Cleveland Browns: Punt at Quarterback—Again

When a team is coming off of an 0-16 season and a 1-31 mark over the last two years, we’ve seen its worst-case scenario play out in real time.

But by eschewing a quarterback atop the draft this year, the Browns will ensure they remain firmly in the AFC North basement.

Despite having a quarterback situation that’s become a tragic comedy, the Browns haven’t spent a top-15 draft pick on a quarterback since selecting Tim Couch first overall in 1999. And even when they have taken a QB in Round 1, the pick has been a disaster (see: cheap nfl nike jerseys from china Weeden, Brandon and Manziel, Johnny).

Rather than draft Carson Wentz in 2016, the Browns traded that No. 2 pick to the Philadelphia Eagles. The same happened at No. 12 in 2017 with Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans.

None of this year’s top quarterbacks are can’t-miss prospects, largely because there is no such thing. But one of them needs to be atop cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping Cleveland’s draft board, and the Browns need to take him at No. 1.17fd1be79b177e108b29d7fd2c561428_crop_exact

Whoever they pick there won’t be guaranteed to succeed, but for the first time in a long time, the Browns will be able to say they tried.

Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley thinks the team asked Prescott to do too much last season, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.nfl cheap jerseys nike

“He was still making plays all the time,” Beasley said. “Last year, we asked him to be Superman and relied on him so much. When things broke down he was making plays scrambling. A lot comes with filling some spots maybe where we were weaker and stuff like that.”

The factors that led to Prescott having to don a proverbial cape in 2017 are still there.

While Ezekiel Elliott won’t have a six-game suspension looming over his head this season, Dallas’ pass-catchers remain a mess. Dez Bryant isn’t the receiver he once was. Jason Witten will turn 36 in May. And the team’s biggest free-agent addition at wideout was Allen Hurns, who is a 50/50 bet to get injured signing his contract.

The Cowboys could add a receiver in the 2018 draft, and Calvin Ridley of Alabama—nfl nike jerseys for cheap the top prospect at the position this season—may still be there at No. 19. But Ridley isn’t exactly an instant-impact player.

Dallas’ opponents are going to stack the line, try to stop Elliott and dare Prescott to beat them using this motley crew.

Chicago Bears: Change Not Well-Received

A year ago, the Chicago Bears aggressively moved up to draft quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the No.nfl nike jersey cheap  2 overall pick. While Trubisky had an uneven rookie season, it was a difficult campaign to grade.

Even before losing wideout Cameron Meredith and tight end Zach Miller to season-ending injuries, the Bears already had one of the NFL’s weakest receiving corps in 2017. Heading into the 2018 season, that no longer appears to be the case.

While Meredith may depart this offseason as a restricted free agent, Chicago already added the No. 1 free-agent option at the position in Allen Robinson. The Bears also gave former Philadelphia Eagles tight end Trey Burton a four-year, $32 million deal to serve as an underneath target for Trubisky.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

However, none of that guarantees improvement by Trubisky in 2018. Robinson tore his ACL in Week 1 and missed the remainder of the 2017 season. Burton may have been one of the heroes of Super Bowl LII, but he has only 629 total receiving yards over his four-year career.bec7671c8e7d0761938a7ef62bc08131_crop_exact

Trubisky will be under pressure to take a big step forward as a sophomore, especially given his improved cadre of pass-catchers.cheap nike nfl jersey  However, the new-and-improved Chicago passing game is anything but a sure bet.

Last season, the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line ranked 24th in the NFL in run blocking and 20th in pass protection, per Football Outsiders. Right tackle Jake Fisher missed half the season, and left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi finished as Pro Football Focus’ 70th-ranked tackle.

The Bengals have already started to bolster the line, dealing this year’s 12th overall pick to the Buffalo Bills for No. 22 and tackle Cordy Glenn. The Bengals may also use that No. 22 pick on a tackle like Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey or Connor Williams of Texas.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Problem solved, right? Maybe not.

Glenn can play at a high level when healthy, but that “when healthy” caveat keeps getting bigger and bigger. Glenn missed 10 games last year in Buffalo, and the seventh-year veteran has been sidelined for almost half of the last two seasons.

And while there’s some talent at tackle in this year’s draft, it’s a relatively down year at the position. Whether it’s McGlinchey’s low ceiling, Williams’ injury history and disappointing 2017 season or Orlando Brown’s disastrous combine, there aren’t any sure things in 2018.cheap nfl nike jersey