19. QB Blake Bortles — Carolina Panthers
The Jaguars gave Bortles a fair shot in 2018. After inking the former third overall pick to a 3-year, $54 million deal this past summer, the team seems adamant about moving on to their next signal caller. Just a year after an AFC Championship appearance, Bortles and the Jags sorely disappointed this season. Bortles didn’t make any significant strides as a passer, and lost his starting spot to journeyman Cody Kessler on several occasions.
Bortles’ next job will likely be a backup role. While his decision-making and accuracy still leaves something to be desired, Bortles can contribute on the ground as well as any QB. The Panthers haven’t been able to find a legit backup during Cam Newton’s tenure, and the two QB’s share similar traits.
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18. QB Tyrod Taylor — Baltimore Ravens
It took only three games for Baker Mayfield to cement himself as Cleveland’s official starting quarterback. Taylor performed admirably as a stopgap, but the 23-year-old Mayfield appears poised to lead the Browns franchise for the next decade. Still just 29 years old, Taylor could be on the move in search of a starting role.
Unfortunately, few teams are looking for starting signal callers. However, Taylor’s skill-set and familiarity with John Harbaugh could make the Ravens an ideal fit. Taylor boasts similar tools to Lamar Jackson, and could serve as an invaluable mentor for the young QB.
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17. S Karl Joseph — Seattle Seahawks
It didn’t take very long for Jon Gruden to make his presence felt in Oakland. Following trades of star pass rusher Khalil Mack and talented receiver Amari Cooper, the Raiders are in full rebuild mode as Gruden attempts to construe the roster to his liking. Every player that was selected during the Reggie McKenzie era could be on the move, including the former first round pick Karl Joseph.
Joseph exhibited some strong play to end the year, but likely won’t be in the Raiders long-term plans moving forward. The Seahawks will be in the market for a safety with the departures of Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. There aren’t many coaches that develop defensive backs better than Pete Carroll.
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