Six weeks in the NFL season, teams start breaking out of the pack – for the playoffs and for the 2019 NFL draft. The 49ers, Cardinals, Colts, Giants and Raiders are all lumped at 1-5 and led to lost seasons. If we went by tiebreakers to decide which team would have No. 1 picking up next year’s draft right now it would go to 49ers.
But we do not want to know the order right now . We want to know what the order would look like at the end of the season. Therefore, we use ESPN’s Football Power Index, a prediction system that utilizes expected points per game and other factors to project how each team will complete the season.
FPI plans Arizona to have NFL’s worst record, giving cardinals a 33.7 percent chance of getting number 1
overall choice. Here are the FPI forecasts for the top 10 selections, using the average projected draft, with offseason needs from each of our NFL Nation writers:
No. 1 election: 33.7 percent
Chances for Top 10 Pick: 96.8 percent
Ohio State Defensive End Nick Bosa, an all-American year 2017 and the ten government’s annual Defensive Lineman, will retire from school and concentrate to recover an injury before the NFL draft. 19659007] Michigan Chase Winovich moves Mel Kiper’s ranking of the top 25 prospects for next year’s draft.
Top Season’s Needs: WR, OL, CB
At some point, Larry Fitzgerald will hang his pin and the clock for his Hall of Fame induction will begin. But the cardinals can not wait for it to cope with the gap that the 35-year-old will leave, even if it’s not an early draft. To the left, tack D.J. Humphry’s headlines in his option season 2019 and right tackle Andre Smith plagued by injuries, the cardinals could strengthen the position. Another priority is to find a cornerback that could complement the perennial Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson and give Cardinals one of NFL’s best secondary. Josh Weinfuss
Chance No. 1 Pick: 20.7 percent
Chances for the top 10 elections: 92.2 percent
Top offseason needs: DE , DB, QB
The iron was as thick as the late Al Davis Brooklyn accent when Jon Gruden said that this season the elite passed rush was hard to find – after he shoved Khalil Mack. The same with the horror says he liked Derwin James, but Oakland had already used top pockets on collateral the last two seasons. And what if Derek Carr simply can not survive, albeit less, in the Gruden’s system? Yes, we are going to the full-grown earth here, but drastic times require drastic action, with passport speed as a priority. Can the 1st game of the 49ers actually be an early preview of Nick Bosa Bowl? The former Ohio State Pass-rusher is No. 1 on both early draft boards by Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay. Paul Gutierrez
Chance # 1 pick: 7.7 percent
Chances for top 10 elections: 84.8 percent
Best offseason needs: WR, LB, CB
The good news for Browns is that this is the first time century will not have to worry about creating a quarterback. It is assumed that Baker Mayfield continues to develop. What they need is to give Mayfield more talented passers. Defensively, the linebacker position can use reinforcements and depths. Jamie Collins Sr.’s up and down game is still a concern, and Cleveland can easily release himself from his contract if it releases him this offseason. In the case of cornerback, add another front corner to join Denzel Ward, whose three interceptions are linked to the league line, would be an important step. – Pat McManamon
The giants could look at replacing long-term starting quarter Eli Manning with the top 2019 draft. Tom Pennington / Getty Images
Chances of # 1 pick: 11.4 percent
Chances for top 10 elections: 82.4 percent
Top offseason needs: