The end of the Super Bowl a few weeks ago marked the beginning of the NFL offseason. Now, all 32 NFL teams will be trying to improve their teams through the NFL Draft, which takes place in April. Online betting prediction sites like BetonSports.com already have odds on who the top players drafted are going to be, allowing you to test out your general manager skills.
Here are some of the things going on with your favorite NFL teams as they approach the NFL Draft.
Who will the Titans Select First Overall?
The Tennessee Titans had the second pick in the draft last year and used the selection to pick Heisman-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota. Now that they have their franchise quarterback, it will be interesting to see which direction they go this year.
Currently, most draft experts have the Titans either using the pick on defensive players like Ohio State’s Joey Bosa or Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey. There are also rumors that the Titans will trade down to get more picks that they can use to solidify their roster.
Will the Browns Spend the Second Pick on a Quarterback?
The Cleveland Browns currently have the second overall pick in the draft, and with the state of the franchise, it is difficult to predict who they will use the pick to select. The Browns thought they had their quarterback of the future in Johnny Manziel, but his off-field activities became a distraction, and the team is expected to part ways with him soon.
The San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys find themselves in the same situation, both franchises have veteran quarterbacks at the tail ends of their respective careers, and both teams will be looking for their replacement in this draft.
With the third pick in the draft, the Chargers can opt for a quarterback that would eventually replace Phillip Rivers, or use the pick to address other needs and try to get a quarterback like Robert Griffin III through free agency.
The Cowboys had one of the worst seasons in franchise history because Tony Romo missed most of the season due to injuries. With all the talent on the team, Dallas cannot afford to have another losing season next year, making the team more likely to select a quarterback with the fourth pick.
Will the Philadelphia Eagles Use the Franchise Tag on Sam Bradford?
The Eagles traded Nick Foles to St. Louis for Bradford last offseason and after an average season in Philadelphia, there has been a lot of talk about the Eagles moving on. If the Eagles decide not to use their franchise tag on Bradford, they will try to address their quarterback situation through free agency. Rumor has it that the team is contemplating bringing Foles back or trading for Chase Daniel, who was the backup in Kansas City and is familiar with head coach Doug Peterson’s playbook.
Will the Commissioner’s Role in Disciplining Players Change?
For years, NFL players have been complaining about Roger Goodell’s role when it comes to player discipline because he has the final say in handing down the punishment as well as the appeal process. According to reports, the Player’s Association and the league are currently negotiating modifying Goodell’s role in the disciplinary process.
Will There Be Changes To The Replay System?
Last year, some owners proposed a few changes to the replay system currently used in the league, but there were no changes made. This year, the owners are expected to propose changes once again, but it isn’t clear exactly what changes they want to make to the system.
Will Peyton Manning Play Another Year?
The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl, giving Peyton Manning the perfect ending to his career if he decides to retire. Since winning the Super Bowl, Manning has not made an announcement about his future plans, but most people expect him to announce his retirement in the near future.
End of an Era.
If Peyton Manning decides to retire, he will join his fellow 1998 draft class member Charles Woodson, who announced his retirement before the end of the season.