This is THE time of the year for NFL draft followers and junkies, with so many workouts and events taking place for hopeful players taking place nearly each and every day. Coaches, players, and scouts will be getting very little sleep these next couple of months with so much riding on how well these athletes perform in front of team representatives. Players will rise and fall, and teams will be plugging in where they want to nab certain players at certain areas in the draft.
A lot of strategy and careful planning that goes into a draft day war room, and that is one of the most magical things about everything that the draft stands for, aside from the number one priority of young players starting their NFL dreams. Here, we will take a look at what the top five teams could do with their draft picks.
1. Houston Texans
Draft day needs: QB, DE, TE, DB
Of all the positions listed above, quarterback is, in my opinion, the most glaring need for this Houston Texans squad. Bringing in a new head coach and a bunch of new staff might be just the thing the Texans need with so much talent already on that young roster. Drafting a quarterback to grow and develop with a great quarterbacks coach like Bill O'Brien is the safe and smart move going forward for Houston.
2. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins)
Draft day needs: OT, DT, DB
The Rams are seemingly in a great position to add some value to their team with the potential to trade down in the first round and grab a few extra picks in the process. As you will read later on in this article, there are one or two teams who seem to be very eager to trade up and get their guy. Should they decide to instead keep this draft pick at the number two spot, look for them to add the best offensive tackle available.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Draft day needs: QB, DE, OLB, WR, CB
There are a lot of needs at various positions in which the Jaguars much address, but the undeniable and consensus pick selection needs to be a quarterback. Blaine Gabbert has been anything but a first round pick since he was selected and Jacksonville needs a spark to get this team heading in the right direction. With a good coaching staff and a few current players already on the roster that are definite building blocks, the Jaguars just need another strong draft to become relevant again.
4. Cleveland Browns
Draft day needs: QB, RB, WR, DL, S
Reports are surfacing that the Browns are very interested and possibly willing to trade up to draft former Texas A&M Aggie Heisman winner and star, Johnny Manziel. Whether the Browns are indeed interested remains to be seen, but they will need to add some weapons around Manziel, should they pull through with it. If this is the case, this could potentially be the player to build around and help return some much needed pride to the city of Cleveland and their football team.
5. Oakland Raiders
Draft day needs: QB, RB, WR, OT, DE, S
While there are several good young players for Oakland Raiders fans to be excited about, they still lack any real firepower on offense and defense. The Raiders could really use a strong leader to help lead this lackluster group of players and direct them down the right path. There are several quarterbacks who might still be available(, Blake Bortles or Derek Carr,) that Oakland could go with, or pick up the best player available and wait till the second round to target their next potential starting quarterback.