Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Recap/New Depth Charts: AFC Playoff hopefuls

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 


AFC PLAYOFF HOPEFULS  

These are teams that Vegas odds project will win 7.5 to 8.5 games 

HOUSTON TEXANS
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:
Deshaun Watson
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 
Zach Cunningham-OLB
Carlos Watkins | DT
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
Julie'n Davenport-OT
RB: 
Lamar Miller-Good/New
Alfred Blue-Young/2014 6th RD
D'Onta Foreman-Power back

NEEDS: 

QB: 
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

1. 12 Deshaun Watson | QB, Clemson 
Height: 6-3 Weight: 218 
2. 57 Zach Cunningham | OLB, Vanderbilt 
Height: 6-4 Weight: 230 
3. 89 D'Onta Foreman | RB, Texas 
Height: 6-1 Weight: 249 
4. 130 Julie'n Davenport | OT, Bucknell 
Height: 6-7 Weight: 315 
4. 142 Carlos Watkins | DT, Clemson 
Height: 6-4 Weight: 312 
5. 169 Treston Decoud | CB, Oregon State 
Height: 6-3 Weight: 208 
7. 243 Kyle Fuller | C, Baylor 
Height: 6-5 Weight: 315 


MIAMI DOLPHINS
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 
Charles Harris-DE
Raekwon McMillan-LB
Davon Godchaux-DT
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 
Cordrea Tankersley-CB
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 
Isaac Asiata-OG
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

1.  22 Charles Harris-DE, Missouri 
Height: 6-3 Weight: 260 
2. 54 Raekwon McMillan | ILB, Ohio State 
Height: 6-2 Weight: 243
3. 97 Cordrea Tankersley | CB, Clemson 
Height: 6-1   Weight: 200 
5. 164 Isaac Asiata | OG, Utah 
Height: 6-3 Weight: 335 
5. 178 Davon Godchaux | DT, LSU 
Height: 6-3 Weight: 310 
6. 194 Vincent Taylor | DT, Oklahoma State 
Height: 6-3 Weight: 304  
7. 237 Isaiah Ford | WR, Virginia Tech 
Height: 6-1 Weight: 194 


DENVER BRONCOS 
Head Coach/GM: Vance Joseph (new)/John Elway
Offensive Coordinator/Style/Blocking Scheme:
Mike McCoy (new)/Vertical and West Coast Hybrid/Stretch Zone
Defensive Coordinator/Base Scheme and Coverage
Joe Woods (new) /3-4 Press Man
TEAM RANKING
OVERALL      RUSHING      PASSING 
Offense 27th   92.8 (27th)     230.3 (21st) 
Defense 4th    130.3 (28th)   185.8 (1st) 
Offensive Star: Demaryius Thomas-WR
Defensive Stars: Von Miller-OLB, Chris Harris Jr.-CB and Aqib Talib-CB
Position Analysis
QB:
Trevor Siemian-Below Average
or 
Paxton Lynch-Young/2016 #26 pick
PASS RUSH/FRONT SEVEN (7)
LOLB: Von Miller-All Pro
LDE: Derek Wolfe-Good/near Elite
ILB: Brandon M. Marshall-Good
ROLB: Shane Ray-Young/2015 1st RD/Good
ILB: Todd Davis-Average 
NT:  Domata Peko-New/Below Average
RDE: 
Jared Crick-Below Average
or 
Adam Gotsis-Young/2016 2nd RD
DeMarcus Walker-DE
DEFENSIVE BACKS (Top 5)
LCB: Aqib Talib-All Pro
RCB: Chris Harris Jr.-All Pro 
FS: Darian Stewart-Good/near Elite
SS: TJ Ward-Good
#3 CB: Bradley Roby-Average
Brendan Langley-CB
PASS CATCHERS:
WR: Demaryius Thomas-Elite
WR: Emmanuel Sanders-Very Good
TE: Virgil Green-Below Average
Carlos Henderson-WR
Jake Butt-TE

Isaiah McKenzie-WR/KR
O-LINE (24) 
C:   Matt Paradis-near Elite, breakout year in 2016
RG: Ronald Leary-New/Average to Good 
LG: Max Garcia-Young/2015 4th RD/Average
RT: Menelik Watson-New/Below Average
LT: 
Ty Sambrailo-Young/2015 2nd RD/Below Average
or
Donald Stephenson-Below Average
Garrett Bolles-LT
RB: 
CJ Anderson-Good
Devonta Booker-Young/2016 4th RD

NEEDS:  
LT:  The Broncos signed Ronald Leary and Menelik Watson in hopes that they have their starters set on the right side of the line but they need a blindside protector in the worst way. 
D-Line Depth: Wolfe is the only proven quality starter on the D-Line
#3 Pass Catcher: Both Virgil Green and Cody Latimer have been major disappointments. They need a pass catching TE or #3 WR to take the pressure off of Thomas and Sanders.   
2018 FREE AGENTS:
SS
ILB
K


1. 20 Garett Bolles | OT, Utah 
Height: 6-5 Weight: 300 
2. 51 DeMarcus Walker | DE, Florida State 
Height: 6-4 Weight: 280 
3. 82 Carlos Henderson | WR, Louisiana Tech 
Height: 6-1 Weight: 191 
3. 101 Brendan Langley | CB, Lamar 
Height: 6-0 Weight: 199 
5. 145 Jake Butt | TE, Michigan 
Height: 6-6 Weight: 250 
5. 172 Isaiah McKenzie | WR, Georgia 
Height: 5-8 Weight: 173 
6. 203 De'Angelo Henderson | RB, Coastal Carolina 
Height: 5-7 Weight: 208 
7. 253 Chad Kelly | QB, Ole Miss 
Height: 6-2 Weight: 224


LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
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
Rayshawn Jenkins-FS
Desmond King-Slot CB/S
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
Mike Williams-WR
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 
Forrest Lamp-OG
Dan Feeney-OG
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

1. 7 Mike Williams | WR, Clemson 
Height: 6-4 Weight: 218 
2. 38 Forrest Lamp | OG, Western Kentucky 
Height: 6-4 Weight: 309 
3. 71 Dan Feeney | OG, Indiana 
Height: 6-4 Weight: 305 
4. 113 Rayshawn Jenkins | FS, Miami (Fla.) 
Height: 6-1 Weight: 214 
5. 151 Desmond King | FS, Iowa 
Height: 5-10 Weight: 201 
6. 190 Sam Tevi | OT, Utah 
Height: 6-5 Weight: 311 
7. 225 Isaac Rochell | DE, Notre Dame 
Height: 6-4 Weight: 282 



CINCINNATI BENGALS 
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
Jordan Willis-DE
Carl Lawson-DE 
Ryan Glasgow-DT
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
John Ross-Deep WR
Josh Malone-WR
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
J.J. Dielman-OT
RB: 
Power: Jeremy Hill-Average
Scat: Gio Bernard-Good in role
Joe Mixon

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


1.  9 John Ross | WR, Washington 
Height: 5-11 Weight: 190
2. 48 Joe Mixon | RB, Oklahoma 
Height: 6-1 Weight: 226 
3.  73 Jordan Willis | DE, Kansas State 
Height: 6-4 Weight: 255 
4.  116 Carl Lawson | DE, Auburn 
Height: 6-2 Weight: 253 
4. 128 Josh Malone | WR, Tennessee 
Height: 6-3 Weight: 208 
4. 138 Ryan Glasgow | DT, Michigan 
Height: 6-4 Weight: 299 
5.  153 Jake Elliott | K, Memphis 
Height: 5-10 Weight: 165 
5. 176 J.J. Dielman | OT, Utah 
Height: 6-5 Weight: 300 
6.  193 Jordan Evans | OLB, Oklahoma 
Height: 6-2 Weight: 233 
6. 207 Brandon Wilson | CB/RB/KR, Houston 
Height: 5-11 Weight: 
7. 251 Mason Schreck | TE, Buffalo 
Height: 6-4 Weight: 258 

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