The NFL season is now through seven weeks, and a few things have become abundantly clear.
First, Jacksonville sucks. If the NFL contracted, and the Jaguars no longer existed, I'm not sure anyone would care.
Second, the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers are at a crossroads as an organization. With aging players all over their rosters and injuries taking away what little depth they had, it looks like both are headed for top-10 picks (if not top-5).
Third, I tried in my first couple mock drafts to convince myself (and others) that Atlanta and Houston would figure it out at some point.While this weekend looked better for both, I think it's time to slide them into the teens on the draft board.
The Falcons will go the rest of the way with a mediocre defense, no running game and no Julio Jones.They won on Sunday (against Tampa), but let's wait to see how they perform against a good team that pays attention to Henry Douglas.
Meanwhile, Houston played this weekend without Matt Schaub... and many in Houston wouldn't mind if he didn't take another snap in that city. For me, the jury is still out on Case Keenum. If an elite prospect is available, they have to consider it still.
Injuries were huge on Sunday, but perhaps two teams received a little help with significant, potentially draft-related decisions.
Sam Bradford got hit as he went out of bounds and immediately grabbed his knee. Now, reports are that Bradford did significant damage to the knee (read: torn ACL), and his season is over. It's too bad for Bradford, who came into Sunday n the midst of one of the better stretches of his NFL career; he had 13 touchdowns and only three interceptions entering this weekend. But he has never put together a consistent season, and it might be time for the Rams to consider moving on at the position.
In Chicago, the situation just became incredibly cloudy. With Jay Cutler out for what appears to be an extended period of time because of a "serious" groin injury, and with this being the final year of Cutler's contract, a second half gong show might actually help the organization. In what could be an incredibly deep, talented draft class, a top-15 pick could put the Bears in position to draft the next face of the franchise. And a a 9 or 10-loss season would have the Bears selecting in that range.
Finally, the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks appear to be separating from the rest of the NFL. We have those four teams penciled into the final four picks in the 2014 Draft, and feel pretty confident about them sticking there.
With those thoughts in mind, let's take a look ahead at what the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft might look like.