Every year, some teams will look back on a draft and face the fact that they scouted poorly, traded away picks for bad reasons or just ended up with players whom they overvalued and selected too high.
This year, there are a few teams that have taken themselves out of contention in the draft by a variation of methods, and a couple of teams who are just in a tough position to really improve where they need to.
Here are four of those teams.
The Jets have a good assortment of picks in this year’s draft, but they will struggle to find value at their positions of need and may end up empty-handed.
The defensive line needs the most help, with holes on the interior of the line and a massive hole in the pass-rush, but the offense was ineffective for most of last season also.
The offensive line could use some help and wide receiver is also a considerable need.
No. 16 overall is an awkward place to draft a receiver and the Jets may have to look for a pass-rusher instead. This will not help the offense, however, and it still leaves weaknesses at safety—not a position of depth this year.
After Alabama’s Mark Barron goes in the top 15, the drop-off in talent is significant—and then there's linebacker.
Which of these teams made the worst trade that lost them an early pick?
If the Jets can trade out of their first-round spot and acquire some more picks in the second or third rounds, they could address linebacker, receiver, O-line, or defensive line where the value is better, and acquire more players at their other needs.
Otherwise, the Jets simply do not have enough picks to address all they need.
In the Carson Palmer trade, the Raiders sent the Bengals the 17th overall pick and a conditional second-round pick in next year’s draft. The Raiders also dealt their second-round pick to the Patriots, and forfeited their position in the third round by drafting Terrelle Pryor.
With needs on the offensive, tight end and all over the defense, the Raiders will be forced to find value with the five picks they have, which do not start until the last pick of the third round—95th overall.
The Atlanta Falcons took a small step backwards last year, finishing 10-6 and ending the season with a disappointing blowout against the New York Giants in the first round of the playoffs.
The Falcons have needs on both the offensive and defensive lines, but they will not be able to address those needs until the second round thanks to the Julio Jones trade.
They are lucky to have a deep class of defensive lineman, but it could be difficult to find real impact players. The Falcons also have no fourth-round pick, making their first two selections all the more important.
The Saints are fortunate to have such a talented team because addressing their needs through the draft will be difficult.
Their first-round pick was dealt last year for the right to take Mark Ingram and they forfeited their second-round pick as punishment for the bounty program.
The Saints lost Robert Meachem in the offseason and were inconsistent on defense last year.
There is some depth at corner and defensive line in this draft class, but not picking until No. 89 overall will make it difficult to find impact players.