Sunday, May 3, 2015

2015 NFL Draft Recap/New Depth Charts: NFC REBUILDING TEAMS

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 


Vegas odds project them to win 7.5 games or less

Head Coach/GM: John Fox (new)/Ryan Pace (new)
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Adam Gase (new)/Pass First with Spread and West Coast elements
Pass/Run Ratio: 63.2/36.8
Gase with the Broncos in 2014: 57.8/42.2
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage:
Vic Fangio (new)/3-4 Zone
Offensive Star: Matt Forte-RB and Alshon Jeffery
Defensive Star: None
Position Analysis
Jay Cutler-Average-make or break year for the veteran
Pass Rush/OLB: 
LOLB: Pernell McPhee-New/Good
ROLB: Jared Allen-Good
#3 OLB: Sam Acho-New/Average
Interior D-Line: 
LDE: LaMarr Houston-Good
NT: Will Sutton-Young/2014 3rd RD
Eddie Goldman 
RDE: Jay Ratliff-Good
Backup NT/DE-Ego Ferguson-Young/2014 2nd RD
LILB: Jon Bostic-Young/2013 2nd RD/Below Average so far
RILB: Mason Foster-New/Average
LCB: Tim Jennings-Good
RCB: Kyle Fuller-Young/2014 1st RD
#3/Nickel CB: Alan Ball-New/Average
SS: Antrel Rolle-New/Good
FS: Brock Vereen-Young/2014 4th RD
Adrian Amos
WR: Alshon Jeffrey-Very Good
Kevin White 
WR: Eddie Royal-New/Average
TE: Martellus Bennett-Very Good
LT: Jermon Bushrod-Average
LG: Matt Slauson-Good
C:   Roberto Garza-Average
Hroniss Grasu
RG: Kyle Long-Good/Young/2013 1st RD
RT: Jordan Mills-Young/2013 5th RD/Poor so far
Matt Forte-Very Good/Elite/arguably the best RB in the league
Jeremy Langford

NT:  They have a lot of depth on the D-Line but they need an elite space eater to take on blocks and command double teams, Danny Shelton may be too good to pass up at #7
#2 WR:  Jeffery is a stud, Royal is a journey man, more depth is needed for Cutler to succeed.
OT:  Both spots could use an upgrade, they may draft a LT and then be able to move Bushrod to RT.
ILBs: Bostic is a 2 down player and it's unknown how Foster will fit in a 3-4, neither player is an elite athlete.
Pass Rusher:  Allen is 33, McPhee is good but not a top level pass rusher.
QB:  Is Cutler the long term solution in Chi Town?

7. Kevin White-WR-West Virginia
39. Eddie Goldman-NT/DT-FSU
71. Hroniss Grasu-C/OG-Oregon
106. Jeremy Langford-RB-Michigan State
142. Adrian Amos-FS-Penn State
183. Tayo Fabuluje-OT/OG-TCU

The Bears found Brandon Marshall's replacement in Kevin White. He has the same physical tools and speed that Marshall has. They found the run stuffer they need in Goldman. Grasu looks like the eventual successor to Roberto Garza. Langford provides insurance in case Matt Forte get injured or holds out for a new contract. Good overall draft for the host city, but the Bears still have glaring holes on their team. Cutler's inconsistent play will hinder any shot at making the playoffs this year.

Head Coach/GM: Jay Gruden/Scot McCloughan (new)
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Sean McVay/West Coast-Balanced
Pass/Run Ratio:  57.7/42.3
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage:
Joe Barry (new)/3-4 Hybrid Press Zone
Offensive Star: Trent Williams-LT
Defensive Star: Ryan Kerrigan-OLB
Position Analysis
Robert Griffin III-Below Average, still young, make or break year
Pass Rush/OLB: 
LOLB: Ryan Kerrigan-Very Good
ROLB: Trent Murphy-Young/rookie in 2014 2nd RD
Preston Smith 
Interior D-Line: 
LDE: Stephen Paea-New/Average/Good
NT:   Terrance Knighton-New/Good
RDE: Jason Hatcher-Very Good
LILB: Keenan Robinson-Below Average
RILB: Perry Riley-Below Average
Martrell Spaight
LCB: DeAndelo Hall-Average
RCB: Chris Culliver-New/Good
#3/Nickel CB: Bashaud Breeland-Young/rookie in 2014 4th RD
SS: Phillip Thomas-Young/rookie in 2014 3rd RD
Kyshoen Jarrett
FS: Dashon Goldson-Was bad in Tampa but was good in San Fran, needs the right scheme fit
WR: DeSean Jackson-Very Good
WR: Pierre Garson-Good
Jamison Crowder
TE: Jordan Reed-Good
LT: Trent Williams-Very Good/Elite
LG: Shawn Luavao-Average
C:   Kory Lichtenstiger-Good
RG: Chris Chester-Average
RT: Tom Compton-Below Average
Brandon Scherff
Arie Kouandjio
Alfred Morris-Average
Matt Jones 

Pass Rusher:  Kerrigam is a stud on one side but they need a replacement for Orakpo on the other side. Murphy may not be an every down player. At least one of Vic Beasley, Dante Fowler or Shane Ray Ray should be available at #5.
RT:  Need Major upgrade
ILBs:  Need LB's that can cover TE's
DB Depth:  Don't know what they have yet with there young safety duo and 2 corners they drafted last year.
QB:  Make or break year for RG III

5. Brandon Scherff-OT/G-Iowa
38. Preston Smith-DE/EDGE-Mississippi State
95. Matt Jones-RB-Florida
105. Jamison Crowder-WR-Duke
112. Arie Kouandjio-OG-Alabama
141. Martrell Spaight-ILB-Arkansas
181. Kyshoen Jarrett-SS-Virginia Tech
182. Tevin Mitchel-CB-Arkansas
187. Evan Spencer-WR-Ohio State
222. Austin Reiter C South Florida

The Redskins started the draft with 7 total picks but ended up making trade with Seattle in the 3rd round that gave them 10 total selections. Scherff adds a much needed level of toughness to the offensive line. He will instantly start at RT or one of the guard spots. Preston Smith is ta good edge rusher that can help ease the loss of Brian Orakpo. The rest of the draft provided them with solid role players and depth. The Redskins had a great draft, but the team as a whole is still rebuilding. It's a make or break year for Robert Griffin. We will see if he can become the franchise QB they thought he would be when they drafted him #2 overall in 2012.

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
Sean Mannion
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
Robby Havenstein
Jamon Brown
Andrew Donnal
Cody Wichmann
Tre Mason-Young/2014 3rd RD
Todd Gurley 

#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.  

10. Todd Gurley-RB-Georgia
57. Robby Havenstein-OT-Wisconsin
72. Jamon Brown-OT/G-Louisville
89. Sean Mannion-QB-Oregon State
119. Andrew Donnal-OT-Iowa
201. Bud Sasser-WR-Missouri
215. Cody Wichmann-OG-Fresno State
224. Bryce Hager-WLB-Baylor
227. Martin Ifedi-DE/EDGE-Memphis

The Rams took the quantity over quality approach in regards to the offensive line. All four players drafted have a chance to play early. The Gurley pick shows that coach Jeff Fisher wants another power back to help ease the work load of Tre Mason. Mannion should win the back up at QB, They failed to get a #1 WR, but it doesn't appear that they are really interested in throwing the ball much anyways.
The Rams are stuck in a stage of constant mediocrity with records of 6-10, 7-9, 7-8-1 the past three seasons. They have moved on from former #1 overall pick Sam Bradford, but they still don't have a franchise QB, It's hard to imagine anything but another mediocre season in St/ Louis. Maybe they will become good with a move to Los Angeles.

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
Danielle Hunter
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
Eric Kendricks
#4 OLB: Gerald Hodges-Young/2013 4th RD was Good as a starter late last year
LCB: Josh Robinson-Average
Trae Waynes
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
Stefon Diggs
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
T.J. Clemmings
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.

11. Trae Waynes-CB-Michigan State
45. Eric Kendricks-WLB/ILB-UCLA
88. Danielle Hunter-DE/EDGE-LSU
110. T.J. Clemmings-OT/G-Pittsburgh
143. MyCole Pruitt-TE-Southern Illinois

146. Stefon Diggs-WR-Maryland
185. Tyrus Thompson-OT-Oklahoma
193. B.J. Dubose-DE/DT-Louisville
228. Austin Shepherd-OT-Bama
232. Edmond Robinson-OLB-Newberry

Coach Mike Zimmer obviously had a large say in the selection process. The defensive coach loves long. athletic corners that can play press man. He has that in Waynes, Zimmer also got a great weak side LB in Kendricks. They can now move Greenway inside to MLB.
They could have helped young QB Teddy Bridgewater by drafting his former college teammate Devante Parker at #11. Instead they will rely on defense and a solid running game (that they hope is led by Adrian Peterson). With the lack of offensive firepower around him, Bridgewater can be little more than a game manager. The playoffs are at least 2-3 years away for the Vikings.

Head Coach/GM: Lovie Smith/Jason Licht
Offensive Coordinator/Style: Dirk Koetter (new)/Balanced based on team strength
Pass heavy  in Atlanta (2012-2014)
Run heavy in Jacksonville (2007-2011)
Pass/Run Ratio: 60.0/40.0
Dirk Koetter's Falcons in 2014 were 62.9/37.1
Defensive Coordiantor Style: Leslie Frazier/4-3 Tampa 2 Zone
Offensive Star: None
Defensive Stars: Gerald McCoy-DT and Lavonte David-WLB
Position Analysis
Jameis Winston
Mike Glennon
Pass Rush/DE: 
Poor: Larry English and William Gholston
Interior D-Line: 
Gerald McCoy-Elite
Henry Melton-Average or
Akeem Spence-Young/2013 4th RD
WLB: Levonte David-Elite
MLB: Orie Lemon-New
SLB: Bruce Carter-Good/Average
LCB:Alteraun Verner-Good
RCB: Jonathan Banks-Young/Average/2013 2nd RD
#3 CB: Sterling Moore-New
Major Wright-Average
Chris Conte-Average
WR: Mike Evans-Very Good/2014 1st RD pick was a star as a rookie
WR: Vincent Jackson-Good
TE: Austin Sefarian Jenkins-Young/2014 2nd RD
LT: Demar Dotson-Good
LG: Logan Mankins-Good
C:  Evan Dietrich Smith-Average
RG: Patrick Omameh-Poor
RT: Kevin Pamphile-Young/2014 5th RD
Donovan Smith 
Ali Marpet 
Doug Martin-Average/Good when healthy

QB:  Will take either Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston at #1
Pass Rusher:  Both DE spots need to be upgraded
OT:  Dotson is solid but he's better at RT, they need a young LT to groom for the future
RG:  Need a major upgrade
#2 RB:  With Martin's injury issues they may need to get another RB in rounds 3-5

1 Jameis Winston-QB-FSU
34. Donovan Smith-OT-Penn State
61. Ali Marpet-C/OG-Hobart
124. Kwon Alexander-WLB-LSU
162. Kenny Bell-WR-Nebraska
184. Kaelin Clay-WR-Utah
231. Joey Iosefa-FB-Hawaii

The Winston era has begun in Tampa. If he fails to overcome his immaturity issues, it will just be the Josh Freeman era all over again. It's Winston's team from day one. He already has a great WR duo in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. Tampa did their best to protect him on the field by drafting two solid offensive line prospects. They can only hope that he protects himself from trouble off the field.

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