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From the desk of Solomon Wilcots, here are a few nuggets to help you prepare for the 2016 NFL Draft.
2016 NFL Team Needs:
1. Los Angeles
-QB, WR, OL/Center, CB
-The Rams gave up 6 future draft picks to move up from 15th to take a QB.
-Either Goff or Wentz will be the pick, but OC Rob Boras must groom a winner.
-Franchised CBs Janoris Jenkins/Tremaine Johnson: Need Elite CB in Secondary.
-Released DL Chris Long and MLB James Lauranitus.
-FA:DE William Hayes, DT Nick Fairley, S M.Barron, CBs J.Jenkins/T.Johnson.
-QB, OL, CB, Edge Rusher
-Trading CB Byron Maxwell & LB Kiko Alonso to Miami, moved from 8 to 13.
-Trade 5 picks (1st,3rd,4th) (1st&2nd) to Cleveland to move from 8 to 2nd overall.
-O.Line in need of upgrading at both OT & OG: But there’s a huge hole at QB.
-Doug Pederson wants QB who knows W.Coast Syst, Screens & Sht.Passing game.
-OT Lane Johnson & Jason Peters, but need youthful depth replace Evan Mathis.
-Last ranked run defense (134 ypg) 2nd worst overall ranking allowed (401ypg)
-Defense need Edge Rusher & productive CB: Love Safeties Malcome Jenkins.
-Conner Barwin 7.5 sks: Best on D: DT Fletcher Cox/LB Brandon Graham
-FA: QB S.Bradford, DE Cedric Thornton, DB W.Thurmond, CB Nolan Carroll.
-DL, Safety, OL, WR, TE
-New O.C Ken Whisenhunt vows to create a more balanced attack improve Run Gm.
-2015 4th best passing ypg (286) but 31st as second worst rush ypg (84.9).
-2015 Chargers had a league-low 4 rushing touchdowns, needs more balance.
-Depth on O.Line, must create Downhill power run game more suitable M.Gordon.
-Gordon over 2,500yds running behind FB as his key read, less zone read 1-back set.
-2015 run defense ranked 27th allowing 125 ypg. Also need Football I.Q Free Safety.
-FA:FS Eric Weddle, TE Antonio Gates, TE Ladarius Webb
-CB, DT, RB, QB
-2015 was reversal of fortune at QB,RB,WR where injuries and loss of D.Murray.
-O.Line built for Power Run.gm so Bell-Cow RB has to be a priority 2015 9th 118ypg
-McFadden 4.6 avg with 5gm 100yds for 1,089 yds and 3tds. Cowboys ranked 9th.
-Secondary who allowed 8th highest Comp Pct (65%) 2nd lowest total (8ints)
-Tony Romo entering 14th season turns 36 in April: Boby beginning to breakdown.
-CB Brandon Carr due $9million base salary in 2016 has under performed.
-FA:DE Greg Hardy, DE Jeremy Mincy, MLB R.McClain, RB Lance Dunbar
-Safety, OL-Center, Edge Rusher, ILB
-Spent $178.3m in free agency but still no proven edge rusher at LEO linebacker.
-Roster coming into focus, but clear need of Edge Rusher opposite D.Fowler Jr.
-Needs in Secondary at both CB & Safety: Must improve OL at Center for run game.
-2015 27th ranked run game avg. 92ypgm, Bortels 606pass atts vs. 354 run plays.
-Defense allowed 2nd highest (28pts pgm) allowed 29td passes vs. 9ints 36sks (20th)
-DT Malik Jackson & FS Tashaun Gibson, LT Kelvin Beachum & RB Chris Ivory in FA.
-FA: C S.Wisnewski, DE Ryan Davis, DE Alan Branch, TE Marcedes Lewis, Clay Tabor.
-Edge Rusher, CB, OL, WR
-Strong need of Edge Rusher to pressure QB, and Cover CB to stop opposing WRs
-Defense that allowed 25 pts pgm allowed 30td passes but had league low 6ints.
-Injuries robbed them of their two most dynamic players T.Suggs,WR Steve Smith Sr
-2015 1st rd. pick WR Breshad Perriman didn’t play in a game. (Zero Production)
-FA: G. Kalechi Osemili, OLB C.Upshaw, WR Kamar Aiken, WR Chris Givens.
-QB, OT, WR, CB, ILB
-Will 49’ers Chip Kelly uses current QB’s Colin Keapernick or Blaine Gabbert?
-Others areas like a crumbling O.Line needs talent loss OT Anthony Davis retired.
-Need explosive plays on 31st ranked offense 2015, avg NFL low 14pts pgm .
-FA:NT Ian Williams, OG Alex Boone, WR Anquan Boldin, RB R.Bush, LB M. Wilhoite
-QB,WR, Edge Rusher, ILB, OL
-Trading down from No.2, extra (3rd &4th)(1st&2nd in 2017) QB Robert Griffin III
-Used 2 first rd.picks on QB’s in 2 of last 4 drafts. (2012/B.Weeden & 2014/Manziel)
-Critical for Hue Jackson to find his QB early in his tenure with the Browns. Patience.
-Ex.V.P Sashi Brown and Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta: Use of Analytics.
-O.Line and Big Play WR are critical areas as the Browns 2nd most sacks 2014 (53)
-2014 3rd lowest scoring avg of 17.4 pts pgm: QBs Roethlisberger, Dalton, Flacco.
-Must improve Run Defense 2014 ranked 32nd vs. run, 2015 ranked 30th run defense
-FA:A.Mack,RT M.Schwartz, WR T.Benjamin, FS Tashaun Gibson, LB Craig Robertson.
-Edge Rusher, CB/Safety, OG, RB
-H.C Dirk Koetter keeps System in tact for J.Winston 300+yds in 2 of his last 3gms.
-Winston 3rd most yards for rookie QB w/ 4,000yds incl 5tds wk13 vs. Falcons
-New D,Coor Mike Smith will keep a lot of Lovie’s 4-3 scheme, but add his own niche.
-Bucs defense allowed NFL high 70% completions and tied 5th highest 31 td passes.
-Must continue to build around 5th ranked rushing attack 135yds pgm.
-FA: RB Doug Martin, DT Henry Melton, LB D.Lansanah, FS C.Conte, CB Mike Jenkins.
10.New York Giants
-DE, LB, DB, OL, TE
-Spent $200m on 4 defensive players: O.Vernon, J.Jenkins, Harrison, Pierre-Paul.
-Need total overhaul of 32nd ranked pass defense allowing 3rd most pts pgm (27.0)
-3rd fewest sacks (23) allowed 6th highest completion pct (66%), 5th most td pass 31.
-Jason Pierre Paul missed 8 games had only 1 sack. Giants need talent & depth.
-Without a consistent pass rush the Giants allowed most passing yards 4,783 yds.
-FA: JPP, R.Ayers, DT Cullen Jenkins, DB P.Amukamara, B.Merriwether, R.Randle,
-DL, Edge Rusher, CB, OT
-John Fox & Vic Fangio need Edge Rusher in its 3-4 scheme. Traded DE Jared Allen
-Want to acquire assets on defense on DL, Edge Rusher, and secondary to improve.
-Allowed 31 TD passes but only 8 interceptions 3rd lowest total in the NFL.
-FA: RB M.Forte, WR A.Jeffery, CB Tracey Porter, Ryan Mundy, TE Z.Miller, S.McClellan
-DE, OLB, CB, TE, WR
-Allowed 2nd highest passing yards 4,544 & comp pct 68.4. Most 45td passes in NFL.
-D.Coor Dennis Allen needs a system to produce pressure without high risky Blitzes.
-DE Cameron Jordan is by-far their most productive defensive player 30sks last 3yrs
-Only 9 ints from costly DBs B.Browner, J.Byrd, K.Lewis, K.Vacarro: D.Breaux 3int
-FA: TE Ben Watson, RB Khiry Robinson, DT K.Williams, FS Rafael Bush, CB K.Wilson
-RB, OG, ILB, OT, Edge Rusher
-After losing RB Lamar Miller in Free Agency, could take Ezekiel Elliott in the 1st rd.
-Moved down from 8 to 13 when trading for CB Byron Maxwell & LB Kiko Alonso.
-Added DE’s Mario Williams & Alan Branch in free agency and 3 Offensivelineman.
-Talent on Defense but just didn’t click in 2015: Brent Grimes turns 33 this summer.
-Dolphins recently cut CB Brice McCain so D.C Vance Joseph putting his stamp on DB
-More competition at OT and more talent at OG: Center Mike Pouncy is a keeper.
-Critical for Adam Gase & Mike Tannenbaum to keep pace in AFC East: N.E, BUF,JETS
-FA:OLB O.Vernon, RB L.Miller, DE Derrick Shelby, FS Luis Delmas, WR. R. Mathews
-CB/Safety, ILB, DL, OL
-Derek Carr 53tds in 2seasons, WR Amari Cooper 1st rookie WR 1,000yds team hist.
-Impact player on Defense to team with Khalil Mack: J.Tuck/C.Woodson both retired
-Signed G-K.Osemele, CB Sean Smith, OLB Bruce Irvin and FS Reggie Nelson.
-D.Coor Ken Norton Jr. need pieces to fit his 4-3 scheme: Speed, Range, Ball Skills
-FA: OT Donald Penn, DE Aldon Smith, WR A.Holmes/R.Streater, P Marquette King
-All resigned with the Raiders to insure depth and overall roster improvement.
-OT, RB, CB, DL, Safety
-Traded No.1 pick in exchange for 6 draft picks: GM Jon Robinson bolster Depth
-Titans have 6 of the first 76 picks in the 2016 draft. Ammo to move up the board.
-Help O.Line who allowed NFL high (54 sacks) caused Maritoa to miss 4 games.
-Priority No.1…Go Get Bell Cow/Power RB to add balance. Signed Demarco Murray
-Take OT/OG to strengthen OL, which can neutralize J.J Watt in AFC South.
-FA/LB Zack Brown, TE Craig Stevens, CB C.Sensabaugh, NT Sammie Hill.
-H.C Mike Mularkey/DC Dick LeBeau insures continuity in both systems (3-4 Def)
-OT, WR, CB, DL
-Finished 6-2 in final 8 gms. Under new O.Coor Jim BobCooter, New GM Bob Quinn.
-Replacing WR Calvin Johnson is a near impossible task. FA Marvin Jones $40m 5yrs.
-Time to move 4yr LT Riley Rieff to RT and draft a Franchise LT early in 2016 draft.
-CS/Safety who has ball skills to become a big playmaker behind Ziggy Ansah 14.5sk
-FA: DT H.Nagata, DE Jason Jones, DE Darryl Tapp, DT Tyrunn Walker, WRL.Moore
-Safeties Abdul-Quddeus and James Ihedibo
-Edge Rusher, OL, TE/WR, Safety, ILB
-Need main-stay at MLB but another pass rusher opposite of Vic Beasley would help.
-6th worst 3rd-down defense allowed (43%) need play-making Safety(Cut W.Moore)
-8th fewest sacks allowed (32) 19th ranked rushing 100 ypg, 3.8 avg 7th lowest.
-Falcons need to add more production from TE w/o #2WR Roddy White’s decline.
-FA: DT Adrian Clayborn, DE K.Biermann, MLB Paul Worrilow, LB Philip Wheeler.
-OL, OLB, CB/Safety, TE, RB
-RB Frank Gore 967yds 3.7avg will turn 33yrs old in May: Ranked 29th 89ypg 2015.
-Colts were forced to start 4 different QB (35sks) to get thru the 2015 season.
-Improved talent & physicality of O.Line in pass pro & dominate run game needed.
-Colts had the NFL’s 4th lowest QB efficiency rating (77.5pct) 32nd 57.4% Comp Pct.
-OC Rob Chudzinski to create physical rushing attack and QB pass protection.
-DC Ted Monachino coached LBers College/Pro, Last 6yrs w/ Ravens. “Technique”
-LB J.Freeman, CB G.Tolar, TE C.Fleener/D.Allen, K A.Vinateri, A.Bradshaw, D.Lowery
-OT, DL, LB, WR
-#1 rushing attack avg 152 ypg, but 28th passing and 11th highest sack total (42).
-Dominate O.Line who can pass protect for Tyrod Taylor who great in/out pocket.
-Tyrod Taylor 3,000 yds 20tds 6ints excellent deep ball passer with 51 passes 20+
-DE Mario Williams could become a salary cap casualty. 14.5/2014, only 5sks/2015
-2015 spent NFL high $91mill in guarantee money on new contract Hughes/Dareus.
-Want to upgrade LB corp: defense 50+sacks each last 2yrs 2013/2014 (21sks 2015
-FA:OT C.Glenn, RG R.Incognito, DT Corbin Bryant, LB N.Bradham. FS B.Rambo
20.New York Jets
-Edge Rusher, OL, DL, QB, TE
-Traded for OT Ryan Clady after D’Brickashaw Ferguson retired after 10yr career.
-Signed 3 RBs: Matt Forte, Bilial Powell and Khiry Robinson to replace Chris Ivory.
-Mo Wilkerson 12.5 sacks of Jets 39 sacks in 2015, set to become UFA.
-Jets need Productive Edge Rusher other than S.Richardson (5) L.Williams (3)
-Top 5 total defense, 2nd run defense, 9th scoring defense allowing 19pt pgm
-WRs B.Marshall (14td) E.Decker (12td) both had 1,000yds
-TE’s Kellen Davis (1td) and Jeff Cumberland (0) had 1 combined td reception.
-FA: Mo.Wilkerson, R.Fitzpatrick, NT D.Harrison, RB Chris Ivory, S.Ridley, B.Powell
-FA: Demario Davis, OLB Calvin Pace, OG Willie Colon
-OL/Center, DL, ILB, RB, CB
-OL Coach & Run Game Coordinator Bill Callahan helped 20th rushing & 3.7 avg.
-GM Scot McCloughin added G-Branden Sheriff in 2015 and will continue to build.
-Jay Gruden helped QB Kirk Cousins to improve just as he with Bengals QB A.Dalton.
-QB K.Cousins, T.Knighton, A.Morris, FB D.Young, M.Foster, W.Blackmon, J.Gillette
-TE Logan Paulson(Only 3true starters on OL T.Williams, B. Shriff, RT Morgan Moses
-Signed CB Josh Norman to a 5yr $75million contract average of $15m per year.
-WR NT, RB,
-Brian Hoyer is 30yrs old 19td 7ints in 11gms. 4ints in playoff loss 0-30 to K.C
-Owner Bob McNair wants a new QB in 2016 with Hoyer $1.2m bonus due $4m base
-Signed QB Brock Oswiler to $72million deal after only playing 7 games in 2015.
-RB Arian turns 30 in August so Texans must prepare to use others for production
-2015 Used 4QBs & 4RBs: A.Foster, A.Blue, Chris Polk, Jonathan Grimes, Akeem Hunt
-Signed RB Lamar Miller 4yr. $26million deal avg. $6.5m per year. See week 7 game.
-Led by the NFL’s top rated 3rd down defense (28%) Top 10 total, scoring, run &pass
-NT V.Wilfork is 34yrs old entering 13th season so Texans need rotation & depth.
-Jalen Strong & Nate Washington is option number 2&3 at WR but need another WR.
-OG B.Brooks, C Ben Jones, N.Washington, P S.Lechler, RB C.Polk/J.Grimes, Q.Demps
-FA: OLB Jon Simon, DE Jared Crick
-WR, OT/OG, Safety, DL
-QB T.Bridgewater must continue to mature and play with greater toughness.
-WR Stefon Diggs & TE Kyle Rudolph combined for 101rec & 9tds consistency.
-Bolstered OL, signing OG Alex Boone 4yr. $26m, RT Andre Smith 1yr. $2.5m.
-Also signed FS Michael Griffin to pair with Harrison Smith in secondary.
-2015 ranked 31st passing, but 4th rushing 138ypg. Offense needs more playmakers.
-Mike Zimmer’s 5th scoring defense (18.9pts pgm) LBs Eric Kendricks/Anthony Barr.
-DL Everson Griffin led team with 10.5 sacks: Vikings t7th with 43 sacks
-Need playmakers in secondary with Trae Waynes, X.Rhodes, C.Munnerlyn, H.Smith.
-FA:CB T.Newman, OG Mike Harris, OLB C.Greenway, DT K.Ellis, CB Josh Robinson.
-WR, CB, DL, LB, Center
-At least 12 veteran FA’s including 4WRs and all 4 starting DBs Nelson, Iloka.
-Adam Jones & Leon Hall. WR’s Marvin Jones, Mo Sanu, OT”s Andre Smith/Winston.
-2015 Defense 2nd pts allowed (17.4) 3rd in NFL with (21ints) 10th with (42sks)
-Secondary allowed fewest pass plays of 20+ yards (39) 3rd most ints(21).
-An already talented roster will allow the Bengals to draft value at WR, CB, DL, LB
-Center Russell Bodine has been over-powered, leaving huge Void on O.Line.
-2015 drafted for depth on O.Line OT Cedric Og-Bay-wee & Jake Fisher 1st/2nd Rd.
-Best player available is a luxury for a Bengals team still loaded with talent.
-Now with 2 proven QB A.Dalton/A.J McCarron….combo A.J Green/Tyler Eifert.
-FA:L.Hall, R.Nelson, M.Jones, M.Sanu, A.Smith, Winston, Gilberry
-CB/Safety, OG, Edge Rusher, TE
-Could lose top 3 CB to F.Agency: Brandon Boykins, William Gay, Antwan Blake
-Defense:30th vs. pass, 3rd most sacks (48) 6th with (17ints) allowed 64 plays 20+.
-QB Ben Roethlisberger missed 5gms, Levon Bell missed 10gms but still avg 4.9
-Explosive 3rd ranked offense when healthy, 5th scoring (26.4pts) 3rd passing.
-After 11yrs TE Heath Miller retires, All Time leader Rec,Yds,Td by Steelers TE.
-Signed FA TE Ladarius Green who is poised to become a breakout performer.
-Playmaking CB/Safety for Keith Butler and Mike Tomlin’s secondary. Poised to win
-After 11yr. career TE Heath Miller retires 2. Pro Bowls & 2 Super Bowl Titles.
-FA:LT Kelvin Becheum, OG Ramon Foster, NT Steve McClendon, S Will Allen
-FA:CB Brandon Boykin, CB William Gay, CB Antwan Blake
-OT, CB, WR, DT
-Despite losing M.Lynch for 9gms Seahawks had 3rd best rushing attack 141ypg 4.5
-4th ranked offense,4th scoring (26pgm) Thomas Rawls leading rusher 830yds 5.6avg
-Contracts up for LT R.Okung & RG J.R Sweezy: LG Justin Britt moved to G-struggled.
-RT Gary Gilliam also struggled at times as team allowed 6th most sacks (46) in 2015
-Before 2015: loss C Max Unger (trade) G James Carpenter, OT Breno Giacomini UFA.
In 2014 allowed 12th most sacks (42) so they given up 40+ sacks each last 2 seasons.
-Secondary R.Sherman, E.Thomas, C.Chancellor, must find CB opposite of Sherman.
-FA: R.Okung, RG J.R Sweezy, CB Jeremy Lane, DT B.Mebane, Aytaba Rubin,LB B.Irvin
-FA: WR Jermaine Kearse, WR Doug Baldwin after 2016.
-LB, DL, OT,
-Need Inside LB so Clay Matthews could move back to OLB 6.5 sack could be more.
-OLB Julius Peppers 10.5 sacks 14 seasons 136 career sacks 9yrs double-digits
-Must draft to improve depth on D.Line could lose B.J Raji & Letroy Guion 21st run D.
-2012 A.Rodgers sks 51times, then only (21) 2013/(28) 2014 spiked (46) 2015.
-Must improve depth & talent along O.Line, Rodgers hit & struggled at times in 2015.
-RB E. Lacy struggled w/ weight gain in 2015 758yds 3td: 1,000yds first 2yrs 20tds
-TE Reggie Rogers ready to replace departing TE Andrew Quarless, but need more.
-Only FA signing of player not previously on roster TE Jared Cook from the Rams.
-FA K Mason Crosby, RB J.Starks, TE A. Quarless, G/T Don Barclay, CB C. Heyward
-FA LB Nick Perry, NT B.J Raji, DE Letroy Guion, OLB Mike Neal
-OL, DL, Edge Rusher, WR
-Must improve physicality & dominance on both its O.Line & D.Line in trenches.
-Lost Center Rodney Hudson, LT Eric Fisher has struggled at times vs Mack/Miller.
-Lost RB Jamal Charles: Chancandrick West 634yds 4.0 & Spencer Ware 430yds 5.6
-Chiefs 6th rushing (127.8) 9th scoring (25.3) to carry 30th ranked passing attack.
-Defense 4th NFL w/ 47sks, 2nd most ints (22), 2nd lowest comp pct (57%)
-Could lose 3 LB’ers to F.Agency: Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, Frank Zombo.
-Could lose 3 DB’s F.Agency: S Eric Berry, S Tavon Branch, CB Sean Smith.
-FA: OT Jeff Jeff Allen, DE Jaye Howard causing needs on OL, DL,LB.
-OL, CB/Safety, Edge Rusher, TE
-Had the NFL’s #1 Offense, 2nd in scoring (30ppg) 2nd passing (288ypg) 8th rush.
-Allowed 4th fewest sacks (27) so it all starts with protecting stationary C.Palmer
-Signed OG Evan Mathis, traded OG Jonathan Cooper to Patriots for Chandler Jones
-Expected to lose 3 members of secondary: R.Johnson, T.Jefferson, J.Powers
-Secondary ranked 4th in NFL with 19 interceptions 6th lowest comp pct (59%)
-Need both speed and size at OLB to create both Pressure & Coverage.
-Dwight Freeney 36 yrs old led the team with 8sacks: Defense ranked Top10.
-FA S Rashad Johnson, Tony Jefferson, Cb Jerraud Powers, RB Chris Johnson, Freene
-OT, DE, CB, RB
-Was stripped of their 2016 1st round pick due to deflated football scandal.
-Strong need at the CB which can only be addressed early in the darft.
-Allowed 19hits 4sacks & 2ints vs. Broncos in AFC Title Gm. Need to improve.
-Overall improvement on the Off.Line: brought back OL coach Dante Scarnecctia.
-Traded DE Chandler Jones for OG Jonathan Cooper to build interior O.Line.
-Patriots allowed 38sks 14th highest total, year before allowed 4th lowest 26sks.
-OT Sebastian Volmer 7th year, Nate Solder 5th year: Issues of health & performa