Thursday, April 9, 2015

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

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 
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
QB:
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
LB: 
LILB: Derrick Johnson-Very Good
RILB: James Michael Johnson-Below Average
CB: 
LCB: Phillip Gaines-Young/2014 4th RD
RCB: Sean Smith-Good
#3 CB: Jamell Fleming-Average
Safety:
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/TE: 
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
O-Line: 
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
RB: 
Jamaal Charles-Elite/Very Good
FB: Anthony Sherman-Elite in role

NEEDS: 
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


PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 
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
QB:
Sam Bradford-Average when healthy   or
Mark Sanchez-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
LB: 
ILB: Mychal Kendricks-Good
ILB: Kiko Alonso-Good/New
CB: 
LCB: Walter Thurmond-New/Average
RCB: Byron Maxwell-New/Good
Slot CB: Brandon Boykin-Very Good at role
Safety:
SS: Earl Wolff-Young/2013 5th RD/Average so far
FS: Malcolm Jenkins-Good
WR/TE: 
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
O-Line: 
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
RB: 
DeMarco Murray-Elite/New
Darren Sproles-Good

NEEDS: 
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.




CINCINNATI BENGALS 
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
QB:
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
LB: 
SLB: Emmmanuel Lamur-Below Average
MLB: Ray Maualuga-Average
WLB: Vontaze Burfict-Very Good
CB: 
LCB: Dre Kirkpartick-Average
RCB: Adam Jones-Good
Slot CB: Leon Hall-Good
Safety:
SS: George Iloka-Good
FS: Reggie Nelson-Good
WR/TE: 
WR: AJ Green-Elite
WR: Mohamed Sanu-Below Average
 #3 WR: Marvin Jones-Average
TE: Tyler Eifert/Young/2013 1st RD/Average so far
O-Line: 
LT: Andrew Whitworth-Elite
LG: Clint Boling-Good
C:   Russell Bodine-Young/2014 4th RD
RG: Kevin Zeiter-Very Good
RT: Andre Smith-Good
RB: 
Power: Jeremy Hill-Young/2014 2nd RD/Good
Scat: Gio Bernard-Young/2013 2nd RD/Good
The best RB duo in the NFL

NEEDS: 
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.






PITTSBURGH STEELERS 
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
QB:
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
LB: 
LILB: Ryan Shazier-Young/2014 1st RD
RILB: Lawrence Timmons-Good
CB: 
LCB:Cortez Allen-Below Average
RCB: BW Webb-Unproven
Slot CB: William Gay-Good
Safety:
SS: Troy Polamalu-Good
FS: Mike Mitchell-Average
WR/TE: 
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
O-Line: 
LT: Kelvin Beachum-Very Good
LG: Ramon Foster-Average
C:   Maurkice Pouncey-Good
RG: David DeCastro-Good
RT: Marcus Gilbert-Good
RB: 
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

NEEDS: 
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 



DETROIT LIONS
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
QB:
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
LB: 
SLB: Tahir Whitehead-Average  or
       Kyle Van Noy-Young/2014 2nd RD
MLB: Stephen Tulloch-Very Good
WLB: DeAndre Levy-Good
CB: 
LCB: Darius Slay-Good
RCB: Rashean Mathis-Good
#3 CB: Bill Bentley-Below Average
Slot CB: Nevin Lawson-Young/2014 4th RD
Safety:
SS: James Ihedigbo-Good
FS: Glover Quinn-Very Good
WR/TE: 
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
O-Line: 
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
RB: 
Joique Bell-Good
3rd down: Theo Riddick-Young/2013 6th RD

NEEDS: 
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. 

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