NFL's top 50 offseason questions

Insider's experts address pressing issues in free agency, draft and more

Updated: February 4, 2014, 10:12 AM ET
By ESPN Insider Contributors | ESPN Insider

It will be seven months before the teams of the National Football League retake the fields for the regular season -- but there's plenty to monitor in the days between.

Where will the top free agents sign? What big names will be cut loose from rosters? Who will get the first hug from Roger Goodell at Radio City Music Hall?

To help prime you for what promises to be an action-packed offseason, we polled Insider's experts -- Bill Polian, Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, Herm Edwards, Louis Riddick and Mike Sando -- on the 50 most-pressing questions facing the league in the months ahead. Ranging from league-wide issues to nitty-gritty roster fixes, there's something for each and every one of the league's 32 teams.

1. Where will Johnny Manziel go in the draft?

Todd McShay: Evaluators might have more split opinions on Manziel than on any other prospect in this class. Those who like him focus on his special improvisational skills that allow him to create after the initial play breaks down. But those arguing against him focus on three things: (1) Given his size and style of play, can he hold up over a 16-game season? (2) can he be coached to improve his on-field decision-making? and (3) what's he doing when he leaves the building, and how will it affect his preparation?

In my opinion, he's a late first-round talent after you weigh all those pros and cons. But seeing as how five of the teams picking in the top eight (Texans, Jaguars, Browns, Raiders and Vikings) are in need of a quarterback, there's a good chance he'll land in the top 10, even if Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles (first- and second-ranked QBs on our board, respectively) are taken before him.

2. How does Jay Gruden help Robert Griffin III bounce back in Washington?

Ron Jaworski: No. 1, he has to get RG III fully healthy and keep him healthy. I don't think we're going to see Jay install the same kind of offense that's going to put Griffin in harm's way as often as he was in the past. You need to still find a way to take advantage of RG III's athletic gifts, and I think he will, but we should see a more prototypical passing game in Washington next season. So what's next? Working with RG III to help him play from the pocket. All the time Griffin missed last offseason rehabbing his knee showed up most of all in his lack of progress in that area.

Gruden's experience as an outstanding QB in the AFL will be a big plus here. He knows what it's like to have those big bodies coming at you and flying around your legs. That should start them both off on the right foot. I've watched Griffin make great throws from the pocket -- so he can do it. Last season, he struggled a little bit more. An offseason and preseason of work between these two will likely go a long way.

3. Who is the most overrated free agent this offseason?

Louis Riddick:


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