Tuesday, April 4, 2017

2017 NFL DRAFT: Team Needs picks 11-14 (NO, ARZ, PHL) plus LA Rams and MIN




NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Picks in first 3 rounds: 11, 32, 42, 76, 103c
7 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Sean Payton/Mickey Loomis
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme: 
Pete Carmichael/Vertical and West Coast-Pass Heavy/Zone
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage:
Dennis Allen/4-3 Man
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL      RUSHING      PASSING 
Offense 1st     108.9 (16th)   317.1 (1st) 
Defense 27th  101.6 (14th)   273.8 (32nd) 
Offensive Star: Drew Brees-QB
Defensive Star: Cameron Jordan-DE
Position Analysis
QB:
Drew Brees-Elite
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (28) 
RDE: Cameron Jordan-Elite
NT:  Nick Fairley-Good 
DT/3T: Sheldon Rankins-Young/2016 #12 pick, injured most of rookie year
SLB: Stephone Anthony-Young/2015 1st RD
DT: Tyeler Davison-Young/2015 5th RD
WLB: Dannelle Ellerbe-Below Average
LDE: Darryl Tapp-Below Average
LB: Craig Robertson-Below Average/New
SLB/DE: Hau'oli Kikaha-Young/2015 2nd RD
DT: Tyeler Davison-Young/2015 5th RD
DEFENSIVE BACKS (29)
Slot CB: Delvin Breaux-Good
S: Kenny Vaccaro-Good
S: Vonn Bell-Young/2016 2nd RD
CB: P.J. Williams-Young/2015 3rd RD
CB: Sterling Moore-Average at best  
PASS CATCHERS:
WR: Michael Thomas-Young/2016 2nd RD/All Rookie/Elite potential 
WR: Willie Snead-Good
Deep WR: Ted Ginn-Good in role 
TE: Coby Fleener-Average
O-LINE (12) 
LT: Terron Armstead-Elite
LG: Larry Warford-New/Good
C:   Max Unger-Good
RT:  Zach Strief-Good
LG: Andrus Peat-Young/2015 1st RD/Average so far 
RB: 
Mark Ingram-Good


NEEDS: 

Front Seven: Other than Cam Jordan, this front seven is not good.  They simply lack play makers everywhere. 
DB Depth:  The back end of the defense is bad as well 
O-Line Depth:  Keeping Brees upright is always a top priority.
Young QB: Brees continues to play at a high level even at age 38, however he won't be there forever.  
2018 FREE AGENTS:
QB 
SS
WLB
CB
IDEAL DRAFT: 
11. MARSHON LATTIMORE-CB-OHIO ST. 
6-0/192/31.25
32. DESHONE KIZER-QB-NOTRE DAME
6-5/230
42. CHARLES HARRIS-EDGE/DE-MISSOURI 
6-3/255/32.4
76. RAEKWON MCMILLAN-LB-OHIO ST. 
6-2/240/33.0




ARIZONA CARDINALS 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 13, 45, 77
8 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/3-3-5 Press Zone and Man
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL      RUSHING      PASSING 
Offense 9th    108.2 (18th)    258.5 (9th) 
Defense 2nd   94.9 (9th)       210.3 (4th) 
Offensive Stars: David Johnson-RB, Larry Fitzgerald-WR and Carson Palmer-QB
Defensive Stars: Patrick Peterson-CB, Tyrann Mathieu-DB and Chandler Jones-OLB
Position Analysis
QB:
Carson Palmer-Good
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (Top 5)
OLB: Chandler Jones-Elite
OLB: Markus Golden-Young/2015 2nd RD/Breakout year in 2016 
WLB: Deone Buchannon-Good
DT/3T: Rodney Gunter: Young/2015 4th RD
SILB: Karlos Dansby-New/Average
WILB: Deone Buchannon-Good
3T/NT: Corey Peters-Average 
5T/DE: Robert Nkemdiche-Young/2016 #29 pick
#3 OLB: Jarvis Jones-New/Average 
DEFENSIVE BACKS (9)
LCB: Patrick Peterson-All Pro
FS: Tyrann Mathieu-All Pro, was injured most of 2016
RCB: Brandon Williams-Young/2016 3rd RD
#3 CB: Justin Bethel-Average
SS: Antonie Bethea-New/Average
or
RCB: Tyvon Branch-Average
PASS CATCHERS:
WR: Larry Fitzgerald-Elite
WR: JJ Nelson-Average
WR: John Brown-Average
TE: Jermaine Gresham-Average
O-LINE (26) 
LT: Jared Veldheer-Good
LG: Mike Iupati-Was an All Pro has dropped to Good/Average
C:  AQ Shipley-Average
RT: DJ Humphries-Young/2015 1st RD
RG: Cole Toner-Young/2016 5th RD
RB: 
David Johnson-All Pro 

NEEDS: 
Young WR: This may be Fitzgerald's last season in a Hall of Fame career.
Young QB: Carson Palmer is 37 and has been very injury prone. How early is to early to find an eventual replacement? 
#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
2018 FREE AGENTS:
WR
CB
SILB 
DT/NT
IDEAL DRAFT:
13. MIKE WILLIAMS-WR-CLEMSON 
6-4/218
45. PATRICK MAHOMES-QB-TEXAS TECH
6-2/225
77.  TEEZ TABOR-CB-FLORIDA (slips due to slow 40 times) 
6-0/199/32.0




PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 14, 43, 99
8 total picks
Head Coach/Executive VP of Football Operations: Doug Pederson/Howie Roseman
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Frank Reich/Spread with West Coast elements-Balanced/Stretch Zone
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage: 
Jim Schwartz/4-3 Wide 9 Press Zone
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL       RUSHING      PASSING 
Offense 22nd  113.3 (11th)    224.1 (24th) 
Defense 13th  103.2 (15th)    239.5 (13th) 
Offensive Star: Jason Peters-LT
Defensive Stars: Fletcher Cox-DT and Brandon Graham-DE
Position Analysis
QB:
Carson Wentz-Young/2016 #2 pick/Started strong but struggled down the stretch as a rookie
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (Top 5)
RDE: Brandon Graham-All Pro 
3T/DT: Fletcher Cox-All Pro
MLB: Jordan Hicks-Young/2015 3rd RD/Good so far 
DE: Vinny Curry-Good
DT: Timmy Jernigan-New/Good
DE: Chris Long-New/Average/Good in limited role 
SLB: Nigel Bradham-Average
WLB: Mychal Kendricks-Average
NT:  Beau Allen-Unproven 
DEFENSIVE BACKS (32)
S: Malcolm Jenkins-Elite
S: Rodney McLeod-Good/New
CB: Jalen Mills-Young/2016 7th RD
CB: Patrick Robinson-New/Below Average
CB: Ron Brooks-New/Below Average 
PASS CATCHERS:
WR: Alshon Jeffrey-New/Good when healthy 
TE 1: Zach Ertz-Good/Elite potential
WR: Jordan Matthews-Average/Good
Deep WR: Torrey Smith-Average
WR: Nelson Agholor-Young/2015 1st RD
TE 2: Brent Celek-Average
O-LINE (8)  
LT:  Jason Peters-Former All Pro/still Elite
RT:  Lane Johnson-Good/near Elite 
C:   Jason Kelce-Good
RG: Brandon Brooks-Average
LG:  Allen Barbe-Average 
C/G: Stefen Wisniewski-Average
RB: 
Scat: Darren Sproles: Average in role
Power: Ryan Mathews: Below Average

NEEDS: 
CB: This is by far and away the worst CB group in the NFL. They need to use two high picks to address this group. 
RB: They need a true workhorse to take the pressure off of their young QB 
OLB Upgrades: The Both Bradham and Kendricks are  average at best  
2018 FREE AGENTS:
Both top WRs 
Both RB's 
LG
WLB
IDEAL DRAFT:
14. Best RB Available 
LEONARD FOURNETTE-RB-LSU
6-0/240
or
DALVIN COOK-RB-FSU
5-10/210
43. CORDREA TANKERSLEY-CB-CLEMSON 
6-1/199/32.5
99. DUKE RILEY-WLB-LSU
6-0/232





LOS ANGELES RAMS
Picks in first 3 rounds: 37, 69
8 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Sean McVay (new)/Les Snead
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Matt LaFleur (new)/West Coast-Balanced/Zone
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage:
Wade Phillips (new)/3-4 Press Man
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL       RUSHING      PASSING 
Offense 32nd  78.2 (31st)      184.4 (31st) 
Defense 9th    103.8 (16th)    233.2 (10th) 
Emerging Offensive Star: Todd Gurley-RB
Defensive Star: Aaron Donald-DT 
Donald deserves two clips











Position Analysis
QB: 
Jared Goff-Young/2016 #1 pick/Struggled as a rookie 
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (Top 5)
DT/3T: Aaron Donald-All Pro arguably the best defender in the league
OLB/DE: Robert Quinn-Good 
DT/1T: Michael Brockers-Average
SILB: Alec Ogletree-Average
WILB: Mark Barron-Average
OLB/DE: Connor Barwin-New/Average
LDE: Ethan Westbrooks-Below Average
DEFENSIVE BACKS (22)
LCB: Trumaine Johnson-Very Good
Slot CB/SS: LaMarcus Joyner-Good
FS: Mo Alexander-Good
RCB: EJ Gaines-Average
Slot CB: Nickell Robey Coleman-New/Average
PASS CATCHERS:
WR: Tavon Austin-Below Average
WR: Robert Woods-New/Below Average
TE: Tyler Higbee-Young/2016 4th RD
WR: Pharoh Cooper-Young/2016 4th RD
O-LINE (27) 
LT:  Andrew Whitworth-New/Elite
RT:  Robby Havenstein-Young/2015 2nd RD/Average
C:   Tim Barnes-Average (still unsigned Free Agent)
RG/C: Cody WIchman-Young/2015 6th RD/Below Average
LG: Greg Robinson-2013 #2 overall/Major Bust at LT
G/OT: Rodger Saffold-Average
G/C: Jamon Brown-Young/2015 3rd RD
OT/G: Andrew Donnal-Young/2015 4th RD
RB: 
Todd Gurley-Young/2015 1st RD/Good rookie year

NEEDS: 

#1 WR:  The Rams have a bunch of below average players and lack a true go to guy. It will be hard for Goff to develop without a true #1 option. 
DB Depth: They lost Janoris Jenkins and Rodney McLeod in Free Agency last year and let TJ McDonald walk this year. Will they move Joyner to safety? He has been one of the best slot corners in the NFL. They could use a versatile young DB. 
5 Technique DE: New DC Wade Phillips will want to find a long defensive lineman in the Derek Wolfe/Malik Jackson mold that he had in Denver
2018 FREE AGENTS:
All top 3 Corners
SILB
LDE
IDEAL DRAFT:
37. MALIK MCDOWELL-DT/5T-MICHIGAN ST.
6-6/280/34.75
69. JUJU SMITH SCHUSTER-WR-USC 
6-2/215/32.9




MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Picks in first 3 rounds: 48, 79, 86
8 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Mike Zimmer/Rick Spielman
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Pat Shurmur (promoted from interim OC)/West Coast Balanced/Power Man 
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage:
George Edwards/4-3 Press Man (see Zimmer link above) 
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL       RUSHING      PASSING 
Offense 28th   75.3 (32nd)     239.8 (18th) 
Defense 3rd    106.9 (20th)    207.9 (3rd) 
Offensive Star: No true star
Defensive Stars: Harrison Smith-FS and Linval Joseph-DT
Position Analysis
QB: 
Sam Bradford-Average Game Manager 
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (6) 
NT: Linval Joseph-Elite
RDE: Everson Griffen-Good
Pass Rush Specialist: Danielle Hunter-Young/2015 3rd RD/Good
SLB: Anthony Barr-Elite in 2015/down year in 2016 
MLB: Eric Kendricks-Young/2015 2nd RD/Good
DT/3T: Shariff Floyd-Average, injured last year
LDE: Brian Robinson-Average
WLB: Emmanuel Lemur-Below Average
DE/DT: Datone Jones-New/Average 
DEFENSIVE BACKS (7)
FS: Harrison Smith-Elite
RCB: Xavier Rhodes-Very Good
Slot CB: Terrence Newman-Good
RCB: Trae Waynes-Young/2015 1st RD
SS: Andrew Sendejo-Average at best
#4 CB: Mackensie Alexander-Young/2015 2nd RD
PASS CATCHERS:
TE: Kyle Rudolph-Good
WR: Stefon Diggs-Young/2015 5th RD/Good so far 
WR: Adam Thielen-Average
WR: Laquon Treadwell-Young/2016 #23 pick, injured rookie year
O-LINE (29) 
C:   Joe Berger-Good
RG: Alex Boone-Good/Average
RT: Riley Rieff-New/Average
LT:  Mike Remmers-New/Average
LG: Willie Beavers-Young/2015 4th RD
RB: 
Latavius Murray-New/Average
Jerrick McKinnon-Average

NEEDS: 

O-Line Depth:  They made two good moves in free agency by signing Reiff and Remmers but depth is needed 
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: Chad Greenway's retirement leaves below average Lemur as the starting weakside backer  
2018 FREE AGENTS:
QB
C
SCB
DT
WLB 
IDEAL DRAFT:
48. JARRAD DAVIS-LB-FLORIDA
6-1/238/33.5
79. PAT ELFLEIN-G/C-OHIO ST. 
6-3/303/33.25
86. JUSTIN EVANS-SS/DB-TEXAS A&M
6-0/199/32.0



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