Week 17 may seem pointless for many teams around the NFL, but many "meaningless" games will have huge draft repercussions around the league.
1. Indianapolis Colts (2-13)
2. St. Louis Rams (2-13)
3. Minnesota Vikings (3-12)
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-11)
5. Cleveland Browns (4-11)
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11)
7. Washington Redskins (5-10)
8. Miami Dolphins (5-10)
3 Teams Tied at 6-9
HH Mock Draft and Interesting Scenarios After the Jump...
- If the Colts lose against Jacksonville then the Colts are guaranteed the #1 overall pick
- If the Redskins lose and Jacksonville, TB, and Cleveland wins then the Redskins move to the #4 spot
- By my calculations the worst the Redskins can finish is #8 (realistically)
- Dolphins have a winnable home game against the Jets
- If the Vikings win against the Bears they could drop all the way to #6
- Buccaneers will be playing a Falcons squad likely resting their starters
Hogs Haven Top 7 Mock Draft
1. Indianapolis Colts (2-13): Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford, The Colts are still in the #1 spot despite upsetting the Texans. A win against the Jaguars though could put them in the #2 spot.
2. St. Louis Rams (2-13): Matt Kalil, OT, USC, There are some grumblings that if the Rams get the #1 pick then Jon Gruden or Jeff Fisher could be on their way to
Los Angeles St. Louis. Which likely means Sam Bradford would be up for sale and an interesting opportunity for the Skins. If this doesn't happen I see the Rams taking a franchise OT at #2.
3. Minnesota Vikings (3-12): Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU, LSU's national success has helped Claiborne shoot up draft boards. Antoine Winfield is ancient and Lynchburg native Chris Cook has been a bust off the field, so the Vikings will take the best player on the board and a guy that also fills a need. If Kalil is still available the Vikings will grab him in a heartbeat.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-11): Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor, Like I said last week this still depends heavily on the coach, but if Blaine Gabbert loses to the lowly Colts you have to think the new owner and fan base will be looking elsewhere. With the situation and the new rookie salaries Jags GM, Gene Smith, has a rare opportunity for a mulligan. If the Jags stick with Gabbert then look for them to target Oklahoma State WR, Justin Blackmon in this slot.
5. Cleveland Browns (4-11): Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State, With RG3 off the board the Browns will look to build around third year QB Colt McCoy. They will likely have to choose between Blackmon and Trent Richardson (w/ Hillis leaving). The tandem of Blackmon and Little will just be too much for Holmgren to pass up.
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11): Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama, The Bucs running game has been atrocious this year and it seems like LaGarrette Blount is more of a trouble on and off the field than he's worth. Raheem Morris will look to Richardson to replace Blount and add some stability for Josh Freeman and the Bucs.
7. Washington Redskins (5-10): David DeCastro, G, Stanford: This pick screams "trade back!", but if not the Redskins are in the interesting position to gram the top interior lineman in the draft or go after an offensive tackle like Stanford's Jonathan Martin or Iowa's Riley Reiff. You could also see the Skins reach for a quarterback like Ryan Tannehill here. Tannehill's stock has risen as high as the Top 15 recently.