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The NFC, or National Football Conference is the home to some of the most interesting and exciting divisions and rivalries in football. From the NFC East where no team has taken back-to-back division wins since 2004 to the NFC West, home to the Superbowl champions, the Los Angeles Rams: NFC matchups are high-scoring and heated.

The Detroit Lions own the second overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and will be looking to build on last seasons 3-13 record and improve their roster with some of the best young talent in the league.'s staff of football experts and analysts have broken down each team in the NFC to give you the full information and the best NFL Draft bets you need to get involved with the NFL Draft.


Arizona Cardinals

2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 1: No. 23 overall

  • Round 2: No. 55

  • Round 3: No. 87

  • Round 6: Nos. 201, 215

  • Round 7: Nos. 244, 256, 257

Notable Free Agents In/Out

In: Will Hernandez (FA), Nick Vigil (FA)

Out: Chase Edmonds, Christian Kirk, Cory Peters, Jordan Hicks, Chandler Jones, Malcolm Butler

2021-22 Record: 11-6

Head Coach: Kliff Kingsbury

General Manager: Steve Keim

The biggest offseason narrative for the Cards hasn’t been the departure of key contributors Chase Edmonds and Christian Kirk or all-pro pass rusher Chandler Jones: it’s been the story that hasn’t happened yet. Will want-away QB Kyler Murray get the contract he is demanding or the new team he is threatening? The Cardinals have spent their offseason somewhat in limbo, making low-level additions to non-skill positions. As such they see themselves third favorite to win the NFC West at +300.

With the loss of Jones in 2022 and Patrick Peterson in 2021, the Cardinals have dire needs at edge rusher and cornerback. Picking at 23 means they may not get the premium player they’d desire, but they can find a solid contributor who will see the field early.

Our NFL Draft pick: the Cardinals to not make the Playoffs, +166


Atlanta Falcons

2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 1: No. 8 overall

  • Round 2: Nos. 43, 58 (from Titans)

  • Round 3: Nos. 74, 82 (from Colts)

  • Round 4: No. 114

  • Round 5: No. 151

  • Round 6: Nos. 190, 213

Notable Free Agents In/Out

In: Marcus Mariota (FA), Damien Williams (FA), Auden Tate (FA), Casey Hayward (FA), Lorenzo Carter (FA)

Out: Matt Ryan, Russell Gage, Calvin Ridley, Hayden Hurst, Dante Fowler, Steven Means, Duron Harmon, Thomas Morstead

2021-22 Record: 7-10

Head Coach: Arthur Smith

General Manager: Terry Fontenot

With Russell Gage gone in free agency and Calvin Ridley serving a suspension for the 2022-23 season, wide receiver is a definite need for Atlanta – look for them to address it early in the draft. While the Falcons need to find their quarterback of the future, doing so in this draft, which is light on franchise-quality QBs, seems foolish when they have many other needs to address. In their second season in Atlanta Fontenot and Smith have five picks in the top 100 – they can afford to take shots and hope for early contributions from two to three high draft picks while they re-establish themselves in an NFC South division seemingly controlled by the Buccaneers (Falcons currently sitting at +1800 to win).

Our NFL Draft pick: the Falcons to record under 4.5 regular season wins, -120


Carolina Panthers

2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 1: No. 6 overall

  • Round 4: No. 137 (from Rams through Texans)

  • Round 5: Nos. 144 (from Jaguars), 149

  • Round 6: No. 199 (from Raiders)

  • Round 7: No. 242 (from Patriots through Dolphins)

Notable Free Agents In/Out

In: D’Onta Foreman (FA), Matthew Ioannidis (FA), Cory Littleton (FA), Xavier Woods (FA), Jonny Hekker (FA)

Out: Cam Newton, Ameer Abdullah, Matt Paradis, Haason Reddick, AJ Bouye, Stephon Gilmore

2021-22 Record: 5-12

Head Coach: Matt Rhule

General Manage: Scott Fitterer

After another so-so season of QB play from Sam Darnold – do they Panthers have their franchise quarterback or not? In a questionable quarterback class this may not be the year to be searching for a cornerstone piece for the next ten years. However, Matt Rhule will need to make a splash this season to avoid questions over his future in Carolina so look for a big move with their only pick in the first two days of the draft by taking the first signal caller off the board (first quarterback drafted odds: Malik Willis at -130 or Kenny Pickett at +130)

Our NFL Draft pick: the Panthers to record under 5.5 regular season wins, +100


Chicago Bears

2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 2: Nos. 39, 48 (from Chargers)

  • Round 3: No. 71

  • Round 5: Nos. 148 (from Texans), 150

  • Round 6: No. 186

Notable Free Agents In/Out

In: Trevor Siemian (FA), Equanimeous St Brown (FA), Justin Jones (FA), Byron Pringle (FA)

Out: Andy Dalton, Tarik Cohen, Damien Williams, Allen Robinson, Jimmy Graham, Akiem Hicks, Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin, Alec Ogletree, Danny Trevathan, Artie Burns, Tashaun Gipson

2021-22 Record: 6-11

Head Coach: Matt Eberflus

General Manager: Ryan Poles

After a 6-11 season, a roster clear-out and very little draft capital this not the season to be a Bears fan. Despite clearing their roster and reducing their salary cap spend this might just be one of the worst teams in football in 2022-23. With young quarterback Justin Fields in place the plan should be to build for the future, around him, when the Bears start drafting in round two.

Our NFL Draft pick: the Bears to not make the Playoffs, -390


Dallas Cowboys

2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 1: No. 24 overall

  • Round 2: No. 56

  • Round 3: No. 88

  • Round 4: No. 129

  • Round 5: Nos. 155 (from Browns), 167, 176, 178

  • Round 6: No. 193 (from Browns)

Notable Free Agents In/Out

In: Dante Fowler (FA), James Washington (FA)

Out: Amari Cooper, Cedrick Wilson, Connor Williams, Randy Gregory, La’el Collins, Damontae Kazee, Keanu Neal, Greg Zuerlein

2021-22 Record: 12-5

Head Coach: Mike McCarthy

General Manager: Jerry Jones (Owner)

Cue the annual postseason Cowboys hype. But wait, things are a little more subdued this year, with the Cowboys losing Amari Cooper and Cedric Wilson to a trade and free agency, and Michael Gallup still recovering from his season-ending ACL tear in the 2021-22 campaign. While the rest of the traditionally competitive NFC East made advances the ‘Boys have stood pat so far with their position as favorite to win the division narrowing to -115. With Jerry Jones outright stating they’d be looking for OL help early in the draft, look for them to take one of the top interior offensive linemen in the first round with Kenyon Green or Tyler Linderbaum in play at the end of the first round.

Our NFL Draft pick: Micah Parsons to win Defensive Player of the Year, +1000


Detroit Lions

2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 1: Nos. 2, 32 (from Rams) overall

  • Round 2: No. 34

  • Round 3: Nos. 66, 97

  • Round 5: No. 177

  • Round 6: Nos. 181, 217

Notable Free Agents In/Out

In: DJ Chark (FA), Josh Reynolds (FA), Alex Anzalone (FA), Tracy Walker (FA), Jarrad Davis (FA)

2021-22 Record: 3-13

Head Coach: Dan Campbell

General Manager: Brad Holmes

Dan Campbell oversaw a three-win season in his first year in Detroit and, given the quality of the roster, that still feels like an achievement. They addressed some of those holes in free agency, adding a reliable target for Jared Goff in DJ Chark and two starting quality linebackers in Anzalone and Davis. They should still be asking the question of whether building around Goff is the right move, or should they be looking to the future with a new QB? With two picks in the first round and five in the first 100 picks, the Lions need a good draft that will start with either a top-tier edge defender or a franchise left tackle to protect the blindside of whoever stands under center in week one.

Our NFL Draft pick: the Lions to record under 6.5 regular season wins, -160


Green Bay Packers

2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 1: Nos. 22 (from Raiders), 28 overall

  • Round 2: Nos. 53 (from Raiders), 59

  • Round 3: No. 92

  • Round 4: Nos. 132, 140

  • Round 5: No. 171

  • Round 7: Nos. 228 (from Bears through Texans), 249, 258

Notable Free Agents In/Out

In: Sammy Watkins (FA), Preston Smith (FA), Jarran Reed (FA)

Out: Davante Adams, Equanimeous St Brown, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Billy Turner, Whitney Mercilus, Za’Darius Smith, Kevin King,

2021-22 Record: 13-4

Head Coach: Matt LaFleur

General Manager: Brian Gutekunst

The Packers may have kept their man in Aaron Rodgers, but they lost his favourite target and the best WR in football, Davante Adams. The consistently strong Green Bay side will be a different team when they next hit the field and restocking with targets for Rodgers is a must – Sammy Watkins is an okay possession receiver but will never wow the fans, so using one (or two) of their five top 100 picks in this year’s draft on wide receivers isn’t just common sense: it’s a must. The NFC North is theirs for the taking in 2022-23 and at +1100: they are an interesting bet to win the Superbowl provided they replace Adams.

Our NFL Draft pick: the Packers to win the NFC, +500


Los Angeles Rams

2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 3: No. 104 overall

  • Round 4: No. 142

  • Round 5: No. 175

  • Round 6: Nos. 211, 212, 218

  • Round 7: Nos. 238 (from Dolphins), 253

Notable Free Agents In/Out

In: Allen Robinson (FA), Bobby Wagner (FA)

Out: Sony Michel, Odell Beckham Jr, Robert Woods, Andrew Whitworth, Von Miller, Darious Williams, Johnny Hekker

2021-22 Record: 12-5 (Superbowl Champions)

Head Coach: Sean McVay

General Manager: Les Snead

Despite their best efforts, the LA Rams were unable to keep the band together to go for another Super Bowl championship and are now sitting at +1100 to repeat. Losing key franchise pieces like Andrew Whitworth and recently acquired veteran all-star talents like Odell Beckham Jr and Von Miller leaves gaps Les Snead must try to fill with limited draft capital. The Rams hit their ultimate goal of winning the Lombardi trophy, however their policy of trading high draft picks for proven talents leaves them with nothing to do but wait for the first two rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft. When they do get on the clock they need to fill Von Miller’s shoes with an edge rusher in a deep DL draft where starting-calibre DEs will be available on day two.

Our NFL Draft pick: the Rams to retain the Super Bowl, +1100

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Minnesota Vikings

2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 1: No. 12 overall

  • Round 2: No. 46

  • Round 3: No. 77

  • Round 5: No. 156 (from Ravens)

  • Round 6: Nos. 184 (from Jets), 191 (from Ravens through Chiefs), 192

  • Round 7: No. 250 (from 49ers through Broncos)

Notable Free Agents In/Out

In: Jesse Davis (FA), Harrison Phillips (FA), Jordan Hicks (FA), Za’Darius Smith (FA)

Out: Dede Westbrook, Everson Griffen, Michael Pierce, Anthony Barr, Xavier Woods

2021-22 Record: 8-9

Head Coach: Kevin O’Connell

General Manager: Kwesi Adofo-Mensah

After the Mike Zimmer regime concluded at the end of the 2021-22 season the Vikings started a new era with similar problems to years’ past. The cornerback position has been an issue for the Vikings for the last couple of seasons and the current group is led by the shadow of Patrick Peterson who is not the player he once was. Picking at no. 12 in the first round gives them a privileged position where they could take the first or second CB off the board.

Our NFL Draft pick: the Vikings to win the NFC North, +280


New Orleans Saints

2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 1: Nos. 16 (from Eagles), 19 (from Eagles) overall

  • Round 2: No. 49

  • Round 3: No. 98

  • Round 4: No. 120

  • Round 5: No. 161

  • Round 6: No. 194 (from Colts through Eagles)

Notable Free Agents In/Out

In: Andy Dalton (FA), Taco Charlton (FA), Marcus Maye (FA), Daniel Sorenson (FA)

Out: Ty Montgomery, Kenny Stills, Terron Armstead, Kwon Alexander, Jeff Heath, Malcolm Jenkins, Marcus Williams

2021-22 Record: 9-8

Head Coach: Dennis Allen

General Manager: Mickey Loomis

With Sean Payton’s retirement and a salary cap in shreds this was always going to be a challenging offseason for the Saints organisation. After failing to net a premium QB in Deshaun Watson they doubled down on Jameis Winston and signed Andy Dalton as a second veteran presence. They also picked up some defensive help in Maye and Sorenson.

New Orleans are some way from a Super Bowl-ready roster (+3000 to win the Super Bowl in 2023) but a trade with the Eagles landed them an extra first round pick in 2022, so watch for the Saints to bolster an offensive line that lost Terron Armstead and then look at finding the best player available.

Our NFL Draft pick: the Saints to make the Playoffs, +138


New York Giants

2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 1: Nos. 5, 7 (from Bears) overall

  • Round 2: No. 36

  • Round 3: Nos. 67, 81 (from Dolphins)

  • Round 4: No. 112 (from Bears)

  • Round 5: Nos. 147, 173 (from Chiefs through Ravens)

  • Round 6: No. 182

Notable Free Agents In/Out

In: Tyrod Taylor (FA), Matt Breida (FA), Ricky Seals-Jones

Out: Mike Glennon, Devontae Booker, John Ross, Evan Engram, Kyle Rudolph, Will Hernandez, Danny Shelton, Reggie Ragland, Jabrill Peppers, Logan Ryan

2021-22 Record: 4-13

Head Coach: Brian Daboll

General Manager: Joe Schoen

The G-Men have been floundering since the retirement of Eli Manning and a lot of that blame is fairly or unfairly laid at the feet of Daniel Jones and his mediocre QB play. Could this be the time they move on to a new signal caller? With two picks in the top 10 now may be the best opportunity for them to find a new face of the franchise. Currently sitting last in the bookmakers’ odds for winning the NFC East at +10000 – it’s hard to imagine they’ll be a significant factor in the league for 2022-23, but a good draft with difference makers throughout the roster would be a good start towards changing their fortunes.

Our NFL Draft pick: the Giants to record under 7.5 regular season wins, -160


Philadelphia Eagles

2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 1: Nos. 15 (from Dolphins), 18 (from Saints) overall

  • Round 2: No. 51

  • Round 3: Nos. 83, 101 (from Saints)

  • Round 4: No. 124

  • Round 5: Nos. 154 (from Commanders), 162, 166 (from Cardinals)

  • Round 7: No. 237 (from Saints)

Notable Free Agents In/Out

In: Zach Pascal (FA), Haason Reddick (FA), Kyzir White (FA)

Out: Jordan Howard, Brandon Brooks, Hassan Ridgeway, Steven Nelson, Rodney McLeod

2021-22 Record: 9-8

Head Coach: Nick Sirianni

General Manager: Howie Roseman

After over-achieving in Nick Sirianni’s first season the Eagles were in an enviable position of holding three first round picks for the upcoming draft. A lop-sided trade with the New Orleans Saints leaves them with two picks in the middle of the first round and two in next year’s first round. The Eagles have needs at every level of the defense and a quality problem at WR behind last year’s first rounder, Devonta Smith. Expect them to address the WR spot and defensive line with the two first rounders as the Eagles prioritise the line of scrimmage and seek a replacement for the ageing Fletcher Cox or Brandon Graham. The Birds sit second in the betting to win the NFC East (+300) but a smart draft could see them leapfrog the Cowboys as the bookmakers’ choice.

Our NFL Draft pick: the Eagles to win the NFC East, +300


San Francisco 49ers

2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 2: No. 61 overall

  • Round 3: Nos. 93, 105

  • Round 4: No. 134

  • Round 5: No. 172

  • Round 6: Nos. 187 (from Broncos), 220, 221

  • Round 7: No. 262

Notable Free Agents In/Out

In: Ray-Ray McCloud (FA), Marcus Johnson (FA), Hassan Ridgeway (FA) George Odum (FA), Charvarius Ward (FA)

Out: Raheem Mostert, Mohamed Sanu, Laken Tomlinson, Arden Key, Josh Norman, Jason Verrett

2021-22 Record: 10-7

Head Coach: Kyle Shanahan

General Manager: Martin Mayhew

Despite picking up a starting-calibre CB in Ward during free agency San Francisco should be looking to address the defensive backfield again in the draft.

Perhaps the biggest draft storyline for the 49ers is the uncertain status of Deebo Samuel. The star wide receiver wants to ply his trade (and get paid) elsewhere, so a deal may be in the works that would occur before or on draft night. If it unfolds wide receiver becomes a priority need, so the first rounder they get in exchange for Samuel would likely be spent straightaway on his replacement.

Our NFL Draft pick: Elijah Mitchell to record most regular season rushing yards, +1400


Seattle Seahawks

2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 1: No. 9 overall (from Broncos)

  • Round 2: Nos. 40 (from Broncos), 41 overall

  • Round 3: No. 72

  • Round 4: Nos. 109 (from Jets)

  • Round 5: Nos. 145 (from Lions through Broncos), 153

  • Round 7: No. 229

Notable Free Agents In/Out

In: Drew Lock, Shelby Harris, Noah Fant (all trade from Broncos), Artie Burns (FA)

Out: Russell Wilson, Alex Collins, Adrian Peterson, Duane Brown, Carlos Dunlap, Robert Nkemdiche, Bobby Wagner

2021-22 Record: 7-10

Head Coach: Pete Carroll

General Manager: John Schneider

These aren’t your grandpa’s Seahawks. They aren’t even your older cousin’s Seahawks, as they’ll take the field in September without Russell Wilson for the first time in a decade. While they gained Drew Lock’s services in the trade that saw Wilson head east, he isn’t considered the long term solution, so you’d expect Seattle to have done their diligence on this year’s QB class and take one if the right one is there, or bag the best player available and ride with Lock for a season before re-assessing and hitting the QB class of 2023 in search of the new face of the franchise. This is a period of uncertainty for the Seahawks and this is reflected in their odds of +1600 to win their division and +8000 to win the Superbowl.

Our NFL Draft pick: the Seahawks to not make the Playoffs, -650


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 1: No. 27 overall

  • Round 2: No. 60

  • Round 3: No. 91

  • Round 4: No. 133

  • Round 7: Nos. 248, 261

Notable Free Agents In/Out

In: Tom Brady (reinstated from retirement), Shaq Mason (trade from Patriots), Russell Gage (FA), Keanu Neal (FA), Logan Ryan (FA)

Out: Tom Brady, Ronald Jones, Rob Gronkowski, OJ Howard, Ndamukong Suh, Richard Sherman, Jordan Whitehead

2021-22 Record: 13-4

Head Coach: Todd Bowles

General Manager: Jason Licht

The Bucs are second favorites to win the Lombardi Trophy in 2023 (+750) after the return out of retirement of Tom Brady. They’re also favorites to win the NFC South with the Saints in rebuild mode and Carolina and Atlanta searching for their identities on the field.

Man-mountain Vita Vea is doing a lot of the heavy lifting in run defense for the Bucs, so expect them to use an early pick on adding to their defensive line, either with a multi-faceted defensive end or a true defensive tackle to help anchor their defense. With multiple options available in a deep defensive line draft, they do stand a good chance of getting a decent quality starter at the end of round one.

Our NFL Draft pick: Tom Brady to record most regular season passing yards, +800


Washington Commanders

2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 1: No. 11 overall

  • Round 2: No. 47 (from Colts)

  • Round 4: No. 113

  • Round 6: No. 189

  • Round 7: Nos. 230, 240 (from Eagles through Colts)

Notable Free Agents In/Out

In: Carson Wentz (trade from Colts), Efe Obada (FA)

Out: Ryan Fitzpatrick, DeAndre Carter, Ricky Seals-Jones, Brandon Scherff, Ereck Flowers, Matt Ioannidis, Jon Bostic, Landon Collins

2021-22 Record: 7-10

Head Coach: Ron Rivera

General Manager: Martin Mayhew

The newly christened Commanders get their quarterback, and Carson Wentz gets his third team in three seasons. Ron Rivera has to hope he is getting the 2017 Wentz who was a shoe-in for the MVP award, rather than the easily-spooked Wentz we’ve seen since his return. In the NFC East there’s never a team that can be counted out and if they can get good QB play to go along with strong DL on the other side of the ball they’ll be in contention for that division winner’s playoff spot. Picking at 11 esnures the Commanders great possibilities, with the first WR, or a premium DB expected to be available.

Our NFL Draft pick: the Commanders to make the Playoffs, +166

The NFL is blessed with plenty of data, but it’s important to know what is vital to future wins and what is just noise...

Raw passing yardage is less important than passing the ball efficiently. The former may be a by-product of a losing side being allowed garbage time success, while the latter is more indicative of a side moving the chains.

Wins are obviously key, but large numbers of narrow victories are often driven by good fortune, rather than good play. Similarly: match-ups are often neglected. A team that cannot stop the run may have difficulty against a ground based attack and strength of schedule can vary greatly, especially early in a season. Teams can often rack up wins against bad teams and struggle against playoff contenders: an indicator of short term success and weak playoff prospects.

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What is the NFL moneyline?

In an NFL moneyline pick you need to find the winning team. Overtime counts, but if a regular season game ultimately remains tied, the wager is a push and stakes are returned.

In the AFC Championship game, strongly favored Kansas City were -322 and the underdog Bengals were +263. A $100 wager on KC returns $31.06 of profit, compared to $263 profit if, as happened, Cincinnati caused the upset.

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NFL picks against the spread

A spread bet gives the underdog an advantage to manufacture a near 50/50 bet.

Kansas City were given a -7 start and were priced at -106, resulting in a $94.36 profit to a $100 stake if successful, compared to the Bengals slightly shorter price of -112, which returned $89.29.

Again, overtime and a possible push comes into play.

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What are over/under bets?

Another near 50/50 bet which is decided after overtime if needed, where you choose if the total points scored by both sides will fall over or under a number.

KC and Cincinnati had a total that was set at 54.5 points and odds of -109 for both the under and the over. A push wasn’t possible because on this occasion there was a half point in the spread and a winning wager returned $91.74 of profit to a $100 stake.

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...and what is a parlay bet?

A parlay bet takes two or more wagers and combines them in an accumulator. Each leg of the bet must be successful (or at least be a push) and the winnings from one leg is rolled onto the next leg.

It is very likely that parlay bets will have a long-term negative expected value, but they can result in large payouts on relatively small stakes.

A two-fold accumulator with each separate bet priced as a coin toss at 100 would return $30 of profit to a $10 stake or $150 if four legs were included.

Same game parlays , which combine events from a single event are now common place, but the cumulative odds are often reduced to reflect the correlated nature of such wagers. Essentially a fun bet, but to get the sharpest wagers for each leg follow our expert advice.

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