We are about a quarter of the way through the season, and some teams and fans should go ahead and start looking towards next year. What does this mean? NFL teams should start focusing on rebuilding their roster by playing some younger players. With the first month of college and NFL football under out belt, it’s time to examine the current landscape of the how things are shaking out towards the 2017 NFL Draft. Let’s dive in!
Notable Teams that could land in the Top 10 of the 2017 NFL Draft
1) Cleveland Browns (0-4) – They drafted like they were rebuilding last year and it shows on the field. Robert Griffin III was a disaster and Cody Kessler doesn’t look like a franchise quarterback. They will have two picks in the first round thanks to the trade with Philadelphia last year. They will most likely have a Top 3 pick, but as of now it’s looking like the No. 1 pick.
2) San Francisco 49ers (1-3) – They beat a Los Angeles Rams team in Week 1 that just looked awful. Other than that, they have looked pitiful. They have a few talented players, but not enough to make this competitive on a weekly basis. They currently don’t have the overall roster talent or quarterback to make them a team that could win more than a few games this year.
3) San Diego Chargers (1-3) – Joey Bosa has yet to see the field and Keenan Allen is out for the season. They blew the season opener after having a huge lead against Kansas City and their only win has come against woeful Jacksonville. They will likely find themselves in the Top 5.
4) New Orleans Saints (1-3) – They had the offseason to fix the defense and enhance the depth of this roster and it seems to still be a work in progress. The worst part is they lost the first two games by a total of four points. This team can at least compete and will likely find a way to win a few games this year. They would benefit the most from getting to pick Myles Garrett because they may have the worst pass rush in the NFL.
5) Chicago Bears (1-3) – You know it’s bad when you get beat by a team with a rookie quarterback, twice. They need upgrades at almost every position besides their interior offensive linemen and linebackers. Chicago could have the worst record in the league by the end of the year. Their only hope is if they can play Detroit for the rest of the year.
6) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) – They look sadly pathetic given the amount of talent they have on paper. Cleveland has a weak roster and Chicago is rebuilding, but Jacksonville was supposed to compete for the AFC South division title. Blake Bortles looks like a mess as he is really struggling with self-confidence. Can Jacksonville turn it around by the end of the season and be .500?
7) Tennessee Titans (1-3) – I will give them credit in a sense that DeMarco Murray has been playing great in a Tennessee uniform. They have played tough and close in all four of their games and have not lost by more than nine points. This team stays competitive but just isn’t turning these close games into wins. Marcus Mariota and the passing offense needs to improve if this team wants to stay out of the Top 5 picks.
8) Detroit Lions (1-3) – They only beat Indianapolis this and that was in the first game of the season. Indianapolis was basically without its starting secondary in that game. Detroit lost to Tennessee and Chicago, who are both also 1-3. This team doesn’t look like it can compete week to week on a consistent basis, especially against the likes of Minnesota and Green Bay. The post-Calvin Johnson is not off to a good start.
9) Miami Dolphins (1-3) – The only team they have beaten is Cleveland, if that says anything. They need help on the offensive line, running back and basically their entire defense except for Reshad Jones and Ndamukong Suh. I think this team can easily get better with some talent on the offensive line. Tannehill gets hit a ton and with more time in the pocket, could hit more of his talented receivers: Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills.
10) New York Jets (1-3) – Injuries have decimated this team and have not made it easy to compete week to week. The problem is that their schedule doesn’t get any easier moving forward. They could continue to struggle and find themselves within the first five picks of the draft.
11) Indianapolis Colts (1-3) – The only reason that general manager Ryan Grigson still has a job is because his quarterback is Andrew Luck. The roster is weak and needs a lot of work. This team has also dealt with some tough injuries and have yet to be completely healthy. Luck has kept this team afloat and in games, but he can’t continue to carry this team by himself. Saying all of this, the Colts are in a division they could still win at 9-7 because they have Luck, so hope is not fully lost.
30 notable players possibly battling for a First-Round Pick (at least one per position):
- DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson
- DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
- Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami
- Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
- Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
- Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
- JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
- Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
- O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
- Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
- Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
- Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
- Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
- Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
- Myles Garrett, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
- Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
- DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State
- Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
- Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois
- Derek Barnett, DE/OLB, Tennessee
- Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
- Tim Williams, DL, Alabama
- Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
- Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
- Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
- Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida
- Desmond King, CB, Iowa
- Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
- Jabrill Peppers, DB/LB, Michigan
- Jamal Adams, S, LSU