Sunday, April 19, 2015

2015 NFL Draft: Mock 1.0 with comparison to Kiper/McShay/Walter Football Mocks

NFL Comparison: Byron Leftwich/Ben Roethlisberger 
Despite issues with immaturity and off the filed allegations, it appears as though Tampa will pick the former Heisman winner. Lovie Smith is the right type of coach and role model to help Winston in his young career. However the common denominator with every top 10 QB draft bust has been immaturity issues. Ryan Leaf, Vince Young, Matt Leinart and JaMarcus Russell are all examples of this. The other concern with Winston was his regression from his 2013 Heisman season to last year. Was this due to losing key pieces on offense like Kelvin Benjamin and Devonta Freeman or was it due to him just not taking the next step as a QB? Taking Winston at #1 is a risk, but Tampa NEEDS a franchise QB in the worst way.

Kiper: Winston
McShay: Winston
Walter: Winston
Consensus is Winston is going #1.  

NFL Comparison: Jake Plummer/Randall Cunningham
It seems like one way or another Mariota will be the pick here. The smartest move for the Titans would be to package the pick and trade down with either the Chargers or Bears. Both teams would be willing to trade their current QBs, Phillip Rivers and Jay Cutler respectively. Rivers' contract will expire after next year and he said he's not open to a Chargers move to Los Angeles. He's also said he would like to play in Tennessee which is near his home in Alabama. Cutler also has roots in Tennessee having played college at Vanderbilt.

Even if a trade doesn't happen, the Titans should take Mariota at #2. He's an instant upgrade over incumbent Zach Mettenberger. Mariota has the size, speed, maturity and intangibles that one looks for in a franchise QB, still many scouts doubt if he can transition to a pro style offense in the NFL.

Kiper: Mariota 
McShay: Mariota 
Walter: Mariota 
Consensus is Mariota is going #2. 

NFL Comparison: Terrell Suggs/Willie McGinist 
The Jags need an edge rusher in the worst way. This franchise hasn't had a superstar pass rusher since Kevin Hardy in the 90's. They upgraded the interior line in free agency by signing Jared Odrick. Fowler would be the perfect fit as a "Leo" edge player in Gus Bradley's defense. The "Leo" is the weak side edge player that can rush the passer, drop into coverage and set the edge. While other edge players in the class may be better pure pass rushers (Shane Ray), faster (Vic Beasley) or more explosive (Randy Gregory), no one has the size, motor and pass rushing combination that Fowler has.

Kiper: Leonard Williams
McShay: Amari Cooper
Walter: Dante Fowler 
We finally have a difference of opinion at #3. Ironically both Kiper and McShay had Fowler going to Jacksonville in their previous mock. As I said in my team needs assessment on Jacksonville, Williams is the slightly better talent than Fowler, but Fowler is the better fit. Cooper would give young Blake Bortles a very talented pass catching core to go along with newly acquired Julius Thomas, and 2014 draft picks Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson. However I still think the right pick here is Fowler. 

NFL Comparison: Richard Seymour/Gerald McCoy 
Last year the Raiders went defense in the 1st, taking Khalil Mack then got their young QB taking Derek Carr in the 2nd. If the draft unfolds this way they should do the same. They should take Williams here and then wait until the 2nd to address their biggest need which happens to be WR.

New coach Jack Del Rio built his teams in Jacksonville around two great defensive tackles in John Henderson and Marcus Stroud. Williams has the versatility to play both DE or DT in any scheme. He isn't JJ Watt (lets face it no one is) but he should be able to have an early impact similar to what Gerald McCoy has done in Tampa.

Kiper: Amari Cooper
McShay: Williams 
Walter: Williams
Kiper went with the need over value, while I have agreement with Williams from McShay and Walter. The owners and management may want a big name WR here, but if Del Rio will want Williams. 

NFL Comparison-Von Miller
With Brian Orakpo leaving for Tennessee, the Redskins can use another pass rusher to help out Ryan Kerrigan. The two best players on the board are WR's Amari Cooper and Kevin White but Washington already has one of the best duos in the NFL in Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. This could the prime spot for a WR needy team like St. Louis, Minnesota or Miami looking to trade up. Beasley was the star of the combine running a 4.53 forty, a 6.08 3-cone drill and putting up 35 reps on the 225 bench press. Beasley is more than just an athletic freak, he was also very productive at Clemson where he had 33 sacks over the past three seasons.

Kiper: Fowler
McShay: Fowler 
Walter: Beasley 
In this scenario, Fowler is already gone therefore Beasley makes the most sense.  

NFL Comparison-Bruce Irvin 
If the Jets can add an edge rusher, they may overtake Seattle as the best defense in the NFL. Like Beasley, Ray was very productive in college. He had 22.5 sacks last year and had 8.5 sacks in 2013 despite being a backup to Kony Ealy and Michael Sam. The Jets used one of their 2013 first round picks on a defender from Missouri and took Sheldon Richardson. He is now an emerging star on the best 3-4 defensive line in football. Ray makes a lot of sense here.

Kiper: Brandon Scherff 
McShay: Randy Gregory 
Walter: Ray
Kiper goes out of the box taking an offensive lineman this early while McShay thinks the Jets are willing to take the risk on Gregory.  Walter and I both have Ray here. 

NFL Comparison-Antonio Brown/Marvin Harrison 
The Bears can give inconsistent QB Jay Cutler another weapon to have on the outside. He already has two big targets in Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett. Cooper is bigger than Harrsion and Brown, yet his route running and ability to make yards after the catch are similar to both guys.

Kiper: Kevin White 
McShay: Kevin White  
Walter: Kevin White 
Everyone agrees that the Bears will go WR, but I am the only one that feels Cooper will be the choice at #7. White is bigger and more athletic but the better football player is Cooper. Cooper is more polished and is a safer prospect than White. However scouts always point to "upside" and White clearly has more upside than Cooper (on a side note it is really killing me inside that I like and am sticking up for an Alabama player this much).  

NFL Comparison: Everson Griffin 
One mans loss is another mans gain. If not for character concerns, Randy Gregory would be the pick here. His recent failed marijuana test will cause him to drop down draft boards. Dupree may end up being the biggest beneficiary. Like Fowler, Dupree has both the size and explosiveness to play DE in a 4-3.

Kiper: Beasley
McShay: Ray
Walter: Dupree 
We all agree that Atlanta will take a pass rusher here. It would be a shock if they went in another direction.  

NFL Comparison: Bryan Bulaga as an OT/Zack Martin as an OG
The Giants need to keep Eli upright and give him time to get the ball into the hands of Odell Beckham. The Giants also need to upgrade the running game. Scherff would be an instant upgrade at OT or on the inside of the line. He's probably the safest pick to be an impact player in this entire draft class.
Kiper: Ray
McShay: Scherff 
Walter: Cooper
All three guys have different positions being addressed. The Giants historically pick the best player available over need, so it looks like everyone felt that they took the best player left in their specific mock. 

NFL Comparison-slightly smaller Julio Jones/DeAndre Hopkins 
This is a dream scenario for St. Louis but it could happen. Last year they lucked out and were able to draft a top 5 talent in Aaron Donald at #13. The pick paid immediate dividends as Donald was the Defensive Rookie of the Year and made the Pro Bowl. Can lightning strike twice for the Rams? Will they trade up for White or Cooper? Will they take a second tier WR if Cooper and White are off the board? It will be very intriguing to see what the Rams do on draft day.

Kiper: Breshad Perriman 
McShay: DeVante Parker
Walter: Scherff
Kiper and McShay agree that the Rams MUST draft a WR here while Walter has them going with the best player available in Scherff. 

NFL Comparison-Jordy Nelson
The Vikings need a #1 WR. Who better to pair young QB Teddy Bridgewater with than his former college WR. In 2013 the duo connected on 55 completions for 885 yards and 12 TDs. Even without Bridgewater, Parker was good last year putting up a 43/885/5 stat line in only 7 games. He had his best game against then #1 FSU catching 8 balls for 214 yards. He repeatedly beat PJ Williams and Ronlad Darby (both 2nd/3rd players) on big plays. The Jordy Nelson comparison makes sense given each players size and ability to make big plays down the field. Both are sure handed players that attack the football.

Kiper: Trae Waynes
McShay: La'El Collins 
Walter: Trae Waynes
Kiper and Walter have the Vikings upgrading their secondary by picking Waynes while McShay has them upgrading the O-Line by taking Collins. Waynes is clearly a possibility here, he is a perfect fit for coach Mike Zimmer's press man scheme. In a division with Green Bay and Detroit, it is important to have skilled players in the secondary. I still feel that if Parker is there at #11, it will be in the best interest of their young QB to take him.  

NFL Comparison: Fred Taylor/Marshawn Lynch 
The recent medical checkout said that Gurley was 100% healthy and good to go. As we get closer to the draft, Gurley keeps rising back up draft boards. If the Browns really want him they need to take him early. Most other mocks have him going to Miami at 14 or San Diego at 17.

Gurley's tape and on the field production are simply outstanding. Cleveland has two average young backs right now in Terrance West and Isiah Crowell. Gurley could come into camp and take the starting job right away. Unless the Browns move up for Mariota, they will have below average QB play this season. The only way for them to have success on offense is on the ground. Gurley could spark a very good rushing attack behind one of the best offensive lines in the league.

Kiper: Parker
McShay: Danny Shelton  
Walter: Danny Shelton 
McShay and Walter have them taking Shelton. This seems to be a very common mock pick. However they can wait till #19 and likely still get Shelton, Malcolm Brown or Eddie Goldman. Parker would be a very good choice as well. It will be very interesting to see who the Browns would take if Gurley, Parker and Shelton are all still available at #12. 

NFL Comparison-Clay Matthews/Bruce Irvin  
With two 1st round picks and 5 picks in the top 80, the Saints can afford to take a risk here. They were 25th in sacks last year so upgrading the pass rush is key. Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan won't care if Gregory is a choir boy as long as he can get to the QB.

Kiper: Randy Gregory 
McShay: Beasley 
Walter: Malcolm Brown 
Kiper agrees that the Saints can take the risk while McShay agrees that they need a pass rusher. Walter goes a little outside the box giving them a five technique DT. He points out that Brown could replace Cameron Jordan of he were to leave as a free agent next year. 

NFL Comparison-Stephon Gilmore
Brent Grimes is a stud, but he'll turn 32 this year. All they have are a bunch of unproven guys with him. They need a big corner to guard guys like Gronk, Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Waynes showed 4.31 speed at the combine and has long arms to contend with bigger WRs. He has the ability to be a good fit in a man or zone scheme.

Kiper: Shelton 
McShay: Breshad Perriman 
Walter: Parker
McShay and Walter have the Dolphins taking a WR while Kiper has them going DT. Adding Shelotn would give the Dolphins the best D-Line in football. Suh, Wake, Vernon and Shelton. That looks like the Fearsome Foursome or the Purple People Eaters in terms of pure talent. 

NFL Comparison: Calais Campbell 
You can't teach the type of size and length that Armstead possesses. Luckily for Armstead he has a couple of guys that can teach him all the  nuances of being a 3-4 DE. Current 49ers DE's Justin Smith and Darnell Dockett have 25 year combined experience. Armstead can develop into a star like Calias Campbell if he gets drafted to a team like that with a lot of veteran leadership.

Kiper: Armstead
McShay: Waynes
Walter: Jalen Collins 
Kiper and I agree while McShay and Walter both agree the 49ers should help their secondary.  

NFL Comparison-Kam Chancellor 
The Texans really don't have a glaring need other than QB. They will likely go best player available regardless of position. Collins would be a good fit in Romeo Crennel's scheme. Crennel runs a 3-4 cover 1 scheme with a roaming safety. They signed Rahim Moore this off season to be the roaming free safety. Collins would fit as the perfect in the box safety, He has the size to be great player in run support and to cover tight ends.

Kiper: Dupree
McShay: Dorial Green Beckham
Walter: Todd Gurley 
WOW, all 3 guys have a different guy. This is a tough choice to predict. Dupree would be an interesting fit to help an already good pass rush led by JJ Watt. DGB would be an interesting fit to help relieve double teams off of WR DeAndre Hopkins. Gurley is an ultimate wild card. Would they pair him with Arian Foster or look to deal Arian right after?  

NFL Comparison: BJ Raji
The Chargers need some upgrades on the defensive line. Shelton gives them versatility the size to play nose tackle and the agility/quickness to play the three technique. The crazy thing is that if they swap picks with Tennessee in a deal involving Phillip Rivers, the Titans may end up taking Shelton well.

Kiper: Malcolm Brown 
McShay: Todd Gurley   
Walter: Ereck Flowers 
Kiper and I share the same opinion that San Diego needs to upgrade the D-Line while McShay has the Chargers adding the top RB in Gurley. Walter has the Chargers upgrading the offensive line. 

NFL Comparison: Justin Pugh as an OT/Marshall Yanda as an OG
The Chiefs had major problems on the offensive line last year. Collins would give them a guy that can come in and compete for the RT or RG starting job right away and eventually he may overtake former #1 overall pick Eric Fisher at LT.
Kiper: Jaelen Strong
McShay: Cameron Erving
Walter: La'el Collins
McShay and Walter agree that KC needs to upgrade the O-Line while Kiper has them adding a WR. Strong and Perriman could be interesting options here. 

NFL Comparison: Dan Williams
Last year the Browns were DEAD LAST against the run giving up 144 rushing yards per game (and this is a passing league).  They need a big anchor inside and Brown would be a good fit as a 3-4 nose tackle. He also has the versatility and quickness to play the three technique.

Kiper: Gurley 
McShay: Ereck Flowers  
Walter: DJ Humphries
McShay and Walter both have Cleveland addressing the trenches on the offensive side of the ball while Kiper has them taking Gurley (I have them taking Gurley at #12)

NFL Comparison-Jeremy Maclin
What better way the replace Jeremy Maclin than by drafting a player that is similar to him in size and skill set. Agholor has move moving up draft boards lately and he would be a perfect fit in Chip Kelly's system. Kelly love guys with versatility, speed and high college production. Agholor posted a stat line of 104/1313/12 and also returned two kicks for touchdowns. The Eagles would instantly have one of the best young WR duos in the league with Agholor and Jordan Matthews.

Kiper: Landon Collins 
McShay: Landon Collins
Walter: Jaelen Strong
Walter and I both have the Eagles going WR while Kiper and McShay both have Landon Collins going here. I have Collins going #16, if he were here at #20, the Eagles would certainly have to consider him. 

NFL Comparison-faster Anquan Boldin
Breshad Perriman seems to be the darling of the draft season after posting an amazing 4.25 forty. Many draft pundits have him going in the top 15. However the Bengals usually value high level college production over a player's measurements. Strong's numbers the past two years at ASU were very good. 75/1122/7 in 2013 and 85/1162/10 in 2014. The Bengals may go DT here, but if they add another pass catcher. Strong makes the most sense.

Kiper: Devin Funches
McShay: Andrus Peat 
Walter: Randy Gregory
Kiper and I have the Bengals adding a WR while Todd has them going OT. Peat would make a lot of sense as an eventual replacement for Andrew Whitworth at LT. Walter has Gregory dropping all the way down to #21. A draft day slide is clearly possible with his off the field issues.  

NFL Comparison-Sam Shields
The Steelers D was torched on many a deep ball last year. Longtime CB Ike Taylor just retired and they need a player that can come in and start from day one. Marcus Peters may be just as good as Johnson, but Pittsburgh doesn't have time to deal with his immaturity issues. Johnson is pro ready, mature and was a three year starter in the ACC.

Kiper: Kevin Johnson
McShay: Armstead 
Walter: Landon Collins 
Everyone but McShay feel that Pittsburgh will improve the secondary. Its worth noting that McShay's most recent mock was before both Ike Taylor and Troy Polamalu announced their retirements. 

NFL Comparison: Jared Veldheer
The Lions have two good lineman in Riley Rieff and Larry Warford. If they draft Peat, they can then move Reiff over to RT. QB Matthew Stafford and the entire Lions' offense struggled in 2014 due to shaky line play. Peat is the best player on the board and fills a major need in Detroit.

Kiper: La'el Collins
McShay: Malcolm Brown  
Walter: Melvin Gordon
All three experts have the Lions going in different directions. They will certainly look to add a complement back to help Joique Bell. Gordon would be a nice pick, but they have bigger holes in the trenches.  I agree with Kiper and McShay that the Lions need to address both the O-Line and D-Line.  

NFL Comparison-Kamerion Wimbley
Calais Campbell does a great job getting pressure from the 5 technique but the Cards lack an outside pass rush. Okafor is a solid #2 OLB but they need a #1. Harold is the best of the next tier of edge defenders. He's a long, athletic edge player that is solid in both pass rush and coverage.

Kiper: Melvin Gordon 
McShay: Bud Dupree
Walter: Jordan Phillips
Once again we have a three way split in terms of position. All three guys chose the Cards' biggest needs: RB, Edge Rusher and Nose Tackle 

NFL Comparison: D'Brickashaw Ferguson 
The retirement of Jordan Gross leaves a huge void at LT. It would be the shock of the draft if Carolina doesn't take a LT at #25. I have Humphries here over Ereck Flowere because he is a more natural LT prospect. Flowers is bigger, stronger and is a better run blocker. But the Panthers need a sure fire LT. Humphries is very athletic for his size and has the length that everyone now looks for in a franchise LT. He underachieved at Florida, relying too much on athletic ability and not enough technique. However with the right coaching, he can develop into a Pro Bowl player.

Kiper: Humphries 
McShay: TJ Clemmings  
Walter: Peat
All 3 experts have the Panthers taking an OT. If Peat is still on the board I think they take him over Humphries. 

NFL Comparison-Mike Wallace
Perriman can fly and QB Joe Flacco has arguably the best deep ball in the league. It looks like a perfect match to me. Perriman seems to be the darling of the draft season after posting an amazing 4.25 forty. Rumors are that he may crack the top 10. That seems a little far fetched when you consider all the other WR options that are more polished.

Kiper: Marcus Peters
McShay: Strong
Walter: Perriman 
Walter and I agree on the player while McShay agrees on the position. Marcus Peters is certainly an option here if the top six WRs are all off the board. 

NFL Comparison: Matt Forte
The Cowboys let DeMarco Murray walk in free agency. Jerry Jones should be very happy if Gordon is here at #27. Never rule out a trade up with Dallas if the price is right.

Kiper: Byron Jones 
McShay: Eddie Goldman  
Walter: Marcus Peters
All three experts have different players, however Kiper and Walter both have Dallas taking a corner. Goldman would also be a great fit to anchor the middle of a weak defensive line. 

NFL Comparison: Andrew Whitworth 
The Broncos are already set on the left side with Ryan Clady, but the right side can use an upgrade. Flowers can come in and fight for the starting job at RT. He has incredible size and strength. He has some issues in pass protection, but having a great RG like Louis Vasquez next to him will help him a lot. The Broncos will continue to upgrade the running game to keep defenses honest.

Kiper: Cameron Erving
McShay: Humphries 
Walter: Owa Odighizuwa
Kiper and McShay are in agreement with me thinking the Broncos will upgrade the O-Line while Walter has them taking a pass rusher. 

NFL Comparison: Eric Wood  
Anthony Castonzo is good, Jack Mewhort showed flashes as a rookie and signing Todd Herremans was a good move. However they need major upgrades at RT and C. With his ability to play C and OT, Cameron Irving would be the perfect player to target at #29. The Colts need to keep upgrading the O-Line to help Andrew Luck eventually become the best QB in the NFL.

Kiper: Peat 
McShay: Harold 
Walter: Erving 
Walter and I agree on the player, while Kiper agrees on upgrading the O-Line. Harold would be very enticing if he were still on the board. The Colts need a young pass rusher to learn from Robert Mathis and Trent Cole. 

NFL Comparison-Lavonte David
They had to move Clay Matthews inside last year due to lack of skill inside. It helped the defense as a whole but took away from his pass rush ability on the outside. Getting a play maker like Kendricks here is crucial to this team's Super Bowl hopes. It is also likely that they trade out of the 1st and still land either Kendricks or another LB like Benardrick McKinney or Denzel Perryman. Kendricks, McKinney and Perryman will all likely be long gone when the Packers pick again at #62.

Kiper: Jalen Collins
McShay: Marcus Peters
Walter: Kendricks
Walter I agree for the 3rd time in the last 5 picks, while Kiper and McShay have the Pack taking a CB. 

NFL Comparison-Rolando McClain/Brian Cushing   
In this mock I have the Saints taking a risk at #13 with Randy Gregory. If that comes to fruition, then the Saints will likely take a low risk/sure thing player at #31. Like the Packers, the Saints need a play maker at ILB. McKinney has a nice blend of size, skill and college production. He can come in and compete for a starting job right away. The Saints currently have two very average ILBs in David Hawthorne and Dannelle Ellerbe.

Kiper: Aghlor
McShay: Kevin Johnson 
Walter: Phillip Dorsett
Kiper and Walter have the Saints taking a WR, but both of the WRs they have mocked to the Saints are very similar to Brandin Cooks. I think they wait on a WR until the 3rd. McShay has them taking a CB, but  they already are set at the starters with Keenan Lewis and Brandon Browner and let's not forget they used a high draft pick on Stanley Jean Baptiste last year. 

NFL Comparison-Vontae Davis 
The Patriots make a living in the draft on taking risks. Peters has some major immaturity issues, but once he steps into a locker room, he will realize that he will need an attitude adjustment if he wants to play with a winning organization. With Revis and Browner both leaving this off season, the Patriots need to fill the void at CB and Peters' is worth the risk at #32.

Kiper: Eddie Goldman
McShay: Byron Jones
Walter: Eddie Goldman
Kiper and Walter both like Goldman and he may very well be the pick here despite a horrible Pro Day. He was very god at FSU and it may be interesting for New England to pair him with a former Florida Gator in Dominique Easley and the two of them will replace the void in the middle left by former Miami Hurricane Vince Wilfork. A LOT of talent in the sunshine state. 

My Exact pick agreement for each expert: 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

2015 NFL Draft: Team Needs: picks 29-32 (IND, GB, NE) plus BUF and SEA

Picks in first 3 rounds: 29, 61, 93
9 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Chuck Pagano/Ryan Grigson
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Pep Hamilton/Spread-Pass Heavy
Pass/Run Ratio: 61.4/38.6
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Greg Manusky/3-4 Cover 1
Offensive Star: Andrew Luck-QB
Defensive Stars: Robert Mathins-OLB and Vontae Davis-CB
Position Analysis
Andrew Luck-Elite
Pass Rush/OLB: 
ROLB: Robert Mathins-Very Good
LOLB: Trent Cole-New/Good
#3 OLB: Erik Walden-Average
Interior D-Line: 
5T/DE: Kendall Langford-New/Average
NT:  Josh Chapman-Aveage
3T/DT: Arthur Jones-Below Average
LILB: De'Qwell Jackson-Below Average
RILB: Jerrell Freeman-Average
ILB:  Nate Irving-New/Unproven
LCB: Greg Toler-Average
RCB: Vontae Davis-Elite
SS: Mike Adams-Good
FS: Dwight Lowery-New/Average
WR: Andre Johnson-New/Good
WR: Donte Monfrief-Young/2014 3rd RD
Slot WR:  TY Hilton-Very Good/almost Elite
TE 1: Dwayne Allen-Good
TE 2: Coby Fleener-Average
LT: Anthony Castonzo-Good
LG: Jack Mewhort-Young/2014 2nd RD
C:   Jonotthan Harrison-Young/2014 Undrafted
RG: Todd Herremans-New/Average
RT: Gosder Cherilus-Below Average
Frank Gore-New/Good
Boom Herron-Below Average

O-Line Depth:  Castonzo is good, Mewhort showed flashes as a rookie and signing Herremans was a good move. However they need major upgrades at RT and C. With his ability to play C and OT, Cameron Irving would be the perfect player to target at #29
D-Line Depth:  They signed Langford to play the five technique but upgrades are needed up front at the 3 technique and nose tackle.
DB Depth:  Davis' is a star and deserves to be mentioned among the best corners in the league along with Revis, Sherman, Haden and Peterson. The rest of the secondary is very suspect.
RB:  Gore may be the 2015 answer, but they need a young back for the future.
Backup QB:  Current backup Matt Hasselbeck will be 40 this year.
ILB Upgrades

Picks in first 3 rounds: 30, 62, 94
9 total picks 
Head Coach/GM: Mike McCarthy/Ted Thompson 
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Tom Clements is the Associate Head Coach and will call plays while Edgar Bennett is the Offensive Coordinator
Spread and West Coast-Balanced
Pass/Run Ratio: 55.2/44.8
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Dom Capers/3-4 Press Man
Offensive Stars: Aaron Rodgers-QB, Jordy Nelson-WR, Eddie Lacy-RB and Josh Sitton-LG
Defensive Stars: Clay Matthews-LB, Julius Peppers-OLB/DE, Casey Hayward
Position Analysis
Aaron Rodgers-Elite
Pass Rush/OLB: 
ROLB/DE: Julius Peppers-Very Good
ILB/OLB: Clay Matthews-Very Good
OLB: Nick Perry-Average
Interior D-Line: 
5T/LDE: Datone Jones-Young/2013 1st RD/Average so far
NT:  BJ Raji-Average
3T/RDE: Mike Daniels-Very Good
DT/NT backup: Josh Boyd-Young/2013 5th RD
LILB: Carl Bradford-Young/2014 4th RD
RILB: Sam Barrington-Young/2013 7th RD
LCB: Casey Hayward-Very Good
RCB: Sam Shields-Good
Slot CB: Micah Hyde-Average
SS: Morgan Burnett-Good
FS: Ha Ha Clinton Dix-Young/2014 2st RD
WR: Jordy Nelson-Elite
WR: Randall Cobb-Very Good
#3 WR: Davante Adams-Young/2014 2nd RD
TE: Andrew Quarless-Average
LT: David Bakhtari-Average
LG: Josh Sitton-Elite
C:   Corey Linsley-Good
RG: TJ Lang-Very Good
RT: Bryan Bulaga-Good
Eddie Lacy-Very Good/almost Elite/Young/2013 2nd RD
James Starks-Average

Both ILB's:  They had to move Clay Matthews inside last year due to lack of skill inside. It helped the defense as a whole but took away from his pass rush ability on the outside. Finding a play maker or two at ILB is draft priority number one.
D-Line Depth:  Datone Jones has been a disappointment so far and BJ Raji isn' the same impact player he was two years ago.
DB Depth:  The starters are good but they lost crucial depth in Davon House and Tramon Williams. Along with that. Casey Hayward will be a free agent next year and will want more money than the Packers are willing to spend
Backup QB:  Matt Flynn is still a free agent and Scott Tolzien is the only other QB on the current roster.
Scat Back/Kick Returner:  Lacy and Starks are usually enough, but if they were to add a scat back, it would add another element the the best offense in the league.

Picks in first 3 rounds: 32, 64, 96, 97
9 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Bill Belicheck is both 
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Josh McDaniels/Spread
Pass/Run Ratio: 58.2/41.8
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Matt Patricia/Hybrid 4-3 Man
Offensive Stars: Tom Brady-QB and Rob Gronkowski
Defensive Stars: Jamie Collins-LB, Devin McCourty and Dont'a Hightower
Position Analysis
Tom Brady-Elite
Pass Rush/DE: 
RDE: Chandler Jones-Good
LDE: Rob Ninkovich-Good
#3 DE: Jabaal Sheard-New/Good
Interior D-Line: 
DT: Alan Branch-New/Below Average
DT: Sealver Siliga-Average
DT: Dominigue Easley-Young/2014 1st RD
SLB: Jamie Collins-Very Good
MLB; Jerod Mayo-Good/Very Good when healthy
WLB: Dont'a Hightower-Very Good
LCB: Logan Ryan-Young/2013 3rd RD
RCB: Alfonzo Dennard-Average
Slot CB: Kyle Arrington-Average
SS: Patrick Chung-Good
FS: Devin McCourty-Elite
WR: Julian Edelman-Good
WR: Brandon LaFell-Average
Slot WR: Danny Amendola-Average
TE: Rob Gronkowski-Elite, arguably the best TE in the NFL
LT: Nate Solder-Good
LG: Josh Kline-Average
C:   Bryan Stork-Young/2014 4th RD
RG: Ryan Wendell-Below Average  or
      Marcus Cannon-Below Average
RT: Sebastian Vollmer-Very Good
LeGarrette Blount-Good
Travaris Cadet-New/Unproven
Brandon Bolden-Average

RG and LG:  The Pats are good at both OT spots and rookie Bryan Stork looked like a solid starter last year. However both guard spots need major upgrades. Look for New England to use an early pick to help fix the line.
DT:  They lost Vince Wilfork and it will take multiple players to replace a star like that.
DB Depth:  Once they knew they were losing Revis, it was imperative that they keep McCourty, still more help is needed on the back end.
Speed WR:  Gronk is a superstar and is pretty much unstoppable in the Red Zone. Edleman is great underneath and LaFell is good at working the sidelines. They can still use a deep threat to stretch the defense and prevent double teams on Gronk and Edelman.

Picks in first 3 rounds: 50, 81
6 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Rex Ryan (new)/Doug Whaley
Offensive Coordinator/Style: J Greg Roman (new)/Ball Control
Pass/Run Ratio: 59.0/41.0
Roman last year with the 49ers was 50.9/49.1
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Dennis Thurman (new)/Hybrid 3-4 Press Man
Offensive Star: LaSean McCoy-RB
Defensive Stars: Marcel Dareus-DT, Mario Williams-DE/OLB, Kyle Williams-DT
Position Analysis
Matt Cassel-Below Average  or
EJ Manuel-Young/2013 1st RD/Poor so far
Pass Rush/D-Line: 
LDE: Mario Williams-Very Good
NT:  Marcel Dareus-Elite
3T/DT: Kyle Williams-Elite
OLB/RDE: Jerry Hughes-Good
ILB: Nigel Bradham-Good
ILB: Preston Brown-Young/2014 3rd RD
ILB: Randell Johnson-Young/2014 7th RD
LCB: Corey Graham-Good
RCB: Stephon Gilmore-Good
Slot CB: Leodis McKelvin-Good
SS: Aaron Williams-Average
FS: Duke Willimas-Average
WR: Sammy Watkins-Young/2014 1st RD
WR: Robert Woods-Young/2013 2nd RD
Slot WR: Percy Harvin-New/Good when healthy
TE: Charles Clay-New/Good
LT: Cordy Glenn-Good
LG: Chris Williams-Poor  or
      Cyril Richardson-Young/2014 5th RD
C:   Eric Wood-Average
RG: Richie Incognito-New/Good/Average
RT: Seantrel Henderson-Young/2014 7th RD  or
      Cyrus Kouandjio-Young/2014 2nd RD
LaSean McCoy-Elite
Fred Jackson-Good

QB:  Matt Cassel is a stop gap and EJ Manuel has been a major bust so far.
ILB:  They traded Kiko Alonso in order to get McCoy.
DB Depth:  They have lost Da'Norris Searcy and Jarius Byrd in consecutive off seasons. The starters are solid but a backup that can play safety and nickel corner would be a plus
O-Line Depth:  Upgrades are needed at LG and RT 

Picks in first 3 rounds: 63, 95
11 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Pete Carroll/John Schneider
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Darrell Bevell/Vertical-Ball Control
Pass/Run Ratio: 46.4/53.6
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Kris Richard (new)/4-3 Press Zone with mostly Cover 1
Offensive Stars: Marshawn Lynch-RB, Jimmy Graham-TE and Russell Wilson-QB
Defensive Stars: Earl Thomas-FS, Richard Sherman-CB, Bobby Wagner-MLB and Kam Chancellor
Position Analysis
Russell Wilson-Very Good
Pass Rush/DE: 
RDE: Cliff Avril-Very Good
LDE: Michael Bennett-Very Good
Interior D-Line: 
RDT: Brandon Mebane-Good
LDT: Tony McDaniel-Average
DT: Jordan Hill-Young/2013 3rd RD/Average so far
OLB: KJ Wright-Very Good
MLB: Bobby Wagner-Very Good/Elite
OLB: Bruce Irvin-Good
LCB: Richard Sherman-Elite
RCB: Cary Williams-New/Average
Slot CB: Jeremy Lane-Average
SS: Kam Chancellor-Very Good
FS: Earl Thomas-Elite
WR: Doug Baldwin-Average
WR: Jermaine Kearse-Average
TE 1: Jimmy Grahame-New/Elite, arguably the best TE in the NFL
TE 2: Luke Wilson-Young/2013 5th RD
LT: Russell Okung-Good
LG: CJ Davis-New/Below Average
C:  Lemuel Jeanpierre-Below Average
RG: JR Sweezy-Below Average
RT: Justin Britt-Below Average
Marshawn Lynch-Elite
Robert Turbin-Average

O-Line Starters and Depth:  Okung is good, but the rest of the line is average.  Expect multiple picks in the middle rounds to help improve the line.
WR:  They added a superstar TE in Graham. They could use another play make on the outside.
D-Line Depth:  Seattle couldn't get any pressure on Tom Brady in the Super Bowl once Cliff Avril got injured. Pete Carroll will look to find another speed rusher in the late rounds.
DB Depth:  The strength of the team is the secondary. The starters are great, maybe the best in the league, but more depth is needed
Backup QB:  

Sunday, April 12, 2015

2015 NFL Draft: Team Needs: Picks 24-28 (ARZ, CAR, BAL, DAL, DEN)

Picks in first 3 rounds: 24, 55, 86
8 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Bruce Arians/Steve Keim
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Harold Goodwin/Vertical-Pass Heavy 
Pass/Run Ratio: 58.9/41.1
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage: 
James Bettcher (new)/3-4 Hybrid Press Man
Offensive Star: Larry Fitzgerald-WR
Defensive Stars: Patrick Peterson-CB/KR and Calais Campbell-DE
Position Analysis
Carson Palmer-Good
Pass Rush: 
RDE/5T: Calais Campbell-Elite
ROLB: Alex Okafor-Young/2013 4th RD/Below Average so far
LOLB: Matt Shaugnessy-Below Average
#3 OLB: Lamarr Woodley-New/Average 
Interior D-Line: 
LDE: Frostee Rucker-Average
NT:  Alameda Ta'Amu-Unproven
3T/NT: Corey Peters-New/Average
LILB: Kevin Minter-Young/2013 2nd RD/Average so far
RILB: Sean Weatherspoon-New/Good
ILB:   Daryl Washington-Suspended-Very Good when playing
LCB: Patrick Peterson-Very Good/Elite
RCB: Jerraud Powers-Average
#3 CB: Justin Bethel-Unproven
FS: Tyrann Mathieu-Young/2013 3rd RD/Very Good/almost Elite
SS/WLB (strictly box): Deone Buchannon-Young/2014 1st RD
SS: Tony Jefferson-Young/2013 Undrafted
WR: Larry Fitzgerald-was Elite/has recently fell to Good
WR: Michael Floyd-Good
Deep Threat WR: John Brown-Young/2014 3rd RD
TE: Troy Nicklas-Young/2014 2nd RD
LT: Jared Veldheer-Very Good
LG: Jonathan Cooper-Young/2013 1st RD
C:  Anthony Steen-Unproven/Young/2014 Undrafted  or
     Ted Larsen-Below Average at RG last year
RG: Mike Iupati-New/Very Good/Elite
RT: Bobby Massie-Average
Andre Ellington-Young/2013 6th RD/Good when healthy
Stepfan Taylor-Young/2013 5th RD

Pass Rush OLB:  Campbell does a great job getting pressure from the 5 technique but the Cards lack an outside pass rush. Okafor is a solid #2 OLB but they need a #1. At #24 they can get a good player like Eli Harold or Nate Orchard but they will need to trade up to get an elite play maker.
#2 CB:  Peterson is a star but he could use an upgrade across the field.
Power RB:  Ellington has been very effective when healthy but he's barely 200 pounds.  The Cards need a bigger back to help carry the load.
LG:  It's a make or break year for 2013 1st RD pick Jonathan Cooper
NT:  They lost Dan Williams in free agency. They signed Peters, but he may be a better fit as a 3 technique
Young QB: Carson Palmer is 35 and has been very injury prone. How early is to early to find an eventual replacement?

Picks in first 3 rounds: 25, 57, 89
9 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Ron Rivera/Dave Gettleman
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Mike Shula/Ball Control, becoming more Balanced as Cam develops as a passer
Pass/Run Ratio: 53.5/46.5
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Sean McDermott/4-3 Cover 2
Offensive Stars: Greg Olsen and Cam Newton-QB
Defensive Star: Luke Kuechly-MLB and Thomas Davis-WLB
Position Analysis
Cam Newton-Good
Pass Rush/DE: 
LDE: Charles Johnson-Very Good
RDE: Kony Ealy-Young/2014 2nd RD
Interior D-Line: 
RDT: Star Lotulelei-Young/2013 1st RD/Very Good
LDT: Kewann Short-Young/2013 2nd RD/Very Good
SLB: AJ Klein-Young/2013 5th RD/Average so far
MLB: Luke Kuechly-Elite
WLB: Thomas Davis-Elite
LCB: Josh Norman-Good
RCB: Bene Benwikere-Young/2014 5th RD/Good as a rookie
#3 CB: Charles Tillman-New/Was Very Good 2 years ago, has regressed since
SS: Roman Harper-Below Average
FS: Tre Boston-Young/2014 4th RD
WR: Kelvin Benjamin-Young/2013 1st RD/showed flashes as a rookie
WR: Jerrico Cotchery-Average
TE:  Greg Olsen-Very Good/almost Elite
LT: Nate Chandler-Below Averge
LG: Andrew Norwell-Average  or
      Amini Silatolu-Below Average
C:   Ryan Kalil-Good
RG: Trai Turner-Young/2014 3rd RD
RT: Michael Oher-New/Average
HB; Jonathan Stewart-Goof when healthy
FB: Mike Tolbert-Good in blocking/short yardage role 

LT:  The retirement of Jordan Gross leaves a huge void at LT. It would be the shock of the draft if Carolina doesn't take a LT at #25. Several solid guys should still be available
RB:  DeAngelo Williams left for Pittsburgh and Stewart has only played in 58% of games the past 3 seasons  
Both Safeties:  Harper is below average and aging and Boston is unproven.
#2 WR:  With Benjamin and Greg Olsen, Cam has two good pass catchers, he needs a third to help get the passing game to another level
SLB Upgrade
C/G Depth
DE Depth 

Picks in first 3 rounds: 26, 58, 90
10 total picks
Head Coach/GM: John Harbaugh/Ozzie Newsome
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Mark Trestman (new)/West Coast-Balanced
Pass/Run Ratio: 55.3/44.7 in 2014
Mark Tresman's Bears in 2014 were 63.2/36.8
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
DeanPees/3-4 Cover 2
Offensive Stars: Joe Flacco-QB and Marshall Yanda-RG
Defensive Star: Terrell Suggs-OLB
Position Analysis
Joe Flacco-Very Good
Pass Rush/OLB: 
ROLB: Terrell Suggs-Very Good/Elite
LOLB: Elvis Dumervil-Very Good
#3 OLB: Courtney Upshaw-Below Average
Interior D-Line: 
RDE: Chris Canty-Average
NT:   Brandon Williams-Very Good/Young/2013 3rd RD
3T/DT: TImmy Jernigan-Young/2014 2nd RD/Good as a rookie
LILB: Daryl Smith-Very Good
RILB: CJ Mosley-Young/2014 1st RD/was an instant stud as a rookie, has Elite potential
LCB: Ladarius Webb-Average
RCB: Jimmy Smith-Good
Slot CB: Asa Jackson-Poor
SS: Matt Elam-Young/2013 1st RD/Poor so far, make or break year
FS: Will Hill-Good
#3 Safety/CB: Terrence Brooks-Young/2014 3rd RD
WR: Steve Smith Sr.-Good
WR: Marlon Brown-Average
TE 1: Dennis Pitta-Good when healthy
TE 2: Crockett Gilmore-Young/2014 3rd RD
LT: Eugene Monroe-Good
LG: Kelechi Osemele-Very Good
C:   Jeremy Zuttah-Average
RG: Marshall Yanda-Elite
RT: Ricky Wagner-Very Good
Justin Forsett-Career year in 2014, below average career befor

CB:  In a division with AJ Green and Antonio Brown having a good #1 CB is vital. Jimmy Smith is good, but he was hurt last year and the Ravens got torched game after game.
WR:  They let Torrey Smith walk in free agency and Steve Smith will be 36 this season. WR needs to be addressed no later than the 3rd round.
SS:  Matt Elam is a great hitter, but has been horrible in coverage, they may need to try to use him as a strictly box safety the way Arizona used Deone Buchanon last year or similar to how the Seahawks use Kam Chancellor.   
#3 Pass Rusher:  Upshaw has been a bust so far.
Young RB:  Forsett was great last year but they need a young RB to groom.
D-Line Depth
O-Line Depth 

Picks in first 3 rounds: 27, 60, 91
7 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Jason Garrett/Jerry Jones
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Scott Linehan/Vertical-Ball Control in 2014, will be more Balanced with DeMarco Murray gone
Pass/Run Ratio: 48.4/51.6 in 2014 63.6/36.4 in 2013
May lean more towards 2013 if they don't draft an adequate RB
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Rod Marinelli/4-3 Tampa 2
Offensive Stars: Tony Romo-QB, Jason Witten-TE, Dez Bryant-WR and Tyron Smith-LT
Defensive Star: Sean Lee-MLB
Position Analysis
Tony Romo-Good
Pass Rush/D-Line: 
RDE; Greg Hardy-Very Good/New (Is still on the NFL Exempt List and his playing status for 2015 is is not yet known)
LDE Jeremy Mincy-Average
3T/DT: Tyrone Crawford-Good
NT: Josh Brent-Average
Young DE: DeMarcus Lawrence-Young/2014 2nd RD
SLB: Sean Lee-Very Good
MLB: Rolando McClain-Good
WLB: Anthony Hitchens-Below Average
LCB: Brandon Carr-Average/Good
RCB: Morris Claiborne-Below Average
Slot CB: Orlando Scandrick-Very Good
SS: Barry Church-Average
FS: JJ Wilcox-Below Average
WR: Dez Bryant-Elite
WR: Terrance Williams-Average
Slot WR: Cole Beasley-Average
TE: Jason Witten-Elite
LT: Tyron Smith-Elite, arguably the best OT in the NFL
LG: Ronald Leary-Average
C:   Travis Frederick-Very Good/Young/2013 1st RD/Elite potential
RG: Zack Martin-Very Good/Young/2014 1st RD/Elite potential
RT: Doug Free-Average
Lance Dunbar or Joseph Randle (both unproven)

RB:  Murray is gone, they need a replacement, it's just that simple. Jerry Jones will be ecstatic if either Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon is there at #27. Never rule out a trade up with Dallas if the price is right.
Both Safeties:  It's almost as if Dallas is competing with the Giants for worst safety duo in the league, no wonder the NFC East teams score so much when they play each other
NT:  Crawford was good as the 3 technique last year, he needs a big body nose tackle to help him on the inside.
CB:  Claiborne has been a bust since being drafted in the top 10 in 2012
WLB:  Lee and McClain are a nice duo but they need a better weak side backer. They will look to get someone that's good in coverage.
O-Line Depth:  They have the best LT, RG, C trio in the league.  However they can use some competition at the other 2 spots

Picks in first 3 rounds: 28, 59, 92
10 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Gary Kubiak/John Elway
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Rick Dennison/West Coast, but now will be pass heavy with Peyton Manning  
Pass/Run Ratio: 57.8/42.2
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Wade Phillips (new)/3-4 Press Man
Offensive Star: Peyton Manning-QB and Demaryius Thomas-WR
Defensive Star: Von Miller-OLB and Chris Harris Jr.-CB
Position Analysis
Peyton Manning-Very Good, has slightly dropped from Elite
Pass Rush/OLB: 
ROLB: DeMarcus Ware-Very Good
LOLB: Von Miller-Elite
Interior D-Line: 
RDE: Malik Jackson-Very Good
NT:  Sylvester Williams-Young/2013 1st RD/Below Average so far
LDE: Derek Wolfe-Below Average
LILB: Danny Trevathan-Good
RILB: Brandon M. Marshall-Good
LCB: Aqib Talib-Good
RCB: Chris Harris jr-Elite
Slot CB: Bradley Roby-Young/2014 1st RD
SS: TJ Ward-Very Good
FS: Darian Stewart-New/Unproven
WR: Demaryius Thomas-Elite
WR: Andre Caldwell-Below Average
Slot WR: Emmanuel Sanders-Very Good
#4 WR: Cody Latimer-Young/2014 2nd RD
TE 1: Owen Daniels-New/Average/Good when healthy
TE 2: Virgil Green-Unproven
LT: Ryan Clady-Good
LG: Jon Halapio-New/Unproven
C:   Manny Ramirez-Average
RG: Louis Vasquez-Very Good
RT: Chris Clark-Average
CJ Anderson-Very Good

O-Line Depth:  They are set at LT and RG but the rest of the line is shaky. Consecutive off season losses of guards Orlando Franklin and Zane Beadles have hurt.  Upgrades at RT and LG can be made in the draft
D-Line Depth :  Losing 325 pound nose tackle Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton was another huge loss (both literally and figuratively).  Depth needs to be added on the defensive front as well
QB:  Peyton is 39 and we still don't know if they are sold on Brock Osweiler
Kicker:  As a Super Bowl contender, you need to be good in all three aspects of the game. The Broncos had issues replacing Matt Prater last year
#3 Pass Rusher:  You can never have enough guys to put pressure on the opposing QB 
FS Upgrade
TE Upgrade 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

2015 NFL Draft: Team Needs: Picks 18-23 (KC, PHL, CIN, PIT, DET)

Picks in first 3 rounds: 18, 49, 80, 98
10 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Andy Reid/John Dorsey
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Doug Pederson/West Coast-Balanced
Pass/Run Ratio: 54.0/46.0
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage:
Bob Sutton/3-4 Press Man
Offensive Star: Jamaal Charles-RB
Defensive Star: Justin Houston-OLB  
Position Analysis
Alex Smith-Good
Pass Rush/OLB: 
ROLB: Tamba Hali-Good
LOLB: Justin Houston-Elite
Interior D-Line: 
RDE: Mike DeVito-Good
NT:   Dontari Poe-Good/Elite potential
LDE: Jaye Howard or Allen Bailey-both Average
LILB: Derrick Johnson-Very Good
RILB: James Michael Johnson-Below Average
LCB: Phillip Gaines-Young/2014 4th RD
RCB: Sean Smith-Good
#3 CB: Jamell Fleming-Average
SS: Husain Abdullah-Average
FS: Ron Parker-New/Average
Eric Berry-Elite when healthy, is currently recovering from Hodgkin's Lymphoma and may miss all of 2015
WR: Jeremy Maclin-New/Good
WR: Jason Avant-New/Below Average
Slot WR: De'Anthony Thomas-Young/2014 4th RD
TE: Travis Kelce-Very Good/Young/2013 3rd RD
LT: Eric Fisher-Young/2013 1st RD (#1 overall)/Bust so far
LG: Ben Grubbs-New/Good
C:   Eric Kush-Young/2013 6th RD
RG: Jeff Allen-Below Average
RT: Donald Stephenson-Below Average
Jamaal Charles-Elite/Very Good
FB: Anthony Sherman-Elite in role

O-Line Depth:  They lost arguably the best center in the league in Rodney Hudson via free agency. Trading for Grubbs was a smart move but they still need a ton of help up front. Fisher has struggled in his 1st two seasons and now there are rumors that he may move to right tackle.
#2 WR:  Signing Maclin was a smart move, but they still need another pass catcher to take the pressure off of him
ILB:  Derrick Johnson continues to play at a high level even at age 32, but he needs some help on the inside
LDE Upgrade
DB Depth

Picks in first 3 rounds: 20, 52, 84
8 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Chip Kelly/Howie Roseman
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Pat Shurmur/Spread-Balanced
Pass/Run Ratio: 56.7/43.3
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage: 
Billy Davis/4-3 Under/3-4 Press Man
Offensive Stars: DeMarco Murray-RB, Jason Peters-LT and Evan Mathis-LG
Defensive Star: Fletcher Cox-DE
Position Analysis
Sam Bradford-Average when healthy   or
Mark Snachez-Below Average
Pass Rush/OLB/DE: 
Connor Barwin-Good
Brandon Graham-Good
Vinny Curry-Good
Interior D-Line: 
3T/DE: Fletcher Cox-Very Good
NT:  Bennie Logan-Young/2013 3rd RD
LDE: Cedric Thornton-Good
ILB: Mychal Kendricks-Good
ILB: Kiko Alonso-Good/New
LCB: Walter Thurmond-New/Average
RCB: Byron Maxwell-New/Good
Slot CB: Brandon Boykin-Very Good at role
SS: Earl Wolff-Young/2013 5th RD/Average so far
FS: Malcolm Jenkins-Good
WR: Jordan Matthees-Young/2014 2nd RD
WR: Riley Cooper-Below Average
#3 WR: Josh Huff-Young/2014 3rd RD
TE 1: Zach Ertz-Young/2013 2nd RD/Good so far
TE 2: Brent Celek-Good
LT: Jason Peters-Elite
LG: Evan Mathis-Elite
C:   Jason Kelce-Very Good
RG: Matt Tobin-Below Average
RT: Lane Johnson-Young/2013 1st RD (#4 overall), Good right now, Elite potential
DeMarco Murray-Elite/New
Darren Sproles-Good

QB:  This may be the most talented roster in the NFL. They have 3 players that Pro Football Focus graded as Elite. Plus 13 more starters that can be considered very good or good. This team is a QB away from getting to the Super Bowl.
#2 WR:  After a good rookie season Matthews appears ready to be the #1 target in Philly.  The Eagles allowed Jeremy Maclin to walk via free agency. Now they need a young counterpart to pair with Matthews.
SS:  They addressed the CB issues in free agency but they still need an upgrade at SS
O-Line Depth:  Mathis is still arguably the best LG in the NFL but he will be 34 this year. Tobin is unproven and struggled last year. Longtime starting RG Todd Herremans was a cap casualty this off season.

Picks in first 3 rounds: 21, 53, 85, 99
9 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Marvin Lewis/Mike Brown
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Hue Jackson/West Coast-Run Heavy in 2014, Balanced previous two years
Pass/Run Ratio: 50.6/49.4
2013: 55.0/45.0
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage: 
Paul Guenther/4-3 Under, uses both man and zone
Offensive Stars: A.J. Green-WR and Andrew Whitworth-LT
Defensive Star: Geno Atkins-DT
Position Analysis
Andy Dalton-Average
Pass Rush/D-Line: 
RDE: Michael Johnson-New/struggled in Tampa last year, was good in Cincinnati in 2013
3T/DT- Geno Atkins-Elite when healthy
NT: Domata Peko-Poor
LDE: Carlos Dunlap-Very Good
SLB: Emmmanuel Lamur-Below Average
MLB: Ray Maualuga-Average
WLB: Vontaze Burfict-Very Good
LCB: Dre Kirkpartick-Average
RCB: Adam Jones-Good
Slot CB: Leon Hall-Good
SS: George Iloka-Good
FS: Reggie Nelson-Good
WR: AJ Green-Elite
WR: Mohamed Sanu-Below Average
 #3 WR: Marvin Jones-Average
TE: Tyler Eifert/Young/2013 1st RD/Average so far
LT: Andrew Whitworth-Elite
LG: Clint Boling-Good
C:   Russell Bodine-Young/2014 4th RD
RG: Kevin Zeiter-Very Good
RT: Andre Smith-Good
Power: Jeremy Hill-Young/2014 2nd RD/Good
Scat: Gio Bernard-Young/2013 2nd RD/Good
The best RB duo in the NFL

NT:  Peko was terrible last year, luckily for the Bengals, they should have their choice of Malcolm Brown, Eddie Goldman and Jordan Phillips at #21.
#2 WR:  AJ Green is an absolute superstar, but the rest of the WR core is average at best, plenty of good choices in rounds 2-4.
O-Line Depth:  Whitworth is great but he will be 34 this year. The bigger need is a NT, but if a good OT slips to them at #21, the opportunity may be too good to pass up.
Pass Rush Depth:  Signing Johnson was a good move, they still need more depth
SLB:  Lamur is graded as below average according to Pro Football Focus but he is good in coverage. They need an outside backer that can contribute in coverage, pass rush and against the run.
Backup QB:  AJ McCarron has an attractive wife, good for him, but it won't help Cincinnati if Dalton gets injured.  Investing in a QB in the 3rd or 4th round would be a smart move.

Picks in first 3 rounds: 22, 56, 87
8 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Mike Tomlin/Kevin Colbert
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Todd Haley/Spread-Pass Heavy
Pass/Run Ratio: 59.1/40.9
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage: 
Keith Butler/3-4 Cover 1
Offensive Stars: Ben Roethlisberger-QB, Antonio Brown-WR and Le'Veon Bell-RB
Defensive Star: Cameron Hayward-DE/DT
Position Analysis
Ben Roethlisberger-Elite
Pass Rush/OLB: 
ROLB: Jarvis Jones-Young/2013 1st RD/Below Average so far
LOLB: Arthur Moats-Good
Pass Rush Specialists; James Harrison-Average
Interior D-Line: 
RDE: Cameron Hayward-Very Good
NT:   Steve McLendon-Average
LDE: Stephon Tuitt-Young/2014 2nd RD
LILB: Ryan Shazier-Young/2014 1st RD
RILB: Lawrence Timmons-Good
LCB:Cortez Allen-Below Average
RCB: BW Webb-Unproven
Slot CB: William Gay-Good
SS: Troy Polamalu-Good
FS: Mike Mitchell-Average
WR: Antonio Brown-Elite. arguably the best WR in the NFL
WR: Martavis Bryant-Young/2014 4th RD was a good deep threat as a rookie
Slot WR: Markus Wheaton-Young/2013 3rd RD/Average so far
TE: Heath Miller-Good
LT: Kelvin Beachum-Very Good
LG: Ramon Foster-Average
C:   Maurkice Pouncey-Good
RG: David DeCastro-Good
RT: Marcus Gilbert-Good
Le'Veon Bell-Elite, arguably the best RB in the NFL
Scat Back/Specialty WR: Dri Archer-Young/2014 3rd RD
Backup: DeAngelo Williams-New/Average

Two CB:  The Steelers D was torched on many a deep ball last year. Gay is good in the slot but they have a major need at both corners. It would not be surprising if they went corner in the first two rounds.
Pass Rush Depth:  They lost Jason Worilds to retirement and Jarvis Jones has not panned out yet
Safety:  Mitchel was supposed to fix the hole at FS, but he struggled in his first year coming from Carolina.  Polamalu is a 1st ballot Hall of Famer but he's 34 years old.
Backup QB:  If Big Ben got hurt, either Bruce Gradkowski or Landry Jones would be the next man up. 
O-Line Depth
D-Line Depth 

Picks in first 3 rounds: 23, 54, 88
6 total picks
Head Coach/GM:  Jim Caldwell/Maritn Mayhew
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Joe Lombardi/Vertical-Pass Heavy
Pass/Run Ratio: 60.4/39.6
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage: 
Teryl Austin/4-3 Press Man
Offensive Star: Calvin Johnson-WR
Defensive Star: Ziggy Ansah-DE and Stephen Tulloch-MLB
Position Analysis
Matthew Stafford-Good
Pass Rush/OLB: 
RDE: Ziggy Ansah-Very Good
LDE: Jason Jones-Below Average  or
        Devin Taylor-Young/2013 4th RD/Below Average so far
Interior D-Line: 
RDT: Tyrunn Walker-New/Good/Average
LDT: Haloti Ngata-New/Good
SLB: Tahir Whitehead-Average  or
       Kyle Van Noy-Young/2014 2nd RD
MLB: Stephen Tulloch-Very Good
WLB: DeAndre Levy-Good
LCB: Darius Slay-Good
RCB: Rashean Mathis-Good
#3 CB: Bill Bentley-Below Average
Slot CB: Nevin Lawson-Young/2014 4th RD
SS: James Ihedigbo-Good
FS: Glover Quinn-Very Good
WR: Calvin Johnson/Elite, arguably the best WR in the NFL when healthy
WR: Golden Tate-Very Good
TE 1: Eric Ebron-Young/2014 1st RD
TE 2: Brandon Pettigrew-Below Average
LT: Riley Reiff-Good
LG: Rodeny Austin-Unproven
C:   Travis Swanson-Young/2014 3rd RD
RG: Larry Warford-Very Good/almost Elite
RT: LaAdrian Waddle-Average
Joique Bell-Good
3rd down: Theo Riddick-Young/2013 6th RD

O-Line Depth:  Reiff and Warford are good young players. The rest of the line needs to be seriously upgraded, especially RT and LG.
LDE:  Both Jones and Taylor are below average
DT: They traded for Ngata and signed Walker. It's a good start but still doesn't make up for the loss of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.
#3 WR:  Megatron and Tate may be the best WR duo in the league. They need more depth behind them though.
DB Depth: Mathis is still good but turns 35 this summer. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

2015 NFL Draft: Team Needs: Pick 13-17 (NO, MIA, SF, HOU, SD)

Picks in first 3 rounds: 13, 31, 44, 75, 78
9 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Sean Payton/Mickey Loomis
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Pete Carmichael, Jr/Vertical and West Coast-Pass Heavy
Pass/Run Ratio: 61.9/38.1
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage:
Rob Ryan/3-4 Man
Offensive Star: Drew Brees-QB
Defensive Star: Jarius Byrd-FS
Position Analysis
Drew Brees-Elite
Pass Rush/OLB: 
ROLB: Parys Haralson-New/Below Average
LOLB: Junior Galette-Very Good
Interior D-Line: 
RDE: Cameron Jordan-Good
NT:  Broderick Bunkley-New/Average
LDE: Akiem Hicks-Average
Young NT: John Jenkins-2013 3 RD
LILB: David Hawthore-Below Average
RILB: Dannelle Ellerbe-New/Average
LCB: Keenan Lewis-Good
RCB: Brandon Browner-New/Good
Slot CB: Kyle Wilson-New/Average
Young CB/FS: Stanley Jean Baptiste-2014 2nd RD
SS: Kenny Vaccaro-Young/2013 1st RD/Below Average so far
FS: Jarius Byrd-Very Good/almost Elite
WR: Marques Colston-Average
WR: Brandin Cooks-Young/2014 1st RD
#3 WR: Nick Toon-Below Average
TE 1: Josh Hill-Average
TE 2: Ben Watson-Average
LT: Terron Armstead-Young/2013 3rd RD/Good
LG: Senio Kelemete-Unproven
C:   Max Unger-Very Good
RG: Jahri Evans-Average
RT: Zach Strief-Very Good
Power: Mark Ingram-Average
Scat: CJ Spiller-Average
#3; Khiry Robinson-Average

Pass Rusher:  Galette is good on one side but the Saints need another edge rusher to get after Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and whichever QB Tampa takes at #1.
ILB:  They need a major upgrade here.
LDE: Jordan is good on the right side, but he needs help.
TE:  It's going to take more than Watson and Hill to replace Jimmy Graham.
WR:  Cooks is very good, but small and Colston will be 32 this year, depth is needed.
O Line Depth:  Keeping Brees upright is always a top priority.

Picks in first 3 rounds: 14, 47
6 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Joe Philbin/Dennis Hickey
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Bill Lazor/Spread-Pass Heavy in 2014
Pass/Run Ratio: 59.8/40.1
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Kevin Coyle/4-3 Man
Offensive Star: Branden Albert-OT
Defensive Star: Cameron Wake-DE/OLB and Ndamukong Suh-DT (new)
Position Analysis 
Ryan Tannehill-Good
Pass Rush/D-Line: 
RDE: Oliver Vernon-Good
LDE: Cameron Wake-Elite
#3 DE: Dion Jordan-Young/2013 1st RD/Bust so far
RDT: Earl Mitchell-Average
LDT: Ndamukong Suh-Elite/New
SLB: Chris McCain-Young/2014 Undrafted
MLB: Koa Misi-Good
WLB: Jelani Jenkins-Young/2013 4th RD
LCB: Brent Grimes-Very Good
RCB: Will Davis-Young 2013 3rd RD
Slot CB: Brice McCain-New/Average
#4 CB: Jamar Taylor-Young 2013 2nd RD
SS: Reshad Jones-Very Good
FS: Louis Delmas-New/Average
WR: Jarvis Landry-Young/2014 2nd RD/Good as a rookie
WR: Kenny Stills-New/Good
#3 WR: Rishard Matthews-Average
TE: JordanCameron-New/Good when healthy
LT: Brendan Albert-Very Good
LG: Dallas Thomas-Young/2013 3rd RD/Poor so far
C:   Mike Pouncey-Good
RG: Billy Turner-Young/2014 3rd RD
RT: Ja'Wuan James-Young/2014 1st RD
Lamar Miller-Good

CB:   Grimes is a stud, but he'll turn 32 this year.  All they have are a bunch of unproven guys with him.  They need a big corner to guard guys like Gronk, Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.
C/OG:  They can draft a center and move Pouncey over to guard or they can add depth to the guard spot.
SLB:  Undrafted Chris McCain is the current starter.
FS:  Delmas isn't the long term answer.
Big WR : Good duo with Landry and Stills, but both guys are 6-0.  They could use a big Red Zone threat. If Devante Parker slips to #14, he will be very hard to pass up.

Picks in first 3 rounds: 15, 46, 79
9 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Jim Tomsula (new)/Trent Balke
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Jeep Chryst (new)/Ball Control-Balanced
Pass/Run Ratio: 50.9/49.1
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Eric Mangini (new)/3-4 Zone
Offensive Star: Joe Staley-LT
Defensive Star: NaVorro Bowman-ILB
Position Analysis
Colin Kaepernick-Average/potential to be Good
Pass Rush/OLB: 
ROLB: Aldon Smith-Very Good/almost Elite
LOLB: Aaron Lynch-Young/2014 5th RD
Interior D-Line: 
RDE: Justin Smith-Good
NT:   Glenn Dorsey-Good
LDE: Darnell Dockett-New/Good
#3 DE: Tank Carradine-Young/2013 2nd RD
LILB: Nick Moody-Young/2014 6th RD
RILB: NaVorro Bowman-Elite
LCB: Trumaine Brock-Good
RCB: Dontae Johnson-Young/2014 4th RD or
          Shareece Wright-New
Slot CB: Jimmy Ward-Young/2014 1st RD
SS: Antonie Bethea-Good
FS: Eric Reid-Young/2013 1st RD/Average so far
WR: Torrey Smith-New/Good
WR: Anquan Boldin-Good
Slot WR: Bruce Ellington-Young/2014 4th RD
TE: Vernon Davis-Average
LT: Joe Staley-Elite
LG: Brandon Thomas-Young/2014 3rd RD or
       Marcus Martin-Young/2014 3rd RD
C:    Daniel Kilgore-Good
They may move Martin to center and Kilgore to LG
RG: Alex Boone-Good
RT: Anthony Davis-Good
Carlos Hyde-Young/2014 2nd RD
Kendall Hunter-Average

DE:  Justin Smith and Darnell Dockett are a combined 69 years old, they need a young 3 technique or 5 technique to help anchor Mangini's 3-4 defense.
ILB:  Both Patrick Willis and Chris Borland retired due to health concerns, it leaves Bowman as the only starter with experience on the inside.
TE:  This may be Davis' last year in San Fran.
DB Depth
C/G Depth
WR Depth 

Picks in first 3 rounds: 16, 51, 82
10 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Bill O'Brian/Rick Smith
Offensive Coordinator/Style: George Godsey (new)/Ball Control-Balanced
Pass/Run Ratio: 46.8/53.2
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Romeo Crennell/3-4 Cover 1
Offensive Star: Arian Foster-RB, DeAndre Hopkins-WR and Duane Brown-LT
Defensive Star: JJ Watt-DE/5T/Pass Rusher
Position Analysis
Brian Hoyer-New/Below Average
Ryan Mallet-Unproven
Pass Rush: 
5T/DE: JJ Watt-Elite
Jack LB: Jadeveon Clowney-Young/2014 1st RD (#1 overall pick)
SLB:  Whitney Mercilus-Below Average
Interior D-Line: 
NT:  Vince Wilfork-New/Good
3T/DT: Jered Crick-Below Average
LILB: Brian Cushing-Average/Very Good when healthy
RILB: Justin Tuggle or Mike Mohammed-Both unproven
LCB: Kareem Jackson-Good
RCB: Jonathan Joseph-Good
SS: DJ Swearinger-Young/2013 2nd RD/Below Average so far
FS: Rahim Moore-New/Average/Good
WR: DeAndre Hopkins-Very Good
WR: Cecil Shorts-New/Average when healthy
TE: Garrett Graham-Below Average
LT: Duane Brown-Very Good
LG: Xavier Su'a Filo-Young/2014
C:    Ben Jones-Average
RG: Brandon Brooks-Very Good
RT: Derek Newton-Good
Arian Foster-Good/Elite when healthy
Alfred Blue-Young/2014 6th RD

QB:  Unless they trade up for Mariota or Winston they will have to roll with the Hoyer/Mallet duo in 2015. They still can challenge for a playoff spot if everyone else stays healthy.  If not, coach Bill O'Brian may have a shot to draft his former Penn St QB Christian Hackenberg next draft.
ILBs:  Cushing is good but he's always injured, the other spot is is occupied by two unproven players.
#2 WR: Hopkins is a clear cut #1 guy but right now he's the only consistent threat .
TE:  See above 
SS/Slot Corner: Upgrade may be needed over Swearinger
C/G Depth
Pass Rush Depth 

Picks in first 3 rounds: 17, 48, 83
6 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Mike McCoy/Tom Telesco
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Frank Reich/West Coast
Pass/Run Ratio: 59.0/41..0
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
John Pagano/3-4 Cover 2 Man
Offensive Star: Phillip Rivers-QB
Defensive Star: Eric Weddle-FS
Position Analysis
Phillip Rivers-Very Good
Pass Rush/OLB: 
ROLB: Melvin Ingram-Average
LOLB: Tourek-Young/2013 6th RD  or
             Jerry Attaochu-Young/2014 2nd RD
Interior D-Line: 
3T/DT: Corey Liuget-Good/Average
NT:  Sean Lissemore-Below Average
LDE: Kendall Reyes-Poor
LILB: Manti Te'o-Young/2013 2nd RD/Average so far
RILB: Donald Butler-Good/down year in 2014 was Average
LCB: Brandon Flowers-Good
RCB: Patrick Robinson-New/Good
Slot CB: Jason Verett-Young/2014 1st RD
Eric Weddle-Elite
Jimmy Wilson-New
WR: Keenan Allen-Good
WR: Malcolm Floyd-Good
TE 1: Antonio Gates-Good
TE 2: Ladarius Green-Good
LT: King Dunlap-Good
LG: Kenny Wiggins-Unproven
C:    Chris Watt-Young/2014 3rd RD
RG: Orlando Franklin-New/Good
RT: DJ Fluker-Young/2013 1st RD
Scat-Branden Oliver-Good
Scat-Danny Woodhead-Good

C/OG:  Signing Orlando Franklin in free agency was step one, now they need to address the other 2 interior line spots.
NT:  Pagano needs an anchor inside for his 3-4 defense.
LDE:  Reyes has been a major disappointment since being drafted in the 2nd round in 2012.
Power RB:  The combo of Oliver and Woodhead is solid but the Chargers need a two-down power back to shoulder the load.
Backup QB: Rivers is 33 years old and may test free agency next year.

Monday, March 30, 2015

2015 NFL Draft: Team Needs: Picks 9-12 (NYG, SL, MIN, CLV)

Picks in first 3 rounds: 9, 40, 74
8 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Tom Coughlin/Jerry Reese   
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Ben McAdoo/West Coast-Balanced, will pass more if they can protect Eli better
Pass/Run Ratio: 57.5/42.5
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage:
Steve Spagnuolo (new)/4-3 Man
Offensive Stars: Odell Beckham Jr.-WR and Eli Manning-QB
Defensive Star: Jason Pierre Paul-DE
Position Analysis
Eli Manning-Very Good
Pass Rush/DE: 
RDE: Jason Pierre Paul-Very Good
LDE: Demontre Moore-Young/2013 3rd RD
#3 DE/pass rush specialist: Robert Ayers-Good
Interior D-Line: 
LDT: Cullen Jenkins-Average
RDT: Jonthan Hankins-Very Good
SLB: Devon Kennard-Young/2014 5th RD
MLB: Jon Beason-Below Average
WLB: JT Thomas-New/Unproven
LCB: Dominique Rodgers Cromartie-Very Good
RCB: Prince Amukamara-Good
Slot CB: Trumaine McBride-Good
SS: Cooper Taylor-Young/2013 5th RD
FS: Nat Berhe-Young/2014 5th RD
WR: Odell Beckham Jr.-Elite/2014 1st RD, was NFL Rookie of the Year
WR: Victor Cruz-Good
WR: Rueben Randle-Average
TE: Larry Donnell-Below Average
LT: Willam Beatty-Good
LG: John Jerry-New/Below Average
C:  Weston Richburg-Young/2014 2nd RD
RG: Geoff Schwartz-Very Good
RT: Justin Pugh-Young/2013 1st RD, average so far, playing out of position
Rashad Jennings-Average
Shane Vereen-New/Average
Andre Williams-Young/2014 4th RD

OT/G:  The G-Men really struggled protecting Eli last year. The team can draft a RT at #9 and move Pugh to LG or draft a LG and keep Pugh at RT.  Either way they need more bodies to keep the pressure off of Eli.
Both Safeties:  As you can see they have a pair of unproven 5th round talents starting as of now.  Landon Collins will be there at #9 but that might be too high for him.
MLB or WLB:  Beason has lost a step and Thomas is unproven
TE:  Is Larry Donnell really the answer here?
O-Line Depth
DT Depth

Picks in first 3 rounds: 10, 41, 72
6 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Jeff Fisher/Les Snead
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Frank Cignetti Jr. (new)/Ball Control
Pass/Run Ratio: 56.6/43.4
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage:
Gregg Williams/4-3 Man
Offensive Star: None
Defensive Stars: Aaron Donald-DT and Robert Quinn-DE
Position Analysis
Nick Foles-Average/New
Pass Rush/D Line: 
RDE: Robert Quinn-Elite
LDE: Chris Long-Good
#3 DE/pass rush specialist: William Hayes-Good
LDT/3T: Aaron Donald-Young/2014 1st RD was an instant star as a rookie
RDT/1T: Michael Brockers-Average
SLB: Akeem Ayers-New/Average/was a backup in NE
MLB: James Laurinaitis-Average
WLB: Alec Ogletree-Below Average
LCB: EJ Gaines-Young/2014 6th RD
RCB: Janoris Jenkins-Average
Slot CB: LaMarcus Joyner-Young/2014 2nd RD
SS: TJ McDonald-Young/2013 3rd RD/Average so far
FS: Rodney McLoud-Average
WR: Kenny Britt-Average
WR: Tavon Austin-Young/2013 1st RD has been a bust so far
#3 WR: Stedman Bailey-Young/2013 3rd RD/Average so far
TE: Jared Cook-Average
LT: Greg Robinson-Young/2013 1st RD (#2 overall)
LG: Rodger Saffold-Average
C:  Tim Barnes-Average
RG: Barrett Jones-Young/2013 4th RD
RT: Brandon Washington-Unproven
Tre Mason-Young/2014 3rd RD

#1 WR:  The Rams have a bunch of average players and lack a true go to guy.  Britt is solid, but Austin has been a major bust.
QB:  Is Nick Foles the answer?  Will they trade up for Mariota?  They could go WR at #10 then take either Bryce Petty, Brett Hundley or Garrett Grayson at #41.
O Line Depth:  Everything but LT and LG can use an upgrade.  Coach Fisher wants powerful guys that can run block
LB Depth:  All 3 starters are average, they could use more competition.  

Picks in first 3 rounds: 11, 45, 76
7 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Mike Zimmer/Rick Spielman
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Norv Turner/Vertical-Balanced
Pass/Run Ratio: 55.6/44.4
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage:
George Edwards/4-3 Press Man
Offensive Star: Adrian Peterson-RB
Defensive Star: Harrison Smith-FS
Position Analysis
Teddy Bridgewater-Young/2014 1st RD/Good, was the best rookie QB last year
Pass Rush/DE: 
RDE: Everson Griffen-Very Good
LDE: Brian Robinson-Below Average
Interior D-Line: 
DT/3T: Shariff Floyd-Young/2013 1st RD has been Very Good
NT: Linval Joseph-Good
SLB: Anthony Barr-Young/2014 1st RD was Good as a rookie
MLB: Audie Cole-Good
WLB: Chad Greenway-Below Average in 2014, had a down year
#4 OLB: Gerald Hodges-Young/2013 4th RD was Good as a starter late last year
LCB: Josh Robinson-Average
RCB: Xavier Rhodes-Young/2013 1st RD/Good
#3/Nickel CB: Captain Munnerlyn-Good
SS: Robert Blanton-Good
FS: Harrison Smith-Elite
WR: Cordarrelle Patterson-Young/2013 1st RD regressed in 2nd year
WR: Mike Wallace-New/Average/Good at deep threat role
WR: Charles Johnson-Young/2013 7th RD
TE: Kyle Rudolph-Average
LT: Matt Kalil-Below Average
LG: David Yankey-Young/2014 5th RD
C:  John Sullivan-Very Good
RG: Brandon Fusco-Good
RT: Phil Loadholt-Good
Adrian Peterson-Elite (currently on NFL Exempt List, playing status for 2015 is still uncertain)
Jerrick McKinnon-Average

#1 WR:  The Vikings have some fast guys on the outside but they still need that big #1 target for Bridgewater to take the next step.
O Line Depth:  MatT Kalil has not been the franchise LT they expected when they drafted him #4 overall in 2012, maybe a move to guard is imminent.
RB:  Will Adrian Peterson play in 2015? If he does, will it be in Minnesota?
#2 Pass Rusher:  They can use an upgrade over Brian Robinson.
DB Depth:  They can use an upgrade over Josh Robinson.

Picks in first 3 rounds: 12, 19, 43, 77
10 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Mike Pettine/Ray Farmer
Offensive Coordinator/Style: John DeFelippo (new)/Ball Control
Pass/Run Ratio: 51.3/48.7
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Jim O'Neil/3-4 Cover 2
Offensive Stars: Joe Thomas-OT and Alex Mack-C
Defensive Star: Joe Haden-CB
Position Analysis
Major Need; Josh McCown-Below Average
Pass Rush/OLB: 
Paul Kruger-Good
Barkevious Mingo-Young/2013 1st RD/Average so far
Interior D-Line: 
RDE: Desmond Bryant-Average
NT:  Phil Taylor-Average
LDE: Randy Starks-New/Good
LILB: Craig Robertson-Below Average
RILB: Karlos Dansby-Very Good
LCB: Joe Haden-Elite
RCB: Tramon Williams-New/Good
Slot CB-K'Waun Williams-Good
Young CB/FS: Justin Gilbert-Young/2014 1st RD
SS: Donte Whitner-Very Good
FS: Tashaun Gipson-Good
WR: Dwayne Bowe-New/Good
WR: Brian Hartline-New/Average
Slot WR: Andrew Hawkins-Very Good at role
TE: Gary Barnridge-Below Average
LT: Joe Thomas-Elite, arguably the best OT in the NFL
LG: Joel Bitonio-Young/2014 2nd RD/Very Good, was an instant stud as a rookie
C:  Alex Mack-Very Good, arguably the best C in the NFL
RG: John Greco-Good
RT: Mitchell Schwartz-Good
Isaiah Crowell-Young/2014 Undrafted
Terrance West-Young/2014 3rd RD

QB:  The Browns without question had the worst QB play in the league last year.  The fact that they won 7 games last year shows how good the rest of the roster is
#1 WR:  Bowe is past his prime and Hartline is an average player at best 
NT:  They need a space eater to anchor their 3-4 set
TE:  They lost Jordan Cameron in free agency.
Rush LB:  Mingo has not been the star they expected him to be .
RT:  Adding a RT would allow them to move Schwartz inside.
ILB:  Robertson is a below average player and Dansby will be 34 this season.
RB:  Not a major need, nut if the right guy falls to them, they will take him.