Looking at the best and worst cases for the Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Best case, first round (5): Somehow Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota slips to five, leaving GM Scot McCloughan with an amazing trade chip. Seemingly the Jets (6), Browns (12), Texans (16) and yes, the Eagles (20) would all be interested. Let the bidding war begin. Same applies with USC DL Leonard Williams, who is considered by many the best player in the draft, but at a position Washington fortified this off-season. If we're talking about using the pick, Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler.
Worst case, first round: Top four picks in some order are Florida State QB Jameis Winston, Mariota, Williams, Fowler. Takes away best trade down scenarios unless someone must have receivers Amari Cooper (Alabama) or Kevin White (West Virginia). The remaining edge rushers have significant upside, but come with greater risk than Fowler. Clemson's Vic Beasley wouldn't feel like a value selection at five. Actually, want to know the real worst case scenario? Washington lands Mariota or Winston, but doesn't simultaneously deal Robert Griffin III. Even the Kardashians would blanch at the relentless soap opera-y coverage on deck.
Best case, second round (38): One of the top offensive linemen slip. Best bet might Florida State's Cam Erving, the top-rated center in the draft who played all over the line with the Seminoles.
Worst case, second round: Don't be surprised if McCloughan selects a quarterback in the draft. Stockpile those passers, that's his move and it's good one. Just don't hope it's this early.
Best case, first round (9): Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson. New York' top defensive needs exist at defensive tackle and safety, but the board doesn't line up that way. Adding a pass rusher is the happy medium and adding a speed force like Beasley would make Giants fans happy.
Worst case, first round: Other than simply making a bad pick not sure I see a "worst case" for the Giants based on the needs and the board. Taking the first offensive tackle would arguably be a 'bad" move from a value standpoint since interesting options like D.J. Humphries and La'el Collins are likely available 10-plus picks later.
Best case, first round (20): Perhaps if there are simultaneous runs on offense linemen, receivers and front-7 types, Michigan State corner Trae Waynes tumbles into the Eagles range. For a team that lost Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson over the last year, landing Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman also qualifies based on some of the pundit love out there for the big target with 4.25 speed.
Worst case: Don't come away with sincere help in the first two rounds for a secondary in need of talent. Also, no matter how tempting Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon is and no matter how much coach Chip Kelly covets running backs, the Eagles cannot take another high-asset option.
Fun case: Kelly sends an armada of picks and players to a team owning a top five selection so he can draft his former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Go big or go home.
Best case, first round (27): Even with Greg Hardy, Dallas needs more help along the defensive line. Not everyone loves Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton as his glacier slow 40-time at the combine indicates he could be only a two-down player. Still, the Cowboys ranked near the bottom in several rushing defense categories last season. Texas DL Malcom Brown and Florida State's Eddie Goldman also work.
Worst case: Once upon a time the Cowboys took a chance on a talented wide receiver with off-the-field concerns. Though bumps along the way and possibly still to come, Dez Bryant worked out. Perhaps Dorial Green-Beckham will as well. The 6-foot-5 Green-Beckham is a freaky prospect with size and speed and plenty of baggage. Dallas could use receiver help, but the defense needs far more attention. The organization also doesn't need a problem child in round one, but if owner Jerry Jones falls in love...
Best case, first round (26): Are teams really planning to draft Toddy Gurley in the top 15? Projections for the Georgia running back soared over the last couple of weeks despite his recovery from a serious knee injury and the trend of no round one backs in recent years. There is no denying Gurley's talent. If the rise is a smokescreen, perhaps the Ravens benefit if he's there late in the first.
Worst case: Track record says Ozzie Newsome won't botch this selection. Taking strong safety Landon Collins would boost the run defense and we know Newsome likes players from Alabama. It would also be an admission that Matt Elam hasn't worked out. Baltimore can't ignore wide receivers during the first 3-4 rounds.