Fixing The AFC North With @BMartzy
2017 Record: 0-16
4TH In AFC North
Quarterback, Offensive Line, Cornerback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Safety.
Team Outlook: Tyrod Taylor is only a bridge quarterback for the next "face of the franchise" QB in Cleveland. While the Browns have added some pieces to this offseason, including a trade for Damarious Randall, the influx of talent is likely to continue with more pieces being added to the secondary .The retirement of Joe Thomas leaves the Browns in a tough spot at tackle, despite the addition of Chris Hubbard.
Round 1, Pick 1, 1st Overall - Sam Darnold, QB, USC - This appears to be a match made in heaven, the browns are once again in desperate need of a QB, and Darnold seems as close to a sure thing as you can get with a rookie.
Round 1, Pick 4, 4th Overall - Saquan Barkley, RB, Penn State - This team can potentially be an offensive juggernaut when you consider the offensive addition of Jarvis Landry combined with Cory Coleman, Josh Gordon, and David Njoku. Now imagine adding the top QB in the draft class and a generational talent runningback.
Round 2, Pick 1, 33rd Overall - Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma - After the retirement of, Joe Thomas, the offensive line becomes an area of concern. Adding a top notch offensive lineman to protect what could be the future franchise quarterback will only assist in his developement.
Round 2, Pick 3, 35th Overall - Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa - The Browns are in need of secondary help especially at cornerback, so the addition of Jackson here would be ideal. He is a long armed ball hawk who maximizes his length. Jackson pu up an insane 27 passes defensed in a single season, which truly proves he's talented
Round 2, Pick 32, 64th Overall - Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn - I'm going back to back CB's as the Browns current cornerback depth chart is mediocre at best. With the addition of Davis who uses his combination of height, weight, length and ball skills make him a nuisance to wide receivers. Davis plays with confidence and edge and was able to show and prove against NFL-caliber talent over the last three years.
Round 4, Pick 14, 114th Overall - Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest - You can never have enough athletic pass rushers and Ejiofor is great at getting after quarterbacks. He also possesses versatility as he has expeorience as an interior pass rush specialist as well.
Round 5, Pick Pick 13, 150th Overall - Tony Adams, OG, N.C. State - As is the case with edge defenders you can never have enough quality offensive lineman. Adams carries a powerful, compact frame, and plays with plus balance and body control and it's rare to see him fall off of blocks.
Round 6, Pick 1, 175th Overall - Andrew Brown, DT, Virginia - Cleveland adds some interior line help with an incredibly athletic defensive tackle in Andrew Brown. His impressive combine showed that he will likely be a high-energy, interior defender with the potential to disrupt the pocket.
Round 6, Pick 14, 188th Overall - Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State - This is not as much a pick out of necessity as it is more Josh Gordon insurance. Don't get me wrong Lazard is no Gordon, but if Gordon has another indescretion or even an injury having a large framed physical reciver who possesses an excellent size, speed combo could be invaluable.
2017 Record 7-9
3rd In AFC North
Position Needs: Cornerback, O-Line, D-Line, Linebacker, Wide Receiver, Tightend, Quarterback.
Team Outlook: The trade for OT Cordy Glenn does helps, but can he stay healthy? The Bengals should also be looking for help at the interior positions up front. They need more speed at linebacker, and should be looking for a quick nickel cornerback. Cincinnati does a good job of re-stocking its defensive line and could do so again this year. With AJ McCarron gone, finding a young apprentice QB to groom is a real possibility.
Round 1, Pick 21, 21st Overall - Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP - The Bengals are in desperate need of offensive line help so why not draft a most dynamic O-lineman. Hernandez possesses a rare combination of power, balance, and athletic ability. He is a great blocker and exceptional in pass protection as well.
Round 2 Pick 14, 46th Overall - Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan - Interior defensive line is another area of concern in Cincinnati so adding Hurst who should be a day one starter would be a nice fit here. Hurst is an upfield three-tech who gets out of the blocks ahead of his competition. His ability to come out fast and stay low should create opportunities for him to become a disruptive penetrator at the next level.
Round 3, Pick 13, 77th Overall - Deon Cain, WR, Clemson - Dalton needs some talented pass catchers to work along side A.J. Green. Cain is immensely talented and incredibly versatile possessing a great combination of size and speed with above average athleticism. Cain's routes are smooth, and show an understanding of coverage. He has the pure speed to attack over the top, & will be effective on all three levels.
Round 4, Pick 12, 112th Overall - Marcus Allen, SS, Penn State - The Bengals could use some safety depth behind veterans George Iloka and Shawn Williams. Allen is a punishing, downhill banger with good size and the attitude of a linebacker in run support. He'shas great lateral movement and agility and is at his best when allowed to flow downhill.
Round 5 Pick 14, 151st Overall - Tegray Scales, ILB, Indiana - Another need for Cincy especially with the uncertainty surrounding dipshit Vontaze Burfict. Scale is instinctive & combines sense of play direction with a feel for the optimal angles to fill up the stat sheet. Scales posted 36 TFL's and 13 sacks over the last two yaers. He has the football intelligence, motor and skill to be anl NFL starter at inside linebacker or as a 4-3 SAM.
Round 5, Pick 21, 158th Overall - Chris Herndon, TE, Miami - The Bengals are in need of a quality pass catching tightend who can assist in the run game and most importantly stay healthy.
Round 5, Pick 33, 170th Overall - Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa - The wide receiver depth chart is wide open in Cincy, so the more athletic sure handed receivers the Bengals can add the better.
Round 7, Pick 31, 249th Overall - Kenny Young, ILB, UCLA - The Bengals can use all the help they can get at linebacker, especially with meat head Burfict on thr roster.
Round 7, Pick 33, 252nd Overall - Darius Phillips, CB, Western Michigan - Another position of concern for Cincinnati is cornerback, so adding an athletic ball hawk is a perfect fit here.
Round 7, Pick 34, 253rd Overall - Kamryn Pettway, RB, Auburn - Runningback isn't a pressing need for Cincy but with the departure of plodder Jeremy Hill. They are now left without a battering ram style goal line back.
2017 Record 9-7
2nd In AFC North
Position Needs: Offensive-Line, Defensive-Line, Wide Receiver, Runningback.
Team Outlook: The Ravens should be looking to adding an array of offensive weapons Joe Flacco, and possibly look for a long term replacement for the perennial mediocre Flacco. It would make sense for them to look to add a versatile banger at linebacker. With the loss of center Ryan Jensen, the Ravens might have to shuffle or add pieces up front. This team also is in need of a quality runningback.
Round 1, Pick 16, 16th Overall - D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland - Where do you even start with this team, especially on offense, the needs are at nearly every position. Moore has excellent short area burst and is incredibly talented after the catch. He has top notch route-running skills combined with above average athleticism.
Round 2, Pick 20, 52nd Overall - Rasheem Green, DE, USC - The need for an impact pass rusher is one of Baltimore's more pressing issues. He would add a much needed pass rush presence and best fit as a base end in 4-3 or 3-4 schemes with a likely full time role.
Round 3, Pick 19, 83rd Overall - Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State - The Ravens rune game was serviceable at times last season, but was far from where it could be with the addition of a talented, versatile back like Penny. He has the short area quickness to create yardage for himself, and possesses burst and long speed to be a home run hitter.
Round 4, Pick 18, 118th Overall - Tony Brown, CB, Alabama - Baltimore needs reinforcements in the secondary and begin to address those needs. Brown is a physical nickel cornerback who is excellent in the run game.
Round 5, Pick 17, 154st Overall - Jaylen Samuels TE/RB/WR, N.C. State - With CJF retiring due o health concerns the depth chart at tight end is wide open. So why not add a versatile play maker who can help the entire offense in Jaylen Samuels.
Round 6, Pick 16, 190th Overall - Christian Sam, ILB, Arizona State - Adding a physical inside linebacker to add some depth behind Mosely is a priority as well. Sam is a versatile ILB who has the ability to play a WILL spot if needed.
Round 6, Pick 41, 215th Overall - Brandon Parker, OT, North Carolina - The Ravens also need O-line help, so I decided to give them a good one late in Parker. His high center of gravity and athletic build are well above average, and he possesses the physical traits that teams look for.
Round 7, Pick 20, 238th Overall - Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame - Adding a big physical back who possesses a three down skill set this late is a bargain. Adams has tremendous size, and showed incredible quickness he is also a quality receiver with excellent pass protection skills.
2017 Record 13-3
1st In AFC North
Position Needs: Linebacker, Runningback, Safety, Wide Receiver, Quarterback.
Team Outlook: Finding help at inside linebacker and safety should be priorities this offseason. The Steelers placed the franchise tag on RB Le'Veon Bell, but the drama surrounding his contract might be enough for GM Kevin Colbert to consider adding a three-down back at some point in this year's draft. Martavis Bryant is entering a contract year, so they could look to add a receiver.
Round 1, Pick 28, 28th Overall - Leighton Vader Esch, ILB, Boise State - LVE is an athletic three down linebacker who has the ability to come in day one and wear the green dot as well. He is exactly what you look for in a linebacker prospect, great instincts, excellent vision, and quality coverage skills.
Round 2, Pick 28, 60th Overall - Mason Rudloph, QB, Oklahoma State - It's time the Steelers addressed their back up quarterback postilion already, for two reasons. One because Ben has publicly contemplated retirement more than once, and two he misses time evry season and Landry Jones if forced into action and usually looks horrendous.
Round 3, Pick 28, 92nd Overall - Duke Dawson, CB, Florida - Cornerback is a position that should be addressed sooner rather than later for the Steelers. Compact, strong slot corner who can beat up finesse receivers when he's allowed to crowd and disrupt the route release.
Round 5, Pick 11, 148th Overall - Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State - With the uncertainty that seems to follow Bell around, adding a quality potential three down back is a necessity. If Bell were to hold out, or get injured James Connor, and Stevan Ridley simply wouldn't fill the void.
Round 5, Pick 28, 165th Overall - Dorian O'Daniel, OLB, Clemson- With the hesitation surrounding Bud Dupree's fifth year option they obviously have long term concerns with Dupree. So the addition of an OLB with versatility and a non stop motor would be a welcomed asset for Pittsburgh.
Round 7, Pick 02, 220th Overall - Jester Weah, WR, Pittsburgh - I understand what the Steelers saw and were trying to accomplish in drafting athletic darling Sammie Coates. Local kid Jester Weah is a bigger, stronger, more physical, and hopefully doesn't bring the same ongoing injury concerns that Coates did, making him a nice fit here.
Round 7, Pick 28, 246th Overall - Hercules Mata'afa, Edge, Washington State - You can never have enoughedge rushers, and with Cameron Heyward getting up there in age, Hercules may be a capable apprentice. His motor and desire give him a chance to become a high-end pass rush specialist.