Sunday, May 3, 2015

2015 NFL Draft Recap/New Depth Charts: GOOD TEAMS WITH ELITE/GOOD QBs

Instead of doing pointless "draft grades" I just plugged in key draft picks to see how they fit on their new team

Here is my color code:
Has a good chance to be a starter by next season 
Quality depth 
Need not addressed in the draft 

Self explanatory

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
             Kyle Emanuel
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
Denzel Perryman
LCB: Brandon Flowers-Good
RCB: Patrick Robinson-New/Good
Slot CB: Jason Verett-Young/2014 1st RD
Craig Mager
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
Melvin Gordon
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.

15. Melvin Gordon-RB-Wisconsin
48. Denzel Perryman-ILB-Miami
83 Craig Mager-CB-Texas State
153. Kyle Emanuel-OLB/EDGE-North Dakota State
192. Darius Philon-DT-Arkansas

They are all in on Melvin Gordon. They moved up two spots and gave up two late picks to get him. They see him as the every down back they were missing last year. Chargers' fans hope that this guy can become the next LaDainian Tomlinson. If the Chargers can have a more balanced offensive attack, they can have one the best offenses in the league. Perryman, Mager and Emanuel add quality depth to an average defense.

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
Za'Darius Smith
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
Carl Davis
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
Breshad Perriman
TE 1: Dennis Pitta-Good when healthy
TE 2: Crockett Gilmore-Young/2014 3rd RD
Maxx Williams
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
Javorius Allen

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 

26. Breshad Perriman-WR-UCF
55. Maxx Williams-TE-Minnesota
90. Carl Davis-5T/DT/DE-Iowa
122. Za'Darius Smith-DE/EDGE-Kentucky
125. Javorius Allen-RB-USC
136. Tray Walker-CB-Texas Southern
171. Nick Boyle-TE-Delaware
176. Robert Myers-OG-Tennessee State
204. Darren Waller-WR/TE-Georgia Tech

Maxx Williams should have an instant impact at TE. Dennis Pitta is good but is ALWAYS injured. Perriman can fly but he will need to work on route running and his hands. Learning how to play WR in the NFL from Steve Smith will help him in the long run. Carl Davis will rotate with Timmy Jernigan at DE while Za'Darius Smith will help ease the loss of Pernell McPhee. Allen is a solid complement back to Justin Forsett. Another good draft for Ozzie Newsome, as he keeps proving that he is among the best GM's in football.

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
Bud Dupree
Interior D-Line: 
RDE: Cameron Hayward-Very Good
NT:   Steve McLendon-Average
LDE: Stephon Tuitt-Young/2014 2nd RD
Anthony Chickillo
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
Senquez Golson
Doran Grant
SS: Shamarko Thomas-Young/2013 4th RD
FS: Mike Mitchell-Average
Gerod Holliman
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
Jesse James
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 that just retired.
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 

22. Bud Dupree-DE/OLB/EDGE-Kentucky
56. Senquez Golson-CB-Ole Miss
87. Sammie Coates-WR-Auburn
121. Doran Grant-CB-Ohio State
160. Jesse James-TE-Penn State
199. Leterrius Walton-DT-Central Michigan
212. Anthony Chickillo-DE-Miami
239. Gerod Holliman-FS-Louisville

DEFENSE clap clap DEFENSE clap clap. The Steelers did what they needed to do by going heavy on defense. Six of their eight total picks came on defense. All six guys drafted will have a chance to play next season. Dupree, Golson and Grant have a very good chance to start. Dupree was an absolute steal at #22. They hope he can have a better impact than Jarvis Jones has had thus far. Pittsburgh's defense is still a work in progress, but they should be better against the pass in 2015 with these solid selections.


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
Garrett Grayson
Pass Rush/OLB: 
ROLB: Parys Haralson-New/Below Average
LOLB: Junior Galette-Very Good
Hau'oli Kikaha
Davis Tull
Interior D-Line: 
RDE: Cameron Jordan-Good
NT:  Broderick Bunkley-New/Average
LDE: Akiem Hicks-Average
Young NT: John Jenkins-2013 3 RD
Tyeler Davison
LILB: David Hawthore-Below Average
RILB: Dannelle Ellerbe-New/Average
Stephone Anthony
LCB: Keenan Lewis-Good
RCB: Brandon Browner-New/Good
Slot CB: Kyle Wilson-New/Average
Young CB/FS: Stanley Jean Baptiste-2014 2nd RD
P.J. Williams
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
Andrus Peat
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.

13. Andrus Peat-OT/G-Stanford
31. Stephone Anthony-ILB-Clemson
44. Hau'oli Kikaha-OLB/EDGE-Washington
75. Garrett Grayson-QB-Colorado State
78. P.J. Williams-CB-Florida State
148. Davis Tull-OLB/EDGE-Chattanooga
154. Tyeler Davison-DT-Fresno State
167. Damian Swann-CB-Georgia
230. Marcus Murphy-RB-Missouri

As I predicted in my final mock, the Saints went best player available by taking Peat and then drafted for need after. Anthony could be a instant starter at ILB. It will be interesting to see where they play Peat to begin his career. Do they start him at RT and move Zach Strief inside or do they start Peat inside? Kikaha and Tull will come in as pass rush specialists early in their careers. Is Grayson the heir to Drew Brees at QB? The Saints could be one of the most improved team in the league if they can gel together.

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
Shaq Thompson
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
Devin Funchess
LT: Michael Oher-New/AverageNate Chandler-Below Averge
LG: Andrew Norwell-Average  or
      Amini Silatolu-Below Average
C:   Ryan Kalil-Good
RG: Trai Turner-Young/2014 3rd RD
RT: Nate Chandler-Below Averge
Daryl Williams
HB; Jonathan Stewart-Good when healthy
FB: Mike Tolbert-Good in blocking/short yardage role 
Cameron Artis-Payne

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 

25. Shaq Thompson-SS/WLB-Washington
41. Devin Funchess-WR/TE-Michigan
102. Daryl Williams-OT/RT-Oklahoma
169. David Mayo-ILB-Texas State
174. Cameron Artis-Payne-RB-Auburn

They traded up in the second round for Funchess, that left them with only five picks. Funchess gives Cam Newton another tall pass catcher along with Benjamin and Olsen. They must feel that Shaq Thompson can come in and start at SS. They waited until the 4th round to address OT. Daryl Willimas is massive and has a chance to start at RT, They must be sold on Michael Oher at LT. Artis-Payne gives them a solid RB to spell Stewart. It really looks like Carolina has regressed this off season. Expect New Orleans and Atlanta to overtake them as NFC North division champs.


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
Gabe Wright 
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
Alex Carter 
Quandre Diggs
#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
Laken Tomlinson
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
Ameer Abdullah

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.

28. Laken Tomlinson-OG-Duke
54. Ameer Abdullah-RB-Nebraska
80. Alex Carter-CB-Stanford
113. Gabe Wright-DT-Auburn
168. Michael Burton-FB-Rutgers
200. Quandre Diggs-CB-Texas
240. Corey Robinson-OT-South Carolina

The Lions made a smart move taking a smart kid in Laken Tomlinson from Duke. He can come in and compete for the starting LG spot. Abdullah will try to take on the scat back role that Reggie Bush had. Carter and Diggs provide depth at CB. Wright provides solid depth at DT. This was a solid draft for Detroit, but they are still a distant #2 in the NFC North behind Green Bay.

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