That’s a big change from a year ago, when the draft buildup included the Los Angeles Rams obtaining the No. 1 overall pick from the Tennessee Titans to use it on Jared Goff, then the Philadelphia Eagles acquired the second choice from the Cleveland Browns to land Carson Wentz.
The Titans have the draft’s fifth and 18th overall selections. The No. 5 choice could be attractive to a quarterback-needy team looking to move ahead of the New York Jets, who have the sixth pick, to take either North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky or Clemson’s Deshaun Watson.
The Browns have the first and 12th picks and seem likely to go with Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett at No. 1, despite speculation that they haven’t ruled out going with Trubisky. Assuming the Browns pick Garrett first, could they also trade up to land Trubisky?
Black Monday often strikes quickly and with little nuance. In other cases these situations can get seriously dragged out. It appears as if the Bengals will be running a marathon, not a sprint.
Personally I’m a big proponent of John Dorsey and his ability to find talent in the draft. Handing him four picks in the top 40 of this upcoming draft, including the No. 1 overall pick and the No. 4 overall pick, should produce a lot of premium talent. At the very least you’re going to see a lot of “Browns win the draft again” stories this offseason (which is perhaps not that different from other offseasons, and we know how that has worked out). But if you’re a Browns fan, you cannot be happy about what happened over the last 48 hours.
In its protocol, the NFL urges caution. Listed under additional best practices: “It is important to recognize players may be able to equal or exceed their performance under the Sideline Concussion Assessment compared to their baseline level yet still have a concussion, underscoring the importance of the physicians’ knowledge of the player. If there is any doubt about the presence of a concussion, regardless of the Sideline Concussion Assessment results, the player is to be removed from practice or play.”
Remember Tony Romo rebreaking his collarbone? The Packers should avoid that scenario with Rodgers. The season is done, made official by the Falcons’ win Monday night. Rodgers should be shut down.