Friday, April 15, 2016

2016 NFL DRAFT: Team Needs: picks 17-24 (ATL, IND, BUF, NYJ, WAS, HOU, MIN, CIN)

ATLANTA FALCONS
Picks in first 3 rounds: 17, 50, 81
5 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Dan Quinn/Thomas Dimitroff
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Kyle Shanahan/West Coast-Balanced/Stretch Zone
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage:
Richard Smith/4-3 Man
Offensive Star: Matt Ryan-QB and Julio Jones-WR

Defensive Star: Desmond Trufant-CB
Position Analysis
QB: 
Matt Ryan-Good
Pass Rush/DE: 
LDE: Vic Beasley-Young/2015 1st RD
RDE: Adrian Clayborn-Average
or Tyson Jackson-Below Average
Interior D-Line: 
DT: Ra'Shede Hageman-Young/2014 2nd RD
DT: Grady Jarrett-Young/2015 5th RD
DT: Jonathan Babineaux-Average
ILB: 
SLB: Courtney Upshaw-New/Below Average
MLB: Brooks Reed-Average
WLB: Philip Wheeler-New/Below Average
CB: 
LCB: Desmond Trufant-Good/almost Elite
RCB: Robert Alford-Average
#3/Nickel CB: Jalen Collins-Young/2015 2nd RD
Safety:
SS: Kemal Ishmael-Average
FS: Ricardo Allen-Young/2014 5th RD
WR/TE: 
WR: Julio Jones-Very Good/Elite
WR: Mohamed Sanu-New/Below Average
WR: Justin Hardy-Young/2015 4th RD
TE: Levine Toilolo-Poor  or
      Jacob Tamme-Average
O-Line: 
LT: Jake Matthews-Good/Young/2014 1st RD
LG: Andy Levitre-Good
C:   Alex Mack-Good/New
RG: James Stone-Young/2014 Undrafted
RT:  Ryan Schraeder-Elite in 2015
RB: 
Devonta Freeman-Good/Breakout year in 2015/Young/2014 4th RD
Tevin Coleman-Young/2015 3rd RD

NEEDS: 
MLB and WLB:  Quinn wants fast stud backers similar to what he coached in Seattle
Pass Rusher:  They drafted Vic Beasley last year, now they need another guy across from him
DB Depth: Trufant is a stud, but the rest of the secondary is either average or unproven.
TE: Matt Ryan still misses Tony Gonzalez, time to find a young option at TE.
#2 WR:  Jones may be the best WR in football but neither Hardy nor Sanu has proven to be a true second option
RG Upgrade


INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 18, 48, 82
6 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Chuck Pagano/Ryan Grigson
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Rob Chudinski (new)/Vertical Balanced/Man
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Ted Monachino (new)/3-4 Cover 2 Zone
Offensive Star: Andrew Luck-QB

Defensive Stars: Vontae Davis-CB
Position Analysis
QB:
Andrew Luck-Elite
Pass Rush/OLB: 
ROLB: Robert Mathis-Good
LOLB: Trent Cole-Average
#3 OLB: Erik Walden-Average
Interior D-Line: 
3T/5T/DE: Kendall Langford-Good
NT:  David Parry-Young/2015 5th RD
5T/DE: Henry Anderson/Young/2014 3rd RD
LB: 
ILB: De'Qwell Jackson-Average
ILB:  Nate Irving-Unproven
CB: 
LCB: Greg Toler-Average
RCB: Vontae Davis-Elite
Safety:
SS: Clayton Geathers-Young/2015 4th RD
FS: Dwight Lowery-Average
WR/TE: 
WR: TY Hilton-Good
WR: Donte Monfrief-Average
WR: Phillip Dorsett-Young/2015 1st RD
TE: Dwayne Allen-Good
O-Line: 
LT: Anthony Castonzo-Good
LG: Hugh Thornton-Below Average
C:   Khaled Holmes-Below Average
RG: Jonotthan Harrison-Young/2014 Undrafted
RT:  Jack Mewhort-Young/2014 2nd RD
RB: 
Frank Gore-Average

NEEDS: 
O-Line:  Castonzo is good and Mewhort is solid. They need to protect Luck. They need upgrades at all 3 interior spots. At #18 they may take an OT and move Mewhort inside
OLB/Pass Rusher: Mathis, Cole and Walden combined for only 13 sacks in 2015 and all 3 guys are 30 or older. 
RB:  Gore is still good for at least 12 carries a game, but they need a young back for the future.
Backup QB
DB Depth
ILB Upgrades


BUFFALO BILLS
Picks in first 3 rounds: 19, 49, 80
8 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Rex Ryan/Doug Whaley
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Greg Roman/Ball Control/Man
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Dennis Thurman/Hybrid 3-4 Press Man
Offensive Star: Cordy Glenn-LT and Sammy Watkins-WR and LaSean McCoy-RB,
Defensive Stars: Marcell Dareus-DT

Position Analysis
QB:
Tyrod Taylor-Average in one year as starter
Pass Rush/D-Line: 
NT:  Marcell Dareus-Elite
3T/DT: Kyle Williams-Good
OLB/RDE: Jerry Hughes-Good
LDE: Jarius Wynn-Unproven
LB: 
SLB: Manny Lawson-Average
MLB: Preston Brown-Young/2014 3rd RD/Poor last year
WLB: Randell Johnson-Young/2014 7th RD
LB: Tony Steward-Young/2015 5th RD
CB:  
LCB: Ronald Darby-Young/2015 1st RD
RCB: Stephon Gilmore-Good
Safety:
SS: Aaron Williams-Average
FS: Corey Graham-Average
WR/TE: 
WR: Sammy Watkins-Young/2014 1st RD
WR: Robert Woods-Average
TE: Charles Clay-Average
O-Line: 
LT:  Cordy Glenn-Elite
LG: Richie Incognito-New/Good/Average
C:   Eric Wood-Average
RG: John Miller--Young/2015 3rd RD  or
      Cyril Richardson-Young/2014 5th RD
RT:  Seantrel Henderson-Young/2014 7th RD  or
      Cyrus Kouandjio-Young/2014 2nd RD
RB: 
LaSean McCoy-Good when healthy
Karlos Williams-Young/2015 5th RD

NEEDS: 
Edge Pass Rusher: Mario Williams was unhappy with Ryan and left for Miami this off season. Jerry Hughes had a down year in 2015 and they have no other proven pass rushers.
ILB:  They have some solid players but no true play maker.   
Big WR: Watkins is a legit #1 option when healthy but they still need a big red zone threat. Woods would be better as a #3 option.   
RT: Neither Henderson nor Kouandjio has proven to be an elite RT
QB:  Is Tyrod Taylor the answer?
DB Depth



NEW YORK JETS 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 20, 51, 83
6 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Todd Bowles/Mike Maccagnan

Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Chan Gailey/Spread/Zone
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage:
Kacy Rodgers/3-4 Press Man
Offensive Star: Brandon Marshall-WR and Matt Forte-RB
Defensive Stars: Darrelle Revis-CB and Muhammed Wilkerson-DE
Position Analysis 
QB: 
Ryan Fitzpatrick-Below Average journeyman (Free Agent)
Pass Rush/OLB: 
LOLB: Lorenzo Mauldin-Young/2015 3rd RD
ROLB: Trevor Reilly-Young/2014 7th RD
Interior D-Line: 
LDE: Muhammed Wilkerson-Elite
NT:   Steve McLendon-New/Average
RDE: Sheldon Richardson-Good
DT: Leonard Williams-Young/2015 1st RD/Good rookie season, All Pro potential
ILB: 
LILB: David Harris-Good/Average
RILB: Taiwan Jones-Young/2015 Undrafted
CB: 
LCB: Darrelle Revis-All Pro
RCB: Buster Skrine-Average
Safety:
SS: Marcus Gilchrist-Good
FS: Calvin Pryor-Young/2014 1st RD
WR/TE: 
WR: Brandon Marshall-Elite
WR: Eric Decker-Good
TE: Jace Amaro-Young/2014 2nd RD/Has done very little thus far
O-Line: 
LT: Ryan Clady-Good/New
LG: James Carpenter-Good
C:   Nick Mangold-Good
RG: Brian Winters-Average
RT: Breno Giacomini-Below Average
RB: 
Matt Forte-Once Elite now Good/new
Bilal Powel-Average

NEEDS: 
QB:  Fitzpatrick was good last year but he is still unsigned and is not the long tern answer. They need a young signal caller.
Pass Rusher:  If the Jets can generate pressure from the outside then they have a chance to be the best defense in the NFL.
O-Line:  They need a major upgrade at RT and newly acquired LT Ryan Clady has a had a history of injury problems. Mangold is no longer a stud and Winters is average.
ILB:  There is always a need LB's that can cover TE's with Rob Gronkowski, Charles Clay and Jordan Cameron in the same division.
TE 
#3 WR Upgrade


WASHINGTON REDSKINS 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 21, 53, 84
8 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Jay Gruden/Scot McCloughan
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Sean McVay/West Coast-Balanced/Zone
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage:
Joe Barry/3-4 Hybrid Cover 2 Press Zone
Offensive Star: Trent Williams-LT and Jordan Reed-TE
Defensive Star: Ryan Kerrigan-OLB
Position Analysis
QB: 
Kirk Cousins-Average at best
Pass Rush/OLB: 
LOLB: Ryan Kerrigan-Good
ROLB: Trent Murphy-Young 2014 2nd RD/Average thus far
#3 OLB: Preston Smith-Young 2015 2nd RD/Good rookie year
Interior D-Line: 
LDE: Chris Baker-Good
NT:   Stephen Paea-Below Average
RDE: Kendall Reyes-Below Average/New
DT:  Kedric Golston-Below Average
ILB: 
LILB: Will Compton-Average
RILB: Perry Riley-Below Average
CB: 
LCB: Bashaud Breeland-Good/Young 2014 4th RD
RCB: Chris Culliver-Below Average
Safety:
S: DeAngelo Hall-Below Average
S: Kyshoen Jarrett-Young/2015 5th RD

WR/TE: 
WR: DeSean Jackson-Good
WR: Pierre Garson-Good
WR: Jamison Crowder: Young/2015 4th RD
TE: Jordan Reed-Elite
O-Line: 
LT: Trent Williams-Very Good/Elite
LG: Spencer Long-Young/2014 3rd RD
C:   Kory Lichtenstiger-Good
RG: Brandon Scherff-Young/2015 1st RD/Good as a rookie
RT:  Morgan Moses-Good/Young/2014 3rd RD
RB: 
Matt Jones-Young/2015 3rd RD

NEEDS: 
D-Line:  They were horrible against both the run and the pass. Chris Baker is the only reliable starter on the defensive line. Expect them to use two early round picks here.
ILBs:  Need LB's that can cover TE's
Big WR: Garcon, Jackson and Crowder are all good but all of them are just under 6 feet tall.
Speed RB: Matt Jones showed flashes as a rookie. At 6-1/231, he is the perfect early down power back, however a fast change of pace guy is needed by passing downs.
DB Depth:  Culliver has been a disappointment and Hall is no longer an impact player.
C Upgrade


HOUSTON TEXANS
Picks in first 3 rounds: 22, 52, 85
7 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Bill O'Brian/Rick Smith
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
George Godsey/Ball Control-Balanced/Hybrid
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Romeo Crennell/3-4 Cover 1 Zone
Offensive Star: DeAndre Hopkins-WR and Duane Brown-LT
Defensive Star: JJ Watt-DE/5T/Pass Rusher
Position Analysis
QB:
Brock Osweiler-New/Unproven/Solid in the few games he started for Denver last year
Pass Rush: 
5T/DE: JJ Watt-All Pro, arguably the best defender in the NFL
Jack LB: Jadeveon Clowney-Young/2014 1st RD (#1 overall pick)/still hasn't developed
SLB:  Whitney Mercilus-Breakout year in 2015/Below Average prior to that
Interior D-Line: 
NT:  Vince Wilfork-Good/Average
3T/DT: Christian Covington-Young/2015 6th RD
LB: 
LILB: Brian Cushing-Good
RILB: Benardrick McKinney-Young/2015 2nd RD/Solid as a rookie
CB: 
LCB: Kareem Jackson-Average
RCB: Jonathan Joseph-Good
#3 CB: Kevin Johnson-Young/2015 1st RD
Safety:
SS: battle-both are Average
Eddie Pleasant
Quintin Demps
FS: Andre Hal-Young/2014 7th RD
WR/TE: 
WR: DeAndre Hopkins-Elite
WR: Jaelen Strong-Young/2015 3rd RD
WR: Keith Mumphery-Young/2015 5th RD
WR: Cecil Shorts-Below Average
TE: CJ Fiedorowicz-Young 2014 3rd RD
O-Line: 
LT: Duane Brown-Good
LG: Xavier Su'a Filo-Young 2014 2nd RD
C:   Greg Mancz-Young/2015 Undrafted
RG: Jeff Allen-Good/New
RT:  Derek Newton-Average
RB: 
Lamar Miller-Good/New
Alfred Blue-Young/2014 6th RD

NEEDS: 
DT:  JJ Watt faces double and sometimes triple teams on every play because no one else on the line scares an offense. Wilfork is still a solid nose tackle, but he can only play limited snaps. They need to draft a DT very early
#2 WR: Hopkins is an emerging star, however he's the only consistent threat .
TE:  See above
C/G Depth: The young interior of the line needs some competition, expect a mid round pick to be used to address this.
DB Depth: 
Pass Rush Depth 



MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Picks in first 3 rounds: 23, 54, 86
8 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Mike Zimmer/Rick Spielman
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Norv Turner/Vertical-Balanced/Power Man
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage:
George Edwards/4-3 Press Man
Offensive Star: Adrian Peterson-RB
Defensive Star: Harrison Smith-FS, Anthony Barr-SLB and Linval Joseph-DT
Position Analysis
QB: 
Teddy Bridgewater-Young/2014 1st RD/Average Game Manager in 2015
Pass Rush/DE: 
RDE: Everson Griffen-Good
LDE: Brian Robinson-Below Average
Pass Rush Specialist: Danielle Hunter-Young/2015 3rd RD
Interior D-Line: 
DT/3T: Shariff Floyd-Average
NT: Linval Joseph-Elite
ILB: 
SLB: Anthony Barr-Elite/Young/2014 1st RD
MLB: Eric Kendricks-Young/2015 2nd RD
WLB: Chad Greenway-Average
CB: 
LCB: Terrence Newman-Average
RCB: Xavier Rhodes-Average
#3/Nickel CB: Captain Munnerlyn-Good
CB: Trae Waynes-Young/2015 1st RD
Safety:
SS: Andrew Sendejo-Below Average
FS: Harrison Smith-Elite
WR/TE: 
WR: Stefon Diggs-Young/2015 5th RD/Good rookie year
WR: Jarius Wright-Below Average
TE: Kyle Rudolph-Good
O-Line: 
LT: Matt Kalil-Average
LG: Brandon Fusco-Good
C/G: Joe Berger-Was Elite at Center filling in for Sullivan, will compete for a starting Guard spot
C:  John Sullivan-Good/Injured in 2015
RG: Alex Boone-Average/New
RT: Phil Loadholt-Good
OT/G: T.J. Clemmings-Young/2015 4th RD
OT: Andre Smith: New/Had a down year in 2015 in Cincinnati
RB: 
Adrian Peterson-All Pro
Jerrick McKinnon-Average

NEEDS: 
#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.
SS: Harrison Smith is right there with Earl Thomas and Eric Berry among the best safeties in the league but he needs some major help.
WLB: Greenway has had a very good ten year career in Minnesota but his best days are behind him.
D-Line Depth: 



CINCINNATI BENGALS 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 24, 55, 87
7 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Marvin Lewis/Mike Brown
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Ken Zampese (new)/Balanced/Power Man
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 and Carlos Dunlap-DE
Position Analysis
QB:
Andy Dalton-Average
Pass Rush/D-Line: 
RDE: Michael Johnson-Good
3T/DT- Geno Atkins-All Pro
NT: Domata Peko-Poor
LDE: Carlos Dunlap-Elite
LB: 
SLB: AJ Hawk-Average-New
MLB: Ray Maualuga-Average
WLB: Vontaze Burfict-Good
LB: Karlos Dansby-Average/New
CB: 
LCB: Dennard, Darqueze-Young 2014/1st RD
RCB: Adam Jones-Good
#3 CB: Dre Kirkpartick-Average
Slot CB: Leon Hall-Good/still unsigned by CIN
Safety:
SS: George Iloka-Good
FS: Reggie Nelson-New
WR/TE: 
WR: AJ Green-Elite
TE: Tyler Eifert-Good/Breakout year in 2015
WR: Brandon LaFell-Below Average/New
O-Line: 
LT: Andrew Whitworth-All Pro
LG: Clint Boling-Good
C:   Russell Bodine-Young/2014 4th RD
RG: Kevin Zeiter-Elite
RT:  Eric Winston-Average
Cedric Ogbuehi-Young 2014/1st RD
Jake Fisher-Young/2014 2nd RD/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 is no longer a serviceable starter
#2 WR:  AJ Green is an absolute superstar, and Eifert had a great year, but they still need a #2 WR..
Pass Rush Depth
LB Depth  
Backup QB:  AJ McCarron has an attractive wife, good for him, but it certainly didn't help Cincinnati when Dalton was hurt last year.  Investing in a QB in the 3rd or 4th round would be a smart move.

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