"Our team got better in the draft..."
That phrase—or something like it—is one of the most regurgitated, hackneyed platitudes by general managers, coaches, teams and their fans around NFL draft season. It doesn't mean anything...not a single thing.
Of course the team got better.
Every team got better.
The draft is the perfect exercise in cheap labor acquisition. If a team doesn't get better in the draft, it means it either didn't have any picks or purposefully used them on scrubs. It doesn't matter if a franchise hits on every pick or busts on every single one. The draft is cheap talent, and every team is better the day after the draft than it was the day before it.
What matters, of course, is to what degree the team gets better and what that degree is in relation to its peers—both those they face in the upcoming year and those they may "race" around playoff time toward a division title or wild-card spot.
Your team got better, but so did every other squad. So, to help get a handle on the horse race, here are updated Super Bowl odds for the 2015 season. They're based off real Vegas odds from OddsShark.com and then moved around slightly to account for draft results.
Like real Vegas odds, there are multiple teams that have the same odds, and we didn't assess clubs based on whether or not they would beat one another one-on-one, but rather which teams would have the best shot of surviving the regular season to win a Super Bowl.
Disagree with the odds or the rankings? Leave yours in the comments below.