Sammy WatkinsStreeter Lecka/Getty ImagesSammy Watkins is a very gifted receiver, but is there any chance he goes No. 1?
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Q: Adam, I see various mock drafts with QBs slotted to go all over. Looking at it from the flip side, what teams would be the best-case scenario destinations for the rookie QBs? -- Hershel (Afghanistan)

A: Well, Hershel, the first team a quarterback should want to get drafted by this year is Houston. The Houston Texans have a strong defense, an offensive-minded head coach in Bill O’Brien and plenty of talent on the roster. So the Texans would be a bit more desirable than some of the other QB-needy teams such as Jacksonville, Cleveland and Minnesota, among others. But ultimately, a quarterback wants to go where he’s most wanted. And it’s going to be interesting this year to see which team is the first one to draft a quarterback. The sense today is it’s going to happen a little bit later than most people thought, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if there weren’t any quarterbacks selected among the top five picks; it’s even possible the QBs will slip out of the top 10. But once one gets picked, then we could start to get a run on them. Watching where the QBs go, as much as the teams they go to, will be the most intriguing storyline of this draft.

Q: What are your thoughts on the Houston Texans taking Sammy Watkins with the No. 1 pick and getting a QB and defensive help later in the draft? -- Michael (Texas)
Bill BelichickAP Photo/Michael ConroyBill Belichick has been known to move around in the draft.
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Q: I think the New Orleans Saints should draft LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr., even if they have to trade up. He fills a need at WR, and in the return game. Should they go for more weapons or go for depth on "D"? -- Rod (Louisiana)

A: They can’t go wrong either way, Rod. There’s no question New Orleans does need to add another wide receiver in this draft and Beckham’s stock is rising. I don’t see Beckham lasting until New Orleans’ scheduled turn at No. 27 in the first round. Now odder things have happened, but my sense is he’s gone somewhere between 15 and 25. If he’s gone, New Orleans can’t go wrong adding any type of defensive playmaker. I know the Saints were active adding to their secondary during free agency, including safety Jairus Byrd, but another cornerback wouldn’t be the worst thing for that defense.

Q: The New England Patriots have the 29th overall pick. What chances do you give them moving up in the draft to get a Mike Evans or Beckham Jr.? Could they trade Ryan Mallett to move up? -- David (Massachusetts)

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Michael VickAP Photo/Matt RourkeMichael Vick could be a potential free-agent fit for the New York Jets.
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Q: What prospects were the most impressive at the NFL combine, Adam? What did you think of Jadeveon Clowney's performance? -- Kyle (Texas)

A: Plenty were impressive, Kyle. I’d start with Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald. Everyone is talking about Clowney, but what Donald did was just as impressive. At 285 pounds, he clocked the 40-yard dash in a ridiculous 4.65 seconds. That’s incredible. Offensive tackle Greg Robinson also was a freak and solidified his status as the top offensive lineman in this draft. One GM compared Robinson to former Cowboys Hall of Fame offensive lineman Larry Allen. There were a lot of players who stood out, but those two, Donald and Robinson, will be high picks.

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DenverMatthew Emmons/USA TODAY SportsAnother Super Bowl win might push Peyton Manning higher on the list of all-time greats.
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Q: Adam, with so many weapons on the Denver Broncos offense, who do you think Richard Sherman will cover? Will the Seahawks win the game? -- Tyrell (New York)

A: Great questions, Tyrell. My guess is that Sherman will be on Demaryius Thomas, a matchup of two of the best at what they do. But Seattle has just the type of defensive attack to be able to slow down Denver. It can cover the Broncos' wide receivers man-to-man and still get some help from that great safety tandem, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. I'm picking Denver to win the game. But I think Seattle is the better team, and won’t be surprised one bit if the Seahawks take it.

Q: Adam, how much does Peyton Manning's legacy change if he wins this game? Does it make him the best quarterback ever or simply elevate him in the conversation? -- Reggie (Utah)


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Denver's most underrated player 

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Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty ImagesDenver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton has been key in the team's playoff run.
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Q: Adam, Peyton Manning looks like he’s on a mission right now. Do you think the Seattle defense can slow him down? -- Jack (Rhode Island)

A: He does look like he's on a mission, Jack, but it's not just Seattle's defense that has to slow him down -- it's Seattle's offense, too. The longer Seattle can control the ball, giving it to Marshawn Lynch and gaining yards, the more Manning will be kept off the field. So it's Seattle's offense and defense, together, that will be entrusted with the job of keeping this season's MVP off the field. If they can do that, Seattle has a great chance to keep Manning from winning his second ring.



Q: Adam, who do you think is the most underrated player on the Denver Broncos right now? -- Craig (Colorado)


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RefereeAP Photo/Phelan M. EbenhackThere have been a number of poorly officiated NFL games this season.
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Q: Adam, how big is the Chris Harris injury for the Denver Broncos? Does that give the edge to New England in that game? -- Reggie (Michigan)

A: It's a big injury, Reggie, certainly bigger than people realize. Von Miller got the headlines when he got hurt and suffered a season-ending injury. But the truth is that Harris’ loss is bigger than Miller’s. Harris might be the Broncos’ best defensive player, and he certainly was their best defensive back. When he went out of the game Sunday, Denver’s backup cornerback Quentin Jammer was incapable of getting the job done. New England is great at exploiting weaknesses. Now Denver has one more.

Q: Adam, every week in the NFL playoffs there seem to be several poor officiating calls. How concerned is the NFL about this? Are they planning to address it this offseason? -- Leslie (New York)


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Dan Quinn and Ken Whisenhunt Getty ImagesSeahawks DC Dan Quinn and Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt are top coaching candidates.
Adam Schefter answers readers' questions in his mailbag once a week during the NFL preseason and regular season and sporadically during the playoffs and offseason. Have a query of your own? Submit it here.

Q: Adam, are the rumors of an additional wild-card team in each conference true? Could that actually happen? -- Kyle (Maine)

A: There continue to be discussions about it, Kyle, and the belief is that it’s going to happen eventually. Maybe next season, maybe the year after, but at some point, it will. However, no such decision has been made yet. It would require a vote of the 32 teams and it has not been discussed with teams yet. It will happen at some point, maybe as soon as this offseason, but there is nothing definitive yet.

Q: Who are some of the hottest coordinators for coaching jobs right now? -- Greg (Michigan)


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Latest NFL coaching hot-seat rumors 

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Q: Hey Adam, how much will Denver miss Von Miller this postseason? That defense has really struggled getting pressure without him. -- Jason (Colorado)

A: The defense has struggled getting pressure with and without him, Jason. Listen, this defense would be better off if Miller were in the lineup and on the field, no question. But Miller was not playing at his usual stellar level this year; he just was not the same player as he was his first two seasons in the league. Plus, in the first six games of the season that Miller missed for his suspension, Denver did go 6-0. His loss isn’t one that this team hasn’t -- and can’t -- overcome.

Q: There seem to be a lot of coaches on the hot seat. Do you think Leslie Frazier, Jim Schwartz or Mike Munchak will keep their jobs? What about Greg Schiano? -- Tammy (Arizona)


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Jason Garrett AP Photo/James D. SmithIf the Cowboys miss the postseason, Jason Garrett may well be the scapegoat.
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Q: What did you think of Jay Cutler's game in Week 15? Did he do anything to help himself earn a long-term deal? -- Patrick (Washington, D.C.)

A: It's hard to imagine that Chicago's position on Cutler is going to change no matter what happens the rest of the season, Patrick. Chicago has a quarterback it believes in, likes and will want back. The question is, at what price (and term)? It is hard for me to envision Chicago letting Cutler walk out the door, not getting anything back for him and turning the franchise over to Josh McCown, as good as McCown has been. If I were the Bears, I would either get a long-term deal done with Cutler or tag him. Period. He's a quarterback, and he's an asset. Assets must be kept. I'd also want to bring back McCown and have the exact same arrangement the team has this year. But how Cutler plays the next two games will not change how the Bears feel about him.

Q: Adam, is Jason Garrett definitely gone after this season after that collapse on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers? -- Kevin (West Virginia)

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Jeff IrelandSteve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsGiven Miami's issues on and off the field, GM Jeff Ireland is under fire again.
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Q: Adam, why isn't anyone talking about the injuries to the Denver Broncos' defense? How healthy is Champ Bailey? What are the issues with this D? -- Craig (Colorado)

A: Craig: Their injuries on defense aren't any more extensive than what's affecting other NFL teams. Denver has already placed Stewart Bradley, Quinton Carter, Quanterus Smith, Kevin Vickerson and Rahim Moore on IR. But look at a team like New England that Denver's trying to beat out. The Patriots have placed Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly and Adrian Wilson on IR. Who has it worse? Denver does have defensive injuries, but this unit needs to play better for the Broncos to have the kind of season they want. And Denver's defense doesn't even have to be great; it just has to be solid. If it's solid, then Denver's Super Bowl chances are solid as well.

Q: Adam, Jeff Ireland has made a mess in Miami. He has a poor track record in both the draft and free agent acquisitions. He doesn't seem to have the ability to put the right pieces in place for Miami to have success, yet he still has a job. Do you think the Dolphins will finally wake up and bring in a new GM after this season, and who do you think is the right fit? -- Steven (California)


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Adam Schefter answers readers' questions in his mailbag once a week during the NFL preseason and regular season. Have a query of your own? Submit it here.

Q: How concerned should the Kansas City Chiefs be about their defense? That team is built around a strong running game and defense, but I don’t think they can win coming from behind in the playoffs. -- Kevin (Kansas)

A: Not like this they can’t, Kevin. The defense, which has been real soft lately, needs to be better. The confidence that this team played with early on seems to have vanished, and now there are some questions that didn’t exist. But this still is a playoff team. It still is a very good defense. It just needs to find a way to get back to playing at the level it did -- and that usually means generating the sacks and turnovers that haven’t been coming Kansas City’s way recently. Amazing how regular a defense can look when it doesn’t get pick-sixes and big turnovers. And that’s where the Chiefs defense has been the past three weeks.

Q: Adam, is there a chance that the Indianapolis Colts cut Trent Richardson? What is his future with the team after being demoted to the No. 2 back? -- Lizzie (California)


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Is Rex Ryan on the hot seat? 

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Adam Schefter answers readers' questions in his mailbag once a week during the NFL preseason and regular season. Have a query of your own? Submit it here.

Q: With the New York Jets being so inconsistent this year, do you think the GM (John Idzik) will take it as a sign of bad coaching and look to replace Rex Ryan at the end of this year? And if he would replace Rex, would they go for a proven coach (Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher) or would Idzik look back at Seattle for one of its coordinators? -- Denny (Pennsylvania)


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What's wrong with the Chargers? 

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Adam Schefter answers readers' questions in his mailbag once a week during the NFL preseason and regular season. Have a query of your own? Submit it here.

Q: Will the Minnesota Vikings be searching for a new QB in next year’s draft, and if so, who is more likely to be the one they pick? Also are they likely to have a new coaching staff next year as well, especially on the offensive side of the ball? -- Vade (Texas)

A: They were in the market last offseason, Vade, and they’ll be in the market once again. It’s tough to imagine that this team will be counting on any of the three quarterbacks on its roster now as its starter next season. The Vikings will be in search of one in the draft. The question is how high will they be picking and who will be there for them. As for the Minnesota coaching staff, we’ll get back to you at the end of the season. The Vikings keep saying no changes, but there could be plenty. We’ll just have to see.

Q: What is wrong with the San Diego Chargers, Adam? I feel like they could be a potential playoff team, but they keep losing close games. Is that bad coaching? -- Horace (Colorado)

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What is the 49ers' biggest issue? 

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Adam Schefter answers readers' questions in his mailbag once a week during the NFL preseason and regular season. Have a query of your own? Submit it here.

Q: Did the Chicago Bears rush Jay Cutler back too soon? He's injured again now, along with Charles Tillman, and their playoff hopes are seriously threatened. -- Terry (New Hampshire)

A: This is so subjective, Terry. There are players across the league, on every team, not out there at full strength. Remember, Cutler once was criticized for coming out of the NFC Championship Game because of an injury, and now the Bears are being questioned for rushing him back too soon. In this league, it's really pretty simple: You can make any decision you want if it works. And if the decision doesn't work, get ready to be questioned, criticized and scrutinized everywhere. It's a sign of the times and the world we live in.

Q: What is the San Francisco 49ers' biggest issue right now? That offense looked lost after Vernon Davis went down. -- Taylor (Montana)

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Most impressive teams in first half 

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Philip RiversChristopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY SportsPhilip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers have been impressive so far this season.
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Q: Adam, how big an impact do you believe John Fox’s surgery will have on the Denver Broncos? Jack Del Rio has been a head coach before, but this is an important stretch for Denver with two games against Kansas City. -- Haley (Colorado)

A: Haley: Of the many attributes Fox brought to the team, maybe the biggest was his enthusiasm and energy. It helped inspire this team. But keep in mind that offensive coordinator Adam Gase runs the offense and Del Rio runs the defense -- and that won’t change. They will miss Fox, but they have stellar coordinators and a quarterback who’s like a coach on the field. And even though Fox will not be there, he still can do work that will help the team, like Chuck Pagano did last year when he took a leave from coaching the team. But here’s the other part to remember: The Broncos have five of their remaining eight games on the road. They’re going to need all the help they can get.

Q: Adam, which team or teams have been most impressive to you over the course of the season so far? -- Tammy (Arizona)


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