Tuesday, May 10, 2016

2016 NFL Draft Recap/New Depth Charts: THE PLAYOFF FAVORITES

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 
Key 2017 Unrestricted Free Agent 


These are teams that Vegas odds project will win 9.0 or more games 


Head Coach/GM: Jason Garrett/Jerry Jones
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Scott Linehan/Vertical-Balanced/Stretch Zone
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Rod Marinelli/4-3 Tampa 2 Zone
Offensive Stars: Tony Romo-QB, Dez Bryant-WR, Tyron Smith-LT and Travis Frederick-C
Defensive Star: Sean Lee-LB
Position Analysis
Tony Romo-Elite when healthy
Dak Prescott
Pass Rush/D-Line: 
LDE: DeMarcus Lawrence-Young/2014 2nd RD/Good year in 2015
3T/DT: Tyrone Crawford-Good in 2014/Below Average in 2015
DT: Nick Hayden-Below Average
DE/DT: Cedric Thornton-Average/New
OLB/DE: Randy Gregory-Young 2015 2nd RD/Suspended right now
Maliek Collins
Charles Tapper
WLB: Sean Lee-Elite
MLB: Rolando McClain-Good/Average
SLB: Battle
Anthony Hitchens-Young/2014 4th RD/Below Average
Damien Wilson-Young/2015 4th RD
Jaylon Smith
LCB: Brandon Carr-Below Average
RCB: Morris Claiborne-Below Average
Slot CB: Orlando Scandrick-Average
Anthony Brown
SS: Barry Church-Below Average
FS: Byron Jones-Good/Young/2015 1st RD
Kavon Frazier 
WR: Dez Bryant-Elite
WR: Terrance Williams-Average
Slot WR: Cole Beasley-Average
TE: Jason Witten-still Good, but no longer Elite
LT: Tyron Smith-Elite, arguably the best OT in the NFL
LG: La'el Collins-Young/2015 Undrafted
C:   Travis Frederick-All Pro
RG: Zack Martin-Very Good/Young/2014 1st RD/Elite potential
RT: Doug Free-Average
OT/G: Chaz Green-Young/2015 3rd RD
Ezekiel Elliott
Alfred Morris-Average
Darren McFadden-Below Average


D-LineThe Cowboys need guys that can rush the passer and stop the run in the trenches. Joey Bosa and DeForest Buckner will be considered at #4. This draft is also very deep at DT,
CB:  All of the corners are below average. Jalen Ramsey may be the pick at #4.
RB:  Morris is a solid power back but they need a back that will be involved in the passing game
Backup QB: When Romo was hurt, the team was a disaster.
#2 WR
SS Upgrade
SLB Upgrade 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk9ESk8iGiw 1 4 Ezekiel Elliott | RB, Ohio State

Height: 6-0 Weight: 225 Good player.
2 34 Jaylon Smith | LB, Notre Dame
Height: 6-2 Weight: 223
3 67 Maliek Collins | DT, Nebraska
Height: 6-2 Weight: 300
4 101 Charles Tapper | DE, Oklahoma
Height: 6-3 Weight: 271
4 135 Dak Prescott | QB, Mississippi State
Height: 6-2 Weight: 226
6 189 Anthony Brown | CB, Purdue
Height: 5-11 Weight: 192
6 212 Kavon Frazier | FS, Central Michigan
Height: 6-0 Weight: 217
6 216 Darius Jackson | RB, Eastern Michigan
Height: 6-0 Weight: 220
6 217 Rico Gathers | TE, Baylor
Height: 6-8 Weight: 275

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
Andy Dalton-Average
Pass Rush/D-Line: 
RDE: Michael Johnson-Good
3T/DT- Geno Atkins-All Pro
NT: Domata Peko-Poor
Andrew Billings 
LDE: Carlos Dunlap-Elite
SLB: AJ Hawk-Average-New
MLB: Ray Maualuga-Average
WLB: Vontaze Burfict-Good
LB: Karlos Dansby-Average/New
Nick Vigil
LCB: Dennard, Darqueze-Young 2014/1st RD
RCB: Adam Jones-Good
#3 CB: Dre Kirkpartick-Average
William Jackson 
SS: George Iloka-Good
FS: Reggie Nelson-New
WR: AJ Green-Elite
TE: Tyler Eifert-Good/Breakout year in 2015
WR: Brandon LaFell-Below Average/New
Tyler Boyd
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
Christian Westerman 
Power: Jeremy Hill-Young/2014 2nd RD/Good
Scat: Gio Bernard-Good
The best RB duo in the NFL

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.

1 24 William Jackson | CB, Houston

Height: 6-0 Weight: 189
2 55 Tyler Boyd | WR, Pittsburgh
Height: 6-2 Weight: 200
3 87 Nick Vigil | ILB, Utah State
Height: 6-2 Weight: 239
4 122 Andrew Billings | DT, Baylor
Height: 6-1 Weight: 311
5 161 Christian Westerman | OG, Arizona State
Height: 6-3 Weight: 298
6 199 Cody Core | WR, Ole Miss
Height: 6-3 Weight: 205
7 245 Clayton Fejedelem | SS, Illinois
Height: 6-0 Weight: 204

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

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
Hassan Ridgeway
ILB: De'Qwell Jackson-Average
ILB:  Nate Irving-Unproven
Antonio Morrison 
LCB: Greg Toler-Average
RCB: Vontae Davis-Elite
SS: Clayton Geathers-Young/2015 4th RD
FS: Dwight Lowery-Average
TJ Green
WR: TY Hilton-Good
WR: Donte Monfrief-Average
WR: Phillip Dorsett-Young/2015 1st RD
TE: Dwayne Allen-Good
LT: Anthony Castonzo-Good
LG: Hugh Thornton-Below Average
C:   Khaled Holmes-Below Average  (released right after the draft)
Ryan Kelly
RG: Jonotthan Harrison-Young/2014 Undrafted
RT:  Jack Mewhort-Young/2014 2nd RD
Le'Raven Clark
Joe Haeg
Frank Gore-Average


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

1 18 Ryan Kelly | C, Alabama

Height: 6-4 Weight: 302
2 57 T.J. Green | FS, Clemson
Height: 6-2 Weight: 209
3 82 Le'Raven Clark | OT, Texas Tech
Height: 6-5 Weight: 312
4 116 Hassan Ridgeway | DT, Texas
Height: 6-3 Weight: 303

4 125 Antonio Morrison | ILB, Florida

Height: 6-1 Weight: 233
5 155 Joe Haeg | OT, North Dakota State
Height: 6-6 Weight: 304
7 239 Trevor Bates | DE, Maine
Height: 6-2 Weight: 250
7 248 Austin Blythe | C, Iowa
Height: 6-2 Weight: 298

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 and Eric Berry-FS
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
Chris Jones
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
KeiVarae Russell
Eric Murray
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
Parker Ehinger 
Jamaal Charles-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

2 37 Chris Jones | DT, Mississippi State
Height: 6-6 Weight: 308
3 74 KeiVarae Russell | CB, Notre Dame
Height: 5-11 Weight: 192
4 105 Parker Ehinger | OG, Cincinnati
Height: 6-6 Weight: 310
4 106 Eric Murray | CB, Minnesota
Height: 5-11 Weight: 199
4 126 Demarcus Robinson | WR, Florida
Height: 6-1 Weight: 203
5 162 Kevin Hogan | QB, Stanford
Height: 6-3 Weight: 218
5 165 Tyreek Hill | WR, West Alabama
Height: 5-08 Weight: 185
6 178 D.J. White | CB, Georgia Tech
Height: 5-11 Weight: 193
6 203 Dadi  Nicolas | OLB, Virginia Tech
Height: 6-3 Weight: 235

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-FS  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 
Robert Nkemdiche
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
Brandon Williams
Harlan Miller
FS: Tyrann Mathieu-All Pro
SS: Tony Jefferson-Average
Marqui Christian 
WR: Larry Fitzgerald-was Elite/still Good
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
Evan Boehm
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?
C Upgrade

1 29 Robert Nkemdiche | DT, Ole Miss
Height: 6-4 Weight: 296
3 92 Brandon Williams | CB, Texas A&M
Height: 5-11 Weight: 197
4 128 Evan Boehm | C, Missouri
Height: 6-2 Weight: 302
5 167 Marqui Christian | SS, Midwestern State
Height: 5-11 Weight: 193
5 170 Cole Toner | OT, Harvard
Height: 6-5 Weight: 306
6 205 Harlan Miller | CB, Southeastern Louisiana
Height: 6-0 Weight: 182


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
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
SLB: Anthony Barr-Elite/Young/2014 1st RD
MLB: Eric Kendricks-Young/2015 2nd RD
WLB: Chad Greenway-Average
Kentrell Brothers
LCB: Terrence Newman-Average
RCB: Xavier Rhodes-Average
#3/Nickel CB: Captain Munnerlyn-Good
CB: Trae Waynes-Young/2015 1st RD
Mackensie Alexander
SS: Andrew Sendejo-Below Average
FS: Harrison Smith-Elite
Laquon Treadwell 
WR: Stefon Diggs-Young/2015 5th RD/Good rookie year
WR: Jarius Wright-Below Average
TE: Kyle Rudolph-Good
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
Willie Beavers 
Adrian Peterson-All Pro
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.
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: 

1 23 Laquon Treadwell | WR, Ole Miss

Height: 6-2 Weight: 210
2 54 Mackensie Alexander | CB, Clemson
Height: 5-10 Weight: 190
4 121 Willie Beavers | OT, Western Michigan
Height: 6-5 Weight: 321
5 160 Kentrell Brothers | ILB, Missouri
Height: 6-0 Weight: 245
6 180 Moritz Boehringer | WR, Germany
Height: 6-4 Weight: 227
6 188 David Morgan II | TE, UTSA
Height: 6-4 Weight: 262
7 227 Stephen Weatherly | DE, Vanderbilt
Height: 6-4 Weight: 267
7 244 Jayron Kearse | SS, Clemson
Height: 6-4 Weight: 216


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
Paxton Lynch 
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
Adam Gotsis
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
Justin Simmons
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
Devontae Booker 


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 competition 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

1 26 Paxton Lynch | QB, Memphis

Height: 6-7 Weight: 245
2 63 Adam Gotsis | DT, Georgia Tech
Height: 6-4 Weight: 287
3 98 Justin Simmons | FS, Boston College
Height: 6-2 Weight: 202
4 136 Devontae Booker | RB, Utah
Height: 5-11 Weight: 219
5 144 Connor McGovern | OG, Missouri
Height: 6-4 Weight: 306
6 176 Andy Janovich | FB, Nebraska
Height: 6-1 Weight: 238
6 219 Will Parks | SS, Arizona
Height: 6-0 Weight: 204
7 228 Riley Dixon | P, Syracuse
Height: 6-4 Weight: 221

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