Quarterback help is an essential need for many teams in the 2015 NFL Draft, but which teams are desperate for a new signal caller?
With the right upgrade, players you never even thought of drafting in your 2015 Fantasy Football league can instantly become much more attractive.
Even though Vincent Jackson may have seen better days, how much could his stock improve with a stud rookie quarterback?
While some teams have an immediate need for a new quarterback, other teams need to have a backup plan in case things don’t work out with their current starters.
Obviously, as the free agents and rookies land on their new teams, they’ll affect our 2015 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings, so check back soon.
Teams in Need of Quarterback Help
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Current Quarterbacks: Mike Glennon, Seth Lobato
While Glennon has performed admirably in the difficult situations he has been thrown into, he isn’t the long-term answer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jameis Winston is the best quarterback in the 2015 NFL Draft, but even the ownership for the Buccaneers seem to have some hesitation in drafting Winston.
With an upgrade at the quarterback position, however, Mike Evans, Jackson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are inline for a very productive 2015 Fantasy Football season. The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons’ pass defenses ranked 25th and 32nd respectively in 2014, so this will help provide a little cushioning for a rookie quarterback in the NFC South.
The biggest need for the Buccaneers is obviously quarterback help, so whether that position is filled by Winston or someone else, expect a new signal caller in Tampa for 2015.
Jameis Winston’s attorney David Cornwell had some interesting words at the Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium. pic.twitter.com/Itp9VWxZhQ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 10, 2015
Current Quarterbacks: Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Logan Thomas, Chandler Harnish
Even though the San Francisco 49ers struggled in 2014 and the St. Louis Rams finished with a six-win season, the NFC West is a very tough division. As a 35-year old quarterback recovering from his second ACL injury, the start of the 2015 NFL season will bring about many challengers for Palmer. Because of this, the Cardinals may look to the 2015 NFL draft for some quarterback help.
Palmer has a nice set of weapons at his disposal with Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown, but can he finish a 16-game season? Second-year player Logan Thomas is a quarterback with a ton of natural ability, but that doesn’t mean the Cardinals will shy away from selecting a quarterback in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Either way, the backup quarterback position needs to be addressed so Arizona does not implode in 2015.
— Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss) April 9, 2015
New York Jets
Current Quarterbacks: Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzptrick, Matt Simms
With a lack of weapons and a ton of unrealistic expectations placed on his shoulders, Smith has received a raw deal. The brass may still want to see what they have with Smith, but with that being said, it will be hard to pass on Winston if he somehow falls to the Jets. In 2015, Smith will at least have a few more options in the passing attack, with the recent signing of Brandon Marshall providing more veteran leadership for the entire team.
Eric Decker will also return in his second year with the Jets, and 6-foot-5, 265-pound Jace Amaro is predicted to emerge under new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey. The rushing attack should remain productive with Chris Ivory, and Stevan Ridley‘s presence provides extra depth.
If Smith can’t perform, Fitzpatrick is a journeyman who could at least provide stable results. With that being said, the Jets need to help foster better success for its quarterbacks. Until then, Fantasy Football players will still feel uneasy about drafting receivers from the Jets.
— Eugene Geno Smith (@GenoSmith7) April 8, 2015
Current Quarterbacks: Josh McCown, Johnny Manziel, Connor Shaw, Thad Lewis
Too obvious? Here is a list of quarterbacks who have started for the Cleveland Browns since 2010:
- Colt McCoy
- Jake Delhomme
- Seneca Wallace
- Brandon Weeden
- Thad Lewis
- Jason Campbell
- Brian Hoyer
- Johnny Manziel
- Connor Shaw
Fantasy Football players avoid Browns’ quarterbacks like the plague, and for obvious seasons. The wide receiver depth for this roster is completely decimated, and a starting signal caller will have to heavily rely on Dwayne Bowe.
The Browns need to find a consistent quarterback, and whether that means giving Manziel another shot or finding a starter in the 2015 NFL Draft, Cleveland desperately needs quarterback help.
— NFL (@nfl) April 9, 2015
Current Quarterbacks: Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 13, 2015
I can’t imagine the stress of worrying about potentialy losing your job every time you take the field, but a quarterback in Washington can go from a starter to riding the bench pretty quickly. That type of environment doesn’t lend itself to Fantasy Football success, and it seems like the Redskins don’t exactly know what to do with the quarterback position.
In case RG3 doesn’t deliver in 2015, the Redskins do have the fifth pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to try and land Marcus Mariota if he is available. With pressing needs on defense, however, it doesn’t seem likely that Washington will draft a quarterback in Round 1.
Still, the team needs to get the quarterback position down in order to record a winning season. On the bright side, DeSean Jackson still found himself as a top-20 receiver in 2014, even without consistency at the quarterback position. He is currently undervalued in most drafts.
Which team will draft a quarterback in the 2015 NFL Draft?
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