After holding out as long as possible, I finally submitted my playoff predictions to my bosses at NFL.com. I hate these predictions and here's why: There are too many variables outside of your control. For instance, before we learned Peyton Manning's neck injury would cost him the entire 2011 season, who would've predicted the Indianapolis Colts would post the worst record in the NFL?
Next year's draft is shaping up to be full of game-changing players at several key positions. Whichever team ends up with the first pick will likely have to decide between these two options: A once-in-a-decade pass rusher or a franchise quarterback.
We went ahead and made that decision for all 32 teams. For some of the teams, the choice was obvious. For others, the decision was less clear, and in some cases, nearly impossible.
New York Jets: This team has been in search of a franchise quarterback for a LONG time. Choice: Quarterback.
Oakland Raiders: A nasty pass rusher would look great in silver and black but this team is desperate for a franchise quarterback. Choice: Quarterback.
Chicago Bears: This is a difficult call. Cutler is only 30 years old, but it might be time to start fresh at the quarterback position. Choice: Quarterback.