Now listed at 270 pounds, Lynch has only recorded 2.5 sacks (over just 14 games) in his last two years. The former Fighting Irish and Bulls pass-rusher has always had the talent, but his lack of consistency, due to weight fluctuation, transfer, suspension or injury, continues to mark his career.
This offseason, the Buffalo Bills used the first-round pick originally owned by the Cincinnati Bengals to move up to draft Josh Allen. At that point, Josh Rosen, who was drafted by the Cardinals, was also still on the board. When the Bengals did finally pick at No. 21, they passed up on snatching up former Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.
There were opportunities for Cincinnati to look forward at quarterback. If the Bengals finish sub-.500 for the third straight season, they’ll be kicking themselves for not going to bat for a young passer in a deep draft class at the position. Those opportunities may not be there in the 2019 draft. A first-round quarterback could have helped not only in 2018 but also the next decade.
As you can imagine, the 1-31 Cleveland Browns have played a lot of football players over the last two years who don’t belong as starters in the NFL. One player who did not fit that mold, though, was 2015 first-round nose tackle Danny Shelton.
Barely. He was on his way with the Broncos before he was traded to the Bears in 2009. Contrary to popular belief, Cutler was pretty durable in Chicago and put up some good numbers.
Russell forced the Raiders’ hand by holding out and sitting out all of training camp. Missing key practice time put him way behind as a rookie, and the Raiders made the easy decision to park the No. 1 overall pick. Josh McCown and Daunte Culpepper gave Oakland some options until Russell made a start in the December season finale.
For being arguably the biggest draft bust in NFL history, Russell’s early numbers are surprisingly not terrible. But a lack of work ethic, questionable conditioning and no real improvement did him in, causing the Raiders to give up on Russell after only two full seasons.
Quinn couldn’t beat out Charlie Frye or Derek Anderson in Cleveland, but he showed enough in his rookie offseason to allow the team to trade Frye. Anderson, a Pro Bowler in 2007, was the starter when healthy until halfway through the 2008 season, when Quinn got his chance.
The Steelers needed to another vertical, big-play threat after giving up on Martavis Bryant. While Antonio Brown remains the No. 1 and JuJu Smith-Shuster is a second-year stud as the No. 2, Washington’s speed will be on display when they spread the field for Ben Roethlisberger.