Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Recap/New Depth Charts: SUPER BOWL 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 


THE SUPER BOWL FAVORITES

These are teams that Vegas odds project will win 10 or more games or 12-1 Super Bowl Odds 

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 

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
Malik McDowell-DE/DT
Nazair Jones-DT
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
Shaquill Griffin
Delano Hill 
Tedric Thompson
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
Amara Darboh
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
Ethan Pocic-C/G
Justin Senior
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

2. 35 Malik McDowell | DT, Michigan State 

Height: 6-6 Weight: 276 T
2. 58 Ethan Pocic | C, LSU 
Height: 6-6 Weight: 307 
3. 90 Shaquill Griffin | CB, UCF 
Height: 6-1 Weight: 200 
3. 95 Delano Hill | FS, Michigan 
Height: 6-1 Weight: 216 
3. 102 Nazair Jones | DT, North Carolina 
Height: 6-5 Weight: 295 
3. 106 Amara Darboh | WR, Michigan 
Height: 6-2 Weight: 215 
4. 111 Tedric Thompson | SS, Colorado 
Height: 6-0 Weight: 204 
6. 187 Mike Tyson | FS, Cincinnati 
Height: 6-1 Weight: 204 
6. 210 Justin Senior | OT, Mississippi State 
Height: 6-5 Weight: 322 
7. 226 David Moore | WR, East Central 
Height: 6-2 Weight: 208 
7. 249 Chris Carson | RB, Oklahoma State 
Height: 6-0 Weight: 218





DALLAS COWBOYS 
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
Taco Charlton-DE 
DEFENSIVE BACKS (top 5 last year but lost a lot) 
FS: Byron Jones-Good/Young/2015 1st RD
RCB: Nolan Carroll-New/Below Average
Slot CB: Orlando Scandrick-Average
LCB: Lost in free agency
SS: Lost in free agency
Chidobe Awuzie-CB 
Jourdan Lewis-CB
Xavier Woods-SS
PASS CATCHERS: 
WR: Dez Bryant-Elite
TE: Jason Witten-still Good, but no longer Elite
WR: Terrance Williams-Average
Slot WR: Cole Beasley-Average
Ryan Switzer-WR
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 


1. 28 Taco Charlton | DE, Michigan 

Height: 6-6 Weight: 272 
2. 60 Chidobe Awuzie | CB, Colorado 
Height: 6-0 Weight: 205 
3. 92 Jourdan Lewis | CB, Michigan 
Height: 5-10 Weight: 188 
4. 133 Ryan Switzer | WR, North Carolina 
Height: 5-9 Weight: 181 
6. 191 Xavier Woods | SS, Louisiana Tech 
Height: 5-11 Weight: 219 
6. 216 Marquez White | CB, Florida State 
Height: 6-0 Weight: 194 
7. 228 Joey Ivie | DT, Florida 
Height: 6-3 Weight: 301 
7. 239 Noah Brown | WR, Ohio State 
Height: 6-2 Weight: 222 
7. 246 Jordan Carrell | DT, Colorado 
Height: 6-3 Weight: 300





GREEN BAY PACKERS

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
Montravius Adams-DT
Vince Biegel-OLB 
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
Kevin King-CB 
Josh Jones-SS
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
Jamaal Williams
Aaron Jones


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


2. 33 Kevin King | CB, Washington 

Height: 6-3 Weight: 192 
2. 61 Josh Jones | SS, NC State 
Height: 6-1 Weight: 220 
3. 93 Montravius Adams | DT, Auburn 
Height: 6-3 Weight: 308 
4. 108 Vince Biegel | OLB, Wisconsin 
Height: 6-3 Weight: 246 
4. 134 Jamaal Williams | RB, Brigham Young 
Height: 6-0 Weight: 212 
5. 175 DeAngelo Yancey | WR, Purdue 
Height: 6-2 Weight: 205 
5. 182 Aaron Jones | RB, Texas-El Paso 
Height: 5-09 Weight: 208 
6. 212 Kofi Amichia | OG, South Florida 
Height: 6-4 Weight: 297 
7. 238 Devante Mays | RB, Utah State 
Height: 5-11 Weight: 230 
7. 247 Malachi Dupre | WR, LSU 
Height: 6-3 Weight: 196



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
Eddie Vanderdoes-DT
Marquel Lee-LB
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
Gareon Conley-CB
Obi Melifonwu-S
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 
David Sharpe-RT/G
RB: 
Marshawn Lynch 


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.
2018 FREE AGENTS:
QB (They will clearly extend Carr) 
LG (They hope to extend Gabe Jackson) 
LT
FS

1 24 Gareon Conley | CB, Ohio State 
Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 
2 56 Obi Melifonwu | SS, Connecticut 
Height: 6-4 Weight: 219 
3 88 Eddie Vanderdoes | DT, UCLA 
Height: 6-3 Weight: 320 
4 129 David Sharpe | OT, Florida 
Height: 6-6 Weight: 343 
5 168 Marquel Lee | OLB, Wake Forest 
Height: 6-3 Weight: 240 
7 221 Shalom Luani | SS, Washington State 
Height: 5-11 Weight: 202 
7 231 Jylan Ware | OT, Alabama State 
Height: 6-8 Weight: 275 
7 242 Elijah Hood | RB, North Carolina 
Height: 6-0 Weight: 220 
244 Treyvon Hester | DT, Toledo 
Height: 6-2 Weight: 300





PITTSBURGH STEELERS 
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
Joshua Dobbs
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
TJ Watt-OLB
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
Cam Sutton-CB
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  
JuJu Smith-Schuster-WR 
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
James Conner
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 
RB (they Franchised Bell) 
RCB
LDE

1. 30 T.J. Watt | OLB, Wisconsin 

Height: 6-5 Weight: 235 
2. 62 JuJu Smith-Schuster | WR, Southern California 
Height: 6-2 Weight: 220 
3. 94 Cam Sutton | CB, Tennessee 
Height: 5-11 Weight: 182 T
3. 105 James Conner | RB, Pittsburgh 
Height: 6-2 Weight: 235 
4. 135 Joshua Dobbs | QB, Tennessee 
Height: 6-3 Weight: 210 
5. 173 Brian Allen | CB, Utah 
Height: 6-3 Weight: 215 
6. 213 Colin Holba | LS, Louisville 
Height: 6-5 Weight: 245 
7. 248 Keion Adams | DE, Western Michigan 
Height: 6-3 Weight: 230




ATLANTA FALCONS
Head Coach/GM: Dan Quinn/Thomas Dimitroff
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
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 
Takkarist McKinley-LB/DE
Duke Riley-OLB
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
Sean Harlow-OG
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 
RB
DT
RDE
RG


1. 26 Takkarist McKinley | OLB, UCLA 

Height: 6-2 Weight: 265 
3. 75 Duke Riley | OLB, LSU 
Height: 6-1 Weight: 231 
4. 136 Sean Harlow | OG, Oregon State 
Height: 6-4 Weight: 303 
5. 149 Damontae Kazee | CB, San Diego State 
Height: 5-10 Weight: 184 
5. 156 Brian Hill | RB, Wyoming 
Height: 6-1 Weight: 219 
5. 174 Eric Saubert | TE, Drake 
Height: 6-5 Weight: 253 



NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS


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 
Derek Rivers-DE
Deatrich Wise Jr.-DE
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 
Antonio Garcia-LT
RB: 
All are good at their roles
Power: LeGarrette Blount
Scat: Dion Lewis
Scat: James White

NEEDS: 
Front Seven Depth: 
Hightower is one of the better LBs in the NFL, but the rest of the LB core is average. The D-Line needs more playmakers to help fill the losses in free agency 
LCB
LT
WR
Both Scat Backs
SLB



3. 83 Derek Rivers | DE, Youngstown State 

Height: 6-4 Weight: 250 
3. 85 Antonio Garcia | OT, Troy 
Height: 6-6 Weight: 293 
4. 131 Deatrich Wise Jr. | DE, Arkansas 
Height: 6-5 Weight: 275 
6. 211 Conor McDermott | OT, UCLA 
Height: 6-8 Weight: 307 

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