Top five picks in 2016 draft: Johnny Manziel's departure leaves vacancy

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Periodically, the five of us who cover the top five selections in this year's NFL draft for ESPN NFL Nation will examine an issue collectively.

Today, we discuss which position group got hit in free agency and could be an area of consideration in the first round:

1. Tennessee Titans: Tennessee lost no players in free agency. The team's top free agent is nose tackle Al Woods. Nose tackle Sammie Hill also is a free agent. But there's no urgency to get one of those guys back. And there have been no indications from elsewhere in the league that they are coveted at this stage of free agency. The Titans did cut free safety Michael Griffin after nine seasons, and he signed a one-year deal in Minnesota. A possible replacement for Griffin that the Titans are looking at is Arizona's Rashad Johnson, who is scheduled to visit the team on Friday. -- Paul Kuharsky

2. Cleveland Browns: Comings and goings should not greatly affect the Browns' choices with the second overall pick. Selecting that high leads a team in specific directions. The Browns will either take the best quarterback available, or the best player available. It would be optimal if the quarterback was the best player, but most analysts say that is not true, that the quarterbacks in this draft are not worth the second pick. The best player argument points to Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey, who in theory could step in at corner or at free safety for Tashaun Gipson, who left as a free agent for Jacksonville. A quarterback still seems like the Browns' most logical choice. With Johnny Manziel's release on Friday, the team needs a young quarterback to groom in place of Manziel, the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 draft. -- Pat McManamon

3. San Diego Chargers: San Diego has a void to fill in the secondary with the departure of longtime safety Eric Weddle, who in a cruel twist of fate could wind up with the Chargers' AFC West rival, the Oakland Raiders. San Diego signed veteran Dwight Lowery as a possible replacement for Weddle. And while Lowery will compete for the job, he could be just a stop-gap until the Chargers select someone like Florida State's Ramsey with the No. 3 overall selection. Even if the Chargers pass on Ramsey at No. 3 (if he's there), San Diego likely will add someone in the draft to compete with Lowery for time at safety. -- Eric D. Williams

4. Dallas Cowboys: None of the Cowboys' free agents were irreplaceable, so they were in a good position that way when the market opened. Matt Cassel left to join the Titans, but there was no way he would be back in a Cowboys' uniform in 2016 after his showing as Tony Romo's replacement in 2015. The Cowboys secured Rolando McClain on a one-year deal hours before the market opened, so that could eliminate them from going after somebody such as Myles Jack with the fourth pick. As far as losing out on potential targets that could affect their draft plans at No. 4, the Cowboys were never going to get into the high-priced game for a pass-rusher such as Olivier Vernon or Bruce Irvin, so Joey Bosa at No. 4 remains a likely target at this time. Actually, none of the potential draft targets, like cornerback, quarterback or running back, have changed based on what the Cowboys have done or not done so far in free agency. -- Todd Archer

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: One of the reasons the Jaguars are in the situation they're in is because they didn't have any significant free agents that would make an impact if they left. The only exception would have been Marcedes Lewis, the franchise's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving TDs by a tight end. However, Lewis re-signed with the Jaguars for three more years, and that's not a position the Jaguars would have addressed high in the draft. The team has so many other needs, especially defensively. This situation may change in a few years if it becomes unrealistic to afford all of the young offensive talent, such as Blake Bortles, Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Julius Thomas. -- Michael DiRocco