1. Cleveland Browns (0-6) – DeShaun Watson (QB/Clemson)
The Browns lost once again, extending their losing streak to nine games. Robert Griffin III was immediately injured, followed by an injury to Josh McCown, ending with rookie Cody Kessler, who despite not being terrible, has not shown that he has what it takes to be the future leader of the Browns.
With two first round picks in the draft, Cleveland almost has to find a new signal caller.
2. Carolina Panthers (1-5) – Leonard Fournette (RB/LSU)
The Panthers secondary has taken a massive step back with Josh Norman gone, but no cornerback has been taken in the top three since Shawn Springs in 1997. Jalen Ramsey last year appeared to be the guy who could break the streak, but no defensive back in this draft is as talented as he is.
Instead, Carolina will look for the top player in this draft, which is Fournette. Jonathan Stewart turns 30 in March. The Panthers may look for a young replacement.
3. San Francisco 49ers (1-5) – Brad Kaaya (QB/Miami FL)
The 49ers went back to Colin Kaepernick and he was about as bad as you could expect. His restructured deal gives him the option to void the deal after the end of the season, but even if he doesn’t, his salary isn’t guaranteed, so the 49ers can easily cut ties.
DeShone Kizer has been my No. 2 quarterback all season, but given how disappointing he (and Notre Dame) have been this season, he’s going to fall a bit. This isn’t entirely his fault as Brian Kelly is a terrible coach, but his lack of job security will affect his draft stock.
4. New York Jets (1-5) – DeShone Kizer (QB/Notre Dame)
The Jets are turning back to Geno Smith, who has always been terrible. Ryan Fitzpatrick was a bust signing after a long offseason standoff and Christian Hackenburg already looks like a wasted pick, so, as usual, there is a quarterback carousel surrounding the Jets.
5. Chicago Bears (1-5) – Myles Garrett (DE/Texas A&M)
Leonard Floyd was drafted last season, but they still need another edge rusher and Garrett is the top player available. The secondary could also be addressed with this pick.
6. Miami Dolphins (2-4) – Derek Barnett (DE/Tennessee)
Mario Williams has been a disappointment in Miami. Plus, he and Cameron Wake are both on the wrong side of 30. Another edge rusher needs to be brought in.
7. Cincinnati Bengals (2-4) – Jamal Adams (CB/S/LSU)
Will the Bengals continue their trend of drafting a cornerback every other year? Adam Jones seems to have lost a step and recently turned 33 and Dre Kirkpatrick is in the final year of his deal.
8. San Diego Chargers (2-4) – Cam Robinson (OT/Alabama)
Right tackle Joseph Barksdale is a free agent after the season and blindside protector King Dunlap is getting older. If Barksdale isn’t retained, Robinson could start his career on the right side before ultimately becoming the successor at left tackle.
9. Indianapolis Colts (2-4) – Jabrill Peppers (SS/Michigan)
The Colts offensive line played better against Houston, but the secondary completely melted down late in the game. Mike Adams has clearly lost a step at age 35.
10. New Orleans Saints (2-3) – Charles Harris (DE/OLB/Missouri)
New Orleans putrid pass rush only has nine sacks this year and could only muster two sacks against a poor offensive line in Carolina. Sheldon Rankins is returning, which will help, but the Saints need more.
11. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3) – Mike McGlinchey (OT/Notre Dame)
Jacksonville thought they had their cornerstone tackle when they drafted Luke Joeckel in 2013, but he’s been terrible and likely isn’t returning. Protecting Blake Bortles is going to be a priority this offseason.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) – Caleb Brantley (DT/Florida)
Clinton McDonald has played well for the Bucs, but he is in the last year of his deal in 2017. Tampa may look for a depth move or a long-term solution.
13. Detroit Lions (3-3) – Dalvin Cook (RB/Florida State)
The Lions are so desperate for help at running back that they brought in Justin Forsett. Detroit could look for a more permanent solution.
14. New York Giants (3-3) – Jarrad Davis (LB/Florida)
This is early for Davis, but the best available players at this spot happen to be at positions that the Giants have depth in. Jerry Reese has notoriously avoided linebackers like Kristin Cavallari avoids vaccines, but Jerry Jones used to ignore the offensive line in Dallas and Kevin Colbert used to ignore cornerbacks in Pittsburgh and both of those trends have come to an end. It’s time for this one to stop too.
15. Tennessee Titans (3-3) – Jalen Tabor (CB/Florida)
The Titans secondary almost let the Browns finish a late surge last week due much in part to the secondary’s inability to contain opponents at crucial times. There were a lot of holes to fill last offseason so the cornerback position wasn’t addressed, but it should be focused on this spring.
16. Arizona Cardinals (3-3) – JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR/USC)
Larry Fitzgerald has looked ageless, but he is no spring chicken. Not to mention Michael Floyd is a free agent at the end of the year and John Brown has been battling injuries.
Smith-Schuster was unstoppable for the Trojans last week, catching nine passes for 132 yards and a trio of touchdowns.
17. Baltimore Ravens (3-3) – Tim Williams (DE/OLB/Alabama)
Terrell Suggs has been injured again and neither him nor Elvis Dumervil are very young anymore. A young edge rusher is needed to rotate in with Suggs and Dumervil to keep them fresh.
18. Tennessee Titans (3-3) – Jonathan Allen (DE/DT/Alabama)
The Titans front seven has played well so far this year, but DaQuan Jones, who was predicted to step up this year,has instead been a bit of a letdown. Tennessee may opt to replace him this offseason, especially since they have the luxury of two first round picks.
19. Cleveland Browns (0-6) – Marlon Humphrey (CB/Alabama)
Joe Haden is a solid cornerback, but the Browns have nothing across from him. Jamar Taylor has been a reclamation project, but he isn’t exactly someone you want starting week in and week out.
20. Kansas City Chiefs (3-2) – Desmond King (CB/Iowa)
Marcus Peters is an interception machine, but the Chiefs don’t have much to offer across from him. The secondary will be in really bad shape if Eric Berry leaves this offseason.
21. Green Bay Packers (3-2) – O.J. Howard (TE/Alabama)
The Packers offense has been sputtering all season, and they have gotten almost nothing at the tight end position. Aaron Rodgers needs a new safety valve.
22. Buffalo Bills (4-2) – Malik McDowell (DE/DT/Michigan State)
The Bills shook up their defensive line this offseason when they released Mario Williams, but Kyle Williams is still here and he turns 34 in June. It’s time to find a younger replacement.
23. Washington Redskins (4-2) – Adoree’ Jackson (CB/USC)
Josh Norman has been solid, but Bashaud Breeland is awful – yet his return from injury was somehow an upgrade for the Redskins secondary. If the Redskins expect Norman to not cover the top receiver week in a week out, then they need to upgrade the rest of the secondary.
24. Houston Texans (4-2) – Dawuane Smoot (DE/Illinois)
The Texans lack of depth on the defensive line was exposed when Jared Crick was allowed to sign with Denver and J.J. Watt went down.
25. Denver Broncos (4-2) – Ethan Pocic (G/C/LSU)
Matt Paradis has essentially been a replacement-level player for the Broncos at center. Pocic can play on several spots on the offensive line.
26. Atlanta Falcons (4-2) – Carroll Phillips (DE/OLB/Illinois)
The Falcons pass rush has yet again been terrible this season and mustered just one sack against a poor Seahawks offensive line. Atlanta would benefit from having another young edge rusher across from Vic Beasley.
27. Oakland Raiders (4-2) – Raekwon McMillan (LB/Ohio State)
The Raiders secondary has improved in recent games, but Cory James has struggled at middle linebacker, where he was never expected to be a starter.
28. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) – Mike Williams (WR/Clemson)
Nelson Agholor has been a disappointment and project wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is beginning to take snaps away from him. Carson Wentz need another reliable receiver outside of Jordan Matthews.
29. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) – Reuben Foster (LB/Alabama)
Lawrence Timmons will be a free agent after the season and with him on the wrong side of 30, the Steelers may look for a younger replacement.
30. Dallas Cowboys (5-1) – Tre’Davious White (CB/LSU)
Morris Claiborne has finally lived up to expectations. But in his contract year, he may cash in during the offseason. If he leaves, here’s a replacement.
31. Seattle Seahawks (4-1) – Roderick Johnson (OT/Florida State)
Seattle’s offensive line played well last week, but that was against the non-existent pass rush in Atlanta. A tackle is needed to help protect Russell Wilson.
32. New England Patriots (5-1) – Christian McCaffrey (RB/Stanford)
A running back versatile enough to line up wide? Sounds like a prototypical Patriot. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Bill Belichick put McCaffrey in at nickelback on occasion too.