Steelers, Bills fight for top pick on ESPN draft site
It’s a battle of the old guard: The Pittsburgh Steelers, the Buffalo Bills, and the Indianapolis Colts are all in the mix for the top overall pick.
Here’s a rundown of who could be involved in this mock draft, courtesy of NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.1.
The Steelers, who are in the middle of a rebuild, could be the biggest beneficiaries of the Eagles’ trade for the No. 1 pick, according to Rapoports draft guide.
They could take a quarterback with their first-round pick, and would likely go after an offensive lineman who can step in and make a huge impact.
The team would also be able to move up to No. 4 overall for a defensive tackle or a cornerback.2.
The Bills, meanwhile, would be in position to land a receiver with their third-round selection.
This would be a perfect fit for the team, who is expected to be one of the teams to make a run at the No 1 overall pick in 2018.
They’ve had success in this area, landing the No 2 pick in 2017 and the No 3 overall pick last year.3.
The Eagles, who have the No 13 pick, are in a similar position, and could make a strong push for a quarterback, if they get one.
That player would be the No 10 overall pick, which would be highly coveted.
The franchise would also love to add another wide receiver, as they struggled in 2017 with the No 12 pick.4.
The Colts would be able use the No 17 overall pick on a defensive lineman, and that could come from the Bengals.
The defense has struggled in recent years, but could be an option in 2018 if the team can find a replacement for the oft-injured D.J. Swearinger.5.
The Falcons would love to get a receiver for their first pick, but are in no rush.
If the team is unable to get one, they could take another pass rusher in the draft, but that would be risky.
They would like to grab a quarterback in the first round, but it’s unclear whether the Eagles, Bills, or Colts will be in that position.6.
The Dolphins would like a safety or cornerback in the second round, and have the option of taking a running back in the third.
The running back position was an area of concern for the Eagles and Bills in 2017, but those teams could find another running back to pair with Allen Robinson.7.
The Chiefs would be one team that would love a cornerback, but would have to do so with a first-rounder.
That would be left to the Rams, as the team had to take a safety in the 2017 draft.8.
The Browns, Raiders, and Steelers would all be in the market for a linebacker or safety.
The Cardinals, Jaguars, and Jets are all expected to move in the same direction in 2018, with the Jets and Cardinals picking in the top five.9.
The Raiders, Bills and Colts would all look to upgrade their secondary in the next round.
They’re expected to do this by moving up to the No 8 overall pick and selecting a cornerback in 2018 (or the No 11 overall pick if they pick No. 16 overall).10.
The Chargers, Titans, Vikings, Lions, Falcons, Seahawks, and Bears would all make strong runs at the top of the draft.
The 49ers, Dolphins, Titans and Rams would be two teams in a perfect spot to land their own first- and second-round picks, respectively.11.
The Rams, Raiders and Colts are in play for the most picks in the entire draft, and they would all need to do something to make it happen.
They need to make moves to upgrade the pass rush, as well as to add some veteran leadership.12.
The Jets and Browns could be in for some moves.
The two teams have some similarities, but the Jets have a younger and more talented defensive line.
The Patriots have the potential to be a better team than the Jets, and are also in a rebuild.
If they do, the Jets could use the draft to add a pass rusher, linebacker, or cornerback.13.
The Cowboys could go after a quarterback if they need to.
They might also need to move on from Matt Cassel, who had his contract expiring in 2018 after a down year.
The Panthers are also looking to add depth on offense, and their top target is a wide receiver.14.
The Ravens would love an edge rusher.
They can use the fifth overall pick to upgrade on that side of the ball, and also add another defensive end.
They have to make sure that they don’t draft a quarterback before the end of the second-to-last round.15.
The Bengals, Chargers, Broncos, and Saints would be among the teams who have to move quickly in order to acquire a quarterback.
This is especially true if the teams are looking for help at the position.16.
The Saints and Vikings could all move