NFL Draft 2015: Teams That Can’t Afford to Fail with Their 1st-Round Selections

March 1, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The nature of the NFL draft means that failing to extract any value out of a first-round pick doesn't guarantee a team will struggle in the future. But it certainly doesn't help.
In the NBA draft, it's almost impossible to build a winning franchise by consistently missing with first-rounders—just look at the Los Angeles Clippers during the Donald Sterling era. That's largely because outside of the first 20 to 30 picks, it's rare to find players who have the potential to be an All-Star.
That's far from the case with the NFL draft. Not only do teams have more chances to get it right, but late-round gems also emerge every year. Somebody is always quick to point out that Tom Brady was a sixth-round draft pick.
Perhaps the three teams below would be able to recover from drafting a bust in the first round, but they're in a position where doing so could bring serious ramifications.
Cleveland Browns
For now, the Cleveland Browns are the only team with...

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