With less than two weeks left, the draft will be here soon. It is one of the more exciting times of the NFL year and should give hope to most of the teams.
33. Cleveland Browns - Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
34. San Francisco 49ers - Garrett Bowles, OT, Utah
35. Jacksonville Jaguars - David Njoku, TE, Miami
36. Chicago Bears - Dion Dawkins, OG, Temple
37. Los Angeles Rams - Dorian Johnson, OG, Pittsburgh
38. Los Angeles Chargers - Budda Baker, S, Washington
39. New York Jets - Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
40. Carolina Panthers - Chidobe Owuzie, CB, Colorado
41. Cincinnati Bengals - JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
42. New Orleans Saints - Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
43. Philadelphia Eagles - Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
44. Buffalo Bills - Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio
45. Arizona Cardinals - Taylor Moton, OL, Western Michigan
46. Indianapolis Colts - Kevin King, CB, Washington
47. Baltimore Ravens - Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State
48. Minnesota Vikings - Isaac Asiata, OG, Utah
49. Washington Redskins - DeMarcus Walker, DT, Florida State
50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Adoree' Jackson, CB/WR, USC
51. Denver Broncos - Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte
52. Cleveland Browns - Jabrill Peppers, S/LB, Michigan
53. Detroit Lions - Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
54. Miami Dolphins - Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
55. New York Giants - Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
56. Oakland Raiders - Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
57. Houston Texans - Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
58. Seattle Seahawks - Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
59. Kansas City Chiefs - Obi Melinfonwu, S, Connecticut
60. Dallas Cowboys - Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
61. Green Bay Packers - Quincey Wilson, CB/S, Florida
62. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jordan Willis, DL, Kansas State
63. Atlanta Falcons - Desmond King, S, Iowa
64. Carolina Panthers - Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State
After a scouting combine that set some new records, the draft will be here soon and it is time to look forward. It should be interesting to see which teams go to which pro days and which players are brought in for official visits.
In this series we will look at some of the worst teams in the league and figure out a way to turn them around in the next couple of years to make them contenders in the NFL.
The Jets took a big step back from 2015 to 2016. They were a team that looked like they could make a run at the playoffs at the beginning of 2016, but most of their older players regressed and looked bad. Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn’t nearly as good as he was in 2015, Darrelle Revis is not the shutdown cornerback that he once was, and the Jets had one of the oldest rosters in the NFL. They need to turn the roster and get some fresh good talent to lead this team if they want to be back in playoff contention.
Todd Bowles has been given another season, probably because of the team’s success in 2015, but the team needs to show progress next season or they should consider moving on. That doesn’t mean that they should be back in playoff contention or else, given the state of the roster, but they need at least eight wins to show that the Jets are headed in the right direction. That is possible, but there are some major moves that need to be made in order to do that.
If the three quarterbacks are gone by the time that the Jets select at six, then they should look to improve their defense with the best player available. In this scenario, Jamal Adams, Malik Hooker or Marshon Lattimore should be available and would provide a necessary boost to the Jets poor secondary. They are moving on from Revis, as they should, given his personal situation and the fact that he isn’t nearly the player that he once was. Teams are not afraid to throw his way anymore and there isn’t a lot that he can do to help the Jets. They do the same with their second round pick as well, not necessarily a defensive back, but the best player available, regardless of position. This draft is loaded with defensive talent and the Jets could turn things around quickly with the strength of their defense. The one thing that the Jets shouldn’t do if they can’t get one of the top three quarterbacks with the number six pick is draft a project quarterback. They have done that for each of the last two years in the draft and now they don’t have a quarterback that is capable of starting sixteen games in the NFL. If they can just draft the best players available, then they have a chance to be back in contention within the next few seasons.
The final thing that the Jets should try to do is to trade Sheldon Richardson. He is a talented player, but there is a log jam along the defensive line and Richardson should be able to help a team. One possibility would be to trade him and the Jets second round pick, pick number 39, to get back into the first round. Dallas and Green Bay would both make sense as they could use a little bit of depth along their defensive lines and it would give the Jets a better player than they would get in the second round. He could also be a piece if they decided to trade for someone like Jay Cutler or AJ McCarron to give them an option at quarterback.
It is a long road for the Jets to be relevant again, but if they are smart, then they should be good again in two seasons. They can’t just add old talent for multiple years and hope everything will be ok. They need to build in the draft and make smart signings that don’t hinder them from resigning their own players or adding key pieces in the future.
8. Dallas Cowboys
It has been a dream for Dallas Cowboys fans to see Adrian Peterson with a star on his helmet. Jerry Jones has said in the past that he would love to have Peterson in Dallas, but that was a couple of years ago and the Cowboys roster has changed since then. The reason that it doesn’t make sense is because of the Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott was the leading rusher in the NFL so for them to bring in Adrian Peterson would be redundant, especially given the Cowboys’ cap situation. It would make sense because he wouldn’t have to be the feature running back like he was in Minnesota. If he played every other series or even every third series, then his legs would be fresh, he would prolong his career, and it would take some of the pressure off Elliott. Even though Elliott is young, the Cowboys would probably like to keep his legs fresh and be able to keep some miles off his feet so they can get the most from their investment. It is possible for Peterson to go to Dallas, but it is unlikely.
Chance: 3.0 %
7. Baltimore Ravens
The one thing that the Ravens were missing last season was a good running back. Their defense was one of the better ones in the league, but the had to rely on Joe Flacco too often. Adding someone like Peterson to their arsenal would instantly change their offense and make it more balanced. They only had 1,463 yards throughout the entire season last year and they need to fix that one way or the other. They might be better off drafting a good young back, but adding Peterson would bring them closer to taking the AFC North next season. If he wants to be the feature back in an offense, then this might be his best option. The Ravens leading rusher last season, Terrance West, is a good back, but he shouldn’t be the feature back again. They should be contenders for Peterson, but there will be some better options out there for both Peterson and the Ravens.
Chance: 5.0 %
6. Green Bay Packers
It is always weird to see a player finish their career with a rival team, but Adrian Peterson to the Packers makes sense. Eddie Lacy is a free agent and their main running back would be Ty Montgomery. Montgomery looked good after he got used to the position, but it wouldn’t hurt to have an All-Pro back there with him. The Packers know Peterson better than just about every team in the league and would be able to create a good offensive environment for him. He would also provide some relief for Aaron Rodgers. Opposing teams can’t focus on only getting to Aaron Rodgers if he has a running back like Peterson behind him. The Packers would be a better team if they could acquire Peterson.
Chance: 9.0 %
5. Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos make a lot of sense for Adrian Peterson. He wants to play for a contender and with their defense, Peterson could be the focal point for the Broncos offense. Trevor Siemian dropped off once CJ Anderson went down with an injury and if the Broncos don’t get someone like Tony Romo in the offseason, then upgrading the running back position would be the next best thing. Anderson still has three years left on his deal, but he is also coming off of an injury to his meniscus that kept him out for the last nine games of the 2016 season. It wouldn’t hurt to add some depth and allow Anderson and Devontae Booker to take a couple of series to keep Peterson fresh throughout the season. The AFC West features some good defenses and the idea of Peterson in the backfield might just help them get back to the top. This would be a good place for Peterson to go if he wants to compete for a Super Bowl.
Chance: 11.0 %
4. Houston Texans
Houston has a really good running back in Lamar Miller, but if he is able to split the load with Adrian Peterson, then the Texans would have two capable backs and would be able to keep their legs fresh. The Texans have a need at quarterback with Osweiler’s troubles, but having Adrian Peterson and Lamar Miller would take the pressure off any quarterback. Peterson also lives outside of Houston so it would make sense from a geographical standpoint to play for the Texans. Playing in the AFC South, Peterson would help the Texans win their division for the third straight season and have them in a better position than they have been previously.
Chance: 13.0 %
3. Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks season ended in the divisional round of the playoffs and the main position that was missing was a legitimate running back. Adrian Peterson is one of the best to ever do it and would help take some of the pressure off Russel Wilson. If Peterson wants to compete for a Super Bowl, then going to Seattle wouldn’t be a bad move. Their division is easier than the Vikings and Seattle’s defense will constantly keep them in games. The only issue that Peterson might have with going to Seattle is the lack of an offensive line. Seattle had one of the worst offensive lines in football last season and might not be enticing to a running back that is coming off of a knee injury. If the Seahawks can repair the line a bit before next season, then it would be a good landing spot for Peterson.
Chance: 15.0 %
2. Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings declined the option for Adrian Peterson, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t go back. It is a system that he is familiar with and could have desperately used him last season. He has been the face of the Vikings for so long that it would be odd to see him wearing another uniform. It made sense for the Vikings to decline the option with how much money was owed and his recent health. They have some of the same issues that the Seahawks have though, a really good defense and a poor offensive line. It is something else that the Vikings will have to address, presumably with the money that they are saving from declining Peterson’s option. Peterson has stated that he wants to compete for a Super Bowl and he thinks that the Vikings are capable of doing so. If the Vikings are able to get him for market value, then it makes all the sense in the world for Peterson to end up back in Minnesota.
Chance: 17.0 %
1. New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are really good at getting the most out of older players. Adrian Peterson wants to win a Super Bowl more than anything, the best chance to do that is with Tom Brady in New England, and he would probably take less money to do so. LeGarrette Blount is a free agent and James White and Dion Lewis are better receiving running backs so there is a need for someone like Adrian Peterson. He would be able to take some of the pressure off Brady and would give him a running back that he really hasn’t had throughout his career. The Patriots are already the favorites to win the Super Bowl again next season and adding someone like Peterson would only add to their chances.
Chance: 22.0 %
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