Sunday, April 12, 2015

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

ARIZONA CARDINALS 
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
QB:
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
LB: 
LILB: Kevin Minter-Young/2013 2nd RD/Average so far
RILB: Sean Weatherspoon-New/Good
ILB:   Daryl Washington-Suspended-Very Good when playing
CB: 
LCB: Patrick Peterson-Very Good/Elite
RCB: Jerraud Powers-Average
#3 CB: Justin Bethel-Unproven
Safety:
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/TE: 
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
O-Line: 
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
RB: 
Andre Ellington-Young/2013 6th RD/Good when healthy
Stepfan Taylor-Young/2013 5th RD

NEEDS: 
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?




CAROLINA PANTHERS
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
QB:
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
LB: 
SLB: AJ Klein-Young/2013 5th RD/Average so far
MLB: Luke Kuechly-Elite
WLB: Thomas Davis-Elite
CB: 
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
Safety:
SS: Roman Harper-Below Average
FS: Tre Boston-Young/2014 4th RD
WR/TE: 
WR: Kelvin Benjamin-Young/2013 1st RD/showed flashes as a rookie
WR: Jerrico Cotchery-Average
TE:  Greg Olsen-Very Good/almost Elite
O-Line: 
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
RB: 
HB; Jonathan Stewart-Good when healthy
FB: Mike Tolbert-Good in blocking/short yardage role 

NEEDS: 
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 




BALTIMORE RAVENS
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
QB:
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
LB: 
LILB: Daryl Smith-Very Good
RILB: CJ Mosley-Young/2014 1st RD/was an instant stud as a rookie, has Elite potential
CB: 
LCB: Ladarius Webb-Average
RCB: Jimmy Smith-Good
Slot CB: Asa Jackson-Poor
Safety: 
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/TE: 
WR: Steve Smith Sr.-Good
WR: Marlon Brown-Average
TE 1: Dennis Pitta-Good when healthy
TE 2: Crockett Gilmore-Young/2014 3rd RD
O-Line: 
LT: Eugene Monroe-Good
LG: Kelechi Osemele-Very Good
C:   Jeremy Zuttah-Average
RG: Marshall Yanda-Elite
RT: Ricky Wagner-Very Good
RB: 
Justin Forsett-Career year in 2014, below average career befor

NEEDS: 
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 








DALLAS COWBOYS 
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
QB:
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
LB: 
SLB: Sean Lee-Very Good
MLB: Rolando McClain-Good
WLB: Anthony Hitchens-Below Average
CB: 
LCB: Brandon Carr-Average/Good
RCB: Morris Claiborne-Below Average
Slot CB: Orlando Scandrick-Very Good
Safety:
SS: Barry Church-Average
FS: JJ Wilcox-Below Average
WR/TE: 
WR: Dez Bryant-Elite
WR: Terrance Williams-Average
Slot WR: Cole Beasley-Average
TE: Jason Witten-Elite
O-Line: 
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
RB: 
Lance Dunbar or Joseph Randle (both unproven)

NEEDS: 
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




DENVER BRONCOS 
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
QB:
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
LB: 
LILB: Danny Trevathan-Good
RILB: Brandon M. Marshall-Good
CB: 
LCB: Aqib Talib-Good
RCB: Chris Harris jr-Elite
Slot CB: Bradley Roby-Young/2014 1st RD
Safety:
SS: TJ Ward-Very Good
FS: Darian Stewart-New/Unproven
WR/TE: 
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
O-Line: 
LT: Ryan Clady-Good
LG: Jon Halapio-New/Unproven
C:   Manny Ramirez-Average
RG: Louis Vasquez-Very Good
RT: Chris Clark-Average
RB: 
CJ Anderson-Very Good

NEEDS: 
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 

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