It's been a rough week for the Cleveland Browns, losing in heartbreaking fashion Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens and then suffering a blowout loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.
But it hasn't been all bad news for the Browns lately.
The Tennessee Titans' victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday afternoon bumped the Browns up to the No. 1 pick in the draft.
|Week 15||at SEA|
|Week 16||at KC|
As the only team with just two wins this season, the Browns now control their own destiny for the top pick.
If the Browns lose next week against the San Francisco 49ers, they may have the top pick wrapped up, as their final three games will come against playoff contenders.
|2016 NFL Mock Draft|
|1||Cleveland Browns||Joey Bosa||DL||Ohio State|
|2||Tennessee Titans||Laremy Tunsil||OT||Ole Miss|
|3||San Diego Chargers||Ronnie Stanley||OT||Notre Dame|
|4||Dallas Cowboys||Jaylon Smith||LB||Notre Dame|
|5||Jacksonville Jaguars||Robert Nkemdiche||DL||Ole Miss|
|6||Baltimore Ravens||Jalen Ramsey||CB/S||Florida State|
|7||New Orleans Saints||DeForest Buckner||DL||Oregon|
|8||Detroit Lions||Taylor Decker||OT||Ohio State|
|9||San Francisco 49ers||Paxton Lynch||QB||Memphis|
|10||St. Louis Rams||Jared Goff||QB||California|
|11||Miami Dolphins||Myles Jack||LB||UCLA|
|12||New York Giants||Shaq Lawson||DE||Clemson|
|13||Oakland Raiders||Vernon Hargreaves||CB||Florida|
|14||Philadelphia Eagles||Jarran Reed||DL||Alabama|
|15||Chicago Bears||Emmanuel Ogbah||DE||Oklahoma State|
|16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Shilique Calhoun||DE||Michigan State|
|17||Atlanta Falcons||A'Shawn Robinson||DT||Alabama|
|18||Houston Texans||Connor Cook||QB||Michigan State|
|19||Buffalo Bills||Reggie Ragland||LB||Alabama|
|20||Pittsburgh Steelers||Mackensie Alexander||CB||Clemson|
|21||Washington Redskins||Andrew Billings||DT||Baylor|
|22||Indianapolis Colts||Darron Lee||LB||Ohio State|
|23||New York Jets||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio State|
|24||Seattle Seahawks||Jack Conklin||OT||Michigan State|
|25||Kansas City Chiefs||Laquon Treadwell||WR||Ole Miss|
|26||Minnesota Vikings||Michael Thomas||WR||Ohio State|
|27||Green Bay Packers||Eli Apple||CB||Ohio State|
|28||Cincinnati Bengals||Sheldon Rankins||DT||Louisville|
|29||Arizona Cardinals||Noah Spence||DE/LB||Eastern Kentucky|
|30||New England Patriots||no pick|
|31||Denver Broncos||Jonathan Bullard||DL||Florida|
|32||Carolina Panthers||Corey Coleman||WR||Baylor|
1. Cleveland Browns: Joey Bosa
The Johnny Manziel debate will likely continue long into the offseason, leading Browns fans to hope for another savior in this year's draft.
Even if the Browns decide they've had enough of Johnny Football's antics, this isn't the year to need a quarterback while sitting at No. 1.
Paxton Lynch and Jared Goff have garnered the most praise among the quarterbacks in this class, but neither has earned No. 1 pick status.
Bleacher Report's Justis Mosqueda recently wrote about Lynch, stating he believes the Memphis quarterback is the best signal-caller in this class, but falls short of earning elite status as a prospect.
Without a quarterback worthy of selection at No. 1, the Browns can keep Joey Bosa in Ohio, giving a significant boost to their defensive front seven.
6. Baltimore Ravens: Jalen Ramsey
The Ravens secondary isn't a glaring issue, but a talent like Jalen Ramsey may be tough for Baltimore to pass up.
Cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb are both under contract for at least two more years, according to Spotrac, but Ramsey has the skills to fill the Ravens' need at free safety.
ESPN's Todd McShay praised Ramsey's versatility in his most recent big board, saying he's "fast enough to play in center field or the slot and savvy enough to be a force against the run."
The Ravens have long been known for loving versatile defenders at all levels of the defense, making Ramsey a likely target for general manager Ozzie Newsome.
12. New York Giants: Shaq Lawson
After Sunday's overtime loss to the New York Jets, it feels as though the Giants' season is starting to slip away. Amazingly, they're still in the hunt for the NFC East title, but given the way this team is playing, a playoff berth likely brings nothing more than a worse draft pick.
One of the major issues in New York has been defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's inability to create any type of consistent pass rush with his front seven personnel.
The Giants managed three sacks against the Jets, bringing their season total to 15. Only the Atlanta Falcons have taken down the quarterback fewer times this season, per Pro-Football-Reference.com.
This isn't a great draft class to be looking for an edge-rusher, as the drop-off is steep after Joey Bosa. However, Shaq Lawson is among a small group who could land in the first round. Clemson Football noted Lawson's prowess:
Shaq Lawson leads the nation in TFL (22.5), three TFL more than any other player in the nation. #Clemson— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) December 6, 2015
Lawson is a true three-down lineman who may remind Giants fans of Justin Tuck.
Like Tuck, Lawson doesn't often win with speed and athleticism, but he knows how to work his way into the backfield with his strength and solid technique.
24. Seattle Seahawks: Jack Conklin
Despite quarterback Russell Wilson's mobility, Seattle has already surrendered 39 sacks this season.
Left tackle Russell Okung may be the only member of the Seahawks offensive line who can feel safe about his job security for the 2016 season, as major changes are likely coming this offseason.
Right tackle Garry Gilliam has been one of the primary weak links on the line, earning a pass-block grade of just 36.2 from Pro Football Focus (50 is average).
Michigan State right tackle Jack Conklin is only a junior, but he is coming off a stellar season and is a candidate to declare early for the draft. Conklin recently received honors for his play this season, as Freep Sports reported:
#Spartans offensive linemen Jack Allen and Jack Conklin named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media.— Freep Sports (@freepsports) December 1, 2015
While Conklin may not have the athleticism many NFL teams prefer in a left tackle prospect, he would fit nicely at right tackle opposite Okung in Seattle.