receiver +7500
Kicker/Punter/Long Snapper +10000

Odds as of April 17th at DraftKings.

The Lions need some big-play targets for quarterback Jared Goff despite finishing eighth in the NFL in passing offense last season.

While Amon-Ra St. Brown had 106 receptions for 1,161 yards last season and was a Pro Bowl selection, no other Lions wide receiver had more than 47 catches. They could also use a top-notch tight end after trading TJ Hockenson to the Vikings seven games into 2022.


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The Lions would like to bolster the interior line on the defensive side. They were last among the 32 NFL teams in total defense a year ago.

There has been some talk that the Lions could trade down in the first round for more picks and there has also been speculation that controversial Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter will fall to them at #6.

Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon is also being heavily linked to the Lions and is listed at +165 to be the first cornerback selected in the NFL Draft odds, but it seems Carter will be there for them.

Pick: Defensive Lineman/EDGE +200

Minnesota Vikings First Position Draft Odds

Position Odds
Wide Receiver +175
Cornerback +200
Quarterback +400
Defensive Lineman/EDGE +500
Linebacker +1200
Offensive Lineman +2000
Running Back +2500
Safety +3500
Tight End +3500
Kicker/Punter/Long Snapper +20000

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson had a monster season last year as he finished with 128 receptions for 1,809 yards. That was enough for him to make first-team All-Pro.

However, much like Brown with the Lions, Jefferson could use a stronger WR2 to alleviate some of the pressure on him after Adam Thielen was not re-signed in free agency. Thielen had 70 receptions a year ago.

The Vikings are looking to retool their defense at all three levels after finishing next-to-last in total defense last season. They could use help on the interior line as well as linebacker and cornerback.

Some pundits have linked the Vikings to Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker with the 23rd overall pick, which make him Kirk Cousins successor in waiting. However, a wide receiver such as Boston College’s Zay Flowers or Ohio State’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba seems the more likely pick.

Pick: Wide Receiver +175

Green Bay Packers First Position Draft Odds

Position Odds
Defensive Lineman/Edge +175
Tight End +200
Offensive Lineman +300
Wide Receiver +300
Safety +2000
Cornerback +2500
Linebacker +2500
Running Back +7500
Quarterback +7500
Kicker/Punter/Long Snapper +20000

The Packers want to upgrade a passing game that ranked 17th in the NFL last season and give Love some help with upgrades at wide receiver and tight end.

Wide receiver Allen Lazard led the Packers in receptions last season with just 60 and left for the New York Jets in free agency. He presumably will reunite with Rodgers with the Jets if New York and the Packers ever finalize a trade.

The defense was also middle of the, ahem, pack as it ranked 17th in the league. Green Bay could use help at edge rusher, interior line and safety.

The Packers could go in a lot of different directions with the 15th pick. Among the players they reportedly like are Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid, Iowa edge rusher Lukas Van Ness and Alabama safety Brian Branch.

Let’s go with a value play here.

Pick: Safety +2000

Chicago Bears First Position Draft Odds

Position Odds
Offensive Lineman -180
Defensive Lineman/EDGE +180
Wide Receiver +750
Cornerback +1000
Running Back +2500
Safety +6000
Linebacker +10000
Tight End +10000
Quarterback +10000
Kicker/Punter/Long Snapper +20000

The Bears gained the #1 overall pick by virtue of having the league’s worst record. However, already committed to Justin Fields at quarterback, Chicago traded the selection to the Carolina Panthers for a bevy of picks.

Chicago needs to bulk up on both sides of the line. Among the positions the Bears need reinforcements are offensive tackle, center, edge rusher and defensive interior line. Adding a cornerback would also aid a defense that saw the second-most opponents’ passing attempts in the league last season.

Following their big trade, the Bears’ first pick is now #9. They have been linked to such offensive tackles as Paris Johnson Jr. of Ohio State and Darnell Wright of Tennessee as well as Clemson edge rusher Myles Murphy.

Betting on an offensive lineman won’t pay much so let’s go on the other side of the trench.

Pick: Defensive Lineman/EDGE +180

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