The 2017 NFL season is at its midway point, which means draft season is right around the corner.
Here’s a look at the top 10 picks after eight games:
- Cleveland Browns (0-8)
-Change is coming to Cleveland, especially after the A.J. McCarron debacle at the trade deadline. Their desire to trade for McCarron means they’ll be in the mix for a quarterback in Round 1.
2. San Francisco 49ers (0-9)
-The 49ers added Jimmy Garoppolo at the trade deadline, likely taking them out of the quarterback discussion at the top of April’s draft.
3. New York Giants (1-6)
-Eli Manning still has a couple of starting-quality years left, but this spot is ripe for a player like Lamar Jackson (QB, Louisville).
4. Indianapolis Colts (2-6)
-The health of Andrew Luck and how he progresses over the next few months will set the stage for a controversial first round in Indy.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-5)
-A disappointing first half of 2017 is likely to get better in November and December. It would be a shock if Tampa Bay is picking in the top five.
6. New York Jets (3-5)
-The Jets, who many analysts projected would be the worst team in the NFL this season, have played surprisingly well. They’ll still find themselves near or in the first three picks when it’s all said and done.
7. Oakland Raiders (3-5)
-The Raiders are better than a three-win team. Expect a push for the playoffs down the stretch.
8. Los Angeles Chargers (3-5)
-Philip Rivers and the L.A. Chargers just don’t know how to close out football games. They’ll hover around .500, but it wouldn’t qualify as a surprise if they’re picking right around this area in April.
9. Chicago Bears (3-5)
-The Bears have a defense to win games right now, but the offense is still a year or two away behind Mitch Trubisky and a group of fringe receivers. An 8-8 season is just as realistic as a top-5 pick at this point.
10. Arizona Cardinals (3-4)
-Arizona is a darkhorse to finish the season with a very high first-round pick. Carson Palmer’s broken arm ended any chance the Cardinals had at a second-half run.