Agent’s Take: Five NFL teams that need to spike a 2017 NFL Draft

The NFL Draft is a many entrance annual NFL eventuality outward of a Super Bowl. It has been called an imprecise scholarship and can dramatically change an NFL team’s fortunes.

A elemental quandary confronting teams is possibly to take a best actor available, like a
New York Jets
did in 2015 when USC defensive lineman
Leonard Williams
fell into their laps during a sixth altogether pick, or try to fill a dire need. There’s a bent to overdraft a quarterback when holding a latter proceed given there are some-more teams than efficient quarterbacks.

Striking out in a breeze can set a group behind for several years or accelerate a trip into mediocrity. Hitting a home run with breeze picks can lay a substructure for an extended window of event as a Super Bowl contender.

Strong drafts during a start of this decade have paid large dividends for a
Seattle Seahawks
. Beginning in 2010, Seattle comparison five-time All-Pro giveaway haven
Earl Thomas
(2010 initial round), four-time Pro Bowl clever haven
Kam Chancellor
(2010 fifth round), Pro Bowl outward linebacker
K.J. Wright
(2011 fourth round), four-time All-Pro cornerback
Richard Sherman
(2011 fifth round), three-time All-Pro center linebacker
Bobby Wagner
(2012 second round) and three-time Pro Bowl quarterback
Russell Wilson
in a three-year span, all of whom are still with a team.

The Seahawks have done 5 loyal playoff appearances, including a unilateral 43-8 feat over a
Denver Broncos
in Super Bowl XLIII. A distressing tighten detriment a following year in Super Bowl XLIX kept Seattle from apropos a initial authorization to repeat as champions given a 2003 and 2004
New England Patriots

Below is a demeanour during 5 teams that need to spike a 2017 NFL Draft.

Cleveland Browns

Team Needs: QB, DE, CB, S
Total Selections: 11
Day 1: 1st Round (1st overall, 12th overall)
Day 2: 2nd Round (33rd overall, 52nd overall); 3rd Round (65th overall)

Cleveland Browns
have spin synonymous with breeze futility in new years, utterly in a initial round. Some of Cleveland’s biggest misses occurred in 2014 when cornerback
Justin Gilbert
and quarterback
Johnny Manziel
were taken eighth and 22nd overall. The 2012 Heisman Trophy leader fast imploded and competence never chuck another pass in a NFL.

Eleven picks give a Browns a coherence and breeze collateral to pierce adult to land a preferred actor or down to assemble additional selections possibly for this year or subsequent year. There’s a clarity of coercion to find a resolution during quarterback after bypassing
Carson Wentz
final year with a trade down in a initial round. Although this year’s stand of quarterbacks isn’t deliberate on standard with Wentz as a prospect, North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky is reportedly underneath care to be taken initial overall. Head manager Hue Jackson, who has a repute as a quarterback whisperer, has publicly voiced a welfare for Texas AM defensive finish
Myles Garrett
. He is a safer gamble than Trubisky.

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The Browns recently concurred that trade picks for a earnest immature backup maestro quarterback is unlikely. The Patriots seem vigilant on gripping
Jimmy Garoppolo
even yet he can leave New England in giveaway group subsequent year. The
Cincinnati Bengals
aren’t going to potentially assistance solve a quarterback problems of a sour in-state and AFC North opposition though removing a reward for A.J. McCarron.

Cleveland competence be means to get both Garrett and Trubisky by being patient. Trubisky could still be accessible for a Browns during No. 12. Another choice is trade adult into a tip 10 with a group like a Jets, who have a No. 6 pick, that is meddlesome in relocating down.

Dallas Cowboys

Team Needs: Edge rusher, CB, S
Total Selections: Eight
Day 1: 1st Round (28th overall)
Day 2: 2nd Round (60th overall); 3rd Round (92nd overall)

Dallas Cowboys
tied a authorization record with 13 unchanging deteriorate wins and cumulative a NFC’s tip seed in a playoffs in 2016. Whether Dallas can repeat as NFC East champions could count on a breeze given of a mass exodus in giveaway agency. A miss of income top room prevented a Cowboys from gripping together a delegate that was surprisingly a strength of a invulnerability in 2016. Only one starter, giveaway haven
Byron Jones
, remains. Cornerbacks
Brandon Carr
Baltimore Ravens
) and
Morris Claiborne
(Jets) and clever haven
Barry Church
Jacksonville Jaguars
) all bolted to pointer elsewhere as giveaway agents. Dallas also mislaid haven reserve
J.J. Wilcox
, who played 52.75 percent of a defensive snaps final year, to a
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jerry Jones needs to renovate a Cowboys invulnerability in a draft.

Dallas hasn’t had a clever pass rush given releasing destiny Hall of Famer
DeMarcus Ware
in 2014.
Ware sealed a one-day agreement to strictly retire a Cowboy on Monday
. The
Greg Hardy
examination in 2015 was a failure. Injuries and final season’s four-game drug cessation have hold behind 2014 second spin collect
Demarcus Lawrence
Randy Gregory
, a Cowboys’ 2015 second-round pick, struggled as a rookie and is a repeat delinquent of a NFL’s piece abuse policy. He is now portion a one-year cessation underneath this policy. Fortunately for Dallas, this year’s breeze is low in pass rushers and defensive backs so Cowboys owners Jerry Jones will have an event to find a “war daddy” to get after hostile quarterbacks. 

The Cowboys are anticipating to get an additional boost from an already stellar 2016 breeze class, that constructed quarterback
Dak Prescott
, a 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of a Year, and using behind
Ezekiel Elliott
, a first-team All-Pro. A behind repairs prevented defensive finish
Charles Tapper
, a fourth-round pick, from personification as a rookie. A distributed risk was done by holding
Jaylon Smith
, a top-five talent, in a second round. The playmaking linebacker missed his rookie deteriorate given of a serious knee repairs he suffered in a 2016 Fiesta Bowl. If he can overcome a haughtiness repairs from his injury, he should give a invulnerability a large boost and could be one of a steals of that draft.

Indianapolis Colts

Team Needs: corner rusher, RB, CB
Total Selections: Seven
Day 1: 1st Round (15th overall)
Day 2: 2nd Round (46th overall); 3rd Round (80th overall)

Indianapolis Colts
should have a stranglehold on a AFC South, arguably a NFL’s weakest division. Instead, a Colts missed a playoffs a final dual seasons given former ubiquitous manager Ryan Grigson consumed an event to assemble talent when quarterback
Andrew Luck
was during his cheapest on his rookie contract. The five-year, $122.97 million prolongation containing $87 million in guarantees that Luck perceived final offseason reset a NFL compensate scale.

After attack a home run in 2012 with Luck’s breeze class, Grigson whiffed too many times in unbroken drafts. Most notably, he done one of a misfortune drafts in new story by traffic his 2014 first-round collect to a Browns for using behind
Trent Richardson
early in a 2013 season.

The Colts have already squandered some of Andrew Luck’s primary years.

Grigson didn’t transport most improved in giveaway group as he didn’t find a loyal disproportion builder on a open market. Curiously, he took a short-term proceed during giveaway group in 2015 opting for players past their primary who were in their 30s. The biggest grant has come from using behind
Frank Gore
, who surfaced a 1,000-yard rushing symbol final deteriorate as a 33-year-old.

New ubiquitous manager Chris Ballard, who came from a
Kansas City Chiefs
, has used giveaway group to assistance seaside adult a defensive that ranked 30th in sum defense, 27th opposite a pass and 25th opposite a run in 2016 with value signings instead of creation a splash. Most particularly defensive end/outside linebacker
Jabaal Sheard
and defensive tackle
Johnathan Hankins
came over from a Patriots and
New York Giants

There isn’t anybody on a invulnerability that is going to remind opponents of a manly pass rushing twin of
Dwight Freeney
Robert Mathis
from a
Peyton Manning
era. Since Ballard was a partial of a Kansas City mind trust that found success recently with
Marcus Peters
Tyreek Hill
, who had impression concerns, it would not be a warn for him to aim a gifted though uneasy
Joe Mixon
to reinstate Gore if he is accessible in a second round.

Arizona Cardinals

Team Needs: CB, S, DL, QB, WR
Total Selections: Eight
Day 1: 1st Round (13th overall)
Day 2: 2nd Round (45th overall); 3rd Round (77th overall)

Arizona Cardinals
missed a playoffs final deteriorate for a initial time given Bruce Arians became conduct manager in 2014. Arizona was fresh for waste in giveaway group as a unwavering preference was done to prioritize corner rusher
Chandler Jones
over defensive lineman
Calais Campbell
, who got a four-year, $60 million understanding from a Jaguars. Safety
Tony Jefferson
labelled himself out of Arizona with a dermatitis deteriorate in 2016. Safety
D.J. Swearinger
Washington Redskins
) and cornerback
Marcus Cooper
Chicago Bears
) also exited in giveaway agency.

Time is using out on Larry Fitzgerald and Bruce Arians in a desert.

Cooper, who was acquired during a final preseason register cut downs from a Chiefs, competence be an underappreciated departure.
Brandon Williams
, a 2016 third-round pick, fast mislaid his starting pursuit given of early-season struggles.
Justin Bethel
hasn’t been means to make a transition from special teams ace to unchanging defensive contributor.

With 2017 entrance to be
Carson Palmer
‘s final season, a Cardinals will substantially try to find their quarterback of a destiny in a draft. Using a 13th altogether collect on a quarterback competence be a strech deliberation Arizona’s other needs. Since far-reaching receiver
Larry Fitzgerald
will expected follow Palmer out a door, another arms in a flitting diversion contingency also be found.

Oakland Raiders

Team Needs: ILB, CB, RB
Total Selections: Eight
Day 1: 1st Round (24th overall)
Day 2: 2nd Round (56th overall); 3rd Round (88th overall)

Oakland Raiders
are entering a opposite proviso after reaching a playoffs final deteriorate for a initial time in 14 years. General manager Reggie McKenzie strike a kitty in a 2014 breeze by selecting defensive end/linebacker
Khalil Mack
with a fifth altogether collect and quarterback
Derek Carr
in a second round. He landed another screw in a 2015 breeze with far-reaching receiver
Amari Cooper
, a fourth altogether pick.

It will spin critical for McKenzie to continue carrying successful drafts where conduct manager Jack Del Rio and his staff develops immature talent now that a time to compensate Carr and Mack is fast entrance as both are in line for offseason agreement extensions.

The Raiders are primed to contend and another plain breeze could dilate their window.

Carr is a aloft signing priority given he is entering his agreement year. Mack won’t be in his agreement year until 2018 given first-round picks are theme to a fifth-year option, that a Raiders exercised for $13.846 million. Carr could spin a NFL’s initial $25 million per year actor while Mack’s prolongation should make him a NFL’s highest-paid non-quarterback averaging some-more than $20 million with during slightest $75 million in guarantees.

The Raiders will be confronting an intensely surprising conditions given of a success of Carr and Mack. It is singular for teams to have a quarterback on a remunerative agreement while also carrying one of a league’s highest-paid non-quarterbacks.

Reuben Foster
could solve Oakland’s inside linebacker problems should a diluted representation he supposing in his NFL Combine drug exam means a trip toward a finish of a initial round. The Raiders suspicion they were in good figure during cornerback after signing
Sean Smith
final offseason in giveaway group and given of
David Amerson
‘s dermatitis 2015 campaign. The Raiders had ranked 24th opposite a pass final season, permitting 257.5 yards per diversion and tied for 20th with 27 touchdowns given adult by a atmosphere mostly given of Smith’s craziness and Amerson’s regression.

Marshawn Lynch
entrance out of retirement to finish his career in his hometown would usually be brief tenure repair during using behind after losing
Latavius Murray
to a
Minnesota Vikings
in giveaway agency. However, this is one of a deepest using behind breeze classes in utterly some time.

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