Fixing The AFC East With @BMartzy
New York Jets
2017 Record: 5-11
4TH In AFC East
Quarterback, Outside Linebacker, Offensive Lineman, Tightend, Edge.
Team Outlook: The re-signing of McCown and signing of Teddy Bridgewater will not be enough to deter the Jets from pursuing a quarterback very early in the draft. It certainly looks as if they traded up to the No. 3 overall pick in hopes of landing a franchise quarterback. Todd Bowles understands that pass rushers make the defense go, and he'll always be looking for more in that area. The Jets are also still are still very average at guard and right tackle.
Round 1, Pick 03, 3rd Overall - Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA - It's no big secret that the Jets are in desperate need of a long term solution at quarterback, and Rosen may prove to be just that. He checks all the boxes that scouts look for in a prospect, has a big arm, great vision and can make all the throws.
Round 3, Pick 08, 72nd Overall - Derius Leonard, OLB, South Carolina State - The Jets could use reinforcements at pass rushers and Leonard is an exceptional pass rusher. He has a nasty side and possesses the traits and talent to become a solid, three-down linebacker who can play 3-4 inside backer or 4-3 WILL.
Round 4, Pick 07, 107th Overall - Will Richardson, OT, North Carolina State - Adding help on the offensive line is always a good idea if you plan on drafting your potential franchise quarterback. So adding Richardson here seems like a natural fit. Richardson should offer teams value as a right tackle and can play guard as well.
Round 5 Pick 20, 157th Overall - Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest - The Jets are lacking an explosive pass rushers so acquiring Ejiofor would be a welcome addition to the defensive front. His natural strength and ability to harass the quarterback as an interior rusher gives him a chance for early playing time.
Round 6, Pick 05, 179th Overall - Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin - The Jets tightend depth chart is borderline embarrassing, adding a dual threat versatile tightend this late is a steal. His size, strength, and his hands are among the best in the country -- despite the fact he is missing the index finger on his left hand because of a birth defect.
Round 7, Pick 17, 235th Overall - Nick Deluca, OLB, North Dakota State - The Jets have a pressing need at outside linebacker so adding an athletic linebacker who slid in the draft due to injury is a no brainer. Prior to injuries derailing his college career, DeLuca was the only FCS player nominated for the 2016 Butkus Award, which goes to the top linebacker in college.
2017 Record 6-10
3rd In AFC East
Position Needs: Quarterback, Linebacker, Defensive Lineman, Tightend, Runingback, Guard
Team Outlook: Finding Ryan Tannehill's eventual replacement should be a definite consideration for the Dolphins. The Dolphins are also looking for tightend help. While inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan will be making his debut after missing last season with an ACL tear, help at outside linebacker is a must. Ndamukong Suh's departure means the Dolphins will need to find depth for their defensive tackle rotation as well.
Round 1, Pick 11, 11th Overall - Vita Vea, DT, Washington - Miami needs to address the departure of Suh early in the draft and Vita Vea may be their man. Vea has a great size, power combo and could be targeted by teams playing a 3-4 or looking for dominant run defender on the end.
Round 2, Pick 10, 42nd Overall - Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State - The Dolphins were lost without Tanny last season, but honestly they have looked lost with him at times as well. So now might be the time to add a quarterback who can potentially take over. He has great size, stands tall in the pocket and does a good job of letting routes develop.
Round 3, Pick 09, 73rd Overall - Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma - Tightend has been an area of weakness or concern for quite some time. Mark Andrews a former wideout who plays with a receiver's mentality in a tight end's body. His size, desire and fundamentals as a blocker allow him to positively impact the run game also.
Round 4, Pick 23, 123rd Overall - Kalan Ballage, RB, Arizona State - Going into 2018 with only Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore on the runningback depth chart doesn't exactly inspire fear in the minds of opponents defenses. So adding a big powerful back with exceptional versatility and workhorse ability will greatly assist the Dolphins mediocre offense.
Round 4, Pick 31, 131st Overall - Malik Jefferson, OLB, Texas - The Dolphins need all the help they can get at linebacker, especially outside linebacker. Jefferson has the desired combination of height, weight, and speed that teams covet in the draft, his athleticism and instincts will help drive him up draft boards and make him a three down backer.
Round 6, Pick 35, 209th Overall - Skylar Phillips, G, Idaho State - Adding a versatile offensive lineman is never a bad idea, and Phillips is just that, as he played guard and both tackle positions in college. He has a powerful compact frame, and excellent technique, with great lateral quickness and smooth hips.
Round 7, Pick 09, 227th Overall - Deontay Burnett, WR, USC - Miami did bring in a couple of receivers to address the loss of Jarvis Landry, but lets be honest neither Danny Amendola or Albert Wilson are capable of filling the huge void left by Landry's departure. Drafting Burnett also isn't going to solve all of the Dolphins receiving issues but he certainly may develop into a very capable NFL starter. He is very talented, runs impeccable routes, and is a natural hands catcher, who plays with physicality and can be used out of the slot as a chain mover.
Round 7, Pick 11,, 229th Overall - Keishawn Bierria, ILB, Washington - There are still questions regarding inside linebackers for the Dolphins, so adding some late round depth only makes sense. Bierria is an intelligent hard working player, he possesses above average athletic traits and play making talent that teams covet.
2017 Record 9-7
2nd In AFC East
Position Needs: Quarterback, Linebacker, O-Line, D-Line, Wide Receiver, Edge.
Team Outlook: The addition of AJ McCarron shouldn't keep the Bills from picking a QB early in the draft. With the departure of Cordy Glenn and loss of Eric Wood, it's safe to say that adding talent along the offensive line is also a priority. Buffalo needs to add a shifty, high volume target at wide receiver to help whoever ends up starting at QB. The Bills could also be looking for depth in the secondary, and a future starter at linebacker. They currently have a lot of needs.
Round 1, Pick 12, 12th Overall - Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming - The Bills primary need in the upcoming draft is a long term solution at quarterback. I believe they can acquire Josh Allen at number twelve and begin to reshape the offense around him. Allen has prototypical size, a huge arm, excellent instincts, and great accuracy, with a ton of potential.
Round 1, Pick 22, 22nd Overall - Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama - Buffalo is currently lacking on the interior defensive line so adding Payne would be a significant upgrade.Payne possesses one of the most impressive combinations of size, speed, strength and athleticism that I've seen from an interior lineman in quite some time.
Round 2, Pick 21, 53rd Overall - Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M - If the Bills plan on adding a franchise quarterback through the draft it's only natural to draft a top level receiver to assist in the developement of that rookie quartreback.Kirk is a well proportioned, physical slot target whose game is built around smooth clean routes and explosiveness. He has deceptive speed and quality length which make him also likely to impact games down the field,
Round 2, Pick 24, 56th Overall - Jerome Baker, OLB, Ohio State - The high end defensive reinforcements keep coming for the Bills via the draft, with Ohio State product Jerome Baker. Baker is potentailly a 4-3 weakside linebacker with the his range and speed to chase and tackle around the field and the coverage talent to squeeze routes from man or zone.
Round 3, Pick 01, 65th Overall - Da'Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama - Buffalo is limited when it comes to impact pass rushers and pocket disruptors, so the addition of Hand with bolster the Bills pass rush. He possesses an NFL size, skill, combination, and plays with the urgency we have come to expect from Alabama defenders.
Round 3, Pick 32, 96th Overall - Duke Dawson, CB, Florida - Another position that the Bills are lacking depth at is cornerback, so sending a compact, strong slot corner who can beat up finesse receivers seems like a great fit. Dawson can match up underneath, and can handle himself in man or zone coverage and is ready to work when run support calls.
Round 4, Pick 21, 121st Overall - Tegray Scales, ILB, Indiana - Scales is the perfect addition to a thin inside linebacker corps, he is a highly instinctive linebacker who combines his vision of play direction with a feel for the optimal angles to targets. Scales put up 36 tackles for loss and 13 sacks over the last two seasons which gives an indication of his play making ability.
Round 5, Pick 29, 166th Overall - Chris Herndon, TE. Miami - With oft injuerd veteran tightend Charles Clay currently sitting atop the depth chart, this is also a position that requires addressing. Due to his exciting athletic ability Miami used him as a "run after the catch" option, whereas NFL teams may lock in on his ability to threaten defenses on levels.
Round 6, Pick 13, 187th Overall - Akrum Wadley, RB. Iowa - The bills currently have three veteran injury prone runningbacks on their roster, so I would like to see them add a versatile and dynamic offensive weapon like Wadley. He has incredible jukes, cuts and regularly creates missed tackles. Wadley for this explosive runner, and has a unique talent in creating unblocked yardage for himself. He's a great pass catcher and best utilized in a committee approach.
New England Patriots
2017 Record 13-3
1st In AFC East
Position Needs: Cornerback, Linebacker, O-Line, D-Line, Quarterback, Runningback, Edge.
Team Outlook: Now that Malcolm Butler has moved on the Patriots need to get faster in the back end. The Patriots should look to add more size and better competition along the interior offensive line to improve the pass protection for Tom Brady. Adding competition at inside linebacker is a must. With the trades of both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett last year, the Patriots should be looking for a new quarterback to groom behind Tom Brady.
Round 1, Pick 23, 23rd Overall - Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA - Adding protection for aging Hall Of Famer Tom Brady is top priority and Kolton Miller is just the guy for the job. Miller has athletic ability that is above average for the position and has the physical traits to become an above average NFL starter.
Round 1, Pick 31, 31st Overall - Rashaan Evans, OLB, Alabama - Outside linebacker is an obvious need for the Pats, and landing an impact three down backer would be ideal. Evans is incredibly talented and has the speed to fly around from sideline to sideline. He is a fit for a blitz happy 3-4 unit, but could fit as a 4-3 WILL with rush potential.
Round 2, Pick 11, 43rd Overall - Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa - With the departure of Butler, the Patriots are thinner than normal at cornerback. So selecting a ball hawk who maximizes his length to disrupt the catch, would be a solid fit. Jackson has incredible route anticipation, and ball skills, that teams covet in a press-man corner.
Round 2, Pick 31, 63rd Overall - Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State - As mush as Patriots fans don't wan't to hear it Tom Brady will not play until he's fifty years old, so cue the Mason Rudolph pick. Rudolph is a pocket passer with a large frame and big arm he has great instincts and is very intelligent, any flaws in his game are coachable.
Round 3, Pick 31, 95th Overall - Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon - New England could use a big strong runningback who has three down potential, and I believe Freeman would be a nice fit. He has outstanding size and is a natural runner with good vision who could step into an early starter's role.
Round 6, Pick 24, 198th Overall - Genard Avery, ILB, Memphis - Inside linebacker is also an area of concern for this once formidable defense. I feel Avery would fit nicely in New England due to his production whether he's playing inside or outside linebacker. Avery offers excellent versatility, and his best fit may be as a 4-3 strong-side backer.
Round 7, Pick 01, 219th Overall - Hercules Mata'afa, DE, Washington State - You can never have enough athletic pass rushers, so adding Mata'afa is a potential low risk high reward selection this late in the draft. He has the size of a 3-4 outside linebacker with the athletic traits and skill level as a rusher to fit right in. His non stop motor and work ethic give him a chance to become a high-end pass rusher.