Which NFL teams will choose a QB in the two thousand sixteen NFL draft?

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 2:44 AM

Tony Romo is getting older. Andrew Luck is a mainstay. NFL teams running the gamut when it comes to their needs at quarterback. NFL Nation reporters predict which teams will choose a signal-caller, which teams are standing pat and which teams should possibly re-consider their strategy.

Which NFL teams will choose a QB in the two thousand sixteen NFL draft?

Peyton Manning is gone. Tony Romo is getting older. Andrew Luck is a mainstay.

NFL teams running the gamut when it comes to their needs at quarterback. NFL Nation reporters predict which teams will choose a signal-caller, which teams are standing pat and which teams should possibly re-consider their strategy.

Teams expected to draft a QB

AZ Cardinals: Even though the Cardinals have a healthy Carson Palmer returning in two thousand-sixteenth, he'll start the season at age thirty-six. It'south time for AZ to discover the quarterback of the future, and if the Cards discover themselves with an opportunity to draft a quarterback this year, there'south a very excellent chance they'll do it. It might happen as soon as the first circular if the right quarterback drops that far. Coach Bruce Arians joked that if Carson Wentz drops to twenty-ninth, he'south a "lock" for Arizona. However, the Cardinals could be interested in Christian Hackenberg, Connor Cook or maybe even Cardale Jones. -- Josh Weinfuss

 The Falcons probably will draft a developmental quarterback who could possibly be groomed into a backup. They signed veteran Matt Schaub, but coach Dan Quinn made clear Schaub would compete for the backup role. It might be time to move on from Sean Renfree, latest season's backup. -- Vaughn McClure

 The Bills will draft a quarterback for several reasons. First, they aren't sure if Tyrod Taylor is the long-term answer. Second, neither Taylor nor EJ Manuel are below contract for two thousand seventeen. Third, the Bills only have Taylor and Manuel on their current roster, and common manager Doug Whaley has said he wants to add another quarterback. Buffalo isn't going to have a shot at Carson Wentz or Jared Goff, and the Bills aren't likely to utilize their No. nineteen choose on a quarterback, but they could choose one from the second circular through the finish of the draft. They've been doing their homework in recent weeks on Cardale Jones, Dak Prescott and Christian Hackenberg. -- Mike Rodak

 The Bears are expected to address the quarterback position via the draft, although it may not be until the mid-to-late rounds. The chances of Carson Wentz or Jared Goff slipping to No. eleven seems remote, but common manager Ryan Pace believes the two thousand sixteen draft class is full of intriguing second- and third-tier quarterback prospects. See for the Bears to utilize at minimum one of their nine draft picks on a quarterback, despite the fact Jay Cutler is basically assured the starting work in two thousand-sixteenth. Cutler is about to turn thirty-three years old, and after this season, he's number guaranteed money left on his deal. The Bears have to start preparing for the future. -- Jeff Dickerson

 The Browns will absolutely obtain a quarterback. Coach Color Jackson has promised that much. The only question is whether it'south with the second choose (Jared Goff, Carson Wentz), thirty-second (Connor Cook, Paxton Lynch) or later in the draft (Cardale Jones). -- Pat McManamon

 I think the Cowboys will draft a quarterback, but not with the fourth overall pick. The Cowboys have done extensive work on Carson Wentz, Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch and they'll also bring Connor Cook, Christian Hackenberg and Jacoby Brissett to Valley Ranch for pre-draft visits. With the Cowboys putting their confidence in Tony Romo to be their starter for the following "4-5 years," according to Jerry Jones, the financial commitment and needs elsewhere seem to thrust the Cowboys far from a QB in the first round. Cook, Hackenberg, Brissett and Dak Prescott are either second- or third-day prospects. They could arrive in as a backup early and memorise below Romo for a few years. -- Todd Archer

 There are only two on the depth chart at the moment -- Label Sanchez and Trevor Siemian -- and even if the Broncos safe Colin Kaepernick in a trade, history says John Elway will always see to get a quarterback in the draft. In his previous five drafts as the team'south top football decision-maker, Elway has taken a quarterback in three drafts, and he took Siemian in the seventh circular when the team already had Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler. The genuine question will be how early in the draft would he do it and would it be much earlier, on the first or second day, if the team doesn't land Kaepernick? -- Jeff Legwold

 Lions common manager Bob Quinn is on record believing teams should get a quarterback every year or two to assistance expand them before they'd ever get a snap. The Lions haven't drafted a quarterback since Matthew Stafford with the No. one overall choose in two thousand-ninth. In other words, it'south time. Quinn likely won't see at a high-end quarterback since Stafford is the starter and Detroit has other needs. But Quinn has indicated the Lions will see heavily at a quarterback to expand and have done research on Michigan'south Jake Rudock, Stanford'south Kevin Hogan and UMass' Blake Frohnapfel. Others will likely arrive as well. -- Michael Rothstein

 Even though the Texans emptied out their piggy bank for Brock Osweiler, giving him a four-year deal with $thirty-seven million in guarantees, they mightn't be finished with the position. They won't aggressively pursue a quarterback in the draft, but if the right one falls to them in the second, third or fourth rounds, they could draw the trigger. -- Tania Ganguli

 While the Rams have cast plenty of votes of confidence in Case Keenum as the starter, he still stands as more of a short-term solution. That leaves the Rams in necessity of a long-term reply at the position. The expectation is that they'll draft a quarterback early, as in the first three rounds, but the question is how early? We can't regulation out the opportunity of a smaller trade up to obtain one of the draft'south top two quarterbacks or even landing Memphis' Paxton Lynch at No. fifteen. If the cost doesn't match there, the Rams have two picks in the second circular (Nos. forty-three and forty-five). That'd seem a logical spot to land someone such as MI State'south Connor Cook or Penn State'south Christian Hackenberg, both of whom the Rams have done legwork on. -- Nick Wagoner

 Yes, but it likely wouldn't arrive until the back finish of the draft (the team has five sixth-round picks and two seventh-rounders). The Patriots will be looking for a No. three quarterback at some point this offseason, and the draft is the most economical space to discover one, assuming there'south a fit. Not to mention, it'south excellent business to draft and expand quarterbacks, even if a draft choose lands on the practice squad to open the season. -- Mike Reiss

 There'south a excellent chance the Jets will draft a quarterback for the fourth straight year. They don't have a long-term answer ( Bryce Petty is still considered a project), so it makes sense to get one if the cost is there. The first circular (No. twenty) would be a astonishment (unless they fall in like with Paxton Lynch), but they're showing interest in Christian Hackenberg, who could be an option at No. fifty-one. -- Wealthy Cimini

 It will be surprising if the Eagles don't draft a quarterback this year. Both Eagles owner Jeff Lurie and coach Doug Pederson said the team was likely to do so. While there has been speculation the team could choose one of the top quarterbacks, either with the No. eight choose or after trading up, the Eagles' desire to expand a youthful quarterback could be fulfilled with a choose later in the draft. -- Phil Sheridan

 Yes ... with a caveat. If Colin Kaepernick is indeed traded to the Broncos, the Niners necessity to address the hole on the roster, and Cal'south Jared Goff would seemingly fit the bill. But that doesn't imply he'd start right away. Goff might be better suited to look behind Blaine Gabbert for a year or two, much love another Cal QB did in Green Bay -- a guy by the title of Aaron Rodgers. Yes, a Cal guy the Niners passed on in two thousand-fifth in favor of Alex Smith. -- Paul Gutierrez

 The Redskins have only two quarterbacks on the roster in Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy, so they necessity to add one or two more, if only to have more arms in training camp. That'south why if they do draft one, it likely would be late (and if not, they'll sign one or two undrafted free agents). The Redskins are fine having only two quarterbacks on the roster, but if that'south the case, then they'd likely wish one for the practice squad. Also, Cousins is unsigned for following season, so adding another quarterback in the system makes sense (if they're concerned with him becoming too costly, it'd be smarter to draft a quarterback in the center rounds rather than late). -- John Keim

Teams that are set at QB

  History is certainly against it. Baltimore has selected only one quarterback ( Keith Wenning in two thousand-fourteenth) in the past four drafts. But this could be the time the Ravens determine to invest in a developmental third quarterback, particularly since backup Ryan Mallett will be a free agent at the finish of the season. If Baltimore doesn't draft a quarterback, the Ravens could choose up one as a priority free agent, such as Alabama'south Jake Coker, Indiana'south Nate Sudfeld or Michigan'south Jake Rudock. -- Jamison Hensley

 The Panthers are set at the position three deep for the following two years with Cam Newton, Derek Anderson and Joe Webb. Newton is the reigning MVP and locked down through two thousand twenty, so number issues there. Anderson has been a more-than-adequate backup, going two-0 as the starter in two thousand-fourteenth, when Newton was injured. -- David Newton

  The only way the Bengals would draft a quarterback at this point is if another team were to first create an overly enticing draft-day trade proposal (that included a first-round pick) for AJ McCarron. At this stage, that doesn't show up to be on the horizon. Unless wooed by a very competitive offer, the Bengals have number plans to portion with the promising backup. So they've number necessity for picking a quarterback this year. Following April could be a different story, though. After this season, starter Andy Dalton will be below contract for four more years, while McCarron will be entering the latest year on his rookie deal. -- Coley Harvey

 No, but they'll nearly certainly sign one after the draft. Even though they lost latest year'south No. 2 Scott Tolzien after he signed with the Colts in free agency, the Packers perceive excellent about Brett Hundley as Aaron Rodgers' new backup. Hundley'south development latest year as a rookie was a huge portion of the reason the Packers decided not to re-sign Tolzien. But they still necessity another camp arm or two. The only other quarterback on their roster is Ryan Williams, an undrafted first-year player from Miami who didn't go to training camp with any team latest year. -- Rob Demovsky

 No because of two words: Andrew Luck. He'south only twenty-six years old, he'south headed into his fifth season and he'south about to get a contract that'south expected to be worth more than $100 million. The Colts signed Scott Tolzien to back up Luck last month. -- Mike Wells

 One of the few positions the Jaguars don't necessity assistance at is quarterback. Blake Bortles is coming off the best season by a quarterback in franchise history (thirty-five TDs and 4.428 yards). The Jaguars re-signed backup Chad Henne for two years as well. The Jaguars would be better served by adding more defensive players in the late rounds than taking a developmental quarterback. -- Mike DiRocco

 The Chiefs don't necessity another developmental quarterback. They already have two in Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray. -- Adam Teicher

 The Dolphins haven't drafted a quarterback since taking Ryan Tannehill No. eight overall in two thousand-twelfth, and it appears that streak will continue. The team has too many extra needs to address and already signed dependable backup quarterback Matt Moore in free agency. Miami also has a young, developmental project on its roster in Logan Thomas. -- James Walker

  The Vikings worked out Michigan'south Jake Rudock, and they could see for another youthful passer with 36-year-old backup Shaun Hill in the final year of his contract. But they signed Taylor Heinicke as a rookie free agent in two thousand-fifteenth, and they could go that route to obtain another youthful QB this year, rather than spending a draft choose on a player that might be the fourth QB in the organization this year. -- Ben Goessling

 It'south always possible, since Drew Brees is 37 years elderly and the Saints know they'll eventually necessity to discover a replacement. Maybe they'll start drafting one every year at this point. But they don't necessity to force it since they drafted developmental backup Garrett Grayson in Round three latest year. And unlike two thousand fifteen, when they'd the luxury of nine draft picks, the Saints have only six picks this year. -- Mike Triplett

 Giants quarterback Eli Manning hasn't missed a game since becoming the starter halfway through his two thousand four rookie season. Backup Ryan Nassib is in his fourth season, and the team likes him. The only year in recent memory in which the Giants carried three quarterbacks was Nassib'south rookie season of two thousand thirteen, and they openly hated having to do it. If Nassib isn't Manning'south eventual replacement, they'll see to discover that in following year'south draft or some draft to come. But this year, I don't look them burning one of their six picks on a developmental quarterback who'd eat up a roster spot. -- Dan Graziano

 The Raiders have their franchise QB -- finally -- in Derek Carr, and a more-than-serviceable backup in restricted free agent Matt McGloin. Consider this: Since Wealthy Gannon latest played in two thousand-fourth, Kerry Collins, Marques Tuiasosopo, Aaron Brooks, Andrew Walter, Daunte Culpepper, Josh McCown, JaMarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye, Jason Campbell, Kyle Boller, Carson Palmer, Terrelle Pryor, Matt Leinart, Matt Flynn, Matt McGloin and Matt Schaub have all taken snaps for Oakland before Carr arrived. -- Paul Gutierrez

 No, but this is a soft lean, because eventually the Steelers should craft the post- Ben-Roethlisberger blueprint. Taking a developmental quarterback in the mid-to-late rounds would create sense. For now, though, the needs in other areas supplant any quarterback experiments. Backup Landry Jones is below contract for one more year, and there'south interest in re-signing veteran Bruce Gradkowski. In two thousand-seventeenth, the Steelers might be primed to pluck a signal-caller in the second circular and groom him for a few years, similar to the New England Patriots' map with Jimmy Garoppolo. -- Jeremy Fowler

 At some point, the Chargers necessity to start the process of finding a developmental prospect to replace Philip Rivers, but I don't think it starts this year. Rivers turns thirty-five in December and is in the second year of a five-year deal that includes $65 million in guaranteed money. He remains among the top ten quarterbacks in the NFL. The Chargers brought back second-string quarterback Kellen Clemens on a one-year deal, and have two developmental signal-callers on the 90-man roster in Brad Sorensen and Bryn Renner. In win-now mode, the Chargers have other needs to address in this year'south draft besides securing a quarterback of the future. -- Eric D. Williams

Russell Wilson is twenty-seven years elderly and signed through the two thousand nineteen season. He's never missed a game or even a practice during his NFL career. The Seahawks necessity a backup, but Tarvaris Jackson is still on the market, and they'd probably be better served with a veteran over a rookie at that spot. If they look a prospect they love on Day three of the draft, they could get a flier, but it'south more likely they won't choose a quarterback. -- Sheil Kapadia

Jameis Winston was the No. one overall choose last year and went on to become just the third rookie to toss for more than 4.000 yards. The Bucs also really love backup Mike Glennon, though they said they certainly are open to trading him. Coach Dirk Koetter says that scares him because he thinks Glennon is a starter in the league and having that kind of talent behind Winston is comforting. Even if Glennon is traded, the Bucs don't necessity to add a replacement via the draft. -- Mike DiRocco

 The Titans spent the second choose in the two thousand fifteen draft on Marcus Mariota, and he'south the man they're building the whole team around. They signed veteran Matt Cassel to compete with Zach Mettenberger, who'south 0-10 as a starter, for the backup job. With two youthful QBs, they've too many needs to spend any draft capital on a third. -- Paul Kuharsky

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