Friday, April 7, 2017

2017 NFL DRAFT: Team Needs picks 6-10 (NYJ, LA Chargers, CAR, CIN, BUF)




NEW YORK JETS 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 6, 39, 70, 107c 
7 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Todd Bowles/Mike Maccagnan
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
John Morton (new)/West Coast history (has never been an OC at any level before) 
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage:
Kacy Rodgers/3-4 Press Man
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL       RUSHING       PASSING 
Offense 26th   112.6 (12th)     216.6 (27th)  
Defense 11th   98.8 (11th)      243.6 (17th) 
Offensive Star: Matt Forte-RB
Defensive Stars: Leonard Williams-DE and Muhammed Wilkerson-DE
Position Analysis 
QB: 
Josh McCown-Below Average journeyman 
Bryce Petty-Young/2015 4th RD
Christian Hackenberg--Young/2016 2rd RD
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (27) 
LDE: Leonard Williams-Young/2015 1st RD/All Pro potential  
MDE: Muhammed Wilkerson-Elite
DE/OLB: Sheldon Richardson-Good
LILB: David Harris-Good/Average
NT:   Steve McLendon-Average
OLB: Jordan Jenkins-Young/2016 3rd RD
RILB: Derron Lee-Young/2016 #21 pick/Struggled as a rookie 
OLB: Lorenzo Mauldin-Young/2015 3rd RD
DEFENSIVE BACKS (23)
SS: Marcus Gilchrist-Average 
FS: Calvin Pryor-Average
LCB: Morris Claiborne-New/Good in 2016/Below Average prior 
RCB: Buster Skrine-Below Average
CB: Marcus Williams-Below Average 
PASS CATCHERS:
WR: Eric Decker-Good
WR: Quincy Enunwa-Average 
WR: Charone Peake-Young/2016 7th RD
TE:  Austin Seferian Jenkins-New/Below Average
O-LINE (21) 
LG: James Carpenter-Good
RG: Brian Winters-Average
C:   Wesley Johnson-Average
LT:  Kelvin Beachum-New/Below Average
RT: 
Brent Qvale-Unproven
Ben Ijalana-Below Average
Brandon Shell-Young/2016 5th RD 

RB: 
Matt Forte-Once Elite, still a solid role player 
Bilal Powell-Average

NEEDS: 

QB: No Jet fan can be too happy about the McCown/Hackenberg/Petty QB battle 
CB: No more Revis Island as they let Revis go this offseason. It was a smart move as he is no longer the superstar he once was. However they don't have an impact #1 corner on the roster. 
Edge Pass Rusher:  If the Jets can generate pressure from the outside then they have a chance to be among the best defenses in the NFL. Richardson is likely on the way out after 2017. 
OT:  They need upgrades at both tackle spots 
WR: Brandon Marshall is now in the other locker room in MetLife Stadium as he signed with the Giants. Decker may be released or traded around draft time so they need another WR to step up.  
2018 FREE AGENTS: 
LILB
OLB/DE
LCB
C
TE
IDEAL DRAFT:
6. Best QB Available
DESHAUN WATSON-QB-CLEMSON 
6-2/221
MITCHELL TRUBISKY-QB-UNC
6-2/222
or 
Trade Down 
39. Best CB/WR Available
70. Best WR/CB Available
107. JULIE'N DAVENPORT-OT-BUCKNELL 





LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Picks in first 3 rounds: 7, 38, 71
7 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Anthony Lynn (new)/Tom Telesco
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Ken Wisenhut/Vertical/Power Man
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Gus Bradley (new)/4-3 Zone 
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL      RUSHING        PASSING 
Offense 14th   94.4 (26th)       262.4 (7th) 
Defense 16th  97.9 (10th)       249.2 (20th) 
Offensive Star: Phillip Rivers-QB
Defensive Stars: Casey Hayward-CB and Jason Verett-CB
Position Analysis
QB:
Phillip Rivers-Good
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (14) 
DE: Joey Bosa-Young/2016 #3 pick Defensive Rookie of the Year, All Pro Potential 
LEO/EDGE: Melvin Ingram-Elite 
WLB: Jatavius Brown-Young/2016 5th RD, All Rookie
SLB: Kyle Emanuel-Young/2015 5th RD
NT:  Brandon Mebane-Average
MLB: Denzel Perryman-Young/2015 2nd RD/Average so far
3T/DT: Corey Liuget-Below Average  
LB: Joshua Perry-Young/2016 4th RD
DEFENSIVE BACKS (14)
CB: Casey Hayward-All Pro in 2016/Very Good in 2015
RCB: Jason Verett-Elite
#3 CB: Craig Mager-Young/2015 3rd RD
SS: Jaheel Addae-Average
FS: Dwight Lowery-Average
PASS CATCHERS:
TE: Hunter Henry-Young/2016 2nd RD, All Rookie, All Pro Potential
TE: Antonio Gates-Sill Good at age 37 
#1 WR: Keenan Allen-Good when healthy, yet is always hurt
Deep Threat WR: Travis Benjamin-Good in role 
WR: Tyrell Williams-Average
O-LINE (31) 
LT:  Russell Okung-New/Good when healthy 
RT:  Joe Barksdale-Good
C:   Matt Saluson-Average/Good
LG: Orlando Franklin-Below Average 
RG: 
Donavan Clark-Young/2016 7th RD
or 
Spencer Pulley-Unproven 
OT: Chris Hairston-Average
G/T: Kenny Wiggins-Below Average 
RB: 
Melvin Gordon-Young/2015 1st RD/Good second year

NEEDS: 

Interior O-Line:  The OT duo of Okung and Barksdale should be a good duo if they can stay healthy but the interior of the line needs a lot of help. 
Safety:  They really felt the loss of Eric Weddle last year 
DT: Liuget has regressed the past two years and Mebane is now 32. 
Backup QB: Rivers is 35 and he won't be around forever.
WR Depth 
2018 FREE AGENTS:
LEO
TE
C
#3 OT
IDEAL DRAFT:
Best Safety Available
JAMAL ADAMS-S/DB-LSU
6-0/214/33.4
MALIK HOOKER-FS/DB-OHIO ST. 
6-1/206/33.25
if both are gone then trade down
41. Best QB Available
DESHONE KIZER-QB-NOTRE DAME
6-5/230 
PATRICK MAHOMES-QB-TEXAS TECH
6-2/225
DAVIS WEBB-QB-CAL 
6-5/229
71. ETHAN POCIC-C/G-LSU
6-6/310/33.1




CAROLINA PANTHERS
Picks in first 3 rounds: 8, 40, 64, 98c
8 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
Steve Wilks (promoted from DB coach)/4-3 Cover 2 Zone 
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL        RUSHING        PASSING 
Offense 19th    113.4 (10th)      230.3 (21st) 
Defense 21st    91.6 (6th)         268.2 (29th) 
Offensive Stars: Cam Newton-QB, Greg Olsen-TE and Ryan Kalil-C
Defensive Star: Luke Kuechly-MLB, Thomas Davis-WLB and Kewann Short-DT
Position Analysis
QB:
Cam Newton-2015 league MVP/Elite 
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (Top 5) 
MLB: Luke Kuechly-All Pro
DT: Kewann Short-2015 All Pro
WLB: Thomas Davis-2015 All Pro
RDE: Julius Peppers-New/used to be an All Pro, still Good at age 37
#3 DE: Mario Addison-Good in limited role 
LDE: Charles Johnson-Average
DT: Star Lotulelei-Average
SLB: Shaq Thompson-Young/2015 1st RD
#3 DT: Vernon Butler-Young/2016 #30 pick
DEFENSIVE BACKS (27)
SS: Kurt Coleman-Good
LCB: James Bradberry-Young/2016 2nd RD/Good rookie year
RCB: Daryl Worley-Young/2016 3rd RD/Average rookie year
Slot CB: Captain Munnerlyn-New/Good
S: Mike Adams-New/Average
S: Tre Boston-Average
PASS CATCHERS:
TE:  Greg Olsen-All Pro 
WR: Kelvin Benjamin-Good
WR: Devin Funchess-Young/2015 2nd RD
WR: Russell Shepard-New/Average
WR: Charles Johnson-New/Below Average 
O-LINE (17) 
C:   Ryan Kalil-2015 All Pro
RG:Trai Turner-Elite as RG was average at RT  
LG: Andrew Norwell-Good 
RG: Matt Kalil-New/Average when healthy 
RT:  Daryl Williams-Young/2015 4th RD
OT: Michael Oher-Average
RB: 
Jonathan Stewart-Average


NEEDS: 

RB: Stewart just turned 30 and is showing signs of slowing down. Carolina needs a complete young back to help take the pressure off of Cam. 
DE/Pass Rusher: Peppers, Addison and Johnson are all solid yet they need a young guy to help the core. 
#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
O-Line Depth: They gave Matt Kalil a lot of money so they must think he is the answer at LT. However they still can use depth at all positions on the O-Line. 
2018 FREE AGENTS:
Both top DT's
WLB
LG
DE
IDEAL DRAFT:
8. SOLOMON THOMAS-DE/EDGE-STANFORD
6-3/273/33.0
or 
Best RB Available 
40. Best RB or Pass Rusher Available 
64. DAN FEENEY-G-INDIANA
6-4/305/33.4
98. ZAY JONES-WR-EAST CAROLINA
6-2/201/32.5
or best WR Available 






CINCINNATI BENGALS 
Picks in first 3 rounds: 9, 41, 73
11 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Marvin Lewis/Mike Brown
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Ken Zampese/Balanced/Power Man
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage: 
Paul Guenther/4-3 Under, uses both man and zone
TEAM RANKING 
OVERALL        RUSHING        PASSING 
Offense 13th    110.6 (13th)      246.4 (15th) 
Defense 17th   113.2 (21st)      237.5 (11th) 
Offensive Stars: A.J. Green-WR 
Defensive Star: Geno Atkins-DT and Carlos Dunlap-DE
Position Analysis
QB:
Andy Dalton-Average
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (19) 
3T/DT- Geno Atkins-All Pro
LDE: Carlos Dunlap-Elite/Good
WLB: Vontaze Burfict-Elite/Good 
MLB: Kevin Minter-New/Good
SLB: Marquis Flowers-Unproven 
RDE: Michael Johnson-Below Average  
NT: Pat Sims-Below Average
or Andrew Billings-Young/2016 4th RD
DEFENSIVE BACKS (16)
FS: George Iloka-Good
SS: Shawn Williams-Good
RCB: Adam Jones-Good/Average
LCB: Dre Kirkpartick-Average
#3 CB: Dennard, Darqueze-Average
PASS CATCHERS:
WR: AJ Green-Elite 
TE: Tyler Eifert-Good
WR: Brandon LaFell-Average
O-LINE (was 13 but lost top 2 players) 
LT:  Jake Fisher-Young/2015 2nd RD/Good
LG: Clint Boling-Average
C:   Russell Bodine-Below Average
RG: Christian Westerman-Young/2016 5th RD
RT:  Cedric Ogbuehi-Young 2015/1st RD/Struggled so far
OT/G: Andre Smith-New/Average
RB: 
Power: Jeremy Hill-Average
Scat: Gio Bernard-Good in role

NEEDS: 
Pass Rusher: They need a young pass rusher that can start at DE or SLB  
O-Line: They lost their two best stars, Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler in free agency. Fisher, Boling and Westerman are good building blocks but they two other starters. 
#2 WR:  AJ Green is an absolute superstar, and Eifert had a great year, but they still need a #2 WR..
LB Depth  
Power Back: Jeremy Hill is a free agent next year and it appears they don't see him as a long term starter 
WLB
TE
MLB
RB
SLB
C
IDEAL DRAFT:
9. Best front seven defender available 
DEREK BARNETT-EDGE/DE-TENNESSEE 
6-3/259/32.1
REUBEN FOSTER-LB-BAMA
6-0/229/32.4
NFL Comparison: CJ Mosley/Jerod Mayo 
TACO CHARLTON-5T/DE/DT-MICHIGAN 
6-6/277/34.25
HAASON REDDICK-EDGE/OLB/ILB-TEMPLE
6-1/237/32.75
41. CAM ROBINSON-OT-BAMA
6-6/322/35.5 
73. JOE MIXON-RB-OKLAHOMA
6-1/226




BUFFALO BILLS

Picks in first 3 rounds: 10, 44, 75
6 total picks
Head Coach/GM: Sean McDermott (new)/Doug Whaley
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Rick Dennison (new)/West Coast/Stretch Zone
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Leslie Frazier (new)/4-3 Cover 2 Zone 
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL        RUSHING       PASSING 
Offense 16th    164.4 (1st)       189.8 (30th) 
Defense 19th   133.1 (29th)     223.9 (6th) 
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/FRONT SEVEN (20) 
NT:  Marcell Dareus-Elite when helathy 
DT: Kyle Williams-Good
RDE: Jerry Hughes-Good
LDE: Shaq Lawson-Young/2016 #19 pick, injured last year
SLB: Lorenzo Alexander-Career Year in 2016/Good role player prior 
MLB: Reggie Ragland-Young/2016 2nd RD
DE/DT: Adolphus Washington-Young/2016 3rd RD 
WLB: 
Preston Brown-Below Average
or
Ramon Humbler-Unproven/Career backup
DEFENSIVE BACKS (24) 
LCB: Ronald Darby-Young/2015 1st RD/Good
SS: Micah Hyde-New/Average
FS: Jordan Poyer-New/Average
RCB: Kevon Seymour-Young/2016 6th RD
PASS CATCHERS:
WR: Sammy Watkins-Good when healthy 
TE:  Charles Clay-Average
WR: Corey Brown-New/Below Average
O-LINE (11) 
LG:  Richie Incognito-Elite
LT:   Cordy Glenn-Elite when healthy 
C:    Eric Wood-Elite when healthy 
RG: John Miller-Young/2015 3rd RD/Average
RT:  Jordan Mills-Below Average
C/G: Ryan Groy-Good as a backup/Average starter 
RB: 
LaSean McCoy-Good/near Elite
FB: Patrick DiMarco-New/Good in role 

NEEDS: 
   

Big WR: Watkins is a great deep threat and very good all around receiver but the Bills still need a true big #1 WR  
RT:  Mills was one of the worst starting lineman in the NFL last year
LB: They have some solid players but no true play maker 
QB:  Is Tyrod Taylor the answer?
DB Depth: They signed two new safeties but neither is an impact play maker, they need depth at corner as well 
2018 FREE AGENTS:
C
DT
LB
WR
IDEAL DRAFT:
10. Trade Down or 
Best WR Available 
MIKE WILLIAMS-WR-CLEMSON 
6-4/218 
COREY DAVIS-WR-WESTERN MICHIGAN 
6-3/209/33.0 
44. OBI MELIFONWU-S/DB-UCONN
6-4/224/32.25
75. DION DAWKINS-RT/G-TEMPLE
6-4/314/35.0









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