Round 1 Pick 32 Matt Elam Strong Safety Florida Ravens get a starting strong safety to replace Bernard Pollard. This was a good pick.
Round 2 Pick 56 Arthur Brown 3-4 Middle Linebacker Kansas State Insurance in case Rolando McClain gets in trouble again.
Round 3 Pick 94 Brandon Williams Nose Tackle Missouri Southern Terrence Cody failed to be a starter in 2012. Competition was needed at nose tackle to challenge Cody.
Round 4 Pick 129 John Simon 3-4 Left Outside Linebacker Ohio State Simon gives the Ravens a pass-rusher for depth.
Round 4 Pick 130 Kyle Juszczyk Fullback Harvard The Ravens needed a fullback. They got one late in Round 4.
Round 5 Pick 168 Ricky Wagner Left Tackle Wisconsin Ricky Wagner played left tackle at Wisconsin he may be able to beat out Michael Oher for the left tackle job. Likely he’ll start at right tackle forcing Kelechi Osmele inside to left guard.
Round 6 200 Kapron Lewis-Moore 3-4 Left End Notre Dame The Ravens add a 3-4 defensive end for depth.
Round 6 Pick 203 Ryan Jensen Right Guard Colorado State-Pueblo The Ravens add a player that will not make a roster spot come opening day.
Round 7 Pick 238 Aaron Mellete Wide Receiver Elon Mellette has the size to act as an eventual replacement for Anquan Boldin and a #1 target for Joe Flacco.
Round 7 Pick 241 Marc Anthony Cornerback California The Ravens use this pick to obtain a #1 field cornerback.
Baltimore Ravens Draft Grade A+ The Ravens used this draft to address most of their needs while getting tremendous value. Ravens' General Manager Ozzie Newsome knows how to reload talent year in and year out.
Round 1 Pick 21 Tyler Eifert Tight End Notre Dame Bengals get a #2 tight end to compliment Jermaine Gresham. Gresham had durability issues at Oklahoma and Eifert does not have a history of injuries. Gresham and EIfert give Andy Dalton a two tight end set to win.
Round 2 Pick 37 Giovanni Bernard Running Back North Carolina Bernarrd was a sophomore redshirt when he declared. Cincinnati has youth and depth behind the teams star running back Ben-Jarvus-Green-Ellis.
Round 2 Pick 53 Margus Hunt Right End SMU The Bengals add a pass rusher for depth. Hunt has outstanding value at this pont.
Round 3 Pick 84 Shawn Williams Strong Safety Georgia Bengals need a starting safety. Not sure I would have gone Williams. There were a couple of other Georgia safeties available.
Round 4 Pick 118 Sean Porter Left Outside Linebacker Texas A&M Bengals add a left outside linebacker for depth in case Rey Maualuga fails to accept the starting left outside linebacker job on the strong side.
Round 5 Pick 156 Tanner Hawkinson Right Tackle Kansas The Bengals have a backup left tackle in Anthony Collins from Kansas. Now they add a backup right tackle in Hawkinson. Cincinnati is screwed if Hawkinson starts at right tackle in week 1.
Round 6 Pick 190 Rex Burkhead Running Back Nebraska The Bengals add one more running back.
Round 6 Pick 197 Cobi Hamilton Wide Receiver Arkansas The Bengals add one more receivers for depth.
Round 7 Pick 240 Reid Fragel Right Tackle Ohio State Cincinnati adds a right tackle that will likely compete with Hawkinson for a roster spot.
Round 7 Pick 251 TJ Johnson Center South Carolina The Bengals needed a center that will eventually replace Kyle Cook. They got one with Johnson here.
Cincinnati Bengals Draft Grade B The Bengals addressed most of the teams needs in the 2013 NFL Draft. Now the Bengals have to win games to show that these draft picks win games.
Round 1 Pick 6 Barkevious Mingo 3-4 Left Outside Linebacker LSU Cleveland adds a pass rusher for depth. The Browns now have Paul Kruger, Jabaal Shear, Quentin Groves, and Mingo. None of these guys are proven 10+ sack artist guys. With depth maybe these guys can get compete with one emerging into a sack artist.
Round 3 Pick 68 Leon McFadden Cornerback San Diego State Browns needed a boundary corner and drafted a nickel.
Round 6 Pick 175 Janoris Slaughter Strong Safety Notre Dame He’s not even the best safety to play at Notre Dame. That honor belongs Zekke Motta.
Round 7 Pick 217 Armonty Bryant 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker East Central Oklahoma Bryant won’t make the roster. Why did Cleveland waste this pick on him?
Cleveland Browns Draft Grade F The Browns spent draft picks on players that won’t pan out. It seemed like Cleveland was going to win the AFC North. Then the 2013 NFL Draft happened.
Round 1 Pick 17 Jarvis Jones 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker Georgia Pittsburgh gets a replacement for James Harrison. Awesome pick.
Round 2 Pick 48 Le’Veon Bell Running Back Michigan State The Steelers passed on Jonathan Franklin, Christine Michael, and Eddie Lacy.
Round 3 Pick 79 Markus Wheaton Wide Receiver Oregon State Wheaton gives Pittsburgh a slot receiver with more speed than Cotchery or Burress.
Round 4 Pick 111 Shamarko Thomas Strong Safety Syracuse A safety for depth behind Polamalu and Ryan Clark.
Round 4 Pick 115 Landry Jones Quarterback Oklahoma I would have took Bray. Landry Jones is 3rd in FBS all time passing yards. His jaw dropping statistics in a spread offense make him look like a good pick. Jones is a backup at best. He’s not the successor to Ben Roethlisberger.
Round 5 Pick 150 Terry Hawthorne Cornerback Illinois Pittsburgh adds a cornerback for depth.
Round 6 Pick 186 Justin Brown Wide Receiver Oklahoma He’ll be lucky if he gets an NFL roster spot. His 6-3/209 pound frame impresses you. Pittsburgh gets a slot receiver and a size receiver.
Round 6 Pick 206 Vince Williams 3-4 Middle Linebacker Florida State Williams can challenge Stevenson Sylvester for a roster spot. I think he wins out and serves as a backup to former Seminole Lawrence Timmons.
Round 7 Pick 233 Nick Williams 3-4 Left End Samford The Steelers add a small school 3-4 defensive end for depth with this pick.
Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Grade B+ The Steelers addressed most of their needs in the 2013 NFL Draft. Pittsburgh gets a B+ because they did things like take Le’Veon Bell over Eddie Lacy, take Markus Wheaton over Quinton Patton, take Landry Jones over Tyler Bray who went undrafted, and take Justin Brown over Aaron Mellette. These mistakes make it hard for me to give the Steelers an A grade.
Round 1 Pick 27 DeAndre Hopkins Wide Receiver Clemson Houston gets a wide out across from Andre Johnson now that Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones are gone.
Round 2 Pick 57 DJ Swearinger Strong Safety South Carolina Houston gets a starting strong safety.
Round 3 Pick 89 Brennan Williams Right Tackle North Carolina Competition is needed for Derek Newton at the Texans’ right tackle job.
Round 3 Pick 97 Sam Montgomery 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker LSU Montgomery will make a good player for depth. He has some off the field concerns. Maybe Houston should draft a second rusher for insurance.
Round 4 Pick 124 Trevardo Williams 3-4 Left Outside Linebacker Connecticut Houston needed to add depth at pass-rusher. They did that with this pick. The 6-2/233 pounder will serve as a backup. He gives Houston insurance if Montgomery doesn’t work out.
Round 6 Pick 176 David Quessenberry Right Guard San Jose State Quessenberry can play anywhere on the offensive line. Perhaps he can compete with Ben Jones for the starting right guard job.
Round 6 Pick 195 Alan Bonner Wide Receiver Jacksonville State The Texans add a guy that can play special teams and may develop into a slot receiver.
Round 6 Pick 198 Chris Jones 3-4 Right End Bowling Green Jones won’t make a roster. The Texans added him for depth.
Round 6 Pick 201 Ryan Griffin Tight End Connecticut The Texans add a third string tight end with this pick.
Houston Texans Draft Grade C+ The Texans failed to address needs at 3-4 middle linebacker and nose tackle. Teams will be able to run the ball on Houston up the middle.
Round 1 Pick 24 Bjoern Werner 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker Florida State Werner is a steal here. Werner and Robert Mathis will make a deadly pass rushing tandem. What happens to 2010 first-round pick Jerry Hughes?
Round 3 Pick 86 Hugh Thornton Left Guard Illinois Hugh Thornton played left tackle for Illinois. I had him going in the sixth-round and the Colts took him in Round 3. The Colts believe he can start at left guard.
His former OL teammate Jeff Allen played left tackle in 2011 and started at left guard in Kansas City. Look for a similar result from Thornton.
Round 4 Pick 121 Khaled Holmes Center USC Samson Satelle can still start at center. He’s no longer the Pro Bowl player he once was. Depth at center will help. Khaled Holmes was once a first-round prospect so he helps Indianapolis out in the trenches.
Round 5 Pick 139 Montori Hughes Nose Tackle Tennessee-Martin I gave the Colts Hughes in Round 3. This is a good value pick here in Round 5.
Round 6 Pick 192 John Boyett Strong Safety Oregon The Colts add a strong safety for depth that will likely fail to make the Colts final roster.
Round 7 Pick 230 Kerwynn Williams Running Back Utah State The Colts add a rusher that will likely fail to make a roster spot. Oh well it’s Round 7.
Round 7 Pick 254 Justice Cunningham Tight End South Carolina Justice Cunningham will have to deal with the injustice of being a third string tight end behind Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen.
Indianapolis Colts Draft Grade A- The Colts got off to a strong start on draft day before a sloppy finish. They still get an A- grade for the way they drafted early.
Round 1 Pick 2 Luke Joeckel Right Tackle Texas A&M Joeckel played left tackle at Texas A&M. There was one play on tape where he played right tackle. Don’t take the Jaguars seriously until Joeckel moves to left tackle in 2014.
Round 2 Pick 33 Jonathan Cyprien Free Safety Florida International Jacksonville needed secondary help everywhere.
Round 3 Pick 64 Dwayne Gratz Cornerback Connecticut Gratz is a boundary corner, but he could win the field cornerback job for the Jaguars. Don’t expect Gratz to do well if he does win the job. The Jags’ field corner has to deal with Reggie Wayne and Andre Johnson twice a year.
Round 4 Pick 101 Ace Sanders Wide Receiver South Carolina Jacksonville gets a slot receiver to play with Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon.
Round 5 Pick 135 Denard Robinson Kick Returner Michigan Jacksonville gets a special teams player here.
Round 6 Pick 169 Josh Evans Free Safety Florida The Jaguars add a backup free safety, but they still need a starting strong safety.
Round 7 Pick 208 Jeremy Harris Cornerback New Mexico State Harris can develop into a corner on the inside. He’ll need someone to challenge him for the nickel job.
Round 7 Pick 210 Demetrius McCray Cornerback Appalachin State The Jaguars get a cornerback that can challenge Harris for the nickel job on the inside.
Jacksonville Jaguars Draft Grade F The Jaguars had a horrible draft. They’ll likely draft one of the top 2 quarterbacks in 2014 like Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater.
Round 1 Pick 10 Chance Warmack Right Guard Alabama Warmack is a pure left guard. His mammoth run blocking will help the Titans when he starts at right guard.
Round 2 Pick 34 Justin Hunter Wide Receiver Tennessee Kenny Britt and Damian Williams both have expiring contracts in 2014. Nate Washington’s deal is up in 2015. Hunter will sit out in 2013, unless legal issues or injuries occur with Britt. Still great insurance move by the Titans.
Round 3 Pick 70 Blidi Wreh-Wilson Cornerback Connecticut Adding Wilson as a nickel next to Alteraun Verner and Jason McCourty helps an anemic pass defense.
Round 3 Pick 97 Zavier Gooden Right Outside Linebacker Missouri The Titans needed a weak side linebacker for depth.
Round 4 107 Brian Schwenke Center California The Titans add an interior offensive lineman for depth that can compete for a starting job at center. Schwenke has the versatility to start at left guard, center, or right guard.
Round 5 Pick 142 Lavar Edwards Right End LSU The Titans add a defensive end for depth.
Round 6 Pick 202 Khalid Wooten Cornerback Nevada Wooten is a quarter corner on most NFL teams. He’ll be a dime corner in Tennessee.
Round 7 Pick 248 Daimion Stafford Strong Safety Nebraska The Titans add a strong safety for depth.
Tennessee Titans Draft Grade B The Titans had a solid draft. A draft like this can carry over into the 2013 season. Don’t be surprised if the Titans have a winning season in 2013.
Round 1 Pick 16 EJ Manuel Quarterback Florida State Kevin Kolb is only getting 1 million in guaranteed money. Prediction, Manuel will be one of two quarterbacks to start in 2013.
Round 2 Pick 41 Robert Woods Wide Receiver USC Woods gives you a secondary receiver across from Stevie Johnson.
Round 2 Pick 46 Kiko Alonso Middle Linebacker Oregon Kelvin Sheppard should move to right outside linebacker. Adding Kiko Alonso allows Kelvin Sheppard to make that transition.
Round 3 Pick 78 Marquise Goodwin Wide Receiver Texas Marquise Goodwin is a good slot receiver. He’ll fit right in there with the Bills.
Round 4 Pick 105 Duke Williams Free Safety Nevada Buffalo adds a safety for depth.
Round 5 Pick 143 Jonathan Meeks Strong Safety Clemson The Bills add one more safety for depth.
Round 6 Pick 177 Dustin Hopkins Kicker Florida State The Bills add a kicker for depth.
Round 7 Pick 222 Chris Gragg Tight End Arkansas Buffalo needed an upgrade over Scott Chandler at tight end.
Buffalo Bills Draft Grade B It depends on what happens to EJ Manuel. If Manuel starts in 2013 from week 1, the Bills draft grade gets bumped up to an A. If Kolb starts this draft grade gets bumped down to a C. Right now, I’m giving the Bills a B grade.
Round 1 Pick 3 Dion Jordan Left End Oregon The Dolphins need Jordan to bulk up and add some weight. He’ll make a good run stuffing 4-3 left end across from Cameron Wake.
Round 2 Pick 54 Jamar Taylor Cornerback Boise State Miami needs a field cornerback and now they get one with Jamar Taylor.
Round 3 Pick 77 Dallas Thomas Left Guard Tennessee The Dolphins need a right tackle and a right guard. Dallas Thomas is accustomed to playing on the left side of the offensive line. I strongly dislike this pick.
Round 3 Pick 93 Will Davis Cornerback Utah State Miami gets a nickel corner that they desperately need.
Round 4 104 Jelani Jenkins Right Outside Linebacker Florida The Dolphins may want a guy at right outside linebacker that can compete for a job on the weak side. That’s what Jenkins does.
Round 5 Pick 164 Mike Gillislee Running Back Florida The Dolphins add a third-string running back behind Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller. Miami needed a rusher.
Round 5 Pick 166 Caleb Sturgess Kicker Florida The Dolphins add a hometown kicker.
Round 7 Pick 250 Don Jones Strong Safety Arkansas State The Dolphins add a strong safety for depth.
Miami Dolphins Draft Grade C The Dolphins failed to address one of the teams bigger needs at right tackle. The fact that Miami shored up the defense makes them a formidable opponent in 2013 if Ryan Tannehill can establish team chemistry with his receivers.
New England Patriots
Round 2 Pick 52 Jamie Collins Left End Southern Miss Collins registered 10 sacks on a winless Southern Miss team. He has the versatility that Belichick covets. He’ll have the chance to beat out Rob Ninkovich for the left end job.
Round 2 Pick 59 Aaron Dobson Wide Receiver Marshall New England has struggled with Marshall receivers in the past. Dobson has the tools to be a flanker target and emerge as NFL offensive rookie of the year with Tom Brady at quarterback. I’ll guarantee that Dobson wins offensive rookie of the week at least once in 2013.
Round 3 Pick 83 Logan Ryan Cornerback Rutgers It’s a bit early for Logan Ryan. Taking him as a developmental cornerback will help.
Round 3 Pick 91 Duron Harmon Strong Safety Rutgers Harmon played strong safety next Steven Gregory and Logan Ryan on a Rutgers secondary. Belichick is taking former players from Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano who used to coach Rutgers.
Round 4 Pick 102 Josh Boyce Wide Receiver TCU The Patriots add a slot receiver in case Julian Edelman cannot stay healthy.
Round 7 PIck 226 Michael Buchanan Right Outside Linebacker Illinois The Patriots can use Buchanan as a 4-3 outside linebacker for depth.
Round 7 Pick 235 Steve Beauharnais Left Outside Linebacker Rutgers Beauharnais can play anywhere at right outside linebacker, middle linebacker, or left outside linebacker. He’s a good pickup for depth late in Round 7.
New England Patriots Draft Grade B- The Patriots made some picks that confused me. Trading down with Minnesota is the only thing that kept New England from getting a C grade.
New York Jets
Round 1 Pick 9 DeMarcus Milliner Cornerback Alabama The Jets can use him in a boundary or nickel corner role. Milliner will likely play the boundary across from Cromartie and become a field cornerback in two years.
Round 1 Pick 13 Sheldon Richardson 3-4 Right End Missouri The Jets add a 3-4 defensive end for depth here.
Round 2 Pick 39 Geno Smith Quarterback West Virginia The Jets have tons of quarterbacks. The Jets should wait to start Smith in 2014 once the Jets new regime steps in. Something tells me they start him right away and struggle.
Round 3 Pick 72 Brian Winters Left Guard Kent State The Jets draft a backup left guard in case Willie Colon gets injured.
Round 5 Pick 141 Oday Aboushi Right Guard Virginia The Jets add a run blocking right guard here.
Round 6 Pick 178 William Campbell Nose Tackle Michigan The Jets obtain a nose tackle for depth with this pick.
Round 7 Pick 215 Tommy Bohanon Fullback Wake Forest The Jets get a fullback for depth.
New York Jets Draft Grades D The Jets still need 3-4 outside linebackers, safeties, a right tackle, a tight end, and a running back. Without these needs the Jets will struggle. Drafting Geno Smith gives the Jets a quarterback for the future, but he’ll fail if the Jets start him in 2013. Obtaining Milliner and Smith are the only reasons why the Jets didn’t get an F grade.
Round 1 Pick 28 Sylvester Williams Defensive Tackle North Carolina The Broncos add a pass rushing defensive tackle. Solid pick, but they should have gone with a 4-3 right end.
Round 2 Pick 58 Montee Ball Running Back Wisconsin The Broncos add a running back for depth. Ball can become an immediate contributor and a 1,000 yard rusher in Denver if he starts right away. Even if he doesn’t start expect Ball to get some carries.
Round 3 Pick 90 Kayvon Webster Cornerback South Florida Bit of reach, but Denver gets a corner for depth.
Round 5 146 Quanterus Smith Right End Western Kentucky He can be a depth player behind Robert Ayers and Derek Wolfe. Not an upgrade over either player. Denver signed Shaun Phillips hoping he’ll be a 4-3 right end. In San Diego he was a 3-4 left outside linebacker. Bad move by Denver.
Round 5 Pick 161 Tavarres King Wide Receiver Georgia Cannot dislike this pick. Peyton Manning gets one more receiver for depth.
Round 6 Pick 173 Vinston Painter Right Tackle Virginia Tech A right tackle for depth behind Orlando Franklin. Franklin has the tools to start, but fatigues sometimes. That’s where Painter comes into play.
Round 7 Pick 234 Zac Dysert Quarterback Miami Ohio The Broncos add a third stringer behind Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler. That’s what Dysert can be.
Denver Broncos Draft Grade B- Denver failed to address the team most important need at 4-3 right end.
Kansas City Chiefs
Round 1 Pick 1 Eric Fisher Right Tackle Central Michigan If Branden Albert stays Fisher plays right tackle. If Albert’s traded, Fisher becomes Alex Smith’s blindside. Joe Staley attended Central Michigan just like Fisher. He was Smith’s blindside in San Francisco.
Round 3 Pick 63 Travis Kelce Tight End Cincinnati Kelce can compete with Anthony Fasano and Tony Moeaki for a starting tight end job on the Chiefs. Like Moeaki, Kelce has durability concerns.
Round 3 Pick 96 Knile Davis Running Back Arkansas The Chiefs get a running back to compete for a roster spot. Davis becomes a backup to Jamaal Charles if he avoids injuries.
Round 4 Pick 99 Nico Johnson 3-4 Middle Linebacker Alabama Chiefs need a 3-4 middle linebacker to start right away. Johnson won national championships with Alabama.
Round 5 Pick 134 Sanders Commings Cornerback Georgia Commings can be a nickel cornerback or a safety on the inside at strong safety or free safety. The Chiefs have 4 corners so Commings would be a backup safety or a quarter corner.
Round 6 Pick 170 Eric Kush Center California PA The Chiefs add a center for depth behind Rodney Hudson. Kush is not someone that can start at center plus there were better options available.
Round 6 Pick 204 Braden Wilson Fullback Kansas State The Chiefs add a fullback here.
Round 7 Pick 207 Mike Catapano 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker Princeton He’s better served for a 4-3 defense.
Kansas City Chiefs Draft Grade C The Chiefs failed to find a playmaker to throw the ball to across from Alex Smith. One notable undrafted player that they signed was Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray. Bray will be a free agent third-stringer behind Alex Smith and Chase Daniel if he makes the Chiefs’ roster come opening day.
Round 1 Pick 12 DJ Hayden Cornerback Houston The Raiders have Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter. Hayden can be a field corner if he stays healthy.
Round 2 Pick 42 Menelik Watson Right Tackle Florida State Oakland gets a right tackle to be an eventual replacement for Khalif Barnes. Would not be surprised if Watson starts at right tackle in week 1. Watson will excel in 2014.
Round 3 Pick 66 Sio Moore Left Outside Linebacker Connecticut Oakland continues to stockpile the front 7 with run-stuffing linebackers. Unfortunately the Raiders have no defensive tackles or a pass-rushing right end.
Round 4 Pick 112 Tyler Wilson Quarterback Arkansas Don’t be surprised if Wilson develops into a starter in Oakland. Just like Terrell Pryor he has the potential to become a starter. Wilson has tremendous accuracy and no character issues.
Wilson has one thing in common with star running back Darren McFadden both players attended Arkansas. That will boost team chemistry when Wilson starts.
Round 6 Pick 172 Nick Kasa Tight End Colorado The Raiders want a 6-5/270 pound tight end to be their starting pass catcher. He’ll be more of a blocker. This will be interesting to say the least.
Round 6 Pick 181 Latavius Murray Running Back Central Florida Raiders draft a rusher for depth.
Round 6 Pick 184 Mychal Rivera Tight End Tennessee Rivera will start at tight end. Kasa will be the blocking tight end. Book it.
Round 6 Pick 205 Stacey McGee Defensive Tackle Oklahoma The Raiders add a defensive tackle for depth here. Oakland gets depth here.
Round 7 Pick 209 Brice Butler Wide Receiver San Diego State Oakland gets a receiver for depth here.
Round 7 Pick 233 David Bass Right End Missouri Western Missouri The Raiders get a run stuffing right end.
Oakland Raiders Draft Grade B- The Raiders had a solid draft. It wasn’t enough to impress me. The Raiders can contend in a year from now if they get a pass rusher in 2014, and start Tyler Wilson without firing the coaching staff.
San Diego Chargers
Round 1 Pick 11 DJ Fluker Right Tackle Alabama The Chargers may plug Fluker in at left tackle. He’s a right tackle and I wouldn’t take him until Round 2.
Round 2 Pick 38 Manti Te’o 3-4 Middle Linebacker Notre Dame Think Junior Seau with off the field concerns. Pairing Te’o with the emerging Donald Butler reminds me of San Diego’s 2002-2013 season when the Chargers had Junior Seau and Donnie Edwards. Maybe the Chargers will stop the run now.
Round 3 Pick 76 Keenan Allen Wide Receiver California ESPN raved about how the Chargers landed 3 first rounders. Allen is by far San Diego’s best pick.
Phillip Rivers has Keenan Allen as his flanker, Danario Alexander as a secondary receiver, and Malcolm Floyd as a slot receiver. You also got Antonio Gates at tight end. Rivers has the playmakers and offensive mind Mike McCoy at head coach. He still lacks the offensive line to react well to pressure.
Round 5 Pick 145 Steve Williams Cornerback California Williams was a boundary corner on California, but he has the size of a nickel corner. San Diego has to use the 2014 NFL Draft to upgrade at cornerback.
Round 6 Pick 179 Tourek Williams 3-4 Left Outside Linebacker Florida International The Chargers use this pick on a pass rusher for depth behind Jarret Johnson and Melvin Ingram.
Round 7 Pick 221 Brad Sorensen Quarterback Southern Utah The Chargers need a backup behind Phillip Rivers that can become a starter. Sorensen seems like a third stringer that you develop into a backup.
San Diego Chargers Draft Grade C- The Chargers still need a left tackle and a field cornerback. San Diego needs another year to build through the draft.
Round 1 Pick 20 Kyle Long Left Guard Oregon Kyle Long is the son of Howie Long and the brother of Chris Long. He can play anywhere at offensive tackle or guard. With an outstanding Pro Day he proves to be a good pick for the Bears. Long will start right away at left guard.
Round 2 Pick 50 Jon Bostic Middle Linebacker Florida Chicago finds a second starter at middle linebacker in Jon Bostic. No Urlacher, but he can still start.
Round 4 Pick 117 Khaseem Greene Right Outside Linebacker Rutgers Love this pick. Greene is a guy that can register 100+ tackles. His problem is that he’s undersized. Making him a successor to Lance Briggs is brilliant.
Round 5 Pick 163 Jordan Mills Right Tackle Louisiana Tech The Bears get an offensive tackle that can replace J Marcus Webb down the line. Another great pick by Chicago.
Round 6 Pick 188 Cornellius Washington Left End Georgia You can use Washington as a left end or a left outside linebacker for depth. The versatility makes this another great pick by Chicago.
Round 7 Pick 236 Marquess Wilson Wide Receiver Washington State The Bears added another wide receiver for depth that may develop into a starter.
Chicago Bears Draft Grade A+ The Bears did an outstanding job building through the draft this year. If Jay Cutler cannot win with this Bears team it’s time to pull the plug and obtain a new quarterback in 2014.
Round 1 Pick 5 Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah Right End BYU Detroit needed two defensive ends after losing Kyle Vaden Bosch and Cliff Avril. Ansah impressed the Lions’ coaching staff at the Senior Bowl.
Round 2 Pick 36 Darius Slay Cornerback Mississippi State The Lions add another boundary corner. This team still cannot find a field cornerback to shut down the pass.
Round 3 Pick 65 Larry Warford Right Guard Kentucky Warford played left guard at the Senior Bowl and right guard at Kentucky. Warford starts off at right guard. The Lions have the interior offensive line to open up the running lanes for Bush even though they lack the pass protection for Stafford.
Round 4 Pick 132 Devin Taylor Left End South Carolina A little early for Taylor. Still he’s an SEC defensive end, and the Lions needed a starter at left end.
Round 5 Pick 165 Sam Martin Punter Appalachin State Detroit needs help on special teams. They needed a punter and got one in the NFL Draft.
Round 6 Pick 171 Corey Fuller Wide Receiver Virginia Tech The Lions add another receiver that can develop into a slot guy if Ryan Broyles continues to suffers injuries.
Round 6 Pick 199 Theo Riddick Running Back Notre Dame The Lions add a rusher for depth. Riddick isn’t even the best rusher available. That honor belongs to Cierre Wood.
Round 7 Pick 211 Michael Williams Tight End Alabama Michael Williams gives the Lions a #3 tight end on the depth chart.
Round 7 Pick 245 Brandon Hepburn Middle Linebacker Florida A&M The Lions add a middle linebacker for depth.
Detroit Lions Draft Grade B- The Lions still need to address some draft needs at left tackle, field cornerback, and outside linebacker. Detroit needs one more year to rebuild in 2014. Will Lions fans be patient?
Green Bay Packers
Round 1 Pick 26 Datone Jones 3-4 Right End UCLA Jones gives the Packers the team’s first legit 3-4 right end since Cullen Jenkins left.
Round 2 Pick 61 Eddie Lacy Running Back Alabama The Packers get a running back in Eddie Lacy. Green Bay needs a starting running back. Many had Lacy graded out as the top rusher.
Round 4 Pick 109 David Bakhtiari Right Tackle Colorado Green Bay gets an offensive tackle for depth. Packers develop offensive lineman year in and year out.
Round 4 Pick 122 JC Tretter Left Guard Cornell Green Bay needed a left guard for depth because TJ Lang is becoming injury prone.
Round 4 Pick 125 Jonathan Franklin Running Back I had Franklin graded out as my top rusher. The Packers get the consensus top rusher and my favorite rusher with Lacy and Franklin. Great job by GM Ted Thompson.
Round 5 Pick 159 Micah Hyde Cornerback Iowa Hyde can play a nickel corner role. If he doesn’t work out there you can use him as a free safety for depth. Green Bay is wise to add a secondary player in the late rounds.
Round 5 Pick 167 Josh Boyd 3-4 Left End Mississippi State Josh Boyd gives Green Bay a 3-4 left end for depth. Boyd can compete for a roster spot as a backup 5 technique player.
Round 6 Pick 193 Nate Palmer 3-4 Left Outside Linebacker Illinois State The Packers add a 3-4 outside linebacker for depth in case injuries occur. Erik Walden cannot start again.
Round 7 Pick 216 Charles Johnson Wide Receiver Grand Valley State The 6-2/215 pound receiver makes a great target for depth.
Round 7 Pick 224 Kevin Dorsey Wide Receiver Maryland Another target for depth here.
Round 7 Pick 232 Sam Barrington 3-4 Middle Linebacker South Florida Green Bay adds one more 3-4 middle linebacker to fill the depth chart.
Green Bay Packers Draft Grade A The Packers needed to find a center. Since they didn’t do that they don’t get an A+ grade.
Round 1 Pick 23 Sharrif Floyd Defensive Tackle Florida The Vikings needed a defensive tackle after losing Pat Williams. Pairing Sharrif Floyd with Kevin Williams gives the Vikings a fearsome front 4. Floyd was supposed to go 3rd overall to Oakland.
Round 1 Pick 25 Xavier Rhodes Cornerback Florida State The 6-2/215 pound corner will make an excellent replacement for Antoine Winfield. He can play field corner right away addressing any questions on secondary.
Round 1 Pick 29 Cordarrelle Patterson Wide Receiver Tennessee The Vikings get a secondary receiver to compliment Greg Jennings. With Jennings and Patterson, Ponder has two receiving targets to throw to plus a two tight end set with Kyle Rudolph and John Carlsson.
Round 4 Pick 120 Gerald Hodges Right Outside Linebacker Penn State Gerald Hodges will make a great backup to Erin Henderson. Now the Vikings have starting outside linebackers with Erin Henderson and Chad Greenway along with backups in Gerald Hodges and Larry Dean now moving to the strong side.
Round 5 Pick 155 Jeff Locke Punter UCLA The Vikings add a punter to boost special teams.
Round 6 Pick 196 Jeff Baca Left Guard UCLA Back to back UCLA Bruins. Baca is a guy that can add depth at left guard for the Vikings.
Round 7 Pick 213 Michael Mauti Middle Linebacker Penn State Mauti is a middle linebacker that can be a sleeper starting at the mike right away.
Round 7 Pick 214 Travis Bond Right Guard North Carolina Bond played right guard on North Carolina. Now he’s a backup to Brandon Fusco.
Round 7 Pick 239 Everett Dawkins Defensive Tackle Florida State The Vikings add another defensive tackle for depth.
Minnesota Vikings Draft Grade A+ The Vikings have a brilliant draft for a third year in a row. Minnesota has all the tools to win the Super Bowl. Signing Brian Urlacher as a veteran free agent is the only thing that could top the Vikings brilliant draft.
Round 1 Pick 22 Desmond Trufant Cornerback Washington The Falcons add a boundary cornerback that can play across from Asante Samuel. Trufant may even challenge Samuel for the field cornerback job.
Remember Samuel was a nickel corner last year with Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson starting. Trufant may be the field corner with Samuel being the boundary just to be safe.
Round 2 Pick 60 Robert Alford Cornerback Southeast Louisana Alford will make a great nickel corner in Atlanta.
Round 4 Pick 127 Malliciah Goodman Right End Clemson The Falcons add a run stuffing right end. They need a pass-rushing right end.
Round 4 Pick 133 Levine Toilolo Tight End Stanford Toilolo has bad route running, blocking, and hands. Making him the successor to Tony Gonzalez is a big mistake.
Round 5 Pick 153 Stansly Maponga Left End TCU Atlanta gets a run stuffing left end for depth. Atlanta is focused on using the front 7 to stop the run and relying on the secondary to stop the pass. Unfortunately that won’t work since Atlanta has no one to get to the quarterback.
Round 7 Pick 243 Kemel Ishmael Strong Safety Central Florida Ismael gives Atlanta a safety for depth.
Round 7 PIck 244 Zeke Motta Free Safety Notre Dame Motta can play strong safety or free safety on either side. He gives the Falcons even more depth at safety.
Round 7 Pick 249 Sean Renfree Quarterback Duke Atlanta gets a third-string quarterback that may develop into a backup down the line.
Atlanta Falcons Draft Grade C- The Falcons needed a right tackle and a running back for depth. Adding a receiver for depth also would have helped. The Falcons failed to find a starting 4-3 right end that can rush the passer. Atlanta is kidding themselves if they believe Levine Toilolo is the true successor to Tony Gonzalez.
Round 1 Pick 14 Star Lotulelei Defensive Tackle Utah The Panthers needed a starting defensive tackle. Lotulelei is a guy that will be a pro bowler.
Round 2 Pick 44 Kawaan Short Defensive Tackle Purdue The Panthers add a second starter at defensive tackle. Carolina has a front 7 that can rush the quarterback and stop the run. It now comes down to the Panthers rebuilding their secondary.
Round 4 Pick 108 Edmund Kugbila Right Guard Valdosta State The Panthers lost their starter at right guard. This is a bit of a reach, but it’s an understandable pick.
Round 5 Pick 148 AJ Klein Middle Linebacker Iowa State The Panthers add a middle linebacker for depth. This seems like insurance in case Jon Beason gets injured. Don’t trust Klein on the weak side.
Round 6 Pick 182 Kenjon Barner Running Back Oregon The Panthers add one more rusher for depth.
Carolina Panthers Draft Grade C Carolina opened up with a strong draft. As the draft progressed, the Panthers made some really bad picks.
New Orleans Saints
Round 1 Pick 15 Kenny Vaccaro Strong Safety Texas New Orleans has Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins at safety. The Saints should have took a pass-rusher.
Round 3 Pick 75 Terron Armstead Left Tackle Arkansas-Pine Bluff Drew Brees needed a blindside now he got one.
Round 3 Pick 82 John Jenkins Nose Tackle Georgia The Saints add a backup nose tackle that will develop into a future starter. Nice value pick.
Round 5 Pick 144 Kenny Stills Wide Receiver Oklahoma The Saints add one more receiver for Drew Brees. They still had needs at right tackle and pass rusher.
Round 6 Pick 183 Rufus Johnson 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker Tarleton State He will be second string pass rusher. He’s not a starting pass rusher in the NFL.
New Orleans Saints Draft Grades D The Saints had multiple needs and should have spent a first-round pick on a left tackle or a pass rusher.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round 2 Pick 43 Jonathan Banks Cornerback Mississippi State Played the field corner role at Mississippi State. Will excel at the boundary next to Darrelle Revis.
Round 3 Pick 73 Mike Glennon Quarterback North Carolina State Matt Barkley, Tyler Bray, and Tyler Wilson are all better than Glennon. I don’t understand this pick. Greg Schiano needs to write a pink slip a year early if Freeman screws up because Glennon is not the guy.
Round 4 Pick 100 Akeem Spence Defensive Tackle Illinois Tampa Bay needs a starter across from Gerald McCoy good pick here.
Round 4 Pick 126 William Gholston Right End Michigan State Tampa Bay gets a run stuffing defensive end for depth behind pass rushers Adrian Clayborn and DaQuan Bowers. Gholston has the versatility to play right end, left end, or defensive tackle.
Round 5 Pick 147 Steven Means Left End Buffalo A 4-3 pass-rushing left end for depth. Might not make a roster spot.
Round 6 Pick 189 Mike James Running Back Miami FL The Buccaneers add a running back since they traded LeGarrette Blount to New England.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft Grade B Tampa Bay had a solid draft. The Buccaneers addressed most of the team needs except tight end and right tackle. After Jonathan Banks, the Buccaneers made a ton of questionable picks. Adding Big 10 studs like Akeem Spence and William Gholston gives Tampa Bay’s front 7 some much needed optimism.
Round 1 Pick 31 Travis Frederick Left Guard Wisconsin Frederick can play left guard or center. With Phil Costa at center, Frederick likely plays left guard. This pick will go to waste if Frederick plays center since he’s the top projected center listed as a 3rd-4th round pick.
Round 2 Pick 47 Gavin Escobar Tight End San Diego State The Cowboys take a tight end for depth behind Jason Witten. Jerry Jones wastes another second round pick.
Round 3 Pick 74 Terrance Williams Wide Receiver Baylor The Cowboys add one more receiver for depth. Dallas fails to address a need once again.
Round 3 Pick 80 JJ Wilcox Free Safety Georgia Southern Wilcox can play anywhere on secondary at cornerback, strong safety, or free safety. This is the first sensible pick that the senile Jerry Jones made.
Round 4 Pick 114 BW Webb Cornerback William & Mary Dallas adds a nickel corner when they had other needs to address.
Round 5 Pick 151 Joseph Randle Running Back Oklahoma State I had Randle going to Dallas in the third or fourth round. Good pick since Dallas needs a backup behind the injury prone DeMarco Murray.
Round 6 Pick 185 DeVonte Holloman Left Outside Linebacker South Carolina Dallas adds a left outside linebacker for depth here.
Dallas Cowboys Draft Grade F The Cowboys reached for team needs and drafted the best player available. The business savvy behind Jerry Jones drafting players for Dallas once again amazes me.
New York Giants
Round 1 Pick 19 Justin Pugh Left Guard Syracuse The Giants add a guy that can start right away at left guard.
Round 2 Pick 49 Jonathan Hankins Defensive Tackle Ohio State New York gets a defensive tackle and one of the best players available. Great pick.
Round 3 Pick 81 DaMontre Moore Left End Texas A&M The Giants get someone to compete with Justin Tuck for the starting left end job.
Round 4 Pick 110 Ryan Nassib Quarterback Syracuse Not a fan of Nassib. Some had him being the only quarterback projected to go in the first-round. Lots of Giants’ fans will favor this pick since Nassib will come in as a backup to Eli Manning.
Round 5 Pick 152 Cooper Taylor Strong Safety Richmond The 6-5/235 pound Cooper Taylor is an incredible blitzer with great size. New York needed a replacement to Kenny Phillips after he left for Philadelphia.
Round 7 Pick 225 Eric Herman Right Guard Ohio New York gets a backup to Chris Snee at right guard. Snee is getting up there in age despite being one of the top right guards in the NFL.
Round 7 Pick 253 Michael Cox Running Back U Mass The Giants got a steal with Ahmad Bradshaw in the seventh-round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Just saying!
New York Giants Draft Grade B+ This wasn’t one of the Giants better drafts. Still, GM Jerry Reese put together another solid draft class.
Round 1 Pick 4 Lane Johnson Right Tackle Oklahoma You got Jason Peters and Todd Herremans. The Eagles add Johnson for depth.
Round 2 Pick 35 Zach Ertz Tight End Stanford The Eagles get a second tight end across from Brent Celek. Ertz will be the starter by 2014.
Round 3 Pick 67 Bennie Logan 3-4 Right End LSU The Eagles add a 3-4 right end since Cedric Thornton is not the guy.
Round 4 Pick 98 Matt Barkley Quarterback USC He fits Pat Shurmur’s West Coast offense plus he’s the best player available. If Kelly backs off and let’s Shurmur run his west coast offense the Eagles can win. Kelly won’t which is why the Eagles continue to struggle.
Round 5 Pick 136 Earl Wolfe Strong Safety North Carolina The Eagles get a safety that can play strong safety and free safety for depth in Earl Wolfe.
Round 7 Pick 212 Joe Kruger 3-4 Left Outside Linebacker Utah The Eagles add Paul Kruger’s little brother as a pass rusher for depth.
Round 7 Pick 218 Jordan Poyer Cornerback Oregon State The Eagles land a steal with Jordan Poyer in the seventh-round. He may end up being the field corner for the Eagles on opening day.
Round 7 Pick 239 David King 3-4 Left End Oklahoma King won’t be on the roster opening day. Enjoy Eagles’ training camp King.
Philadelphia Eagles Draft Grade B- The Eagles addressed most of their needs. Philadelphia’s draft grade can improve if these draft picks translate into NFL starters. Don’t expect much out of Philadelphia in 2013. This could be a team to watch for in 2014 if the Eagles switch to a West Coast Offense with Barkley starting.
Round 2 Pick 51 David Amerson Cornerback North Carolina State The Redskins add Amerson as a nickel corner that can also play free safety.
Round 3 Pick 85 Jordan Reed Tight End Florida The Redskins add a tight end for depth behind Fred Davis. Reed is a backup at best.
Round 4 Pick 119 Phillip Thomas Free Safety Fresno State The Redskins get a guy that can play free safety or strong safety. Thomas plays free safety for Washington.
Round 5 Pick 154 Chris Thompson Running Back Florida State The Redskins add a running back for special teams.
Round 5 Pick 162 Brandon Jenkins 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker Florida State Jenkins can be that ideal replacement to Lorenzo Alexander in Washington if Brian Orakpo or Ryan Kerrigan gets injured. Thing with Jenkins is that he’s injury prone.
Round 6 Pick 191 Bacarri Rambo Strong Safety Georgia The Redskins get a blitzing strong safety that can play safety at strong safety or free safety.
Round 7 Pick 228 Jawan Jamison Running Back Rutgers Jamison is capable of beating out Chris Thompson for a roster spot. Thompson will likely be used for special teams anyway.
Washington Redskins Draft Grade A- Washington got outstanding value with most of their picks. The only thing I would have liked to see is the Redskins add a wide receiver. Other than that, this was another outstanding draft for Washington. Hard to believe that the Redskins had the best draft in the NFC East for the second year in a row.
Round 1 Pick 7 Jonathan Cooper Right Guard North Carolina The Cardinals get a starting right guard. Cooper played left guard at North Carolina, but he has more versatility than Chance Warmack which may explain why he went ahead of him.
Round 2 Pick 45 Kevin Minter 3-4 Middle Linebacker LSU The Cardinals get a 3-4 middle linebacker for depth behind Jasper Brinkley.
Round 3 Pick 69 Tyrann Mathieu Cornerback/Free Safety LSU This is a huge gamble. If there’s one team that can gamble on the Honey Badger in Day 2 it’s Arizona. He’ll do well as a nickel with Patrick Peterson and Antoine Cason as teammates. Mathieu may also play free safety in the NFL.
Round 4 Pick 103 Alex Okafor 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker Texas Another Longhorn pass rusher in Round 4. Back in 2011, the Cardinals drafted Sam Acho and he’s currently starting at 3-4 right outside linebacker for Arizona.
Round 4 Pick 116 Earl Watford Left Guard James Madison The Cardinals add a left guard for depth.
Round 5 Pick 140 Stepfan Taylor Running Back Stanford The Cardinals will use Taylor as a third stringer. He may become the starter if Rashard Mendenhall struggles and Ryan Williams gets injured.
Round 6 Pick 174 Ryan Swope Wide Receiver Texas A&M Arizona gets a wide receiver for depth. Swope will compete for a roster spot and has the tools to be an effective slot guy.
Round 6 Pick 187 Andre Ellington Running Back Clemson Ellington has to compete for a roster spot. If he plays then he’ll fulfill the same role as LaRon Stephens Howling.
Round 7 Pick 219 DC Jefferson Tight End Rutgers The Cardinals add one more tight end for depth.
Arizona Cardinals Draft Grade B- Arizona will struggle at safety. Mathieu is best served in a nickel corner role. Still the Cardinals obtained good value picks which qualifies them for a C- grade.
San Francisco 49ers
Round 1 Pick 18 Eric Reid Free Safety LSU The 49ers needed a replacement for DaShon Goldson. The 49ers traded up for Reid.
Round 2 Pick 40 Tank Carradine 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker Florida State Carradine will be a 3-4 right outside linebacker. The 49ers add him for depth.
Round 2 Pick 55 Vance McDonald Tight End Rice Vance McDonald is a sleeper tight end out of Rice. He’ll have no problem replacing Delanie Walker.
Round 3 Pick 88 Corey Lemonier 3-4 Left Outside Linebacker Auburn The 49ers add 2 3-4 outside linebackers. The 49ers will be set at pass rusher for the next decade.
Round 4 Pick 128 Quinton Patton Wide Receiver Louisiana Tech The 49ers add a second-round wide receiver in Round 4. The 49ers get great value here. Just imagine what Patton can do when playing next to guys like Crabtree, Boldin, and Manningham.
Round 4 Pick 131 Marcus Lattimore Running Back South Carolina Lattimore will be a good #2 back to Frank Gore in a year. In 2013, he can recover from his injury so he’s at full health in 2014.
Round 5 Pick 157 Quinton Dial 3-4 Right End Alabama The 49ers found their successor for Justin Smith at 3-4 right end.
Round 6 Pick 180 Nick Moody 3-4 Left Outside Linebacker Florida State The 49ers add a guy that can play left outside linebacker in a 4-3 or a 3-4 scheme. He may not make the roster spot come opening day.
Round 7 Pick 237 BJ Daniels Quarterback South Florida The 49ers add a quarterback to compete with Scott Tolzien for the third-string job.
Round 7 Pick 245 Carter Bykowski Right Tackle Iowa State A backup right tackle behind Anthony Davis for depth.
Round 7 Pick 252 Marcus Cooper Cornerback Rutgers San Francisco takes a guy that played boundary corner at Rutgers. In San Francisco he’ll play a dime corner role.
San Francisco 49ers Draft Grade A San Francisco had an outstanding draft. The only reason they got an A grade instead of an A+ was because of bad draft picks after Round 5. The 49ers got great value with their draft picks and look poised to make another Super Bowl run.
Round 2 Pick 62 Christine Michael Running Back Texas A&M He can compete with Robert Turbin for a #2 running back job.
Round 3 Pick 87 Jordan Hill Defensive Tackle Penn State The Seahawks add a run stuffing defensive tackle with experience in the 4-3.
Round 4 Pick 123 Chris Harper Wide Receiver Kansas State The Seahawks fail to draft the best player available at wide receiver. This is a bad pick.
Round 5 Pick 137 Jesse Williams Defensive Tackle Alabama Seattle takes a 3-4 player this pick makes no sense.
Round 5 Pick 138 Tharold Simon Cornerback LSU The Seahawks add Simon as a dime corner which is his best position.
Round 5 Pick 158 Luke Willson Tight End Rice The Seahawks need a starting tight end not a backup tight end.
Round 6 Pick 194 Spencer Ware Running Back LSU The Seahawks add one more rusher for depth. It’s unlikely that Ware makes Seattle’s roster. I think he’ll make a roster on another team.
Round 7 Pick 220 Ryan Seymour Left Guard Vanderbilt Seymour can play anywhere on the offensive line. He’ll make a good depth pick at this spot.
Round 7 Pick 231 Ty Harding Middle Linebacker Harding The Seahawks take a middle linebacker for depth behind Bobby Wagner.
Round 7 Pick 241 Jared Smith Right Guard New Hampshire The Seahawks add a right guard for depth.
Round 7 Pick 242 Michael Bowie Right Tackle Northeastern State Oklahoma Seattle adds a short-term right tackle for depth behind Breno Giacomi.
Seattle Seahawks Draft Grade F This was a horrible draft after some outstanding drafts by Seattle. The Seahawks loaded up on running backs after having Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. They reached for Chris Harper and took a 3-4 nose tackle in Round 5 with Jesse Williams. To top that off, they took a backup tight end in Luke Willson.
With the loss of defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, don’t be surprised if Seattle has a setback season to some extent. Seattle still needs an upgrade at right outside linebacker on the weak side.
St. Louis Rams
Round 1 Pick 8 Tavon Austin Austin is undersized and lacks the size to be a top receiver. He’s now Bradford’s top target after being Geno Smith’s top target at West Virginia. Austin’s potential must be through the roof if Austin goes in the top 10 and Smith goes in the second-round.
Round 1 Pick 30 Alec Ogletree Left Outside Linebacker Georgia Playing next to Jo Lonn Dunbar and James Laurinaitus gives the Rams the front 7 to win.
Round 3 Pick 71 TJ McDonald Free Safety USC The Rams need two starting safeties. Adding TJ McDonald in Round 3 helps.
Round 3 Pick 92 Stedman Bailey Wide Receiver West Virginia The Rams add two wide receivers from the same college. This boosts the team chemistry for St. Louis at wide receiver giving Bradford the necessary weapons to win.
Round 4 Pick 113 Barrett Jones Center Alabama Jones can play anywhere on the offensive line. He’ll likely be a backup center, but don’t rule him out as a starting left guard.
Round 5 Pick 149 Brandon McGee Cornerback Miami FL The Rams get a dime corner for depth with this pick.
Round 5 Pick 160 Zac Stacey Running Back Vanderbilt The Rams have Darryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead as their running backs. Still this team needs a third string back and that’s where Stacey comes into play.
St. Louis Rams Draft Grade B+ The Rams needed to add a left guard and a strong safety. Still, you have to be impressed with this draft. St. Louis might make a wild card appearance. They won’t make the playoffs
1. Kansas City Chiefs Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
2. Jacksonville Jaguars Dion Jordan DE/OLB Oregon
3. Oakland Raiders Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
4. Philadelphia Eagles Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
5. Detroit Lions Ezekiel Ansah DE/OLB BYU
6. Cleveland Browns Dee Milliner CB Alabama
7. Arizona Cardinals Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
8. Buffalo Bills Ryan Nassib QB Syracuse
9. New York Jets Barkevious Mingo DE/OLB LSU
10. Tennessee Titans D.J. Fluker OT/G Alabama
11. San Diego Chargers Chance Warmack G Alabama
12. Miami Dolphins Johnathan Cooper G North Carolina
13. New York Jets (From Tampa Bay) Kenny Vaccaro S Texas
14. Carolina Panthers Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
15. New Orleans Saints Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
16. St. Louis Rams Tavon Auston WR West Virginia
17. Pittsburgh Steelers Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
18. Dallas Cowboys Star Lotulelei DT Utah
19. New York Giants Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
20. Chicago Bears Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina
21. Cincinnatti Bengals Eddie Lacy RB Alabama
22. St. Louis Rams (From Washington) Eric Reed FS LSU
23. Minnesota Vikings Manti Te'o ILB Notre Dame
24. Indianapolis Colts Bjoern Werner DE/OLB Florida State
25. Minnesota Vikings (From Seattle) Justin Hunter WR Tennessee
26. Green Bay Packers Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
27. Houston Texans Alex Ogletree ILB Georgia
28. Denvery Broncos Cornellius "Tank" Carradine DE/OLB Florida State
29. New England Patriots Jamar Taylor CB Boise State
30. Atlanta Falcons Desmond Trufant CB Washington
31. San Francisco 49ers Zach Ertz TE Stanford
32. Baltimore Ravens Matt Elam S Florida
Kansas City Chiefs
Quarterback Kansas City’s top need was finding a starting signal caller. Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn, and Ricky Stanzi won’t cut it.
Result: Traded For Alex Smith and obtained Chase Daniel as a backup.
The Chiefs traded a 2013 2nd round pick 34th overall and a 2014 mid rounder for Alex Smith. This is a huge gamble, and I think it has a shot of backfiring. Still this is a really bad year for a quarterback. Can you blame the Chiefs for making this move? Smith is a former #1 overall pick. Geno Smith was the only quarterback worth making the case for.
Even though the Chiefs have Alex Smith as a starter, and Chase Daniel as a backup, I still expect KC to draft a quarterback. Ricky Stanzi couldn’t even beat out Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn for starting time, so Kansas City may as well draft a third string project for the new regime.
Left Tackle Kansas City will need a new left tackle if Branden Albert does not re-sign with Kansas City. He struggled early in his career as a pass blocker. Durability issues were also a concern. Albert has excelled the last two seasons and needs to be retained.
Result: Kansas City released right tackle Eric Winston and franchise tagged Branden Albert. This means that Luke Joeckel will likely be the top pick with Albert moving to right tackle.
Kansas City could also keep Albert at left tackle and draft Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher with the top pick. Fisher would play right tackle in his rookie season before moving over to left tackle. Kansas City is better served drafting Joeckel.
Flanker Receiver Kansas City needs to find a #1 flanker receiver for Alex Smith. Dwayne Bowe led the Chiefs with 59 receptions, 801 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns. That’s good for a #2 secondary target, but simply unacceptable for a quarterback’s #1 target.
Signing a receiver like Wes Welker, Greg Jennings, or Mike Wallace in free agency becomes top priority. Dwayne Bowe is a solid #2 receiver. Can he lead this group of wide receivers?
Still, Bowe’s numbers are better than Dexter McCluster, Steve Breaston, or 2011 first round pick Jonathan Baldwin. McCluster has the skills of a slot receiver.
Breaston only had 7 receptions. Baldwin had 20 receptions, 325 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown in his second season. Baldwin had 21 receptions, 254 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown as a rookie.
Kansas City signed Mardy Gilyard for depth. Gilyard will compete with second-year receiver Devon Wylie for a roster spot in 2013. Tight end Tony Moeaki is injury prone plus the Chiefs lack depth at tight end. Smith had outstanding playmakers like Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis in San Francisco. Even with the offensive line some playmakers have to be added for Smith to succeed.
Even though I want to be objective about the Chiefs’ receivers the production does not translate. Kansas City has to find someone to help Smith.
Result: Re-signed Dwayne Bowe to a 5 year deal. Alex Smith doesn’t have the supporting cast of receivers that he had in San Francisco. This Chiefs receiving unit struggled.
3-4 Middle Linebacker Kansas City needs a 3-4 middle linebacker. Jovan Belcher wasn’t starting material to begin with and thanks to the tragedy they need a new identity on defense.
3-4 Right End Kansas City is losing 3-4 right end Glenn Dorsey to free agency. 3-4 left end Tyson Jackson could be upgraded as well. Kansas City has to make ends meet with Jackson for now.
Result: Kansas City signed Mike DeVito and Marcus Dixon for depth. It’s not a long term fix, but the short term depth gives the Chiefs a chance.
Kansas City will likely have to make ends meet with Dixon and Jackson in 2013 unless they want to waste the top pick on Star Lotulelei and plug him into the 3-4 right end role.
Fullback Kansas City needs a new fullback.
Tight End Depth Kansas City could use competition for Ricky Stanzi.
Result: Signed Anthony Fasano to be the tight end. Fasano and Stanzi can be an effective tight end tandem if both stay healthy. It won’t be a Gronkowski Hernandez tandem, but it gives Smith two intermediate targets to throw to if the receivers don’t step up in 2013.
Fasano is a blocking tight end and Stanzi is a playmaking injury prone tight end. It would have been cool if Gonzalez ended his career a Chief, but it’s understandable why the Chiefs did this.
Interior Offensive Line Depth The Chiefs need depth on the interior offensive line.
Result: The Chiefs brought in Geoff Schwartz to compete with Jeff Allen for the left guard spot.
#2 Running Back I’d like to see the Chiefs get a #2 running back to replace Peyton Hillis. It’s a very minor need considering you got Shaun Draughn, Nate Eachus, and Cyrus Gray competing to replace Hillis.
Adding a back in the seventh-round would help. Addressing the other needs is Kansas City’s main priority.
Cornerback Depth Kansas City needs nickel and dime corners for depth if Javier Arenas starts across from field cornerback Brandon Flowers.
Result: Sean Smith was an excellent boundary cornerback in Miami, but sucked as a field cornerback when Vontae Davis went to the Colts. Dunta Robinson was once a promising field cornerback, but his declining play in Atlanta resulted in him playing the boundary corner role.
Now Robinson will get to play a nickel role. Robinson’s experience as a starting corner will make him a huge asset in the nickel.
Arenas did well as a dime corner early in his career. He has experience playing nickel and boundary. Having Arenas at dime gives teams difficulty throwing on Kansas City. You’ll have to run the ball to beat Kansas City.
Kansas City Chiefs Pre Draft Thoughts The Chiefs have the tools to contend down the road if Andy Reid sticks around. The Chiefs pass defense got stronger with the additions made at cornerback.
Kansas City will have success running the football in their run first offense with run blocking offensive lineman. It all comes down to the Chiefs receivers. Don’t blame Alex Smith or backup Chase Daniel if these quarterbacks struggle in year one.
On defense the Chiefs will excel as a pass defense, but Kansas City will struggle at stopping the run.
Quarterback Jacksonville needs an upgrade over Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert. 2013 is such a weak quarterback class. The Jaguars new regime may keep Henne and Gabbert around and address defense first come April.
2014 features Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Texas A&M Heisman Winner Johnny Manziel. Jacksonville can obtain one of these quarterbacks if Jacksonville’s quarterback woes continue in 2013.
Right End Jacksonville needs a right end that will register 10 sacks. Jacksonville has 4 defensive ends in Jeremy Mincey, Jason Babin, Austin Lane, and 2012 second-round draft pick Andre Branch.
As much as I’d like to see the Jaguars draft a right end, they’ll probably stick with their defensive ends hoping head coach Gus Bradley can mold them into quality pass rushers.
Secondary: Jacksonville needs upgrades everywhere on secondary.
Result: Jacksonville signed a bum named Alan Ball. This Jaguars team still needs upgrades on secondary.
Defensive Tackle The Jaguars have to find a defensive tackle that can stuff the run. Tyson Alualu is overpaid, but has to start for now. Jacksonville needs another player across from Alualu. CJ Mosley sucks and Terrance Knighton was benched earlier this season.
Result: Signed Roy Miller. Roy Miller and Tyson Alualu will start at defensive tackle. Sharrif Floyd has bust written all over him and Star Lotulelei doesn’t have the speed that the Jaguars look for.
Right Tackle The Jaguars need a right tackle to compliment Eugene Monroe.
Slot Receiver Who does Jacksonville have besides Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon?
Interior Offensive Line Depth A center for depth behind Michael Brewster is needed. Adding depth at left guard or right guard would also help. Will Rackley and Austin Pasztor are competing at left guard with an aging, but effective Uche Nwaneri playing right guard.
Result: Re-signed Brad Meester. Jacksonville added Brad Meester. That means Jacksonville isn’t sold on Brewster at center yet. Maybe the Jaguars will have Brewster play another season at left guard.
Left Outside Linebacker Adding a left outside linebacker will be necessary if Daryl Smith is no longer a member of the Jaguars. Jarvis Jones was once projected to go to Jacksonville. Many expect Jones to slide on draft day.
Result: Jacksonville signed Geno Hayes. Now the Jaguars are set at linebacker.
#2 Tight End It wouldn’t hurt to get a #2 tight end next to the overpaid Marcedes Lewis. Zach Potter sucks plus Lewis only plays well in a contract year. Adding a tight end with a late-round draft pick is absolutely necessary.
#2 Running Back Maurice Jones Drew is too injury prone to be relied on as the #1 back.
Result: Jacksonville signed Justin Forsett. Forsett will compliment Maurice Jones Drew.
Fullback The Jaguars need a fullback.
Jacksonville Jaguars Pre Draft Thoughts The Jaguars are going to suck next year regardless of what happens. Why not draft Geno Smith and attempt to get something going on offense?
He’s the only quarterback in this draft class to complete over 70 percent of his passes coming out of college. He’s got better physical tools than Russell Wilson plus he can run out of the pocket. Bradley will be reminded of Wilson when watching Smith throw the football. You can use a 2014 first round pick on a cornerback if you fail to land South Carolina right end Jadevon Clowney.
Right End The Raiders need a 4-3 right end to compliment Lamaar Houston.
Result: Oakland signed Jason Hunter, but he’s for depth purposes.
Secondary Oakland needs upgrades everywhere on secondary. Michael Huff and Michael Mitchell are both free agents.
Defensive Tackles Oakland needs two defensive tackles for the 4-3 defense.
Result: Oakland obtained Pat Simms and Vance Walker. They may pursue Star Lotulelei in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Outside Linebackers Oakland needs two 4-3 outside linebackers to compliment middle linebacker Rolando McClain. A linebacker for depth also helps.
Result: Oakland obtained one the best 4-3 right outside linebackers in Kevin Burnett. Nick Roach and Kaluka Maiava will compete to be 4-3 left outside linebackers. Oakland did a good job addressing the linebacker position.
Right Tackle Khalif Barnes sucks. He needs to go. Hopefully Oakland drafts a right tackle in April.
Result: Re-signed Khalif Barnes. It’s not a good move over the long term, but Barnes may contribute for one more season. Considering all of Oakland’s needs I”m not surprised the Raiders did this.
Slot Receiver Oakland needs to find a slot receiver in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Tight End The Raiders need a tight end now that Brandon Myers is gone.
Right Guard Cooper Carlisle is a horrible right guard. He’s another player that Oakland should not consider re-signing.
Backup Quarterback Carson Palmer is 33 years old. He’s not going to be capable of starting by the time Oakland finishes rebuilding this team. Oakland can wait for a quarterback in 2014 like Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater.
For now Oakland should stick with Carson Palmer and Terrell Pryor. If Palmer gets released then drafting a quarterback third overall becomes a priority.
Oakland Raiders Pre Draft Thoughts Oakland is likely due for another horrible year in the AFC West. I bet the Raiders finish last place in this division. They may avoid the #1 overall pick if they draft the right defensive player with the 3rd overall pick. Still the Raiders will struggle in 2013.
Quarterback The Eagles will have a new system where Chip Kelly is using his goofy Oregon offense. It doesn’t help that Pat Shurmur is offensive coordinator. Shurmur is a west coast guy and doesn’t fit what Kelly wants to do.
The Eagles will likely hold an open competition with Michael Vick, Dennis Dixon, and Nick Foles for the job. There is talk that Foles will get dealt. I think Foles should start the year with Dixon stepping in should Foles struggle. It looks like another long season for the Eagles.
Result: Eagles will hold quarterback competition with Michael Vick, Dennis Dixon, and Nick Foles.
The Eagles have DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, Arrelious Benn, Brent Celek, and
Left Tackle The Eagles need to obtain a left tackle like Eric Fisher with their top 5 pick. Fisher is an outstanding pass blocker with experience at offensive tackle or guard on either side. With Joeckel projected to go #1 to the Chiefs, Fisher makes a lot of sense here.
Result: Jason Peters will play left tackle. That means that someone will have to play right tackle. Do the Eagles draft Eric Fisher as a right tackle here? He certainly has the talent, but top 5 picks are usually spent on left tackles.
3-4 Outside Linebackers Trent Cole and Brandon Graham both have the size of 4-3 defensive ends. The Eagles need to obtain 3-4 pass rushers this April. Cole and Graham can serve as 3-4 defensive ends.
Result: The Eagles signed Texans pass rusher Connor Barwin. Barwin has the tools to be a starting 3-4 right outside linebacker for the Eagles. Brandon Graham will play a Lamaar Woodley like role and compliment him.
Secondary The Eagles need a field and boundary cornerback. Brandon Boykin is an outstanding nickel cornerback. Two safeties are also needed.
Result: Acquired safeties Patrick Chung and Kenny Phillips. The Eagles got two safeties that can shut down multiple tight ends. These safeties can also work together to double team tight ends which may be a problem for Jason Witten.
At cornerback the Eagles signed Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher. Williams can be a boundary corner while Fletcher adapts to a dime role. I can really see the Eagles secondary doing some damage if they draft Alabama cornerback DeMarcus Milliner with this pick.
Milliner gives the Eagles a field cornerback plus the depth on defense to form an aggressive speedy defense that Chip Kelly likes to run.
Nose Tackle The Eagles need a nose tackle for their 3-4 defense.
Result: Signed 49ers nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga. This gives the Eagles Sopoaga, Trent Cole, and Fletcher Cox on the 3-4 defensive line. You have to like that defensive line.
Center Unless the Eagles want to move 2011-first round pick Danny Watkins or pro bowl left guard Evan Mathis to center, the Eagles have to draft a starting center at some point in 2013.
Philadelphia Eagles Pre Draft Thoughts The Eagles have been aggressive in free agency. I like most of their signings. If the Eagles get Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner and Jason Peters stays healthy, the Eagles have a chance if Michael Vick doesn’t start. If Vick starts, the Eagles may lose early in the season before Dennis Dixon or Nick Foles takes command of the starting job. I doubt the Eagles get the top pick in 2014 after all of their moves.
Offensive Tackles Jeff Backus retired, Gosder Cherillus is a free agent, and some think Riley Reiff needs to move inside to left guard.
Detroit could draft Eric Fisher and plug Reiff in at right tackle. Then Jason Fox acts as a backup left tackle while Hilliard acts as a backup right tackle.
Defensive Ends Kyle Vaden Bosch didn’t register enough sacks in 2012. He only had 3.5 sacks all year at right end. Left tackles got the best of the aging pass rusher. Left end Cliff Avril is a free agent.
Result: Kyle Vaden Bosch is gone and Avril signed with Seattle. Detroit needs two defensive ends now.
Secondary Detroit needs to upgrade their whole secondary in general. The only player worth re-signing is Louis Delmas.
Result: Re-signed Chris Houston, Amari Spivey, and Louis Delmas. The Lions also added DJ Johnson for depth at cornerback. Signing Glover Quin as a safety may have been icing on the cake for the Lions.
The Lions have too many problems to deal with on both sides of the ball. Giving the secondary one more year to clean up their act is understandable when no cornerbacks are worth taking here.
Outside Linebackers Detroit needs to obtain two starting outside linebackers for a 4-3 defense.
Interior Offensive Line The Lions need interior offensive lineman.
Result: Detroit is contempt with Dominic Raiola and Dylan Gandy for one more season at center. The Lions have nothing at guard and brought back backup offensive tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard. These guys could move inside to guard, but that gives the Lions no depth at offensive line.
Running Back Detroit needs a running back to run the football.
Result: Lions sign Reggie Bush. The Lions are a run blocking team and Bush gives the Lions offense some much needed balance.
Special Teams Adding a kicker, punter, and returner is necessary.
Detroit Lions Pre Draft Thoughts Detroit will have one of the leagues best offenses if they draft Eric Fisher at left tackle while signing Reggie Bush.
The defense looks like it will rely on stopping the run while struggling to rush the passer or cover at cornerback. Other NFC North teams will have an easier time throwing to the Detroit Lions on passing situations.
The Lions have too much offensive talent to land Clowney. It’s hard to say what Detroit should do after 2013 since this team has the offense, but lacks the defense.
3-4 Right Outside Linebacker Cleveland needs to find a starting 3-4 right outside linebacker. This is the Browns one and only need for 2013. There are other areas the team could improve in. Cleveland has built through the NFL Draft the past few years. The main problem with the Browns is they’ve had no coaches.
Result: Sign Paul Kruger to a 5 year 40 million dollar deal. while adding Quentin Groves.
Cleveland now has Kruger, Sheard, and Groves for depth. If the Browns drafted Jarvis Jones.
Boundary Cornerback The Browns need a boundary cornerback to replace Sheldon Brown.
Backup Quarterback The Browns need a backup for the new regime. Brandon Weeden is 30 years old.
Result: Signed Jason Campbell. Campbell is an ideal backup plus he fits Cleveland's scheme.
Kicker Cleveland needs a kicker if Phil Dawson leaves.
Result: Cleveland re-signs Phil Dawson.
Cleveland Browns Pre Draft Thoughts Regardless of what Cleveland does, they are in a win now mentality. The Browns only need is to obtain a cornerback to replace Sheldon Brown. That will be addressed this APril in a deep 2013 NFL draft.
Quarterback Obtaining a quarterback is a big need. Arizona released Kevin Kolb. They pretty much have to draft a quarterback with the 7th pick. Geno Smith and Matt Barkley are the two guys to eye on. If either is gone, then look for Arizona to turn to Tyler Bray or EJ Manuel. Thanks to Alex Smith being on the Chiefs, Arizona has to draft Geno Smith at quarterback. Smith completed over 71 percent of his passes at West Virginia. Bruce Arians is now the Arizona Cardinals head coach. Arians developed Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck. Geno Smith just may turn Arizona around under coach Arians.
Arizona has Levi Brown returning from an injury at left tackle. Potter and Massie can compete for the right tackle job. The Cardinals can draft a quarterback and worry about an offensive tackle later.
Left Tackle Tackle Rookies Nate Potter and Bobbie Massie struggled at offensive tackle in 2012. Levi Brown will be back from an injury plus Arizona may use this pick on Lane Johnson at left tackle if the Cardinals are still reserved about a quarterback. Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher will both be top 5 picks.
3-4 Left Outside Linebacker Obtaining someone next to Sam Acho is a priority that Arizona has to address on day 2 of the NFL Draft. Arizona may look to add someone in the second-round.
Result: Arizona added Lorenzo Alexander to a 3 year deal hoping he’ll compete with Sma Acho and O Brien Schofield. Only 2 of these 3 3-4 pass rushers get to start at outside linebacker.
3-4 Middle Linebacker Arizona needs a 3-4 middle linebacker to start because Paris Lenon sucks.
Result: Signed Jasper Brinkley. Brinkley will be effective in a 3-4 scheme across from Darryl Washington.
Running Back Arizona can use a fifth-round pick on a rusher. Arizona released Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams is too injury prone. LaRon Stephens Howling was released. Finding a running back in free agency or the draft is a top priority.
Result: Signed Rashard Mendenhall to a 1 year deal.
Arizona Cardinals Pre Draft Thoughts Arizona only has one major need in finding a quarterback now that Levi Brown is back. There are 4 quarterbacks that impressed me on film. Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Tyler Bray, and EJ Manuel.
Quarterback The Bills released Ryan Fitzpatrick. This means they will draft a quarterback with the 8th pick.
Left Tackle The Bills could draft a left tackle, move Chris Hairston to right tackle, and move Cordy Glenn to left guard. Something needs to occur on the offensive line
Secondary Wide Receiver Buffalo has to obtain a wide receiver to compliment Mark Sanchez.
Tight End Buffalo needs a starting tight end. The question is where can they get one.
Right Outside Linebacker With Nick Barnett gone a new right outside linebacker is needed. Alec Ogletree may slip to round 2 due to character concerns. He may be an option if Buffalo cannot get a quarterback in round 2.
Buffalo needs to make defensive upgrades. It’s just uncertain where since the Bills may move to a 3-4 defense.
Buffalo Bills Pre Draft Thoughts Buffalo needs to draft a quarterback. Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Tyler Bray, and EJ Manuel all have the potential to develop into solid starters. The rest of this quarterback class is a complete joke. If Buffalo doesn’t want Smith starting right away, they should bring someone in.
New York Jets
Quarterback The Jets need a new quarterback. Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, and Greg McElroy are not long-term answers. Unfortunately Sanchez has a contract that takes up tons of cap space. New York needs to address defense and hope that they draft high enough to obtain a quarterback in 2014.
Result: Signed David Garrard to 1 year deal and rumored to sign Brady Quinn. The Jets also have Matt Simms on the depth chart. New York needs to find a permanent upgrade over these so called scrubs. The Jets will likely wait until 2014 to draft a quarterback.
3-4 Right Outside Linebacker The Jets need to find a 3-4 right outside linebacker. New York will probably use the 9th overall pick to address this need. The Jets addressed 3-4 left outside linebacker with Antwan Barnes.
Right Tackle The Jets need a right tackle. One reason why Sanchez sucks is because the Jets lack a right tackle that can compliment D’Brickshaw Ferguson.
Result: Jets tendered Austin Howard. Howard sucked in 2012 so the Jets better move him inside to guard or draft his replacement in 2013.
Safeties LaRon Landry won’t take a discount and Yeremiah Bell are both free agents. Something has to give.
Guards Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson are free agents. One must be retained. Vladimir Ducasse will get a chance at the other spot. If neither guard is retained Chance Warmack at #9 is a slight possibility.
Result: The Jets signed Willie Colon as a left guard. He may move to right tackle. Colon is an ideal upgrade over Brandon Moore with more versatility.
Tight End What will New York do without Dustin Keller at tight end?
3-4 Middle Linebacker Someone will be needed next to Bart Scott. David Harris is due more than 10 million in 2013.
Running Back The Jets may want a different rusher if Shonn Green is not retained.
Result: Signed Mike Goodson to a 3 year deal.
New York Jets Pre Draft Thoughts The Jets need to get this quarterback issue straightened out. The Jets also have issues at right tackle and running back. New York has receiving targets like Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill, and Jeremy Kerley. Adding another receiver and tight end in the draft is necessary for the team to succeed long term.
New York also has an issue at pass rusher. The Jets defense has to find a sack artist that can generate double-digit sacks this April.
Guards Tennessee Left Guard Steve Hutchinson retired and the other guards on the roster are free agents.
Result: Signed left guard Andy Levitre to a 6 year 46.8 million dollar deal. Rob Turner can play anywhere on the offensive line. Tennessee is set on the interior offensive line for now. The Titans tendered enter Fernando Velasco.
Cornerback Tennessee still has Jason McCourty and Alteraun Verner. Since the Titans’ secondary did so bad, they may draft DeMarcus Milliner hoping he fills the void that Cortland Finnegan left.
Defensive End The Titans need a defensive end for depth behind Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan.
Strong Safety Tennessee needs an upgrade over Jordan Babineaux at strong safety.
Result: The Titans sign Bernard Pollard to a one year deal and George Wilson for insurance.
Tight End The Titans should add a tight end at some point in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Result Signed 49ers backup Delanie Walker.
Fullback The Titans need an upgrade at fullback over Quinn Johnson.
Re-signed Quinn Johnson.
Kicker The Titans may need a kicker if Rob Bironas isn’t retained.
Result: Re-signed Rob Bironas.
Tennessee Titans Pre Draft Thoughts The Titans seem like they have most of the pieces to contend. The Titans defense can add some depth at defensive end and cornerback. At the end of the day all comes down to quarterback Jake Locker. He needs to stay healthy and have a breakout season in 2013.
San Diego Chargers
Offensive Line Outside of center with Nick Hardwick San Diego needs upgrades everywhere at offensive line. Hardwick flirted with retirement last year before taking a 3 year contract worth 13.5 million dollars. Finding a left tackle in the draft should be priority A. Resigning Louis Vasquez should be priority B. Addressing left guard in the draft is priority C.
Result: Lost right guard Louis Vasquez and signed offensive tackle King Dunlap and Chad Rineheart. The Chargers are making lots of downgrades in free agency once again.
The Chargers offensive line just gets worse. If Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher, and Lane Johnson are all gone by the 11th overall pick, San Diego is royally screwed.
Cornerbacks San Diego needs a field and boundary cornerback if Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason both leave.
Result: Signed Derek Cox and Johnny Patrick Neither cornerback has the talent that Jammer or Cason displayed.
Flanker Receiver Phillip Rivers needs a #1 target. Danario Alexander and Malcolm Floyd are secondary targets.
3-4 Middle Linebacker The Chargers need a 3-4 middle linebacker to replace the aging Takeo Spikes.
Nose Tackle A run stuffing nose tackle is needed.
Tight End Antonio Gates will probably decline next season. San Diego needs to spend a late round pick on a tight end. The Chargers released backup tight ends so obtaining one in the NFL draft is absolutely necessary.
Result: Signed John Phillips. San Diego makes way with Antonio Gates in 2013 with John Phillips as a backup.
Running Back San Diego needs a running back to replace Ryan Matthews.
Result: Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown are serviceable for now. Realistically this is a short term gap on offense.
Quarterback Even though I think Rivers can still start for San Diego, the new regime should bring in a quarterback. It’s understandable if they draft a late-round quarterback in 2013. Rivers contract is up after next season. San Diego may as well clean slate and obtain Johnny Football or Teddy Bridgetwarter should Rivers contract run out.
Kicker San Diego will need a kicker if Nick Novak goes.
San Diego Chargers Pre Draft Thoughts The Chargers continue to make idiotic moves in free agency and through the draft. The only thing keeping San Diego from picking atop the NFL Draft is quarterback Phillip Rivers.
Cornerbacks Getting Miami a cornerback to replace the presence of Vontae Davis is huge. Miami may look at cornerbacks like Demarcus Milliner, Jonathan Banks, and Desmond Trufant here. If Miami addresses cornerback, the Dolphins will have the defense to stay in ball games. Miami also has to re-sign Sean Smith. Smith was the Dolphins boundary cornerback when Miami had Davis. He had to adjust to a field cornerback role which he wasn’t comfortable in.
Flanker Receiver Ryan Tannehill needs a #1 target to throw to. Miami seems set on Mike Wallace, Greg Jennings, or Dwayne Bowe. A receiver will be selected on day 2 in round 3.
Result Signed Mike Wallace and re-signed Brian Hartline. Miami now has the tools to give Ryan Tannehill the weapons to be a successful quarterback. Miami has Wallace, Hartline, and Davone Bess as Tannehill’s top 3 targets. Miami also got Brandon Gibson. There are no excuses for Tannehill in year 2.
Defensive Tackle Miami needs a defensive tackle if Randy Starks leaves.
Result: Miami re-signed Randy Starks.
Left End Miami needs someone next to Cameron Wake. A guy Jared Odrick is good you need depth to challenge Odrick for his job. You can plug Odrick into a defensive tackle role next to Randy Starks or a defensive tackle you draft.
Right Tackle Miami seems contempt with Jonathan Martin replacing Jake Long at left tackle due to his salary. The Dolphins need a right tackle to compliment Martin.
Tight End Anthony Fasano is no longer part of the Dolphins. This means Miami has to find a replacement.
Result: Signed Dusitn Keller. Dustin Keller is an upgrade over Anthony Fasano. He also goes from the New York Jets to the Miami Dolphins.
#2 Running Back Reggie Bush is a free agent. Miami may want Jake Long and a wide receiver. Miami’s staff isn’t sold Daniel Thomas. You got to get that back to compliment Lamar Miller.
Linebacker Depth: Miami has Kevin Burnett, Karlos Dansby, and Koa Misi. They have the starters at linebacker, but lack depth.
Result: Miami parted ways with Burnett and Dansby for Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler. While Miami’s offense will be stronger, the linebacker play will be weaker.
Miami Dolphins Pre Draft Thoughts Miami has the talent on offense to be explosive. There’s no question that Ryan Tannehill has 4 or 5 different playmakers to throw to. The defense looks a little shaky with the changes at linebacker. Adding a field cornerback in the 2013 NFL Draft becomes the Dolphins top need.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cornerbacks Tampa Bay needs a field and boundary cornerback.
Tight End Tampa Bay is likely going to part ways with Dallas Clark. 2011 fourth-round pick Luke Stocker has yet to meet expectations. Bringing in a tight end for competition.
Result: Signed Tom Crabtree. Luke Stocker and Tom Crabtree might make a solid tandem. If Tampa Bay really wants to upgrade this position for good then they should draft a tight end in April.
Right Tackle Tampa Bay needs a right tackle to replace Jeremy Trueblood.
Left Outside Linebacker Tampa Bay needs an upgrade over Quincy Black.
Result: Tampa Bay signs Jonathan Casillas to a short term deal. Tampa Bay may need to draft someone for the future.
Free Safety Tampa Bay needs a replacement for Ronde Barber. Someone needs to compliment Mark Barron at free safety. Ahmad Black has had off the field issues with marijuana possession. Can Tampa Bay rely on Black in 2013?
Result: Signed Dashon Goldson to a 5 year deal.
Defensive End Depth Tampa Bay will need depth at defensive end behind Adrian Clayborn and DeQuan Bowers if Michael Bennett jumps via free agency.
Slot Receiver Arrellious Benn just got dealt. Tampa Bay needs a new slot.
Result: Signed Kevin Ogletree.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pre Draft Thoughts Tampa Bay needs to upgrade their cornerbacks. Adding a right tackle on offense also helps. The only impressive thing Tampa did was sign DaShon Goldson. Most of the free agent signings were downgrades.
Cornerbacks Chris Gamble is retiring so the Panthers need to obtain two cornerbacks.
Result: Carolina re-signed Captain Munnerlyn and signed DJ Moore plus Drayton Florence. Carolina lost Chris Gamble. Carolina has some depth here.
Defensive Tackle Carolina needs a defensive tackle. They might target Jonathan Hankins or Sheldon Richardson here.
Result: Signed Colin Cole. Cole is a backup and he’s not a player that will compliment Sione Fua. Carolina still needs to find a defensive tackle.
Right Tackle Carolina needs a right tackle to compliment Jordan Gross.
Free Safety Hiro Nakamura needs to be upgraded.
Result: Signed Michael Moore. Moore provides competition for Nakamura.
#2 Secondary Wide Receiver Carolina needs a #2 target across from Steve Smith.
Result: Signed Ted Ginn Jr. Ted Ginn will likely be used as a depth receiver and a special teams player. Carolina still needs to draft a receiver that acts as a #2 receiver.
Carolina Panthers Pre Draft Thoughts The Panthers made some moves in free agency. None of the moves stood out. The secondary has more depth. Carolina needs to find a way to cope with the loss of Chris Gamble.
New Orleans Saints
Offensive Tackles New Orleans needs two starting offensive tackles.
3-4 Outside Linebackers New Orleans needs two 3-4 outside linebackers that can get pressure on the quarterback for Rob Ryan’s 3-4 scheme.
Result: Junior Galette can compete for a starting job at 3-4 left outside linebacker. The Saints have to bring in a 3-4 right outside linebacker.
Cornerbacks The Saints secondary needs a field and boundary cornerback.
Result: Signed Keenan Lewis as a field cornerback. I get the impression that Lewis may thrive in his hometown. Jabari Greer and Patrick Robinson are still on the Saints.
Backup Nose Tackle Broderick Bunkley is only 306 pounds. He can start at nose tackle for now, but a long-term solution may need to be addressed at some point in 2013 or down the road.
#2 Tight End David Thomas was cut. Adding a second tight end behind Jimmy Graham helps.
Result: Signed Ben Watson. Watson has starting experience, plus he’d make an ideal backup next to Jimmy Graham. Brees has an effective two tight end set with Graham and Watson. David Thomas was good, but Watson may be better.
New Orleans Saints Pre Draft Thoughts The Saints did an excellent job during free agency.
St. Louis Rams
Left Tackle St. Louis needs to move Rodger Saffold to right tackle. The Rams need to obtain a left tackle so they can move Saffold to right tackle.
Result: The Rams signed Jake Long. Now the Rams have the protection necessary to win ball games.
Flanker Receiver The Rams need to find a #1 flanker receiver for Sam Bradford to throw to. Danny Amendola is a secondary receiver while Chris Givens is suited to play the slot.
Left Guard St. Louis also needs a left guard to solidify the offensive line.
Free Safety St. Louis needs an upgrade over free safety Craig Dahl.
Left Outside Linebacker Getting a left outside linebacker next to JoLonn Dunbar and James Laurinaitis is vital.
Tight End Lance Kendricks is a #2 tight end at best. Obtaining a tight end that would be an upgrade over Kendricks is necessary.
Result: Signed Jared Cook Jr. to a 5 year deal.
When Jared Cook Jr. is healthy he’s a top 5 tight end in the NFL. The problem is he usually has durability concerns.
Running Back If Steven Jackson leaves, St. Louis could take Eddie Lacy or Giovanni Bernard with their draft pick from the Redskins. Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead may have to split carries in 2013, if St. Louis isn’t sold on a running back.
St. Louis Rams Pre Draft Thoughts The Rams seem contempt with building through the draft. They signed tight end Jared Cook Jr. and left tackle Jake Long in free agency. The Rams expect to use the rest of their needs to build through the NFL Draft.
3-4 Right Outside Linebacker James Harrison is getting older. Pittsburgh may use this pick on a 3-4 right outside linebacker.
Cornerbacks Keenan Lewis may leave via free agency plus Ike Taylor is overpaid.
Result: Ike Taylor will remain the field cornerback while former Steeler William Gay moves back to a boundary role.
#2 Secondary Wide Receiver Antonio Brown is being paid like a #1 wide out. Emmanuel Sanders is not a #2 target and Pittsburgh will need to fill a void at this spot now that Mike Wallace is gone.
Result: Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders will be the top 2 receivers on Pittsburgh. The Steelers have two aging receivers in Jerio Cotchery and Plaxico Burress for the short-term. The Steelers should draft a receiver with size to develop for the short term.
Nose Tackle Casey Hampton is getting older. I’m not sure Steve McLendon is the answer.
3-4 Middle Linebacker Pittsburgh needs a replacement for Larry Foote. The Steelers may go with Sean Spence if he impresses in training camp.
Result: Pittsburgh will keep Larry Foote and develop Sean Spence and Stevenson Sylvester.
Running Back Pittsburgh needs a new starting running back.
Result: Pittsburgh re-signed Dwyer and tendered Redman. They will draft one more rusher.
Tight End Heath Miller tore his ACL, MCL, and PCL. The 2013 NFL Draft is stacked at tight end. Miller’s eventual replacement may be found in this draft.
Result: Signed Matt Speath. Speath excelled with Ben Roethlisberger. He may have similar results for the Steelers in 2013.
Fullback David Johnson is coming off an ACL.
Punter The Steelers need a punter. Drew Butler sucks.
Backup Quarterback Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich are gone. The Steelers need a backup behind Ben Roethlisberger.
Result: Signed Bruce Gradkowski and John Parker Wilson. Pittsburgh gets two free agent quarterbacks with Gradkowski and John Parker Wilson.
Offensive Line Depth The Steelers have Marcus Gilbert, Willie Colon, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, and Mike Adams when healthy. This is a decent offensive line at full health. Pittsburgh gets injuries on the offensive line every year.
Result: Pittsburgh re-signed Ramon Foster and released Willie Colon. Pittsburgh still needs depth everywhere on the offensive line.
Safety Depth Troy Polamalu has injury issues and Ryan Clark is beginning to age. Polamalu and Clark can remain starters, but depth is needed.
3-4 Defensive End Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward look expendable. Pittsburgh has too many needs to replace either player at this point.
Pittsburgh Steelers Pre Draft Thoughts The Steelers addressed their offensive needs during free agency for the short-term. They’ll probably look to defense in the 2013 NFL Draft with pass rusher being the top need in Round 1.
Offensive Line Dallas needs upgrades everywhere on the offensive line. Tyron Smith is better suited at right tackle. Doug Free sucks and needs to go. The Cowboys interior offensive line is a joke.
Result: Dallas re-signed center Phil Costa to a two year deal. Dallas needs a right tackle and two guards now.
Defensive Tackle The Cowboys need a defensive tackle for their 4-3 defensive scheme. Sharrif Floyd and Sheldon Richardson are both options. Don’t rule out Bennie Logan. Logan’s had a bigger impact on LSU than Sam Montgomery or Barkevious Mingo.
Left End The Cowboys need to find someone that can play next to DeMarcus Ware in the new 4-3 scheme.
Result: Franchise Tagged Anthony Spencer. Dallas doesn’t have to draft a defensive end in the first round because they re-signed
Outside Linebackers Dallas needs two outside linebackers to compliment Sean Lee.
Result: Ernie Sims will start at right outside linebacker. He was once a Pro Bowl starter in Detroit.
Strong Safety The Cowboys need a strong safety.
Result: Tendered Danny McCray. He’s just a backup and Dallas will likely find him competition in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Backup Running Back The Cowboys need a backup running back behind DeMarco Murray.
Third String Quarterback Dallas can add a third stringer behind Tony Romo and Kyle Orton. It’s unlikely that he’ll be on the roster in 2014 considering that the 2013 quarterback class is one of the weakest in years.
Dallas Cowboys Pre Draft Thoughts Dallas has addressed a few of the teams needs. Dallas has a lot left to work on in the draft.
New York Giants
Linebackers Keith Rivers, Chase Blackburn, and Michael Boley are all set to hit free agency. The Giants have to upgrade their linebackers as well.
Result: Re-signed Keith Rivers and signed Dan Connor. New York did two necessary things by re-signing Rivers and adding Connor through free agency.
Defensive Tackle Bernard is a free agent. Marvin Austin was once a promising 2011 second-round pick. Austin looks like an NFL bust at this juncture.
Result: Signed Cullen Jenkins and re-signed Shaun Rodgers. The Giants run defense will be a lot better in 2013.
Left End Bringing in competition for Justin Tuck is essential. Both Umenyiora and Tuck struggled last season. The Giants have bigger needs at offensive tackle, linebacker, and defensive tackle to address first though.
Tight End New York can either re-sign Martellus Bennett or draft Tyler Eifert or Zach Ertz with the 19th overall pick. Doing the former would be in the teams best interest.
Result: Signed Brandon Myers and re-signed Bear Pascoe. It’s hard to tell if Myers will be an upgrade or downgrade over Martellus Bennett.
Right Tackle The Giants need a right tackle to compliment William Beatty who they just re-signed.
Left Guard Adding a left guard for depth is necessary. I feel like 2012 fourth-round pick Brandon Mosley is ready to step in and cement the left guard job for the Giants.
Result: Re-signed Kevin Boothe. The Giants interior offensive line will remain the same. That means running back David Wilson should do well with running through running lanes.
New York Giants Pre Draft Thoughts The New York Giants lost safety Kenny Phillips. The Giants have the front 7 to stop the run. The Giants weakness on defense lies at safety.
Offensive Line Upgrading the offensive line is Chicago’s top priority. Jay Cutler cannot continue to get abused. Upgrades need to be made everywhere in the trenches.
Jake Long is a free agent that Chicago needs to target should Miami part ways with him. I get the sense that Miami will do this because the Dolphins want Mike Wallace plus they believe Jonathan Martin can fill Long’s void at left tackle.
Chicago’s offensive line is so bad, that they have nothing to lose and everything to gain by overpaying for Jake Long.
Result: Chicago signed Jermon Bushrod. Bushrod will be Jay Cutler’s blindside and they will move J Marcus Webb to right tackle. You signed Jonathan Scott to a one year deal as a backup. He may move to left guard. All Chicago has to do to solidify the offensive line is to draft a left guard in the first round. Jonathan Cooper is an option at 20.
Linebacker Lance Briggs is getting up there in age. The Bears right outside linebacker can perform at a high level for one more season. Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher is a 35-year-old linebacker. Left outside linebacker Nick Roach just sucks.
Urlacher may get a starting gig on another team once he leaves Chicago. He won’t be a long-term solution.
Defensive Tackle Chicago needs to re-sign Henry Melton so they can pair him with Stephen Paea.
Result: Franchised Henry Melton. Because the Bears franchised Henry Melton,
Tight End Chicago needs a tight end. Kellen Davis sucks.
Result: Signed Martellus Bennett.
Nickel Cornerback Chicago has two effective corners in Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman. DJ Moore, Zackary Bowman, and Kelvin Hayden are all expected to hit free agency. Chicago can find a cornerback on day 3 of the NFL draft if they don’t want to re-sign any of these cornerbacks.
Result: Re-signed Zackary Bowman. The Bears have their field, boundary, and nickel cornerbacks. Maybe they can spend a late round pick on a dime corner.
Backup Quarterback Jason Campbell sucked as a backup. Third-stringer Josh McCown is also a free agent. Campbell will likely get an offer to Plus new regimes mean new quarterbacks. Maybe the Bears new head coach drafts a quarterback to groom behind Cutler. If Cutler continues to struggle the rookie could take his job down the line. For now Cutler is still the starter.
Chicago Bears Pre Draft Thoughts Chicago has a stellar defense. The huge hole rests at middle linebacker. If Chicago retains Brian Urlacher for one or two more years then I can see the Bears competing for a playoff spot. There’s no guarantee they’ll get there, but this team has the tools to be more competitive.
Chicago made the necessary upgrades on offense at tight end and offensive line. Adding a left guard is the missing piece to complete Chicago's offense.
Right End Michael Johnson had 11.5 sacks in 2012. The 2009 third-round pick once had an outside shot of being a top 5 NFL Draft pick. Johnson is coming off a career season with the Cincinnati Bengals. Johnson has to be retained unless Cincinnati feels like they one of the 2013 defensive end prospects can immediately replace Johnson.
That would be a huge mistake on Cincinnati’s part because Johnson was one of the key reasons why the Bengals defense stepped up this season.
Result: Cincinnati franchised Michael Johnson. This was the right move. Cincinnati will have a healthy Leon Hall at field cornerback plus a second year cornerback in Dre Kirkpatrick that is ready to assert the boundary role.
Right Tackle Andre Smith is the Bengals best run blocker. He’s also one of the top right tackles in the NFL. Smith must be retained unless the Bengals feel like DJ Fluker can fill the void that Smith left. Re-signing Smith would be the easier route. With DJ Fluker you’ll either get a pro bowler like Andre Smith or somebody that looks like a future NFL bust like James Carpenter. You just don’t know.
Result: Re-signed backup Dennis Roland.
Middle Linebacker An upgrade over Rey Maualuga needs to be made. He allowed more first downs than any middle linebacker in the NFL. Cincinnati will overlook the off the field concerns of Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o if he’s there at 21.
Result: Re-signed Rey Maualuga. The Bengals may not like Kevin Minter, Alec Ogletree, or Manti Te’o at middle linebacker. It’s understandable that Mauluga got resigned. While I’m not in favor of the move, you can’t be opposed by it if you don’t see Minter, Ogletree, or Te’o as a first round pick.
Center The Bengals need to obtain a starting center in the 2013 NFL Draft.
#2 Running Back A second rusher to compliment Ben-Jarvus Green-Ellis is in order.
Safety Taylor Mays and Chris Crocker are awful. Clements and Crocker are free agents in their 30’s.
Special Teams The Bengals need upgrades at both kicker and punter.
Result: Cincinnati retained Mike Nugent and Kevin Huber. Special teams is no longer an issue.
Backup Quarterback Andy Dalton lacks the arm strength to be a long term starter. He has good leadership qualities and he’s a winner in the regular season. You also have to be impressed with Dalton’s accuracy at times.
The main concern is that Dalton cannot perform in the playoffs. As a rookie he lost to TJ Yates. This year Dalton went 0 for 9 in a rematch against the Texans. Cleveland is getting better, Pittsburgh is usually a powerhouse even with an 8-8 season, and Baltimore is the reigning Super Bowl Champion.
Dalton can win against inferior competition. Andy Dalton needs to show that he can defeat an elite defense.
A backup behind Dalton needs to be brought in. Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray would be the perfect candidate in my mind. He has the physical tools. The main concern is Bray’s character. He had good accuracy and awareness coming out of high school.
Result: Signed Josh Johnson. Josh Johnson was on the brink of being a starter at one point.
Cincinnati Bengals Pre Draft Thoughts Cincinnati still has some work to do while addressing the running game. You have to like the Bengals chances of winning the AFC North now that Pittsburgh and Baltimore look weaker.
Secondary Washington needs upgrades everywhere on secondary. They overpaid a lot of players like DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, Madieu Williams, and Brandon Meriweather. Didn’t Washington sign Tanard Jackson last off-season before releasing him?
Result: Signed EJ Biggers.
3-4 Middle Linebackers How will Washington stop the run once London Fletcher calls it a career? Two 3-4 middle linebackers need to be added for insurance.
Result: London Fletcher to return. London Fletcher is expected to return.
Tight End When Fred Davis first entered the NFL I viewed him as an overrated prospect. He really showed his skills when stepping in for Chris Cooley when Cooley got injured. Davis tore his achilles in October. The 2013 NFL Draft has depth at tight end. Washington might want to re-sign Davis and add a second tight end in the draft.
Right Tackle The Washington Redskins offensive line responded because Robert Griffin III provided such an infectious presence for a rookie quarterback. Even with Griffin out, I still see this team playing well with Kirk Cousins because he looked solid as a backup.
The one area the Redskins need to improve up front is right tackle. Jammal Brown was once a highly regarded offensive tackle back in 2008. His injury issues have made him a backup offensive lineman at best. Someone will sign Brown for depth though.
Result: Signed Tony Pashos, Jeremy Trueblood, and re-signed Tyler Polumbus. Washington added some offensive tackles for depth. Regardless of whether Robert Griffin III or Kirk Cousins starts, it’s safe to say that the Redskins won’t have any issues at offensive tackle.
Left Guard Korey Lichstensteiger was solid last season. The 10 penalties make you wonder if Washington should find a new starter at left guard.
Slot Receiver Washington needs a slot receiver.
3-4 Outside Linebacker Depth Rob Jackson did well when Brian Orakpo was injured. He’s a good backup that could be re-signed. You can also draft a pass rusher in the middle rounds to develop for depth.
Result: Re-signed Rob Jackson for depth.
Washington Redskins Pre Draft Thoughts Washington does not a have a first-round pick in 2013 because they traded for Robert Griffin III in 2012. RGIII’s health status is unknown. In 2012, pass rusher Brian Orakpo was injured. Washington can contend for a Super Bowl if Orakpo and RGIII both return to full health. Those are two big ifs though.
Two Wide Receivers Minnesota traded Percy Harvin for a first-rounder. The Vikings need two wide receivers. Jerome Simpson is a slot receiver with guys like Greg Childs and Jarius Wright being used for depth.
Result: Signed Greg Jennings and re-signed Jerome Simpson. The Vikings got a #1 flanker receiver and a slot receiver to compliment Minnesota. The Vikings will draft a #2 target in the 2013 NFL Draft with one of their two first round picks.
Cornerbacks The Vikings cut cornerback Antoine Winfield. Now Minnesota needs two cornerbacks.
Defensive Tackle Kevin Williams is getting up there in age. Letroy Guion struggled to replace Pat Williams. Adding a defensive tackle for the future is essential.
Right Tackle Minnesota needs to retain Phil Loadholt. He struggled in pass protection against third string Buccaneers pass rushers. You have to look past that because he’s so proficient as a run blocker.
Result: Re-signed Phil Loadholt.
Left Guard Minnesota needs a left guard that can pass protect and adapt to the Vikings blue collar run blocking scheme. The Vikings will pick at the bottom of the draft.
Taking someone like Oday Aboushi or Justin Pugh and insert them into a guard right away is a foolish move on Minnesota’s behalf. Unfortunately that's Minnesota's only choice since Andy Levitre and Kevin Boothe are gone.
Safety Minnesota needs a safety to compliment Harrison Smith.
Backup Quarterback Getting a guy like Zac Dysert as a backup would help. Minnesota could also draft Landry Jones solely based on his arm strength. His accuracy and tape is a red flag in my opinion.
Result: Signed Matt Cassel. Cassel will be a good backup to Christian Ponder in Minnesota. He lacks the credentials to start, but he can contribute as a backup.
Minnesota Vikings Pre Draft Thoughts Minnesota has the tools to contend for a Super Bowl. All they have to do is draft a wide receiver. There is no question that the Vikings offense will light up scoreboards next season. Can the defense do enough to keep them in ball games?
3-4 Right Outside Linebacker The Colts need a pass rusher if Dwight Freeney is gone. They may draft someone at 24. Odds are all the quality pass rushers will be gone by this point.
Result: Signed Erik Walden Walden is a depth player. Jerry Hughes registered 4 sacks in the Colts 3-4 scheme. Robert Mathis registered 8 sacks as a 3-4 outside linebacker. YOu got
Basically the Colts have Jerry Hughes, Robert Mathis, Erik Walden, and Lawrence Sidbury as 3-4 outside linebacker.
Boundary Cornerback The Colts need a boundary corner next to Vontae Davis. Indianapolis had one of the worst secondaries in 2012.
Signed: Greg Toler. Toler is a nickel cornerback, but he’ll have to play the boundary role in Indianapolis.
Toler is a nickel cornerback, but it’s going to be hard to find a boundary cornerback that can come in and start right away considering where Indianapolis is picking in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Colts also re-signed Darius Butler. Butler was outstanding with recording interceptions. Butler will have even more success as a nickel corner.
3-4 Defensive Line The Indianapolis Colts need 3-4 defensive line help everywhere.
Result: Signed Ricky Jean Francois as a 3-4 right end and Aubrayo Franklin as a nose tackle. The Colts made two oustanding moves to shore up the 3-4 defensive line. FIli Moala and Drake Nevis are now backups for depth at 3-4 right end. I love what the Colts have done so far.
Right Tackle The Colts need an upgrade over Winston Justice. Signing Max Starks to a short-term deal may not be a bad idea. His experience would be an asset to a team like the Colts. If Justice is retained, you have to obtain an offensive tackle to develop for depth should injuries occur with Justice in 2013.
Result: Signed Gosder Cherillus
I love this move. This pretty much ensures that the Colts offense will put up points until Reggie Wayne retires. Now all the Colts need to do is address the defense.
Punter Pat McAfee is a free agent. He needs to be re-signed.
Result: Pat McAfee franchised by the Colts.
Indianapolis Colts Pre Draft Thoughts The Colts addressed most of their needs in free agency. Indianapolis replaced Tom Zbkowski with LaRon Landry. Getting a boundary cornerback in the 2013 NFL Draft seems like the teams only need. The Colts seem really focused on contending for a Super Bowl spot in New York for Super Bowl 48.
Making the AFC Championship is a very realistic possibility. One team that may get in the Colts way is the Denver Broncos led by former Colt Peyton Manning.
Flanker Receiver It’s amazing how good Russell Wilson was even without a #1 receiver. You have to give credit to running back Marshawn Lynch along with left tackle Russell Okung credit. Just imagine what Seattle can do if Wilson has a #1 target to throw to.
Result: Gave up a first-round pick for Percy Harvin.
I like this move because Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice were teammates on the 2010 Minnesota Vikings team that made the NFC Championship. Darrell Bevell was the offensive coordinator of that Vikings team and he’s in Seattle too.
Tight End Seattle needs a tight end to. Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert and Stanford Cardinal tight end Zach Ertz are both options.
Defensive Tackle Seattle needs to obtain a defensive tackle on defense.
Right Tackle Seattle needs a right tackle that can provide an upgrade. Andre Smith and Sebastian Vulmer are likely to re-sign with their current teams. That means Seattle will likely be stuck with Giacomi. Breno Giacomi may be a short-term answer, but he’s not the guy for the long haul.
Kicker Seattle needs a new kicker in the event that Seven Hauschka leaves.
Seattle Seahawks Pre Draft Thoughts Seattle added more insurance at defensive end by adding Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril to compliment Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin. Seattle also dealt a first-round draft pick for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin. Still the Seahawks have a few needs to address.
Green Bay Packers
Center Green Bay needs an upgrade at center over Jeff Saturday. Barrett Jones is the top center available in the 2013 NFL Draft. He’s not first-round material though.
Tight End If Jermichael Finley goes then Green Bay needs to use this pick on a tight end.
Result: Did not cut Jermichael Finley and will pay his 2013 salary.
Running Back Green Bay needs a running back that can step in and start right away. No running back is first-round material this year. I can see Green Bay getting Eddie Lacy here if the Alabama rusher has an impressive combine.
Nick Saban has developed running backs at Alabama the past few years. 2011 Mark Ingram, 2012 Trent Richardson, 2013 may be Eddie Lacy with a good 40 time and a standout pro day.
Green Bay Packers Pre Draft Thoughts Expect Green Bay to build through the draft. The Packers are being very quiet during free agency. Since Jermichael Finley is returning, all Green Bay has to do is find a running back and a starting center.
Nose Tackle Houston needs a new nose tackle. An upgrade over Shaun Cody is certainly in order.
3-4 Middle Linebacker Brian Cushing missed the 2012 season. Another injury makes him injury prone. Bradie James isn’t the answer. Darryl Sharpton has the potential to replace James. Sharpton struggles to stay healthy. One more player to look out for is Tim Dobbins.
Secondary Wide Receiver The Texans need released Kevin Walter. This means a receiver to compliment Andre Johnson is needed.
Free Safety Houston needs to retain Glover Quin or find a replacement.
Result: Signed Ed Reed. Ed Reed is still one of the leagues best safeties. I expect Reed to play at an elite level for Houston.
Fullback James Casey is a nice pass-catcher. Arian Foster misses a powerful lead back. Casey can also be serviceable as a tight end when Owen Daniels is out.
Special Teams Houston needs upgrades at both kicker and punter. It wouldn’t hurt to add a return specialist too. Getting the kicker an punter are the Texans main priorities on special teams.
Result: Signed Shane Lechler. Houston has a top notch punter in Shane Lechler. The Texans have to find a kicker to compliment Lechler.
Houston Texans Pre Draft Thoughts The big move the Texans made was at safety. Houston released Glover Quin and replaced him with Ed Reed. Many fans will debate whether the team made the right move. Quin is younger, but Reed has more talent. Ed Reed played with an immense amount of passion during his ten seasons with the Ravens. It was time for both teams to move on.
Left Tackle Denver will need a new left tackle if Ryan Clady is gone. He did a good job protecting Peyton Manning. Expect Clady to be back with Denver.
Result: Franchised by Denver.
Right End Denver currently has Robert Ayers at right end and Derek Wolfe at left end because they released Elvis Dumervil. Denver may draft a defensive end with the 28th pick.
Cornerbacks Denver needs to rebuild their secondary after being torched by Joe Flacco in the playoffs. Champ Bailey needs to move to safety like Charles Woodson or Ronde Barber. Release Bailey if he cannot accept those terms.
Result: Keep Champ Bailey and signed Dominque Rodgers Cromartie as a boundary cornerback. Denver may have another deadly cornerback tandem. Two things have to occur though. One Bailey cannot perform like he did in Denver’s playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Defensive Tackles Getting two starting defensive tackles is also a priority for Denver.
Result: Signed Terrance Knighton and re-signed Kevin Vickerson. Denver makes two moves to keep the run defense stout.
Middle Linebacker Denver also needs a new starting middle linebacker. Brooking is 37 and will be 38 within the next year or two. An upgrade on defense needs to be made.
Result: Signed Stewart Bradley. Denver gets a veteran middle linebacker. You have to love this acquisition because Bradley will make more plays. Most teams will avoid running to the outside because the Broncos have Wesley Woodard and Von Miller as the teams outside linebackers. That leaves Bradley as Denver’s option at middle linebacker.
Slot Receiver A slot receiver next to Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker would certainly help.
Result: Signed Wes Welker to a two year deal. Wow, Denver struck gold here. Welker will thrive as a slot receiver. He posts amazing fantasy numbers, but drops passes too frequently. In a reduced role, Welker has a chance to make a huge impact.
Right Guard Denver needs a right guard to replace Chris Kuper.
Result: Signed Louis Vasquez to a 4 year deal. Denver has Ryan Clady at left tackle, Zane Beadles at left guard, JD Walton at center, Louis Vasquez at right guard, and Orlando Franklin at right tackle.
Backup Safety Denver could use a backup safety for depth.
Denver Broncos Pre Draft Thoughts Denver spent most of the free agency period finding starters for a win now team. The Broncos need to find a starting 4-3 right end in the 2013 NFL Draft to establish themselves as a Super Bowl contender.
New England Patriots
Field Cornerback New England needs to re-sign Aqib Talib as a field cornerback. None of the second-round corners can step into a field cornerback role right away in weaker than usual cornerback crop. There are usually depth players. There are usually only one or two guys that have the talent to become #1 field cornerbacks right off the bat.
Result: Re-signed Aqib Talib. New England will make ends meet with Talib, Kyle Arrington, and Alfonzo Dennard at cornerback. The Patriots will use these cornerbacks to shut down receivers in coverage. You also have to consider the possibility of the
Flanker Receiver Wes Welker is not a primary #1 target. Brandon Lloyd can be a secondary target. I hate how Welker drops passes in the playoffs despite being a productive regular-season target. I’ll applaud the Patriots if they pull the trigger and draft a new receiver.
Patriots fans are nervous about what New England will become the departure of Welker, but I feel like an upgrade needs to be made here. The 2013 NFL Draft has tons of receivers projected to go between the late first-round and the early second round. New England may obtain one at this spot.
Result: New England cut Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd. They brought in Danny Amendola and Donald Jones. Amendola can be a secondary receiver, but the Patriots have to draft a flanker target in the first round.
Defensive Tackle New England can get a defensive tackle to compete with Armond Armstead for the starting job across from Vince Wilfork.
Safety The Patriots released Patrick Chung. If McCourty moves back to corner, then safety becomes an even bigger issue.
Result: Signed Adrian Wilson. Wilson once considered one of the NFL’s top safeties is aging. He can contribute on the New England Patriots.
Right Tackle The Patriots need a right tackle if Sebastian Vulmer leaves. Re-signing Vulmer is paramount.
Result: Re-signed Sebastian Vulmer to a 4 year deal. The Patriots offensive line will remain in check.
New England Patriots Pre Draft Thoughts New England will have some work to do. The Patriots have to find a wide receiver and defensive tackle. Going with a wide receiver in round 1 and a defensive tackle in round 2 seems to be New England’s best bet.
Left Tackle Retaining left tackle Sam Baker is one of Atlanta’s top priorities.
Result: Re-signed Sam Baker. Atlanta had to resign Sam Baker. This was a good move.
Defensive Ends John Abraham is getting older. Kroy Bierman is not a long-term answer. Atlanta released Ray Edwards after paying him a good deal. Obtaining defensive ends will be a top priority for Atlanta. Margus Hunt is an option for Atlanta.
Result: Signed Osi Umenyoria as a left end. Atlanta still needs a right end, but they took the first step by signing a left end.
Boundary Cornerback Getting a boundary cornerback across from Asante Samuel helps. Samuel recorded 5 picks in 2012.
Tight End Tony Gonzalez will likely retire this off-season. An upgrade needs to be made.
Result: Re-signed Tony Gonzalez. Atlanta gets Tony Gonzalez back for another season at tight end.
Running Back Atlanta needs a true starter at running back. Jaquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling are solid depth backs. Michael Turner is no longer equipped to manage Atlanta’s backfield.
Result: Signed Steven Jackson. The former Rams rusher will do well in Atlanta. Jackson was never surrounded with a passing game like the one the Falcons have in St. Louis. Atlanta’s offense will be deadlier than last year simply because they got a younger back in Steven Jackson.
Strong Safety Re-signing William Moore is a top priority.
Result: Re-signed William Moore. Atlanta has two safeties in Thomas DeCoud and William Moore.
Right Guard Atlanta needs a right guard in case Todd McClure retires. The Falcons can move right guard Peter Konz to center. Konz played center with the Wisconsin Badgers before being selected by the Atlanta Falcons as a 2012 NFL Draft pick.
Atlanta Falcons Pre Draft Thoughts Atlanta has Sam Baker at left tackle, Justin Blaylock at left guard, Peter Konz at center, and Tyson Clabo at right tackle. The Falcons also retained Tony Gonzalez and signed Steven Jackson. Atlanta has the offensive tools to dominate on offense once again. The question is whether the defense shows up in 2013.
San Francisco 49ers
Secondary San Francisco needs to upgrade their secondary everywhere after trailing 28-6 in the Super Bowl.
Result: San Francisco adds Craig Dahl to compensate for loss of Dashon Goldson.
Nose Tackle The 49ers also need to add a nose tackle.
Result: The 49ers added Glenn Dorsey as a nose tackle. This moves baffles me and the 49ers need to add someone for depth.
Center Getting a center to succeed Jonathan Goodwin is a huge priority. The 34 year old won’t be around forever.
3-4 Defensive End A successor to Justin Smith is needed. Smith is 34-years old.
Offensive Tackle Depth The 49ers need offensive tackle depth in case Joe Staley gets injured or in case Anthony Davis sucks in 2013.
Wide Receiver Depth Mario Manningham is going to take up tons of cap room plus Randy Moss is aging. I don’t trust 2012 first-round pick AJ Jenkins. San Francisco needs another receiver.
Result: San Francisco trades for Anquan Boldin. Mario Manningham is is still on the roster. The 49ers have Crabtree, Boldin, and Mannigham alongg with Vernon Davis at tight end.
3rd String Running Back San Francisco needs a third string rusher for depth. With all the picks they have, the 49ers have the flexibility to make this occur.
Kicker Time to find a replacement for David Akers.
Result: Signed Phil Dawson. Former Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson is now a member of the 49ers.
San Francisco 49ers Pre Draft Thoughts The 49ers may have a setback season. Seattle and St. Louis both really improved. San Francisco may face competition from the Rams. It wouldn’t surprise me if Arizona surpassed the 49ers, but that’s extremely unlikely.
Left Tackle Bryant McKennie stepped in at left tackle just in time for the post-season. He’s a free agent. McKennie needs to get paid.
Secondary The Ravens need help everywhere on secondary.
Result: Baltimore is maintaining the cornerbacks on the current roster and signing Michael Huff. A strong safety is needed to complete Baltimore's secondary.
Flanker Receiver Anquan Boldin is gone and the Ravens need a receiver with size to compliment Torrey Smith.
3-4 Middle Linebacker The Baltimore Ravens need a 3-4 middle linebacker for when Ray Lewis leaves. Since the Ravens signed Elvis Dumervil, they can finally move Courtney Upshaw to 3-4 middle linebacker. Upshaw was a 3-4 middle linebacker at Alabama so moving him there gives the Ravens one less 3-4 middle linebacker. Upshaw will replace Danelle Ellerbe's presence. Baltimore now has to draft a 3-4 middle linebacker to replace Ray Lewis.
While no one will replace the presence Ray Lewis provided, the Ravens have to find a legit starter to replace Lewis before they can contend.
Nose Tackle Ma’ake Kemoatu and Terrence Cody both need to be upgraded.
Result: Signed Chris Canty. The Ravens have Haloti Ngata, Chris Canty, and Pernell McPhee on the 3-4 defensive line. Baltimore has to focus on the 3-4 middle linebackers and the secondary this April.
3-4 Outside Linebacker Depth Sure Baltimore has Terrell Suggs and Courtney Upshaw. Depth is needed if Paul Kruger jumps via free agency.
Result: Signed Elvis Dumervil to a 5 year deal. You have to love this move. Suggs and Dumervil can both start at 3-4 outside linebacker. Courtney Upshaw played 3-4 middle linebacker at Alabama. Having Suggs and Dumervil might influence the Ravens to move Upshaw to 3-4 middle linebacker.
Baltimore Ravens Pre Draft Thoughts The Ravens offense lacks a left tackle or a flanker receiver. The Ravens will remain dominant as a pass rushing team. You cannot take the Ravens' run defense seriously until they find a nose tackle or a 3-4 middle linebacker. The Ravens' secondary is a complete mess.
“The It Factor”
Has ideal height Compact release that allows ball to come out quick. Flexible throws with good knee bend. Can scramble to buy that extra second. Also to pick up 1st downs. Fundamentals need to be worked on due to accuracy issues. Has the ability to step up and slide in the pocket.
Tough kid shows by willingness to run for 1st downs. Plays his best when the when it matters. Doesnt Looks off defenders well and struggles finding 2nd-3rd receivers in certain coverages.
Smith is a very good athlete, and can hurt you with his legs on the move. He shows good ability to reset after contact, and find his man down field. Smith can pick up extra yardage with his feet, and will have to be accounted for at the next level. Has that
Has the “QB Timer clock” has some trouble diag already is.nosing defenses pre snap which causes his accuracy to be worse than it
Has enough power to get the job done. Needs to add muscle and a few pounds,
His arm is the strongest in the draft, but his accuracy is why I have him go in the draft 15-25 range.
The kid has everything but consistent accuracy.
---- Efficient; Mechanics weren’t as good as they will be.
----- Kid had great command of the huddle. The line was average. Made thing happen.
Stood in the pocket and took some big hits and kept popping back,
ARM STRENGTH AND
----His deep balls had nice touch and made all the throws required, however there are accuracy problems with throws short and medium Accuracy is average. Zip is outstanding. Able to force throws into tight windows.
Made the big plays in the crunch consistently. Has the ability to complete passes that allow his receivers and backs to have nice R.A.C.
___This kid has average feel for what the defense is trying to do to him. Checks out of bad plays and into the correct call 65% of the 13 audibles he called in the games I scouted him.
__Made a lot of key throws on the move this past season. Average accuracy in the 5 to 15 yd area in the smash routes. moving to his right. To his left on several different types of curl/flat throws was accurate from 5 to 10 yd He will miss open guys in the NFL.
Fast QB. Nice drop back. Evades the rush with smarts buys time with feet. That p.art of his game is NFL ready
Evades rush well. Always a running threat. Can make every throw
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What Scouts are Saying:
Worried about his accuracy. Loves his toughness, size, arm strength. Some guys see accuracy improving with coaching. I have heard he wont make it past 10th pick
“The It Factor”
Doesn’t have ideal height. Compact release that allows ball to come out quick. Flexible throws with good knee bend. Can scramble to buy that extra second. Fundamentals need to be worked on due to arm strength issues. Lacks mobility. Has the ability to step up and slide in the pocket.
Tough kid shows by willingness to run for 1st downs. Plays his best when the chips are down. Looks off defender well and finds 2nd-3rd receivers.
Great head on his shoulders. “Football smart” Reads defenses with ease. Great grasp of the pro style offense he ran at USC and that will serve him well in a long NFL career. Student of the game who I compare to Andrew Luck.
Injured his throwing shoulder last season. No injury history. Not the strongest QB. Has enough power to get the job done.
This kid has that “IT” factor. His arm isn’t the strongest, but it will improve. This kid reminds me a lot like Tom Brady. He wont make it past the 10th pick.
---- Efficient; Mechanics weren’t as good as in previous years.
----- Kid had great command of the huddle. The line was a mess when the center was hurt. Tried to make things happen.
Stood in the pocket and took some big hits and kept popping back,
ARM STRENGTH AND
----His deep balls had nice touch and made all the throws required, however there was problems with under throws beyond 25+ yds.Short and medium accuracy are superb. Zip is lacking. Unable to force throws into tight windows
Made the big plays in the crunch consistently. Has the ability to complete passes that allow his receivers and backs to have nice R.A.C
___This kid has a great feel for what the defense is trying to do to him. Checks out of bad plays and into the correct call 92% of the 17 audibles he called in the games I scouted him.
__made a lot of key throws on the move this past season. Great accuracy in the 5 to 15 yd area in the smash routes. moving to his right. To his left on several different types of mesh plays was very accurate from 5 to 10 yds.
Not The Fastest QB. Nice drop back. Evades the rush with smarts buys time with feet.
Football smarts. Evades rush well. Poor man’s Tom Brady.
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What Scouts are Saying:
Worried about his arm strength. Not fast enough. Intelligent.
Remember a man named Brady? He wont make it past Arizona at #7. Best QB in this draft. Will be a multiple Pro Bowler
Coordination Great size for the position. Good awareness in passing game. Awareness in the run game is above average. Excellent hands. Good route runner. Not the best yac TE in this draft..Doesnt make tough catches. Adjusts well to poorly thrown balls. Times his jump decent . Good offside run blocking. Excellent effort on playside runs. Doesn’t use a wide base. Has more upper body power than his his body shows.
Pride / Quit
Catches ball in traffic well. Match ups determine success. 63 receptions last season were among the top of any TE in the nation. Has a conviction for his blocking. Lined up wide on occasion. Always in position to make the catch. Doesn’t drop the ball and catches with his hands. Technique is there as a blocker.
Drops shoulder on defenders to move them away from his spot. Doesn’t snap in and out of breaks. Clears defenders on his routes. Will take the big hit over the middle.
Descriptions and Comments
Information based on 2011 and 2012
Proto-typical size lacks elite speed for the TE position.
Use his size vs. DB’S. and LB’S. Minor injury history.
He has elite quickness and athleticism to get open. Will struggle down the seam.
Vs. USC 2012
Vs Ucla 2011
Vs. Cal 2012
Release Off line
Good burst in and out of breaks
Uses size and quick feet to get off the ball.
Excellent routes. Slant, hitch, and Post corner
Speed to get deep down the seam.
Struggles to create R.A.C.
Good. Gives great effort.
Average to good. Will improve with coaching.
Decent receiver. Lacks Snap in and out of breaks. Has average speed. Decent hands. Great size. Excellent routes. Gets open short and medium Lacks the ability to high point ball in the air. Great Coordination. Lacks deep is excellent short and medium routes. Good blocker.
Will not scare anyone deep. Disappears vs. cover 2.
Eiffert will be a chosen by a team that needs a good route runner in the middle of the field. His run blocking at the next level makes him the 2nd TE drafted. His ability to add weight and strength will h success. Ertz will help him stay in the NFL. be a productive NFL TE.
Coordination Great size for the position.
Doesn’t catch ball in traffic well. Match ups determine success.
Drops shoulder on defenders to move them away from his spot.
Descriptions and Comments
Information based on 2011 and 2012
Proto-typical size and speed for the TE position.
Use his size vs. DB’S. and LB’S. No injury history.
He has real quickness and athleticism to get deep down the seam.
Vs. USC 2012
VS. Notre Dame 2012
Vs. San Jose Spartans 2012
Release Off line