The 2016 NFL draft is just a couple of weeks away, and the hype surrounding the game is on the rise.
However, it will likely not be a season-long event.
The best way to understand the landscape and what teams will be spending the vast majority of their draft picks is by looking at the projected 2017 draft.
The latest projections, based on the 2016 season, have the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, and Kansas City Chiefs projected to have the top two picks.
That is a bold prediction, especially considering the current state of the NFL draft.
There are still plenty of teams to be determined, but these projections will give us a better idea of how each team is spending their picks.
We’ll start with the Broncos, who have the third overall pick, but they also have a number of intriguing players available.
The most intriguing of these is quarterback Brock Osweiler, who has been one of the most dominant quarterbacks in the NFL.
Osweilers athleticism and ability to take the snap, while being able to run with the football, has allowed him to be a dominant quarterback for Denver.
In 2016, he was a third-team All-Pro and the Offensive Player of the Year, and his play in 2017 was arguably the best in the league.
Osviel is the next best player, and while he might not be the best passer in the draft, he is still a good player in the long term.
Oswiler is projected to go in the top five to Denver.
The Patriots have a wide variety of options available at quarterback, including Josh Rosen, who could be a first-round pick in a few years.
Rosen is projected as a fourth-round talent, but has shown flashes of greatness this year.
He has shown some of the best accuracy in the game, and he is likely to have some success against the Broncos.
The Chiefs are in the middle of a rebuilding process, and quarterback Alex Smith is projected second overall.
While he hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass yet, he has a very high ceiling, as he is the best pure passer in football, and has shown great arm strength in the past.
The Kansas City organization is still looking to find their long-term quarterback, as the Chiefs are not one of those teams that will be able to find one with the second pick.
The Chargers are looking to add a veteran, and they will need to make a decision on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick at No. 2.
Fitzpatrick is projected first overall.
The Bengals are another team that could use a quarterback, and it is a position of need.
They have a pair of very talented quarterbacks in Carson Wentz and Andy Dalton.
The Browns are also in need of a quarterback and they would love to add one to the mix.
They would also love to get a quarterback from outside the AFC North.
This is a difficult position to determine, but it could be an interesting draft for both teams.
The draft has a lot of potential, and each team could be in for a great draft, but the Broncos are the only team that has a clear path to victory.
If they can land Osweiser, they have a potential franchise quarterback in their future.
If not, the Chargers have a franchise quarterback, which is another reason why they should be a contender for the Super Bowl.
The rest of the top teams are expected to have a strong draft.
AFC West AFC West teams have the potential to win the AFC West.
There is a chance that the Raiders and Jaguars could land top-tier quarterbacks in Sam Darnold and Jameis Winston.
The Raiders will be looking to get some big-name talent, as they have Derek Carr and Austin Davis, two very good players.
The Jaguars could also be in need at quarterback after trading for Blake Bortles.
If the Raiders can get a franchise passer, the team could contend for a playoff spot.
NFC East NFC East teams have a chance to win their division.
They could also contend for the NFC East title.
The Rams will look to add more veteran help.
This could be the year for veteran talent.
They will likely need to trade up to get an offensive lineman or a quarterback in this draft.
If this is the case, the Jets could potentially be in trouble at quarterback.
The Titans could be looking for help on defense.
The team could look to trade down to get another veteran, but that could take them out of the AFC South.
The Panthers could be headed to the playoffs after getting their hands on star quarterback Cam Newton.
The Falcons are looking for some help at defensive end in the first round.
This will be a tough draft for Atlanta.
They need help at their defensive line and at defensive tackle.
If Atlanta can’t get help at all, they could be out of contention for the playoffs.
NFC West NFC West teams will have a shot at making the playoffs, which could help them.
The Packers could make a deep playoff run with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
He is projected at No 1 overall