The NFL Draft is well underway and there are some teams out there that have done pretty well for themselves. Of course, only time will tell in the end but based on pre-draft assessments there are a few organizations that look like they’ve set themselves up to better in 2014. Let’s take a look.
Cleveland Browns – The Browns, long a laugher of an NFL franchise, may be getting better. To begin with, they executed a trade, dropped a few spaces, and picked up what may be the best cornerback in the draft. the move allowed them to pick up an extra pick next season and then Cleveland added Johnny Manziel. This could turn out very well. Manziel is seen by some as a dynamic presence his name on the roster probably translates into ticket sales right off the bat.
Note – On Saturday word came down that wide receiver Josh Gordon, the single explosive playmaker for the Browns, may be facing a suspension for a failed drug test. Two steps forward, one big step back for the Cleveland Browns.
Jacksonville Jaguars – The Jags needed a quarterback badly and Blake Bortles could end up starting immediately. Picking up Marquise Lee with their second pick gives Bortles a much needed weapon. Getting Allen Robinson, wide receiver from Penn State, in the third round shows just how much focus is being placed on improving the offense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Tampa bay already had Vincent Jackson, now they’ve added Mike Evans, giving them a powerful punch of big, strong, wide receivers. Evans will make plays on his own while drawing coverage away from Jackson. Adding tight end Austin Sefarian-Jenning was another good move.
New Orleans Saints – The Saints were a playoff team last season and didn’t have across the board needs. Sean Payton zeroed in on getting himself a speedy wide receiver, a player who can run past a defense and wreak havoc when he gets the ball in space. Brandin Cooks fits that bill. On defense, where New Orleans lost some veterans, Payton filled the gap with highly regarded cornerback Stan Jean-Baptiste. A tweak here and there that could help the Saints get out of a strong NFC South and past the NFC West in the playoffs.Eric Drouant