Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2017 NFL DRAFT: Team Needs 2016 playoff teams (DET, MIA, NYG, OAK, HOU, KC)



DETROIT LIONS
Picks in first 3 rounds: 21, 53, 85
8 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Jim Caldwell/Bob Quinn
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme: 
Jim Bob Cooter/Vertical/Man
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage: 
Teryl Austin/4-3 Press Man
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL       RUSHING     PASSING 
Offense 21st    81.9 (30th)     256.9 (11th) 
Defense 18th  106.3 (18th)    248.4 (19th) 
Offensive Star: Matthew Stafford-QB
Defensive Stars: Ziggy Ansah-DE and Darius Slay-CB
Position Analysis
QB:
Matthew Stafford-Good
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (30)
RDE: Ziggy Ansah-Elite when healthy
DE/PRS: Kerry Hyder-Good 
RDT: Haloti Ngata-once Elite now Average
LDT: A'Shawn Robinson-Young/2016 2nd RD
LDE Cornelius Washington-Below Average 
MLB: Tahir Whitehead-Below Average
OLB: Paul Warrilow-New/Below Average
OLB: Nick Bellore-New/Below Average
DEFENSIVE BACKS (18)
LCB: Darius Slay-Elite
FS: Glover Quin-Very Good
Nickel CB: Quandre Diggs-Young/2015 6th Round/Good 
SS: Tavon Wilson-Average
RCB: Nevin Lawson-Below Average 
#3 S: Miles Killebrew-Young/2016 4th RD
#4 CB: DJ Hayden-New/Below Average 
PASS CATCHERS:
WR: Golden Tate-Good
WR: Marvin Jones-Good
TE 1: Eric Ebron-Average
O-LINE (19 last year) Should be a top 5 unit with key additions 
LT: Taylor Decker-Young/2016 #16 pick, All-Rookie, All Pro Potential 
RG: TJ Lang-New/Elite 
RT:  Ricky Wagner-New/Very Good almost Elite 
LG: Graham Glasgow-Young/2016 3rd RD
C:   Travis Swanson-Average 
RB: 
Theo Riddick-Good in role
Ameer Abdullah-Young/2015 2nd RD/Injured most of 2016

NEEDS:  
Pass Rush DE: Ansah is a beast, but he needs help, the Lions were 31st in the league in sacks last year. 
LB:  The Lions LB core is easily among the worst in the NFL 
2018 FREE AGENTS:
QB (they will extend Stafford) 
DE
C
DT
IDEAL DRAFT: 
21. TACO CHARLTON-5T/DE/DT-MICHIGAN 
6-6/277/34.25
53. OBI MELIFONWU-S/Press CB/DB-UCONN
6-4/224/32.25
85. RAEKWON MCMILLAN-LB-OHIO ST. 
6-2/240/33.0

Maybe the three best names in the draft. I hope these guys all end up on the same team. 


MIAMI DOLPHINS

Picks in first 3 rounds: 22, 54, 97
8 total picks
Head Coach/VP of Football Operations: Adam Gase/Mike Tannenbaum 
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme: 
Clyde Christensen/Balanced/Power Man
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Matt Burke (promoted from LB coach)/4-3 Press Man
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL       RUSHING      PASSING 
Offense 24th    114.0 (9th)     218.8 (26th) 
Defense 29th   140.4 (30th)   242.2 (15th) 
Offensive Star: Jarvis Landry-WR
Defensive Stars: Ndamukong Suh-DT and Cameron Wake-DE
Position Analysis 
QB:
Ryan Tannehill-Average
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (12) 
LDT: Ndamukong Suh-All Pro
LDE: Cameron Wake-Elite
LB: Kiko Alonso-Good
RDT: Jordan Phillips-Young/2015 2nd RD/Unproven as a starter 
LB: Lawrence Timmons-New/Average 
LB: Koa Misi-Average/Injured in 2016
RDE: 
William Hayes-Average at best 
or
Andre Branch-Below Average 
DEFENSIVE BACKS (20)
SS: Reshad Jones-Elite when healthy 
FS: Isa Abdul-Quddus-Good/Injured may miss start of 2017
LCB: Byron Maxwell-Average
RCB: Xavien Howard-Young/2016 2nd RD
Slot CB: Bobby McCain-Young/2015 5th RD/Below Average
FS: Nate Allen-New/Average 
SS: TJ McDonald-New/Average/Suspended first 8 games in 2017 
PASS CATCHERS:
WR: Jarvis Landry-Very Good 
WR-DeVante Parker-Young/2015 1st RD
WR: Kenny Stills-Good
TE: Julius Thomas-New/Average
TE: Anthony Fasano-New/Good blocker, not used much in pass game 
O-LINE (30) 
LT (move from LG): Laremy Tunsil-Young/2016 #13 pick, All-Rookie, All Pro Potential 
C:   Mike Pouncey-Good
RT:  Ja'Wuan James-Average/Good 
OT/G: Billy Turner-Young/2014 3rd RD
LG: Ted Larsen-New/Below Average
RG: Kraig Urbik-Below Average
OT/G: Jermon Bushrod-Below Average 
RB: 
Power: Jay Ajayi-Young/2015 5th RD/Breakout year in 2016 
Scat: Kenyan Drake-Young/2016 3rd RD

NEEDS: 

C/OG:  Tunsil moving outside gives them a major hole inside, can Pouncey stay healthy? 
LB Depth:  They need more athletes here, the three current starters are versatile but they could use a true play maker to make this unit a true team strength. 
Young Pass Rusher: Cameron Wake is 35, they need a young stud to help him on the edge 
2018 FREE AGENTS:
WR
OLB
SS
TE
IDEAL DRAFT: 
22. FORREST LAMP-G/RT-WESTERN KENTUCKY 
6-4/309/32.25
TJ WATT-OLB/EDGE-WISCONSIN
6-4/252/33.1
JORDAN WILLIS-OLB/EDGE-KANSAS ST.
6-4/252/33.1



NEW YORK GIANTS

Picks in first 3 rounds: 23, 55, 87
7 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Ben McAdoo/Jerry Reese   
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme
Mike Sullivan/West Coast/Stretch Zone
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage:
Steve Spagnuolo/4-3 both Man and Zone
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL        RUSHING      PASSING 
Offense 25th     88.2 (29th)     242.4 (17th) 
Defense 10th    88.6 (3rd)       251.1 (23rd) 
Offensive Stars: Odell Beckham Jr.-WR, Eli Manning-QB and Weston Richburg-C
Defensive Stars: Jason Pierre Paul-DE and Olivier Vernon-DE 
Position Analysis
QB: 
Eli Manning-Near Elite
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (11) 
NT: Damon Harrison-All Pro in 2016
LDE: Jason Pierre Paul-Elite when healthy
RDE: Olivier Vernon-Elite 
SLB: Devon Kennard-Average
MLB: BJ Goodson-Young/2016 4th RD
WLB: JT Thomas-Average/Injured in 2016
OLB: Keenan Robinson-Below Average
RDT: 
Jonthan Hankins-Still an Unsigned Free Agent
         or 
Jay Bromley-Unproven 
DEFENSIVE BACKS (2)
SS: Landon Collins-All Pro in 2nd Year  
LCB: Dominique Rodgers Cromartie-All Pro 
RCB: Janoris Jenkins-All Pro 
#3 CB: Eli Apple-Young/2016 #10 pick/Average as a rookie 
FS:  Andrew Adams-Young/2016 Undrafted
Depth:
S; Mykkele Thompson-Young/2015 5th RD
S: Darian Thompson-Young/2016 3rd RD
PASS CATCHERS:
WR: Odell Beckham Jr.-All Pro
WR: Brandon Marshall-Good 
WR: Sterling Shepard-Young/2016 2nd RD. All Rookie 
TE: Larry Donnell-Below Average
O-LINE (20) 
C:  Weston Richburg-Near Elite 
LG: Justin Pugh-Very Good
LT: Ereck Flowers-Young/2015 1st RD/Has struggled at LT may move to RT in 2017
RT:  Bobby Hart -Young/2015 7th RD/Below Average
RG: John Jerry-Average at best 
G/OT: DJ Fluker-New/Below Average 
RB:
Paul Perkins-Young/2015 5th RD/Small role as a Rookie 
Shane Vereen-Average

NEEDS: 

LT/O-Line:  The G-Men need more bodies to keep the pressure off of Eli. Flowers has really struggled at LT in his first two years.  A move to the right side seems inevitable. 
Multiple LB's: The LB core is among the worst in the league. They need to add a play maker in the first or second round. Then take another late in the draft.
TE:  Eli needs a safety blanket with his below average line
2018 FREE AGENTS:
C
LG
RB
IDEAL DRAFT: 
23. Best OT available 
55. JARRAD DAVIS-LB-FLORIDA
6-1/238/33.5
87. JAKE BUTT-TE-MICHIGAN 
6-6/246/32.0




OAKLAND RAIDERS 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 24, 56, 88
8 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Jack Del Rio/Reggie McKenzie



Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme: 

Todd Downing (new, promoted from QB Coach)/Balanced/Power Man
Defensive Coordinator/Style: Ken Norton Jr./4-3 Under Man
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL      RUSHING      PASSING 
Offense 6th     120.1 (6th)     253.2 (13th) 
Defense 26th   117.6 (23rd)   257.5 (24th) 
Offensive Stars: Derek Carr-QB and Kelechi Osemele-LG
Defensive Star: Khalil Mack-DE/OLB
Position Analysis
QB
Derek Carr-Broke Out in 2016, Emerging Star 
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (15) 
LDE: Khalil Mack-All Pro
SLB: Bruce Irvin-Good
RDT: Dan Williams-Good
LDT: Justin Ellis-Average 
MLB: Ben Heeney-Injured in 2016
WLB: Cory James-Young/2016 6th RD
RDE: 
Mario Edwards-Young/2015 2nd RD
or
Jihad Ward-Young/2016 2nd RD/Struggled as a Rookie
DEFENSIVE BACKS (17)
SS: Karl Joseph-Young/2016 #14 pick, All-Rookie, Elite Potential 
S: Reggie Nelson-Good
LCB: Sean Smith-Good
RCB: Dave Amerson-Good in 2015/Average in 2016
Slot CB: TJ Carrie-Average
PASS CATCHERS:
WR: Amari Cooper-Good/Young/2015 1st RD
WR: Michael Crabtree-Good
TE: Jared Cook-New/Average
TE: Clive Walford-Young/2015 3rd RD
O-LINE (4) 
RG: Kelechi Osemele-All Pro 
LT: Donald Penn-Very Good
LG: Gabe Jackson-Very Good
C:  Rodney Hudson-Very Good
RT: Austin Howard-Average at best 
OT: Marshall Newhouse-New/Solid as a backup 
RB: 
Unknown 


NEEDS: 

LB: The Raiders need a play making star LB to set the tone at the second level 
DT:  Mack may be the best pass rusher in the league, but he needs more help from the interior D-Line in getting to the opposing QB.
RB:  Latavius Murray left for Minnesota, Marshawn Lynch wants to play in his hometown of Oakland but that is still up in the air. It would be ideal if Dalvin Cook or Christian McCaffery fall to them at #24.  
2018 FREE AGENTS:
QB (They will clearly extend Carr) 
LG (They hope to extend Gabe Jackson) 
LT
FS
#3 WR
IDEAL DRAFT: 
24. CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY-RB/KR-STANFORD
6-0/202
or 
DALVIN COOK-RB-FSU
5-10/210
56. JARRAD DAVIS-LB-FLORIDA
6-1/238/33.5
88. EDDIE VANDERDOES-DT-UCLA  
6-3/305/33.1



HOUSTON TEXANS

Picks in first 3 rounds: 25, 57, 89
7 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Bill O'Brian/Rick Smith
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Bill O'Brian calls all plays/Ball Control-Balanced/Hybrid
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Romeo Crennell (Assistant Head Coach) and Mike Vrabel (DC)/3-4 Zone
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL       RUSHING      PASSING 
Offense 29th   116.2 (8th)     198.5 (29th) 
Defense 1st     99.7 (12th)    201.6 (2nd) 
Offensive Star: DeAndre Hopkins-WR and Duane Brown-LT
Defensive Star: JJ Watt-DE/5T/Pass Rusher and Jadeveon Clowney-DE
Position Analysis
QB:
Tom Savage-Not a starting caliber QB
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (10th with Watt Injured) 
5T/RDE: JJ Watt-All Pro, arguably the best defender in the NFL
LDE: Jadeveon Clowney-Breakout year in 2016, All Pro 
SLB:  Whitney Mercilus-near Elite 
RILB: Benardrick McKinney-Young/2015 2nd RD/Emerging Star
LILB: Brian Cushing-Good
NT: DJ Reader-Young/2016 5th RD
#3 DE: Christian Covington-Young/2015 6th RD
LOLB: lost in free agency 
DEFENSIVE BACKS (8)
RCB: Jonathan Joseph-Good
LCB: Kareem Jackson-Average
#3 CB: Kevin Johnson-Young/2015 1st RD, injured most of 2016
FS: Andre Hal-Average
SS: battle
Eddie Pleasant-Below Average
or
KJ Dillon-Young/2016 5th RD
PASS CATCHERS:
WR: DeAndre Hopkins-Elite
WR: Will Fuller-Young/2016 #21 pick
TE: CJ Fiedorowicz-Good/Average
WR: Braxton Miller-Young/2016 3rd RD
TE: Ryan Griffin-Average
WR: Jaelen Strong-Young/2015 3rd RD
O-LINE (18) 
LT: Duane Brown-Good
RG: Jeff Allen-Good
LG: Xavier Su'a Filo-Below Average
C:   Greg Mancz-Young/2015 Undrafted/Below Average
RT:  
Derek Newton-Average, career in jeopardy after severe injury 
or 
Chris Clark-Below Average
C/G: Nick Martin-Young/2015 2nd RD, injured in 2016 should win a starting spot in 2017
RB: 
Lamar Miller-Good/New
Alfred Blue-Young/2014 6th RD

NEEDS: 

QB: I think that they will end up with Tony Romo, however they still need a QB of the future given Romo's age and long injury history.  
RT/G: The loss of Newton was bigger than expected. 
DB Depth: Thet lost AJ Bouye to Jacksonville, Joseph is 33 and will be a free agent next year and Kevin Johnson is still unproven. The Texans are lucky this is a deep draft at DB. 
2018 FREE AGENTS:
WR (they will extend Hopkins this summer)
RCB
LG
TE
IDEAL DRAFT: 
25. Best QB available 
57 or 89. DION DAWKINS-RT/G-TEMPLE
6-4/314/35.0
57 or 89. SIDNEY JONES-CB-WASHINGTON
6-0/186/31.5




KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 27, 59, 91, 104c
10 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Andy Reid/John Dorsey
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Brad Childress(Assistant Head Coach) and Matt Nagy (OC)/West Coast-Balanced/Stretch Zone
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage:
Bob Sutton/3-4 Press Man
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL       RUSHING      PASSING 
Offense 20th    109.2 (15th)   233.8 (19th) 
Defense 24th   121.1 (26th)   247.4 (18th) 
Offensive Star: Travis Kelce-TE
Defensive Star: Justin Houston-OLB  
Position Analysis
QB:
Alex Smith-Good/most underrated QB in the NFL 
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (8) 
DE: Chris Jones-Young/2016 2nd RD, All-Rookie, All Pro Potential 
LILB: Derrick Johnson-Very Good/near Elite
LOLB: Justin Houston-Former All Pro, injured in 2016
ROLB: Tamba Hali-Good
#3 OLB: Dee Ford-Good/breakout year in 2016 
RDE: Jaye Howard-Average
NT:   Bennie Logan-New/Average
LDE: Allen Bailey-Average
RILB: Ramik Wilson-Young/2015 4th RD
DEFENSIVE BACKS (12)
DS: Eric Berry-All Pro
RCB: Marcus Peters-All Pro 
DS: Ron Parker-Good
LCB: Phillip Gaines-Average
Slot CB: Steven Nelson-Young/2015 3rd RD
#3 Safety: Daniel Sorensen-Average
PASS CATCHERS: 
TE: Travis Kelce-All Pro 
WR: Jeremy Maclin-Good
Slot WR: Tyreek Hill-Young/2016 5th RD, All Pro/Rookie as return man
WR: Chris Conley-Young/2015 3rd RD
WR: Albert Wilson-Below Average
O-LINE (14) 
RT: Mitchell Schwartz-All Pro
LT: Eric Fisher-Good
RG: Laurent Duvernay-Average, yet was paid as a top 10 Guard
LG: Zach Fulton-Average
C:   Mitch Morse-Young/2015 2nd RD/Average so far
RB: 
Spencer Ware-Average
FB: Anthony Sherman-Elite in role
Backup: Charcandrick West-Average at best 

NEEDS: 

ILB:  Derrick Johnson continues to play at a high level even at age 34, but he needs some help 
Young/Backup QB: They have worked out or shown interest in all of the top QB prospects, Alex Smith turns 33 in May, the Chiefs may want someone young to develop sooner rather than later. 
C/G: Morse and Fulton are average at best, more competition is needed inside, expect multiple day 3 picks on the O-Line 
2018 FREE AGENTS:
FB
RDE
LCB
NT
LG
IDEAL DRAFT: 
DESHAUN WATSON-QB-CLEMSON 
6-2/221
or
MITCHELL TRUBISKY-QB-UNC
6-2/222
to drop

Realistically 
HAASON REDDICK-EDGE/OLB/ILB-TEMPLE
6-1/237/32.75
or 
ZACH CUNNINGHAM-LB-VANDERBILT 
6-3/234/34.4

59. QUINCY WILSON-CB-FLORIDA
6-1/211/32.25
or 
TEEZ TABOR-CB-FLORIDA
6-0/199/32.0

91. LAARY OGUNJOBI-DT/3T/NT-UNC CHARLOTTE
6-3/305/32.6

Saturday, March 25, 2017

2017 NFL DRAFT: Team Needs THE CONTENDERS (SEA, DAL, GB, PIT, ATL, NE)

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 26, 58, 90, 102c, 106c 
7 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/4-3 Under Press Zone with mostly Cover 1
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL       RUSHING    PASSING
Offense 12th    99.4 (25th)    257.8 (10th)
Defense 5th     92.9 (7th)      225.8 (8th)
Offensive Star: Russell Wilson-QB
Defensive Stars: Earl Thomas-FS, Richard Sherman-CB, Bobby Wagner-MLB and Kam Chancellor
Position Analysis
QB:
Russell Wilson-Elite
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN  (Number 1 according to Pro Football Focus)
MLB: Bobby Wagner-All Pro
LDE: Michael Bennett-Elite
RDE: Cliff Avril-Elite
OLB: KJ Wright-Elite
RDT: Jerran Reed-Young/2016 2nd Round
LDT: Ahtyba Rubin-Below Average
OLB: Battle both unproven
          Cassius Marsh
          Kevin Pierre-Louis
DEFENSIVE BACKS (Top 5) 
LCB: Richard Sherman-All Pro
FS: Earl Thomas-All Pro
SS: Kam Chancellor-Elite
RCB: De'Shawn Shead-Average
#3 CB Jeremy Lane-Average
#3 S: Bradley McDougald-New/Average
PASS CATCHERS: 
WR: Doug Baldwin-Good
TE 1: Jimmy Grahame-Good
WR: Tyler Lockett-Young/2015 2nd Round
WR: Jermaine Kearse-Average
TE 2: Luke Wilson-Average
O-LINE (32) 
LT: Luke Joeckel-New/Below Average in Jacksonville
LG: Mark Glowinski-Young 2015 4th RD
C;   Justin Britt-Below Average
RG: Germain Ifedi-Young 2016 31st pick
RT:  Garry Gilliam-Below Average
G/RT: Rees Odhiambo-Young/2016 3rd RD
RB: 
Eddie Lacy-New/Average/Good when in shape and healthy
Thomas Rawls-Average
C.J. Prosise-Young/2016 3rd RD/Average

NEEDS: 
LT:  They can't believe that Joeckel is the answer at LT
O-Line: This was the worst O-Line in football according to Pro Football Focus 
DB Depth:  The strength of the team is the secondary. The starters are great, maybe the best in the league when healthy. They need a better option opposite Sherman and need a backup safety in case Thomas is unable to retain his All Pro form after a nearly career ending injury.
2018 FREE AGENTS:
SS
Both TE's
RT
C
LT
IDEAL DRAFT: 
26. RYAN RAMCZYK-OT-WISCONSIN
6-6/310/33.75
OR
GARETT BOLLES-OT/G-UTAH 
6-5/297/34.0
58. BUDDA BAKER-FS/NCB-WASHINGTON
5-10/196/30.6
90. ETHAN POCIC-C/G-LSU
6-6/310/33.1




DALLAS COWBOYS 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 28, 60, 92
7 total picks
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
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL      RUSHING     PASSING 
Offense 5th    149.8 (2nd)   226.9 (23rd)
Defense 14th  83.5 (1st)     260.4 (26th)
Offensive Stars: Ezekiel Elliott-RB, Dez Bryant-WR, Tyron Smith-LT, Travis Frederick-C and Zack Martin
Defensive Star: Sean Lee-LB
Position Analysis
QB:
Dak Prescott-2016 4th RD/Great as a Rookie
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (22) 
OLB: Sean Lee-Elite
RDE: DeMarcus Lawrence-Good in 2015/Injured most of 2016
DDE: Tyrone Crawford-Average
LDT: Cedric Thornton-Average
RDT: Maliek Collins-2016 3rd RD/Struggled as a rookie
MLB: Anthony Hitchens-Average/Below Average
OLB: Damien Wilson-Young/2015 4th RD
Depth:
OLB/DE: Randy Gregory-Young 2015 2nd RD/Suspended in 2016
LB: Jaylon Smith-2016 2nd RD/Injured in 2016
#3 DT: Stephen Paea-New?average
DEFENSIVE BACKS (top 5 last year but lost a lot) 
FS: Byron Jones-Good/Young/2015 1st RD
LCB: Lost in free agency
RCB: Nolan Carroll-New/Below Average
Slot CB: Orlando Scandrick-Average
LCB: Lost in free agency
SS: Lost in free agency
PASS CATCHERS: 
WR: Dez Bryant-Elite
TE: Jason Witten-still Good, but no longer Elite
WR: Terrance Williams-Average
Slot WR: Cole Beasley-Average
O-LINE (1/2)
LT: Tyron Smith-All Pro
C:   Travis Frederick-All Pro
RG: Zack Martin-All Pro
LG: La'el Collins-Young/2015 Undrafted
RT: Chaz Green-Young/2015 3rd RD
G: Jonathan Cooper-New/Solid as a backup 
RB: 
Ezekiel Elliott-All Pro and Rookie of the Year in 2016

NEEDS: 

DB:  They lost 3 of their 5 best defensive backs in SS Barry Church, CB Morris Claiborne, and CB Brandon Carr. Newly signed Nolan Carroll is a below average veteran, yet he is the only CB on the roster with any starting experience. Expect the Cowboys to spend at least 3 picks at DB.
D-Line: The Cowboys need guys that can rush the passer and stop the run in the trenches.
RT: Doug Free retired, Is Chaz Green the answer?  
2018 FREE AGENTS:
RDE
#3 DT
#3 G 
IDEAL DRAFT: 
28. MARLON HUMPHREY-CB-BAMA
6-0/197/32.25
60. JUSTIN EVANS-SS/DB-TEXAS A&M
6-0/199/32.0
92. LAARY OGUNJOBI-DT/3T/NT-UNC CHARLOTTE
6-3/305/32.6





GREEN BAY PACKERS

Picks in first 3 rounds: 29, 61, 93
8 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Mike McCarthy/Ted Thompson
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Edgar Bennett however McCarty will call the plays in 2017
Spread and West Coast/Hybrid
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Dom Capers/2-5 and 4-3 Under Press Man
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL       RUSHING      PASSING
Offense 8th     106.3 (20th)   262.4 (7th)
Defense 22nd  94.7 (8th)      269.2 (30th)
Offensive Stars: Aaron Rodgers-QB, Jordy Nelson-WR and David Bakhtari-LT
Defensive Stars: Ha Ha Clinton Dix-FS, Mike Daniels-DT and Clay Matthews-LB



Position Analysis
QB:
Aaron Rodgers-Elite
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (9) 
3T/RDE/DT: Mike Daniels-Elite
OLB: Clay Matthews-Former All Pro/struggled in 2016 with injuries
OLB: Nick Perry-Good/had career year in 2016
NT:  Letroy Guion-Average
LILB: Jake Ryan-Young/2015 4th RD
RILB: Blake Martinez-Young/2016 4th RD
LDE: Kenny Clark-Young/2016 27th pick
DE: Ricky Jean Francios-New/Average
DEFENSIVE BACKS (19)
FS: Ha Ha Clinton Dix-All Pro
SS: Morgan Burnett-Elite
LCB: Damarious Randall-Young/2015 1st RD
RCB: Davon House-New/Average
#3 CB: Quinten Rollins-Young/2015 2nd RD
PASS CATCHERS: 
WR: Jordy Nelson-Elite
WR: Randall Cobb-Very Good
WR: Devante Adams-Very Good
TE: Martellus Bennett-New/Good
TE: Lance Kendricks-New/Average
O-LINE (5)
LT: David Bakhtari-All Pro
RT: Bryan Bulaga-Very Good after a down year in 2015
C:   Corey Linsley-Good
LG: Lane Taylor-Below Average
RG: Don Barclay-Unproven as a starter
RT/G; Jason Spriggs-Young/2016 2nd RD
RB: 
Ty Montgomery-Young/2015 3rd RD/Good in 2016 at new position


NEEDS: 

Offensive Guard: They need some help at guard after letting Josh Sitton and TJ Lang leave in back to back seasons. Taylor has been below average and Barclay is better as a backup. Do they give Spriggs the starting job? 
D-Line: Mike Daniels is a beast and Kenny Clark was solid as a rookie yet they need more depth at nose tackle and DE
CB:  They struggled against the pass in 2016. The safeties are as good as any duo in the league but they need more help at corner.
2018 FREE AGENTS:
SS
C
#3 WR
RCB 
LG
IDEAL DRAFT: 
29. DALVIN COOK-RB-FSU
5-10/210
61. FABIAN MOREAU-PRESS MAN CB/DB-UCLA
6-1/206/31.4
93. ETHAN POCIC-C/G-LSU
6-6/310/33.1





PITTSBURGH STEELERS 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 30, 62, 94, 105c
8 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 Zone 
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL       RUSHING      PASSING 
Offense 7th     110.0 (14th)    262.6 (5th)
Defense 12th  100.0 (13th)    242.6 (16th)
Offensive Stars: Ben Roethlisberger-QB, Antonio Brown-WR , Le'Veon Bell-RB and David DeCastro-RG



Defensive Star: Cameron Hayward-DE/DT
Position Analysis
QB:
Ben Roethlisberger-Elite
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (16)
RDE: Cameron Hayward-Good
LDE: Stephon Tuitt-Good/Young/2014 2nd RD
ROLB; James Harrison-Elite in 2016, Average in 2015
LOLB: Bud Dupree-Young/2015 1st RD/Good when healthy in 2016
LILB: Ryan Shazier-Average
NT:    Javon Hargrave-Young/2016 3rd RD
RILB battle both unproven 
          Vince Williams
          Tyler Matakevich
DEFENSIVE BACKS (11)
RCB: Ross Cockrell-Good
Slot CB: William Gay-Good
FS: Mike Mitchell-Average
LCB: Artie Burns-Young/2016 1st RD
SS: Sean Davis-Young/2016 2nd RD
PASS CATCHERS: 
WR: Antonio Brown-All Pro, arguably the best WR in the NFL
TE: Jesse James-Young/2015 5th RD
TE: Ladarius Green-Average
WR: Martavis Bryant-Currently Suspended
WR: Eli Rogers-Below Average
WR: Darius Hayward Bey-Below Average  
O-LINE (3)
RG: David DeCastro-All Pro
RT: Marcus Gilbert-Elite
C:   Maurkice Pouncey-All Pro when healthy/Very Good 
LG: Ramon Foster-Very Good
LT: Alejandro Villanueva-Average
RB: 
Le'Veon Bell-All Pro, arguably the best RB in the NFL


NEEDS: 

Pass Rush Depth:  Jarvis Jones never panned out and he was let go after this year. Bud Dupree has shown some promise but has battled through injuries. 
#2 WR: Antonio Brown had 106 receptions, the next highest was Eli Rogers with only 48 receptions 
Backup QB:  Big Ben is now 35, time to start thinking about his replacement 
2018 FREE AGENTS:
RB (they Franchised Bell) 
RCB
LDE
IDEAL DRAFT: 
30. JOHN ROSS-WR-WASHINGTON
5-11/188/31.5 
OR
HAASON REDDICK-EDGE/OLB/ILB-TEMPLE
6-1/237/32.75
62. TJ WATT-OLB/EDGE-WISCONSIN
6-4/252/33.1
OR 
CURTIS SAMUEL-WR/RB-OHIO ST. 
5-11/196
94.  
KEVIN KING-CB-WASHINGTON
6-3/200/32.0




ATLANTA FALCONS
Picks in first 3 rounds: 31, 63, 95
6 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Dan Quinn/Thomas Dimitroff
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Steve Sarkisian (new)/Balanced/Zone 
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage:
Marquand Manuel (new)/4-3 Man and Zone 
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL       RUSHING      PASSING 
Offense 2nd    120.5 (5th)      295.3 (3rd)
Defense 25th  104.5 (17th)    266.7 (28th)
Offensive Stars: Matt Ryan-QB and Julio Jones-WR




Defensive Star: Desmond Trufant-CB
Position Analysis
QB: 
Matt Ryan-All Pro, 2016 NFL MVP 
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (24)
SLB: Vic Beasley-All Pro/Young/2015 1st RD
MLB: Deion Jones-Young/2016 2nd RD/Very Good as a Rookie 
DT: Dontari Poe-New-Good
DT: Grady Jarrett-Young/2015 5th RD/Average
WLB: De'Vondre Campbell-Young/2016 4th RD/Average
LDE: Brooks Reed-Average
RDE: Ra'Shede Hageman-Average
DE: Jack Crawford-New/Average 
DEFENSIVE BACKS (6)
LCB: Desmond Trufant-Elite when healthy 
SS: Keanu Neal-Young/2015 1st RD/Top 10 SS as a Rookie 
RCB: Robert Alford-Good
#3/Nickel CB: Jalen Collins-Young/2015 2nd RD
FS: Ricardo Allen-Average
#4 CB/S-Brian Poole-Young/2016 Undrafted 
PASS CATCHERS: 
WR: Julio Jones-All Pro 
WR: Mohamed Sanu-Average
WR: Taylor Gabriel-Average 
TE: Austin Hooper-Young/2016 3rd RD
O-LINE (6)
C:   Alex Mack-All Pro
RT:  Ryan Schraeder-Elite
LT: Jake Matthews-Good
LG: Andy Levitre-Good
RG: Hugh Thornton-New/Below Average
RB: 
Had the best RB duo in the NFL in 2016
Devonta Freeman-Very Good
Tevin Coleman-Young/2015 3rd RD/Good 

NEEDS: 
Pass Rush/DE:  Vic Beasley looks like a superstar, now they need a second elite pass rusher.
RG: They need to keep the MVP healthy 
#2 WR 
2018 FREE AGENTS 
LCB (just extended Trufant) 
RB
DT
RDE
RG
IDEAL DRAFT: 
31. FORREST LAMP-G/RT-WESTERN KENTUCKY 
6-4/309/32.25
63. DEMARCUS WALKER-DE/EDGE-FSU
6-4/280/33.0
95. CHRIS GODWIN-WR-PENN ST. 
6-1/209/31.6
OR
ZAY JONES-WR-EAST CAROLINA
6-2/201/32.5





NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS


Picks in first 3 rounds: 72, 96 

7 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
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL       RUSHING      PASSING 
Offense 4th     117.0 (7th)      269.2 (4th)
Defense 8th     88.6 (3rd)       237.9 (12th
Offensive Stars: Tom Brady-QB and Rob Gronkowski
Defensive Stars: 
Position Analysis
QB:
Tom Brady-Elite/Greatest QB Ever 
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (18)
MLB: Dont'a Hightower-Good/almost Elite
RDE: Trey Flowers-Young/2015 4th RD/Good
LDE:  Kony Ealy-New/Average
RDT:  Malcolm Brown-Young/2015 1st RD/Average so far
LDT:  Alan Branch-New/Below Average
SLB: Rob Ninkovich-Below Average
WLB: Shea McClellin-Below Average 
LB: Kyle Van Noy-Average as a backup 
DEFENSIVE BACKS (Top 5)
LCB: Malcolm Butler-All Pro
FS: Devin McCourty-Elite 
RCB: Stephon Gilmore-New/Good
SS: Patrick Chung-Good
PASS CATCHERS: 
TE: Rob Gronkowski-All Pro, the best TE in the NFL when healthy
WR: Julian Edelman-Good
WR: Brandin Cooks-New/Good
WR: Chris Hogan-Good 
WR: Malcolm Mitchell-Young/2016 4th RD
O-LINE (10)
LT: Nate Solder-Elite 
RT: Marcus Cannon-All Pro after Below Average in 2015
LG: Shaq Mason-Good/Average
C:   David Andrews-Young/2015 Undrafted
RG: Joe Thuney-Young/2016 3rd RD/Good 
RB: 
All are good at their roles
Power: LeGarrette Blount
Scat: Dion Lewis
Scat: James White

NEEDS: 
LB:  Hightower is one of the better LBs in the NFL, but the rest of the core is below average. 
D-Line Depth: . Some young depth is needed on both the outside and inside. 
2018 FREE AGENTS:
LCB
LT
WR
Both Scat Backs
SLB
IDEAL DRAFT: 
72. RAEKWON MCMILLAN-LB-OHIO ST. 
6-2/240/33.0
96. EDDIE VANDERDOES-DT-UCLA
6-4/304/333.25