Following last week’s NFL trade deadline, nine players selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft have been traded in their short four-year NFL careers. On top of that, another three players are on different teams than the ones who drafted them, and 12 failed to have the fifth year option on their rookie contract picked up. It’s fair to say the 2015 first-rounders have been a disappointment as a group. The first overall pick, Jameis Winston is currently being benched to allow for journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick to start at quarterback for the Buccaneers. The jury is still out on No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota; though, at least he is starting for the Titans. The No. 3 and No. 4 overall picks were traded last week. Dante Fowler went from the Jaguars to the Rams, and Amari Cooper was shipped from the Raiders to the Cowboys. Before he was traded, Fowler had a slew of off-the-field issues. Due to some bad injury luck Brandon Scherff (the No. 5 overall pick), was placed on … [Read more...] about Week 9 was the latest display of the 2015 first round NFL draft picks falling short
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Can Broncos get the No. 5 (or better) pick in the 2019 NFL draft? Kiz: How low can the Broncos go? After a 19-17 loss to the Texans, Denver enters the bye week, when we offer farewell kisses to any hope of a .500 season. I know general manager John Elway makes a bitter-beer face at the prospect of drafting early in the first round, but the Broncos need to take that medicine. So what’s the best draft position Denver can dream about, and will it be good enough to get a franchise quarterback? O’Halloran: Let’s put a target on the Broncos’ final record being 5-11 with wins over Cleveland and Oakland. That puts the Broncos behind the Raiders, Buffalo, the Giants and Arizona. The Bills and Cardinals will be open for trade business since they drafted Joshes Allen and Rosen, respectively, last year. The Giants must take a quarterback if they haven’t traded for one by late April. The “best” case position for the Broncos is Nos. 5-10. Kiz: With an 8-17 … [Read more...] about Kiszla vs. O’Halloran: Can the Broncos lose their way into a top-five NFL draft pick?
Receivers who can help fill the voids left by the departures of Amari Cooper, Golden Tate, and Demaryius Thomas by Chris Trapasso @ChrisTrapasso moments ago • 5 min read The Raiders, Lions, and Broncos dealt top receivers at the trade deadline, and fortunately for their future efforts to replace some or all of the production of Amari Cooper, Golden Tate, and Demaryius Thomas, the 2019 draft is loaded with impressive wideouts. It's the best group of receivers in one draft since the famous 2014 class.There isn't a top 10 lock at the position, but the middle of the first round to the end of the second round will be the sweet spot for teams to grab talented pass-catchers in April. Let's examine the outlook at receiver for the teams that traded established wideouts and pinpoint prospects they could/should target at different stages of the 2019 NFL Draft. Oakland RaidersThe trade: Amari Cooper to Cowboys for a first-round pickFor … [Read more...] about 2019 NFL Draft: How deadline sellers Raiders, Broncos, Lions replace traded receivers
San Francisco has one of the NFL's toughest schedules and have the highest odds of landing the top pick in the draft by Ryan Wilson @ryanwilsonCBS moments ago • 5 min read The 49ers have been unlucky. The Raiders, two years removed from a 12-win season, appear to be in full-blown rebuild mode, while the Cardinals, Giants and Bills are working through various stages of the quarterback life cycle, from growing pains of a rookie, to an old quarterback who won't shuffle off the field for good, to no quarterback at all. But the 49ers had a plan. It's been exactly a year since they traded for Jimmy Garoppolo, and it's been 11 months since Garoppolo made his first start in San Francisco. When it was over, the 49ers were 5-0 with him under center and went from a one-win outfit to a 6-10 team that people suddenly expected a lot from in 2018. That lasted three weeks. Garoppolo tore his ACL in a loss to the Chiefs that dropped the 49ers to 1-2, and five … [Read more...] about Race for 2019 NFL Draft No. 1 pick: 49ers making strong case for league’s worst team
The No. 1 targets for NC State and Buffalo put their complete games on display by Chris Trapasso @ChrisTrapasso 5m ago • 7 min read North Carolina State's Kelvin Harmon and Buffalo's Anthony Johnson have reemerged as first-round caliber wide receivers. Both pass-catchers went over 200 yards -- Harmon on Saturday at Syracuse and Johnson on Tuesday at home -- and put their refined games on full display. Harmon's a little taller than the 6-foot-2 Johnson, while both wideouts have proven on multiple occasions this season they can take the top off the defense. They win routinely in contested-catch situations and have awesome awareness and body control on throws near the sideline. Harmon and Johnson round out the upper echelon of what is a deep receiver class in the 2019 NFL Draft.Here's my updated Top 20 prospects list. 1. Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio StateBosa's top spot is still safe for the time being.Sorry to interrupt your reading, but … [Read more...] about 2019 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: WRs Kelvin Harmon, Anthony Johnson show off well-rounded skills