1. Cleveland Browns (0-4) – DeShaun Watson (QB/Clemson)
Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown are both hurt while Cody Kessler is doing nothing to show he has a future as a starting quarterback. It’s amazing how the Browns have perpetually been in search for a franchise signal caller since returning to the NFL. And, to make matters worse, they may trade down as they have a habit of doing so. Here are some guys the Browns passed on in the draft since returning to the NFL in 1999:
- Donovan McNabb (picked second overall, Browns took Tim Couch instead)
- Drew Brees (taken 32nd overall, Browns took Gerard Warren instead)
- Ben Roethlisberger (taken 11th overall, Browns traded up to No. 6 to take Kellen Winslow, but to be fair this was the draft after their only playoff berth)
- Aaron Rodgers (taken 24th overall, Browns selected Braylon Edwards)
- Ryan Tannehill (who kind of sucks, but Cleveland took Trent Richardson over him)
- Teddy Bridgewater (taken 32nd overall, Browns had two picks, used on Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel, neither are still on the Browns)
2. Detroit Lions (1-3) – Leonard Fournette (RB/LSU)
A running back at No. 2 overall may seem like a reach in today’s NFL, but Fournette is no typical prospect and the Lions are in need of an every down back. Fournette would be the best back to play for Detroit since Barry Sanders.
3. Miami Dolphins (1-3) – Myles Garrett (DE/Texas A&M)
With Mario Williams and Cameron Wake are both on the wrong side of 30, so it’s only logical for Miami to seek a new edge rusher.
4. New Orleans Saints (1-3) – Derek Barnett (DE/Tennessee)
The Saints pass rush woke up this week, sacking Philip Rivers three times and hitting him on 12 occasions, but until they can show that this is a consistent threat, I wouldn’t write home about it.
5. Tennessee Titans (1-3) – Jalen Tabor (CB/Florida)
Tennessee did a good job bottling up DeAndre Hopkins, but it also doesn’t hurt that Brock Osweiler is a bad quarterback. The Titans need to upgrade the secondary this offseason.
6. Arizona Cardinals (1-3) – DeShone Kizer (QB/Notre Dame)
Ideally, a team is trading up to acquire Kizer, but if Arizona has this high of a draft pick, it’s because Carson Palmer continues to be terrible. Kizer could sit back for a season while Palmer grooms him.
7. San Diego Chargers (1-3) – Jamal Adams (CB/S/LSU)
Eric Weddle escaped San Diego and never looked back last spring. Dwight Lowery was signed, but he is replaceable.
8. Indianapolis Colts (1-3) – Cam Robinson (OT/Alabama)
I really don’t understand why Andrew Luck signed an extension this offseason and last Sunday’s game in London shows why he should have ran when he had the chance. His wide receivers drop easy passes and his offensive line can’t block for him. Not to mention Frank Gore is a corpse. Perhaps Indy should take the Jerry Jones route and focus on the offensive line in the next few drafts.
9. Carolina Panthers (1-3) – Marlon Humphrey (CB/Alabama)
According to Pro Football Focus, Bene Benwikere allowed 228 of Julio Jones’ 300 receiving yards last week. Three of their five picks last April were spent on the secondary, but none have been able to fill the void left by John Norman.
10. San Francisco 49ers (1-3) – Brad Kaaya (QB/Miami FL)
Blaine Gabbert can sell a play action, but that is basically the extent of his ability at quarterback. San Francisco will look for a new signal caller this spring.
11. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) – Mike McGlinchey (OT/Notre Dame)
Luke Joeckel’s final season in Jacksonville ended early after he was placed on injured reserve. Kelvin Beachum has started at left tackle this season, but Blake Bortles is among the most sacked quarterbacks in football.
12. New York Jets (1-3) – Chad Kelly (QB/Ole Miss)
Ryan Fitzpatrick, who the Jets negotiated deep into the summer with, is now on the hot seat and could be benched in favor of Geno Smith, who is also terrible. Looks like it is time yet again for the Jets to find a new quarterback.
13. Chicago Bears (1-3) – Charles Harris (DE/OLB/Missouri)
Chicago added Leonard Floyd last offseason, but the team is still struggling to get to the quarterback. Plus, you can never have enough pass rushers in today’s NFL.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) – JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR/USC)
Vincent Jackson is in the final year of his deal in Tampa and the plug was pulled on Austin Seferian-Jenkins, so finding targets for Jameis Winston across from Mike Evans has become a need.
15. Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) – Dalvin Cook (RB/Florida State)
With Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard both struggling, Cincinnati may look to move one (likely Hill, who is in his contract year in 2017) and bring in someone else to be the workhorse.
16. Buffalo Bills (2-2) – Jonathan Allen (DE/DT/Alabama)
Marcell Dareus returns this week and Shaq Lawson should be back by Week 7, but the defensive line still needs to be fortified, where Kyle Williams is still starting.
17. Washington Redskins (2-2) – Desmond King (CB/Iowa)
Josh Norman has played well, but Breshaud Breeland has not, ranking as one of the worst cornerbacks in football. The secondary has been an issue in Washington for a while now.
18. New York Giants (2-2) – Jarrad Davis (LB/Florida)
I almost don’t want to make this pick because of Jerry Reese’s clear dislike for linebackers, but at what point do you look at this unit and realize it can’t be ignored forever?
19. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2) – Adoree’ Jackson (CB/USC)
Kansas City has Marcus Peters, but there is a void across from him left from Sean Smith’s departure. Jackson can also function as a kick returner.
20. Green Bay Packers (2-1) – O.J. Howard (TE/Alabama)
Jared Cook has, again, been a disappointment with his new team. Aaron Rodgers needs a new safety valve.
21. Oakland Raiders (3-1) – Condrea Tankersley (CB/Clemson)
Oakland has allowed the most yards through the air this season and are on the bottom half in passing touchdowns allowed. Newly signed Sean Smith was benched in Week 1 and has not imrpoved much since. Secondary is yet again a weak spot for this team.
22. Dallas Cowboys (3-1) – Tim Williams (DE/OLB/Alabama)
Dallas overcame some great adversity to go 3-1, but one issue that won’t go away is their lack of depth on the defensive line. Randy Gregory has the talent to be successful, but it is hard to trust that he will stay out of trouble.
23. Houston Texans (3-1) – Raekwon McMillan (LB/Ohio State)
Brian Cushing returned to action last week, but he has clearly lost a step, especially in run support. Houston should start looking for a replacement.
24. Tennessee Titans (1-3) – Ethan Pocic (G/C/LSU)
Chance Warmack’s disappointing career in Tennessee is likely over, but he still leaves a void at guard. Pocic is versatile enough to play guard for center for the Titans.
25. Baltimore Ravens (3-1) – Dawuane Smoot (DE/Illinois)
Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil are both long in the tooth, making finding a new edge rusher a need for the Ravens.
26. Cleveland Browns (0-4) – Nick Chubb (RB/Georgia)
Cleveland took their quarterback, now they need a running back to carry the workload. The two, along with Corey Coleman, gives the Browns a nice nucleus on offense.
27. Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) – Mike Williams (WR/Clemson)
Nelson Agholor was taken in the first round in 2015, but he has done absolutely nothing in his NFL career. Carson Wentz needs another capable receiver across from Jordan Matthews.
28. Denver Broncos (4-0) – Malik McDowell (DE/DT/Michigan State)
A replacement for Malik Jackson, who signed with the Jaguars last spring.
29. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) – Jabrill Peppers (SS/Michigan)
Robert Golden, who at best is a rotation piece in the secondary, is currently the team’s starting strong safety. Peppers will help bring back that edge they have been missing since Troy Polamalu’s retirement.
30. Atlanta Falcons (3-1) – Carroll Phillips (DE/OLB/Illinois)
Atlanta is tied with the Giants for the least amount of sacks this season. The Falcons can score in bunches, but the team is going to struggle deep in the year if they can’t put pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
31. Seattle Seahawks (3-1) – Roderick Johnson (OT/Florida State)
Seattle let Russell Okung, who didn’t even have an agent, sign with Denver this offseason. Now, the Seahawks are starting Bradley Sowell at left tackle, who has been terrible.
32. New England Patriots (3-1) – Christian McCaffrey (RB/Stanford)
A versatile threat on the ground in the passing game, McCaffrey would give them what the Patriots have been missing since Danny Woodhead left.