There will be a useful quarterback prospect available at the No. 12 pick this year, but it’s unlikely it will be anyone in the Sam Darnold/Josh Allen/Baker Mayfield/Josh Rosen tier.
Among the top 11 picks, four teams the Browns, Giants, Jets, Broncos, and Dolphins could all use varying degrees of quarterback help. The Browns acquired Taylor, but he’s likely just a bridge to whomever they select at No. 1 or No. 4 this year. The Broncos signed Case Keenum, but that’s only a two-year deal that will allow him to mentor a young, non-Paxton Lynch quarterback. The Jets are signing Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater, but the former’s age and the latter’s injury history mean they’re only getting one-year deals.
Grade for Browns: C+ Landry is an upgrade at receiver for the Browns, but it’s hard to see him returning much value on the massive extension he’s likely to sign to stick around in Cleveland.
Grade for Panthers: C It’s difficult to believe that the Panthers sent an actual asset to the Eagles for Smith, given that Philadelphia was virtually guaranteed to decline the former Ravens star’s $5 million option for 2018.
Smith’s impact was underrated by his final numbers (36 catches for 420 yards and two touchdowns) — he got open downfield far more frequently than it seemed, but was let down by some subpar deep throws by Carson Wentz and Nick Foles.
Linebacker Tahir Whitehead, safety Marcus Gilchrist and defensive end Tank Carradine all visited the Raiders on Thursday, sources said.
Of the three defenders, Gilchrist has agreed to a contract with the Raiders, a source confirmed. NFL Media first reported the deal, adding it’s for one year.
Gilchrist, 29, gained early NFL experience at cornerback but is projected to start opposite safety Karl Joseph. He spent the first four years of his career in the AFC West for the Chargers. The Raiders would mark his fourth team in as many seasons, following San Diego with two years on the New York Jets and last year on the Houston Texans.
The two most common words used to describe Baker Mayfield’s pro day? Poorly timed. That’s not a critique of Mayfield; Oklahoma held their annual showcase of outgoing football talent on Wednesday, the day free agency officially began in the NFL, meaning most front offices and coaching staffs were hunkered in team facilities, hosting free agents or building out 2018 rosters over the phone.