Wednesday, April 13, 2016

2016 NFL DRAFT: Team Needs THE CONTENDERS picks 25-31 (PIT, SEA, GB, KC, ARZ, CAR, DEN and NE)

Picks in first 3 rounds: 25, 58, 89
7 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Mike Tomlin/Kevin Colbert
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Todd Haley/Spread-Pass Heavy/Zone
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-Average
LOLB: Bud Dupree-Young/2015 1st RD
Pass Rush Specialists; James Harrison-Average
Interior D-Line: 
RDE: Cameron Hayward-Good
NT:   Daniel McCullers-Unproven/Young/2014 6th RD
LDE: Stephon Tuitt-Good/Young/2014 2nd RD
LILB: Ryan Shazier-Young/2014 1st RD/Average so far
RILB: Lawrence Timmons-Good
LCB:Cortez Allen-Below Average
RCB: Senquez Golson-Young/2015 2nd RD
Slot CB: William Gay-Good
SS: Shemarko Thomas-Below Average
FS: Mike Mitchell-Good
WR: Antonio Brown-All Pro. arguably the best WR in the NFL
WR: Markus Wheaton-Young/2013 3rd RD/Average so far
WR: Martavis Bryant-Young/2014 4th RD Currently Suspended
TE: Ladarius Green-Good/New
LT: battle
Alejandro Villanueva-Average
Ryan Harris-New/Average
LG: Ramon Foster-Average
C:   Maurkice Pouncey-All Pro when healthy
RG: David DeCastro-All Pro
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 CBs:  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.
SS:  Mitchel is good at FS, but they need an upgrade at SS
Pass Rush Depth:  Jarvis Jones has not panned out yet
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: 26, 56, 90, 97
9 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Pete Carroll/John Schneider
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Darrell Bevell/Vertical-Balanced/Stretch Zone
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Kris Richard (new)/4-3 Press Zone with mostly Cover 1
Offensive Star: Russell Wilson-QB
Defensive Stars: Earl Thomas-FS, Richard Sherman-CB, Bobby Wagner-MLB and Kam Chancellor
Position Analysis
Russell Wilson-Elite
Pass Rush/DE: 
RDE: Cliff Avril-Elite
LDE: Michael Bennett-Elite
Interior D-Line: 
LDT: Ahtyba Rubin-Below Average
RDT: Jordan Hill-Average
OLB: KJ Wright-Elite
MLB: Bobby Wagner-All Pro
OLB: Michael Morgan-Unproven
LCB: Richard Sherman-ll Pro
RCB: Jeremy Lane-Average
SS: Kam Chancellor-Elite
FS: Earl Thomas-All Pro
WR: Doug Baldwin-Good
WR: Jermaine Kearse-Average
TE 1: Jimmy Grahame-Good
TE 2: Luke Wilson-Average
LT: Bradley Sowell-Below Average
LG: Justin Britt-Below Average/Young 2014 2nd RD
C:  Patrick Lewis-Below Average
RG: Mark Glowinski-Young 2014 4th RD
RT: Garry Gilliam-Below Average
Thomas Rawls-Young/2014 Undrafted

LT:  Okung left for Denver, they must find a replacement in the draft
C/G: Expect multiple picks in the middle rounds to help improve the line.
DT:  Seattle must replace Brandon Mebane
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 

Picks in first 3 rounds: 27, 57, 88
9 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Mike McCarthy/Ted Thompson
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Tom Clements is the Associate Head Coach and will call plays while Edgar Bennett is the Offensive Coordinator
Spread and West Coast/Hybrid
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Dom Capers/3-4 Press Man
Offensive Stars: Aaron Rodgers-QB, Jordy Nelson-WR and Josh Sitton-LG
Defensive Star: Clay Matthews-LB

Position Analysis
Aaron Rodgers-Elite/2014 MVP
Pass Rush/OLB: 
ILB/OLB: Clay Matthews-Elite
ROLB/DE: Julius Peppers-Good
OLB: Nick Perry-Average
Interior D-Line: 
5T/LDE: Datone Jones-Below Average
NT:  Letroy Guion-Average
3T/RDE: Mike Daniels-Very Good
DT/NT backup: Josh Boyd-Below Average
LILB: Carl Bradford-Young/2014 4th RD
RILB: Sam Barrington-Young/2013 7th RD
LCB: Damarious Randall-Young/2015 1st RD
RCB: Sam Shields-Good
#3 CB: Quinten Rollins-Young/2015 2nd RD
Slot CB: Micah Hyde-Below Average
SS: Morgan Burnett-Elite
FS: Ha Ha Clinton Dix-Good/Young/2014 1st RD
WR: Jordy Nelson-Elite
WR: Randall Cobb-Very Good
#3 WR: Ty Montgomery-Young/2015 3rd RD
TE: Richard Rodgers-Young/2014 3rd RD
LT: David Bakhtari-Good
LG: Josh Sitton-All Pro
C:   Corey Linsley-Good
RG: TJ Lang-Elite
RT: Bryan Bulaga-Average
Eddie Lacy-Good/down year in 2015
James Starks-Average

ILB:  They had to move Clay Matthews inside last year due to lack of skill inside. Rookie Jake Ryan was solid but they need another athlete here.
NT:  Datone Jones has been a disappointment so far and BJ Raji's retirement leaves a big hole in the middle
DE:  Datone Jones has been a disappointment so far and Josh Boyd is average at best
Backup RB

Picks in first 3 rounds: 28, 59
7 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Andy Reid/John Dorsey
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Brad Childress (new)/West Coast-Balanced/Stretch Zone
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/Average
Pass Rush/OLB: 
ROLB: Tamba Hali-Good
LOLB: Justin Houston-All Pro
Interior D-Line: 
RDE: Jaye Howard-Good
NT:   Dontari Poe-Good
LDE: Allen Bailey-Average
ILB: Derrick Johnson-Very Good
ILB: battle all are Young
Josh Mauga
Ramik Wilson
DJ Alexander
LCB: Phillip Gaines-Young/2014 4th RD
RCB: Marcus Peters-Elite/Defensive Rookie of the Year
SS: Jamell Fleming-Average
FS: Eric Berry-All Pro
S/NCB: Ron Parker-Average
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-Average
LG: Jarrod Pughsley-Unproven
C:   Mitch Morse-Young/2015 2nd RD
RG: Laurent Duvernay-Young/2014 6th RD
RT: Mitchell Schwartz-Elite/New
Jamaal Charles-Elite/Very Good when healthy
FB: Anthony Sherman-Elite in role
Backup RBs: Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West

O-Line Depth:  They could use upgrades and competition at every spot other than RT.
ILB:  Derrick Johnson continues to play at a high level even at age 32, but he needs some help on the inside
OLB/Pass Rush Depth 
DB Depth

Picks in first 3 rounds: 30, 92
6 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Bruce Arians/Steve Keim
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Harold Goodwin/Vertical-Pass Heavy/Power Man
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage: 
James Bettcher (new)/3-4 Hybrid Press Man
Offensive Star: Larry Fitzgerald-WR, Carson Palmer-QB and Mike Iupati-LG

Defensive Stars: Patrick Peterson-CB, Tyrann Mathieu and Calais Campbell-DE
Position Analysis
Carson Palmer-Good
Pass Rush: 
RDE/5T: Calais Campbell-Elite
OLB: Chandler Jones-New/Elite
OLB: Markus Golden-Young/2015 2nd RD 
OLB: Kareem Martin-Young/2014 3rd RD
Interior D-Line: 
3T/NT: Corey Peters-New/Average
DT: Rodney Gunter: Young/2015 4th RD 
LILB: Kevin Minter-Average
WLB: Deone Buchannon-Young/2014 1st RD
LCB: Patrick Peterson-All Pro
RCB: Tyvon Branch-New/Average
#3 CB: Justin Bethel-Average
FS: Tyrann Mathieu-All Pro
SS: Tony Jefferson-Average
WR: Larry Fitzgerald-was Elite
WR: Michael Floyd-Good
Deep Threat WR: John Brown-Good/Young/2014 3rd RD
LT: Jared Veldheer-Elite
LG: Mike Iupati-All Pro
C:  AQ Shipley-Average
RG: Evan Mathis-New/Elite
RT: DJ Humphries-Young/2015 1st RD 
David Johnson-Young/2013 3rd RD/Good as a rookie

Pass Rush OLB:  Campbell does a great job getting pressure from the 5 technique but the Cards need more from the outside pass rush. .
#2 CB:  Peterson is a star but he could use an upgrade across the field.
DT:  Peters and Gunter are solid, but more depth is needed
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: 30, 62, 93
6 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Ron Rivera/Dave Gettleman
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
 Mike Shula/Balanced West Coast/Zone
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Sean McDermott/4-3 Cover 2
Offensive Stars: Cam Newton-QB, Greg Olsen-TE and Ryan Kalil-C
Defensive Star: Luke Kuechly-MLB, Thomas Davis-WLB, Kewann Short and Josh Norman-CB
Position Analysis
Cam Newton-2015 league MVP
Pass Rush/DE: 
LDE: Charles Johnson-Good
RDE: Kony Ealy-Young/2014 2nd RD
Interior D-Line: 
RDT: Star Lotulelei-Good
LDT: Kewann Short-All Pro
SLB: Shaq Thompson-Young/2015 1st RD
MLB: Luke Kuechly-All Pro
WLB: Thomas Davis-All Pro
RCB: Josh Norman-All Pro
LCB: Bene Benwikere-Young/2014 5th RD/
#3 CB: Charles Tillman-Average
S: Kurt Coleman-Good
S: 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: Michael Oher-Average
LG: Andrew Norwell-Average
C:   Ryan Kalil-All Pro
RG: Trai Turner-Elite/Young/2014 3rd RD
RT: Mike Remmers-New/Average
HB; Jonathan Stewart-Good when healthy
FB: Mike Tolbert-Good in blocking/short yardage role 

LT/O-Line:  The retirement of Jordan Gross left a huge void at LT. The Panthers did not draft a LT least year. They need to pick one this year.
DE/Pass Rusher: Johnson is no longer an All Pro and Ealy hasn't proven that he can be an elite pass rush option.
CB: Norman is an All Pro but he may be an nurestriced free agent next year. Bene was torched by teams in the playoffs/
#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: 31, 63, 95, 98
10 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Gary Kubiak/John Elway
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Rick Dennison/West Coast/Stretch Zone
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Wade Phillips /3-4 Press Man
Offensive Star: Demaryius Thomas-WR
Defensive Star: Von Miller-OLB and Chris Harris Jr.-CB
Position Analysis
Mark Sanchez-Below Average
Pass Rush/OLB: 
LOLB: Von Miller-All Pro
ROLB: DeMarcus Ware-Good
Pass Rush Specialists; Shane Ray/2015 1st RD
Interior D-Line: 
RDE: Vance Walker-Average
NT:  Sylvester Williams-Average
LDE: Derek Wolfe-Good/near Elite
ILB: Corey Nelson-Young/2014 7th RD
ILB: Brandon M. Marshall-Good
LCB: Aqib Talib-Good
RCB: Chris Harris Jr.-Elite
Slot CB: Bradley Roby-Young/2014 1st RD
SS: TJ Ward-Good
FS: Darian Stewart-Elite
WR: Demaryius Thomas-Elite
Slot WR: Emmanuel Sanders-Good
#3 WR: Cody Latimer-Young/2014 2nd RD/has done nothing thus far
TE: Virgil Green-Unproven
LT: Russell Okung-New/Good
LG: Max Garcia-Young/2015 4th RD
C:   Matt Paradis-Young/2014 6thRD
RG: Ty Sambrailo-Young/2015 2nd RD
RT: Doinald Stephenson-New/Poor in 2015/Good in 2014
CJ Anderson-Very Good

QB:  Peyton Manning retired and Brock Osweiler left for the Texans. They need more than just Sanchez at QB.
O-Line Depth:  They are set at LT, but the rest of the line is shaky. Upgrades and competiton is needed.
D-Line Depth : Malik Jackson was a beast in the playoffs and he will be missed
ILB: They also lost Danny Trevathan and former 7th round pick Nelson is the current starter
#3 WR


Picks in first 3 rounds: 60, 61, 91, 96
11 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Bill Belicheck is both
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Josh McDaniels/Spread/Hybrid
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
Position Analysis
Tom Brady-Elite
Pass Rush/DE: 
LDE: Rob Ninkovich-Good
RDE: Jabaal Sheard-Good
#3 DE: Chris Long-New/Good/Average
Interior D-Line: 
DT: Malcolm Brown-Young/2015 1st RD
DT: Alan Branch-New/Below Average
SLB: Jamie Collins-All Pro
WLB: Dont'a Hightower-Good
MLB: battle both are Average at best
Jonathan Freeny
Jon Bostic
LCB: Malcolm Butler-Good.Young/2014 Undrafted
RCB: Logan Ryan-Good
SS: Patrick Chung-Good
FS: Devin McCourty-Good
WR: Julian Edelman-Good
WR: Danny Amendola-Average at best
TE: Rob Gronkowski-All Pro, the best TE in the NFL
TE: Martellus Bennett-Good/New
LT: Nate Solder-Average
LG: Shaq Mason-Young/2014 4th RD
C:   Bryan Stork-Young/2014 4th RD
RG: Jonathan Cooper-New/Good
RT: Sebastian Vollmer-Average in 2015, near Elite in 2014
LeGarrette Blount-Good
Travaris Cadet-New/Unproven
Brandon Bolden-Average

LG:  The Pats are solid at both OT spots and Bryan Stork has shown flashes. Cooper is an instant starter at RG However both guard spots need major upgrades. Look for New England to use an early pick to help fix the line.
D-Line Depth: They traded away their best pass rusher in Chandler Jones. Some young depth is needed on both the outside and inside. 
Speed WR:  Gronk is a superstar and is pretty much unstoppable in the Red Zone. Edleman is great underneath. They can still use a deep threat to stretch the defense and prevent double teams on Gronk and Edelman.
DB Depth  

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