Fixing The NFC South With @BMartzy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2017 Record: 5-11
4TH In NFC South
Cornerback, Defensive Line, Offensive Line, Runningback, Safety, Guard.
Team Outlook: Doug Martin has moved on, which means finding a new RB is on the to-do list. Brent Grimes signed a one-year deal to return to Tampa, but adding a young CB who will grow alongside Vernon Hargreaves should be a priority. The Bucs added JPP via trade, but they are still looking for depth at both defensive end and defensive tackle. They are likely to pick a safety this year, perhaps early in the draft. Tampa would also like upgrade its offensive line, even after signing center Ryan Jensen.
Round 1, Pick 07, 7th Overall - Derwin James, SS ,Florida State - Tampa is in desperate need of a play making safety and James possesses the desired physical traits and mental makeup of an All-Pro safety.
Round 2, Pick 06, 38th Overall - Mike Hughes ,CB, Central Florida - An elite ball hawk of a cornerback to develope along side Hargreaves would be a welcomed addition.
Round 4, Pick 02, 102nd Overall - Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn - The Buc's runningback depth chart is a disaster, adding a potential three down back in Johnson who can do everything will greatly assist many aspects of the offense.
Round 5, Pick 07, 144th Overall - B.J. Hill, DT, North Carolina State - Assistance on the interior of the defensive line is badly needed, so adding an athletic interior lineman with intelligence and great instincts makes sense.
Round 6 Pick 06, 180th Overall - Matt Prior, G/T, TCU - With a run game as bad as the Buc's adding O-line depth can only help, especially with the two rookie runningbacks I project getting drafted to Tampa.
Round 6, Pick 28, 202nd Overall - Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame - Drafting a prophetically sized three down back with 4.46 speed, incredible elusiveness, and second level burst this late can deliver massive returns as I feel the upside for Adams is comparable to back being drafted several rounds before him.
Round 7, Pick 37, 255th Overall - Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, South Florida - Scantling had the second fastest 40 time at the combine with a blazing 4.37, which is impressive in it's own right. Now consider he is 6'4", 209 pounds, that is absolutely incredible. He would be an excellent addition to the Tampa Bay offense in the seventh round.
2017 Record 10-6
3rd In NFC South
Position Needs: Defensive Tackle,Tightend, Guard, Wide Receiver, Safety.
Team Outlook: The Falcons have a major void at defensive tackle with Dontari Poe departing. I won't be surprised if Atlanta adds considerable help for Matt Ryan and Julio Jones at wide receiver. Adding a tight end at some point is more likely with the departure of Levine Toilolo. Secondary help should be a priority in this draft.
Round 1, Pick 26, 26th Overall - Taven Bryan, DT, Forida - The Falcons need some help at defensive tackle so adding a talented defender with rare athletic ability and play traits would be a great fit. Bryan played inside at Florida but has the size and talent to play inside or outside.
Round 2, Pick 26, 58th Overall - Justin Reid,S, Stanford - Finding a talented safety to play along side Neal would make Atlanta's secondary a formidable one. Reid is what teams are looking for at the safety position in he's a plus size/speed prospect who has the athletic ability to help with man coverage and the instincts and ball skills for ball-hawking duties on the back end.
Round 3, Pick 26, 90th Overall - Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma - The Falcons are in need of an athletic pass catching tightend who can also be a asset in the run game. Andrews plays with a receiver's mentality in a tight end's body, he is a pass-catcher with a feel for making route adjustments.
Round 4, Pick 26, 126th Overall - Daesean Hamilton, WR, Penn State - Julio Jones and the talented running back duo can't catch all of the passes to adding a quality receiver is paramount. A four year starter and a team leader who helped to turn Penn State's fortunes around. Possibly a big slot receiver with shiftiness, who is able to uncover with disciplined, and consistent routes.
Round 6, Pick 26, 200th Overall - Toby Weathersby, G, LSU - Adding some offensive line help to further the excellent Atalanta run game is an easy choice here. Weathersby is a huge and athletic tackle/guard prospect and will be a welcome addition to the Falcons O-line.
Round 7, Pick 26, 244th Overall - Robert Foster, WR, Alabama - Adding a true burner who ran a 4.41, 40 and can operate as a depth threat and stretch the field would be advantageous to Matt Ryan. He is a size and speed prospect with sudden feet to uncover underneath and the burst to get open vertically, but is still somewhat raw.
Round 7, Pick 38, 256th Overall - Darrel Williams, RB, LSU - The one thing the Falcons are lacking in the run game is a goal line hammer, Williams has NFL size and toughness and possesses the ability to handle short-yardage carries as well as catch passes out of the backfield.
2017 Record 11-5
2nd In NFC South
Position Needs: Cornerback, Offensive-Line, Defensive-Line, Wide Receiver, Safety.
Team Outlook: The wide receiver spot absolutely must be addressed early in the draft. The Panthers should be looking for a leader and difference-maker at safety, and they're still in need of a starting cornerback after free-agent target Bashaud Breeland didn't pan out. The return of Julius Peppers gives the Panthers time to develop a young defensive end, which is a necessary addition. Also adding a guard/tackle with flexibility could strengthen their offensive line.
Round 1, Pick 24, 24th Overall -Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama - The Panthers are in need of a quality receiver who can help out Newton and take some of the attention away from Devin Funchess. Ridley has game changing talent complete with blazing speed and rare route-running ability for a college prospect.
Round 2, Pick 23, 55th Overall - Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State - Behind Pro Bowl tightend Greg Olsen on the Panthers depth chart it is essentially a baron wasteland. Gesicki is a glorified receiver and would be an ideal fit as a pass-catching tightend who can get open and will be given the necessary time to develop behind Olsen.
Round 3, Pick 21, 85th Overall - Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State - Carolina could definitely use some help on the edge to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Hubbard should become an early starter as a strong-side defensive end for a 4-3 defense.
Round 3, Pick 24, 88th Overall - Duke Dawson, CB, Florida - The Panthers address their need for secondary help in the third. With a compact, strong slot corner who can beat up finesse receivers and disrupt the route release.
Round 5, Pick 24, 161st Overall - Siran Neal, SS, Jacksonville State - Another addition to the secondary in Siran Neal who has good size and physicalityhe is a bump and run specialist, with exceptional ball skills.
Round 6, Pick 23, 197th Overall - Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa - Newton can use all the receiving help he can get so adding a late round reciver only makes sense. Fountain has great height, weight, and speed attributes that teams are looking for.
Round 7, Pick 16, 234th Overall - Zach Crabtree, T, Oklahoma State - Keeping Cam protected should be more of a priority when he stays in the pocket. Crabtree is versatile as he's played multiple positions on the O-line in college.
Round 7, Pick 24, 242nd Overall - Jordan Chunn, RB, Troy - Don't underestimate the role Tolbert played fin Carolina or years. Chunn is a battering ram of a back who can also be used as a full back who can assist in opening up holes and creating running lanes for the Panthers smaller backs.
New Orleans Saints
2017 Record 11-5
1st In NFC South
Position Needs: O-Line, Tightend, Wide Receiver, D-Line, Quarterback.
Team Outlook: Coby Fleener certainly hasn't been the answer at TE, so the Saints should look for a competent tightend. They have a good one at WR in Michael Thomas, and recently acquired Cameron Merideth but the depth at receiver could use an upgrade. New Orleans should also be looking for a future QB with the potential to be groomed under Drew Brees. OT depth should be addressed, by adding a young center or guard. Sean Payton specifically identified the pass rush as an area of need earlier this offseason.
Round 1, Pick 27, 27th Overall - Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina - Adding an athletic pass catching tightend would take this incredible offense to another level. Hursts fearless play combined with size, strength and athleticism make him a well-rounded prospect with the versatility to line up all over the field.
Round 3, Pick 27, 91st Overall - Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech - The Saints can use some assistance on the interior defensive line and Settle would be a great fit. Settle has rare gifts for a big man with good size, play strength, quickness, and agility.
Round 4, Pick 27, 127th Overall - Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond - Drew Brees is getting up there in age and it's time to look to the future at quarterback. Lauletta has excellent accuracy and mechanics with NFL arm strength.
Round 5, Pick 10, 147th Overall - Jaylen Samuels, TE/WR/RB, N.C. State - Samuels is quite possibly the most versatile player in this draft. He will, appeal to teams looking to disguise their attacks with more diversified personnel groupings. Samuels best fit may be with a zone-scheme team as a RB/FB with the ability to play slot receiver.
Round 5, Pick 27, 164th Overall - Christian Sam, ILB, Arizona State - The inside linebackers for the Saints are simply not great, so adding Sam here who has the ability to swing over to a WILL spot if needed.
Round 6, Pick 15, 189th Overall - Dorian O'Daniel, OLB, Clemson - The outside backers for the saints aren't pretty either, so O'Daniel would be a welcomed addition. He is somewhat undersized which may allow him to be used in a hybrid role.
Round 6, Pick 27, 201st Overall - Marcell Frazier, DE, Missouri - New Orleans could use all the help they can get on the edge. Frazier is a hard charging defensive end who wins with skill, motor, and athletic traits.
Round 7, Pick 27, 245th Overall -Martez Carter, RB, Grambling State - It's no secret Peyton loves his small shifty, video game like runningbacks. Carter is just that an explosive athlete who can catch the ball out of the backfield as well as return kicks.