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Buccaneers And Titans Chase 2015 NFL First Overall Draft Pick

Buccaneers And Titans Chase 2015 NFL First Overall Draft Pick

Long running trend points to Tampa Bay tanking

When it comes to "winning" the first pick in the NFL Draft, the top teams in the race are rock solid losers during the final weekend of the season. Though some clubs have had the first selection locked up prior to Week 17, the last ten teams that picked first the following April have lost their final game of the season. Whether it's a case of tanking or not is debatable but NFL cellar dwellers have been outscored by a 265-115 margin (26-11 PGA) in their year end finales. The "War Room" in Tampa has been busy.

Buccaneers Brass have been busy working on their Draft Wish List

Prior to the Bucs 20-3 Week 16 loss to Green Bay, Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht and his crew of college scouts spent seven straight days working on their initial draft board. It's a good bet that they didn't spend very much time working on a scenario where they are picking second overall. The Yukaneers will "earn" the top pick with a loss to New Orleans and one has to wonder how Oregon Ducks QB Marcus Mariota will react to suiting up in pewter and red during his NFL rookie season.

New Orleans vs Tampa Bay Prediction: Although the Saints are eliminated from postseason contention, and could improve slightly on their draft position as well, we can't see a proud veteran like QB Drew Brees tanking his final game of the season. That said, we don't totally trust New Orleans as road chalk against the spread in this contest. However, being as the trend above is too difficult to ignore, we'll march with the Saints money line and a 400 unit wager at the TopBet online spotsbook.

Saints vs Buccaneers - TopBet Sportsbook NFL Week 17 Betting Lines

TopBet Sportsbook NFL Week 17 Betting Odds - Buccaneers vs Saints

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