Twelve teams have earned their way into the playoffs, but 20 franchises are now turning their attention toward the 2018 NFL draft.
For the second straight year, the Cleveland Browns will own the No. 1 overall pick. They selected Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett in 2017, but most signs are pointing to a quarterback this time around under new general manager John Dorsey.
Although UCLA's Josh Rosen and USC's Sam Darnold have yet to officially declare for the draft, the Browns will likely be considering those standouts along with Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Wyoming's Josh Allen. Lamar Jackson will also be studied, should he leave Louisville early.
Due to a trade with the Houston Texans in last year's draft, Cleveland will also select No. 4 overall. Only the New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts have selections between the Browns' two picks.
The order of the first 20 selections of the opening round is set, per Jason Fitzgerald of Over the Cap, with a couple of coin flips to come.
2018 NFL Draft Order
1. Cleveland Browns (0-16)
2. New York Giants (3-13)
3. Indianapolis Colts (4-12)
4. Cleveland Browns (via HOU, 4-12)
5. Denver Broncos (5-11)
6. New York Jets (5-11)
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11)
8. Chicago Bears (5-11)
9a. Oakland Raiders (6-10)
10a. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)
11. Miami Dolphins (6-10)
12. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10)
13b. Green Bay Packers (7-9)
14b. Washington (7-9)
15. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)
16. Baltimore Ravens (9-7)
17. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7)
18. Seattle Seahawks (9-7)
19c. Dallas Cowboys (9-7)
20c. Detroit Lions (9-7)
*21. Buffalo Bills (9-7)
*22. Tennessee Titans (9-7)
*23. Atlanta Falcons (10-6)
*24. Carolina Panthers (11-5)
*25. Buffalo Bills (via KC, 10-6)
*26. Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6)
*27. New Orleans Saints (11-5)
*28. Los Angeles Rams (11-5)
*29. Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3)
*30. Minnesota Vikings (13-3)
*31. New England Patriots (13-3)
*32. Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)
a, b and c denote coin flip will determine order of tied teams
* denotes playoff results will determine final order
Top Quarterbacks to Consider No. 1 Overall
Josh Rosen, UCLA
If NFL personnel could build a prototype pocket passer, Rosen would fit several of the accepted criterion.
He stands 6'4" and is listed at 218 pounds. His throwing motion and release are ideal, and there are minimal worries about his velocity, accuracy and footwork.
Rosen didn't put up eye-popping numbers at UCLA, though injuries are partially to blame. Granted, the ailments are a small reason for uneasiness. He's also liable to make baffling decisions when under pressure and heaves a risky pass instead of throwing it away or taking a sack.
Additionally, some franchises—whether fair or not—will be concerned about his personality. Per ESPN.com's Adam Schefter, Rosen would be hesitant to declare for the draft if he knew the Browns would select him.
So, there are four possible outcomes: Rosen stays for his senior season, he declares and accepts Cleveland, he pulls an Eli Manning and demands to be traded elsewhere or Cleveland doesn't select him. It seems likely he'll at least head to the NFL.
How the Browns decide to weigh Rosen's football skills with his individuality may end up shaping the top of the draft.
Sam Darnold, USC
Will he stay or will he go?
That's the million-dollar question Darnold is facing, but he's been touted as a potential No. 1 pick for the last year.
At certain moments, it's easy to understand why. The redshirt sophomore has ideal size at 6'4" and 220 pounds, and he displays a great combination of velocity, accuracy and ball placement. And unlike Rosen, Darnold is an able scrambler who can escape pressure and create yards with his legs.
But, again, that's at his best.
Darnold is prone to forcing throws, and inconsistent footwork leads him to misfire throws regularly. He also has a tendency to hold the ball carelessly. Since the Browns led the NFL with 39 turnovers in 2017, Darnold's 13 interceptions and nine lost fumbles this season are a major issue.
Poor decisions and bad ball security can translate to the NFL, and that's obviously not a positive thing. Yet if he declares and the Browns are sold on Darnold's traits, proper coaching could turn a promising prospect into a franchise quarterback.
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Yes, he lacks ideal size. Sure, he's not always been the most mature player on the field. But no one will disagree that Mayfield is a terrific quarterback at Oklahoma.
In three straight seasons, he guided the Sooners to a Big 12 championship. They reached the College Football Playoff twice, including the current campaign. He's set to take on No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.
Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy in 2017 while leading the country with a 71.0 completion percentage and 11.8 yards per attempt. Entering bowl season, he's passed for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns to just five interceptions, adding 310 yards on the ground.
Mayfield doesn't have elite velocity, but it should be adequate considering his accuracy, repeatable motion and quick release. That concern mostly only shows on downfield passes anyway.
Plus, he moves well in the pocket—sometimes to a fault, though that's not a major problem since he's accurate on the run and resets blocks when necessary. While not a true dual-threat quarterback, he's a mobile threat, too.
The Browns will carefully consider Mayfield's demeanor, but his on-field talent is worthy of a first-round selection.