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Brothgar
07-30-2012, 12:31 PM
Don't know exactly how many I am going to get done but here we go.

St. Louis Rams

Players lost
RB Cadillac Williams
WR Brandon Lloyd
WR Mark Clayton
G Jacob Bell
G Adam Goldberg
C Jason Brown
DE James Hall
DT Justin Bannan
DT Fred Robbins
DT Gary Gibson
OLB Chris Chamberlain
OLB Brady Poppinga
CB Ronald Bartell
CB Justin King
K Josh Brown
P Donnie Jones.


Who will be missed most this season: Brandon Lloyd - The WR situation for the 2012-2013 season for the Rams is actually worse than it was last season,
if that is even possible. This is going to be a major issue when it comes to this season.


Veteran Additions:
WR Steve Smith,
OT Barry Richardson,
C Scott Wells,
DE William Hayes,
DT Kendall Langford,
DT Trevor Laws,
OLB Mario Haggan,
OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar,
CB Cortland Finnegan.

Free Agency Thoughts
Lots of great additions here for the Rams. Cortland Finnegan a pro bowl CB follows his old head coach which will be paramount to helping the rest
of the Rams with the verbage and getting to know the scheme and responsabilities that go along with running Jeff Fisher's defense. Trevor Laws and Kendall Langford are also two big additions after losing Robbins and Gibson. I'm rather interested on what their plans for Barry Richardson is going
to be he wasn't exactly a world beater with the Chiefs are they going to kick him inside, or is he a depth pick up? Steve Smith has been bounced
from one team to another for a while now he hasn't looked nearly as good as he did with the Giants I'd say at best a slot starter.

Draft Picks:

DT Michael Brockers,
The Rams did a masterful job dropping twice in the draft passing on Morris Claiborn for additional picks. Brockers is a great fit for the scheme,
Jeff Fisher just loves bigger DTs.

Scouting report: Brockers is very good at anchoring and holding his ground as he defends the run even against the double team. In a division that is going
to live or die with the run the selection becomes even better. He could use a bigger boost in the pass rush moves but that should come in time but one thing I did notice is that he does a great job of getting his hands up and knocking down passes or forcing QBs to pump fake which could be a great assett if tiny QB Russell Wilson takes the starting position in Seattle.


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WR Brian Quick,
Quick is physically gifted in every sense of the word. Big tall fast with good hands. But he struggles with the subtle neuances of the game rout running quickness etc. plus it is going to take a while for him to get use to the big jump in talent level from small school prospect to the NFL. But he was Josh Buchannon's top small school prospect and that has a lot to do with character being a team captain and a hard worker tells me that while it will take a while for him to see the field but when he does look out.


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CB Janoris Jenkins,
Janoris has top 10 talent and 5th round character. He is the definition of cover corner he is small but fast with great ball skills. He isn't a slouch in the zone either. On the bad side drugs, and multiple baby mamas screams Pac Man Jones which is what dropped his stock but some people never learn as the man who drafted Jones drafted Jenkins. If he keeps his head on strait he will be a multi pro bowler and amazing value if not he's another 2nd round bust.


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RB Isaiah Pead,
Pead is a guy I really like he is a kind of do it all back that I enjoy watching. He works best out of a zone style blocking scheme where he can find holes and exploit them. He has a great burst and is very elusive. On top of that he is a good receiver out of the backfield and can change direction well. He isn't a power back by any stretch so I wouldn't use him on the goal line.


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S Trumaine Johnson,
Played corner at Montana but has the body type and his attributes make him better suited for safety at the next level. In spite of this the Rams are currently using him as a corner in training camp. Has the ability to rerout even some of the bigger WRs. He's raw but has a ton of upside. Plays the ball well.


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WR Chris Givins
Speed speed speed. More of a polished rout runner than Quick. He is dangerous in open space. But he is also small with a huge injury history
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OT Rokevious Watkins
HUGE powerful OT from South Carolina. He uses his feet very well for a guy his size. He may move in to guard which Was seen late in the year at SC but he needs to get faster off the line and become a little more agressive.


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K Greg Zuerlein

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LB Aaron Brown

Brown is going to be a special teams player with a small chance to be a #2 OLB on the Rams roster. He is a decent tackler and runs faster in pads than his timed 4.8.


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RB Daryl Richardson
Small school standout. Not big enough to be that slow I don't predict he'll make the team although I havn't watched any game film on him.


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Schedule

1 @ Detroit
2 Washington
3 @ Chicago
4 Seattle
5 Arizona
6 @ Miami
7 Green Bay
8 New England
9 BYE WEEK
10 @San Francisco
11 vs New York Jets
12 @Arizona
13 vs San Francisco
14 @Buffalo
15 vs Minnesota
16 @Tampa Bay
17 @Seattle

Predicted record: 4-12
High end 6-10
Low end 2-14

They have to play the NFC North and the AFC East that is a tall task for any team with a new head coach. The division is slowly getting better but for now they have
just as good a chance to beat 3 of the 4 teams in the division on paper as anyone. But lets not forget that the Rams do have by far the best QB in the division. It
really is going to depend on how well he adjusts to the fourth OC in as many years. It was what really hurt Jason Campbell's career and Bradford is going to have to
do it again.

For the Future: Don't expect the Rams to be bottom feeders for much longer. The D-Line is amazing Quinn Brockers and Long will be mainstays of the defense for a long
time. The OLB position is the biggest question but James Laurenitus will be their guy for the next 5 years. If Jenkins can stay reletively out of trouble they have
the #1 and #2 CB positions locked down for the next 5 years between Jenkins and Finnegan. The safety position is the question mark but I still think that eventually
Tru Johnson will start at the S position and play reletively well there. The offense is the big question. What exactly can we expect from Bradford this season?
Will age catch up to SJax? How many snaps will Pead get this season as the change of pace? What exactly is their plan at the WR position. Danny Amondola is good
but I can't see any of the other guys on the roster at that position being a big contributor this season. What do they get from Quick in the future I'm not sure.

News from training camp: Thus far Jenkins and Bradford have been very impressive according to the press. Quick is standing on the lower part of the depth chart while Chris Givins is getting early 1st team reps across from Amendola.

bigbluedefense
07-31-2012, 03:52 PM
Do you plan on doing this for every team?

I love that St. Louis DL. Curious to see what Coach 500 can do with them.

vidae
07-31-2012, 03:58 PM
How many teams are you going to do this for? Do the Chiefs next!

NY+Giants=NYG
07-31-2012, 04:25 PM
Good job man! I always like when people go the extra mile an create posts like that. Do you plan on doing it for your team or for all the the teams? That would be a lot of work to do it for all the teams. But again, great job plus rep for you!

ArkyRamsFan
07-31-2012, 07:04 PM
Excellent job, Broth223

It makes me smile seeing some love being given to the Rams. Of course, if we play like we have for the last 5 years I expect that will go away quickly.

A couple of comments for your consideration:

1.) Quin Ojinnaka is also a veteran pickup and he is currently running with the 1's at left guard. I do expect Bryan Mattison and maybe even Rok Watkins to make a push though.

2.) The Rams just signed Ovie Mughelli to compete at fullback. If he has anything left I gotta believe that he will beat out (the immortal) Britt Miller for the job. Steven likes his fullbacks big and nasty!

3.) Greg Salas is healthy and looking very good so far. He is playing as an outside the numbers receiver and may even win the job. Looks like 'Dola is keeping the slot job.

4.) Scott Wells is still recovering from knee surgery and has not been cleared to practice yet. From what I can gather Fish isn't worried about it but I am getting a little antsy, though. Brads and he need to develop some chemistry and timing soon.

5.) Mario Haggans is holding down the SAM position for now but I expect Rocky McIntosh to make a push as soon as he gets acclimated to the new defense. It could end up with McIntosh at the WILL and Jo Lonn Dunbar at the SAM. Stay tuned.....

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ChiFan24
07-31-2012, 07:22 PM
I want to make a comment but I'm too lazy to go and look up the Rams depth chart. I'll give the short answer and say the Rams will suck.

Brothgar
07-31-2012, 07:39 PM
I don't know exactly how many teams I'll be able to do but depending on a few things I'm looking right around two to four a week. The next teams on the schedule are the Chiefs and the entirety of the NFC East (as I think they are the topic of the podcast this week). Going to Giants camp on Thursday which will be awesome that should give me extra energy to do them that night.

RCAChainGang
08-01-2012, 04:17 PM
Excellent write up Broth. I would love to see what you have to say about the Colts, but I know you only have so much time and a lot of teams to evaluate. +rep

GaMeTiMe
08-01-2012, 04:32 PM
I don't know exactly how many teams I'll be able to do but depending on a few things I'm looking right around two to four a week. The next teams on the schedule are the Chiefs and the entirety of the NFC East (as I think they are the topic of the podcast this week). Going to Giants camp on Thursday which will be awesome that should give me extra energy to do them that night.

All I have to hear.

vidae
08-01-2012, 04:50 PM
Where is the Chiefs write up?! GOSH!

Splat
08-01-2012, 04:59 PM
Where is the Chiefs write up?! GOSH!

Jamaal is back look out bitches!

Done...

vidae
08-01-2012, 05:15 PM
Jamaal is back look out bitches!

Done...

You clearly forgot Berry and Moeaki. You're better than that Splat! C'mon son!

Brothgar
08-01-2012, 05:26 PM
Where is the Chiefs write up?! GOSH!

Picking through the schedule. Pending on Mafia I'll finish tonight.

Grizzlegom
08-01-2012, 08:50 PM
You clearly forgot Berry and Moeaki. You're better than that Splat! C'mon son!

Moeaki will get hurt again, he doesn't count :smile:

Brothgar
08-01-2012, 09:50 PM
Kansas City Chiefs

Offseason Losses:
QB Kyle Orton,
RB Jackie Battle,
FB Le'Ron McClain,
TE Leonard Pope,
OT Barry Richardson,
C Casey Wiegmann,
DE Wallace Gilberry,
NT Kelly Gregg,
CB Brandon Carr,
S Jon McGraw.

Who will they miss the most? People will laugh but I'd say Le'Ron McClain. He was one of the better fullbacks in the league and while Brandon Carr is good, people forget that they grabbed Stanford Routt who was a cap casualty from the Raiders.

Veteran Additions:
QB Brady Quinn,
RB Peyton Hillis,
TE Kevin Boss,
OT Eric Winston,
DE/DT Ropati Pitoitua,
CB Stanford Routt.
OT Tony Ugoh
DE/OLB Martin Rucker
LB Edgar Jones

Free Agency Thoughts: Kansas City was a team that was very injured, had fighting within the organization and still was able to beat the Packers and was a game out from the top of the division. In spite of all of that they improved this off season. Peyton Hillis will be an upgrade to old Thomas Jones. Eric Winston will be an upgrade to Barry Richardson. The Chiefs
don't lose too much from Carr to Routt. Watch out for this team.

Draft Picks

Dontari Poe NT Memphas

Dontari Poe is just a physical freak he takes great angles when the ball is kicked
outside. He played DE and NT at Memphas. The tape is shaky he need to get better
leverage and abandon that spin move he does it never works. But I expect something
good from him specially with Romeo Crenell as the head coach. If they set him up
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Jeff Allen OT Illinois

With the off season moves that they have made mainly picking up Eric Winston I assume
Allen will be kicked inside to the OG position where he should excell in pass protection
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Donald Stephenson T Oklahoma

Very athletic, fast and can get to the second level. Moves his feet very well and does well in pass protection. He could use to get more push in the run block. He has a ton of upside which is nice that he will be a backup for the first year or two of his careerbut can be a great bargaining chip when it comes time to negotiate Brandon Ablert's contract.


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Devon Wylie WR Fresno State

Wylie was a guy that looked good in the East West shrine and really impressed during drills at the combine and seems to catch everything that comes his way. He's much faster than a Wes Welker or a Dane Sanzenbacher. I expect to see this guy do very well in the slot. But I'm not sure if there is room there with Dexter McCluster.But worst case scenario he is a very dynamic return guy that should start at that position.


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Dquan Menzie CB Alabama
Strictly a zone corner doesn't have the speed to play man to man. Good tackler should be an assett in special teams and run support. Good instincts. Lacks height which will be a concern if he is asked to play the S position.


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Cyrus Gray RB Texas A&M
Good vision and lateral movement but only OK strait line speed. He sometimes won't
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Jerome Long DT San Diego State

Big strong player that was the leader of the defensive line and has a high motor.
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Junior Hemingway WR Michigan

Big and strong for a WR, good at playing against zone coverage. He adjusts to the ball
well and can make the big catch at times, on the other hand he'll have lapses in concentration
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Schedule

Atlanta at Kansas City
Kansas City at Buffalo
Kansas City at New Orleans
San Diego at Kansas City
Baltimore at Kansas City
Kansas City at Tampa Bay
Oakland at Kansas City
Kansas City at San Diego
Kansas City at Pittsburgh
Cincinnati at Kansas City
Denver at Kansas City
Carolina at Kansas City
Kansas City at Cleveland
Kansas City at Oakland
Indianapolis at Kansas City
Kansas City at Denver

Preditction 11-5
high end 13-3
low end 8-8

The Chiefs get a ton of talent back from injury this season. Jamaal Charles was lost in week 3 last year Tony Moeaki was looking very good before his injury and Eric Berry is one of the better safeties in the league and even without them they were able to get 7 wins and one game out of first. Plus unlike Denver and San Diego Kansas City has a fourth place schedule. With Denver likely to be missing Elvis for the first two games of the regular season, that could help them out big time. I think they will shock people this season maybe if they stay healthy they could steal this division and dare I say a first round bye?

For the future? The Chiefs have a strong future but the only thing that is really holding them back is the QB position. Matt Cassell is an average/below average QB. This is a QB centric league maybe Stanzi comes in and something happens but until that happens I don't see a championship in KC's future.

vidae
08-01-2012, 10:05 PM
Good KC write up and pretty fair all things considered.

Brothgar
08-19-2012, 05:37 PM
Vikings

Offseason Losses:
QB Donovan McNabb,
TE Visanthe Shiancoe,
G Steve Hutchinson,
G Anthony Herrera,
DT Remi Ayodele,
OLB Kenny Onatolu,
ILB E.J. Henderson,
CB Cedric Griffin,
CB Benny Sapp,
CB Asher Allen,
S Jarrad Page,
S Tyrell Johnson,
S Husain Abdullah,
K Ryan Longwell.

Who is going to be missed most? In my opinion its likely going to be Steve Hutchinson while he wasn’t the OG that he was when the Vikings signed him out of Seattle for big bucks he was still as smart veteran lineman who will not be easily replaced. The Vikings are the only team in this division that is a fully run based team and with the change at both guard positions it may affect what that offensive line will be able to do moving forward.

Veteran Additions:
FB Lex Hilliard,
WR Jerome Simpson,
TE John Carlson,
OT/G Geoff Schwartz,
ILB Marvin Mitchell,
CB Chris Carr.

Free agency thoughts: Geoff Schwartz will be a fine replacement for one of the two missing guards but there is still concern along the offensive line. They also lost quite a bit of depth. With that said Jerome Simpson is going to do great things for them and finally take some pressure away from Percy Harvin and with AP’s injury I expect they will be throwing the ball considerably more this season. The move from Shianco to Carlson isn’t all that bad and Kyle Rudolf would have been the starting TE for the Vikings anyway.

Early Draft Picks:
OT Matt Kalil, OT USC

Kailil is one of the best perhaps even the best LT to come out since Joe Thomas there are very few holes in his game he can move his feet well has good power and is going to only help Christian Ponder’s ability to play QB amazing pick here.


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SS Harrison Smith, Notre Dame
Safety has been a huge issue for the Vikings for a very long time. The safety class is very weak and that means that the Vikings had to reach in able to not have a major hole at that position this season. Smith is a down in down out guy but he wasn’t this huge playmaker in Notre Dame. But he’ll be able to do what is needed.


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CB Josh Robinson, Central Florida
Josh Robinson is an elite athlete he ran the fastest 40 at the combine. He has fluid hips and A better tackler than his size would indicate. He’s a guy who does his best against top competition and that is something that the vikings are going to need in the NFC North


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WR Jarius Wright, Arkansas
Wright is a short slot guy with decent speed and very good rout running ability that allows him to create separation from the CB he has good hands and can catch in traffic. Press coverage is a major problem with Wright and will likely be insurance for Percey Harvin/.


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FB/TE Rhett Ellison, USC
Played both fullback and TE at USC Elsion can play both positions well. He is a high character guy on the field and will do what it takes to play football he has good bloodlines his dad played linebacker for USC, 49ers and Oakland. He’ll also play a role in special teams as well.


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WR Greg Childs, Arkansas
Childs is a big bodied athletic receiver who can go up and get the ball has long arms and big hands you have more room to throw him the ball or lead him more. But the biggest problem with childs seems to be his injury history and quickness which are not that great.


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S Robert Blanton Notre Dame
Blanton is going to be a special teams monster with his athleticism and his seek and destroy type attitude. Very powerful hitter and can play safety inside the box very well his deep cover skills and deep speed need some work.


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K Blair Walsh. K Georgia
Highly accurate kicker from Georgia he also has the leg power that you look for in a kicker. He had a down year in Georgia last season though posting the worst FG% of his career with the bulldogs.


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ILB Audie Cole NC State
Smart productive player out of NC State. Also a high effort guy. Should be a good special teamer. I wrote this before any pre season games


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Trevor Guyton DE Cal
Strong bull rusher who can play in the 3-4 or 4-3 scheme as DE or can play UT in the 4-3 as well.


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1 JAC @ MIN
2 MIN @ IND
3 SF @ MIN
4 MIN @ DET
5 TEN @ MIN
6 MIN @ WAS
7 ARI @ MIN
8 TB @ MIN
9 MIN @ SEA
10 DET @ MIN
11 Bye
12 MIN @ CHI
13 MIN @ GB
14 CHI @ MIN
15 MIN @ STL
16 MIN @ HOU
17 GB @ MIN

Predicted record: 4-12
High end: 6-10
low end: 1-15

The Vikings have several winable games this year but this is still a team that is deep within the rebuilding process. Peterson might not be ready for week 1 of the season which will hurt them in the easy part of their schedule in week 1 and 2. With that said they are getting younger which is needed for them to make that next step. As for this year they don’t really have the corners to really contend with the 3 great ones in this division. Josh Robinson is good but lets face it a rookie against arguably 3 top 10 WRs in the league isn’t going to be pretty. The stars on this team are really starting to show their age be it Allen, Williams etc.

For the Future: The Vikings are in a rough division and for the foreseeable future the vikings are going to have the worst QB in it. Peterson is a great player but can’t carry the team anymore. Kalil will be the starter for the next decade but if this team is going to see any success Ponder needs to improve. Oddly enough I’d like to see Joe Webb in a starting position on some team. But that is neither here nor there. I wonder if the head coach of the future is with this team as well I think that if the Vikings have another 5 win or less season that Fraiser will be looking for another job. This is a very tough division and I just don’t see the Lions or the Packers falling anytime soon.

Brothgar
08-29-2012, 05:34 PM
Baltimore Ravens

Veteran Additions:
WR/KR Jacoby Jones,
G Bobbie Williams,
G/C Tony Wragge,
DT Ryan McBean,
CB Corey Graham.

Offseason Losses:
WR Lee Evans,
G Ben Grubbs,
DE/DT Cory Redding,
NT Brandon McKinney,
DE/OLB Jarret Johnson,
CB Chris Carr,
SS Tom Zbikowski,
S Haruki Nakamura.

Ben Grubs is going to be sorely missed this season and the SS position has also taken a considerable setback with Zbikowski heading to the colts. But the biggest loss this off season wasn’t someone who left for free agency losing Terrell Suggs the reigning DPOY is the real concern with Upshaw not looking all that great in pre season play.

Draft Picks:
DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw,
Upshaw is a guy that should have been selected in the late first round. He is a speedy OLB in the 3-4 but is versatile enough to be able to play ILB and pass rush specialist in the 4-3. His coverage skills need some work if he is going to play the OLB position.

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G Kelechi Osemele,
Osemele was an OT at Iowa state and the Ravens have been using him as such but could easily move into the OG position and I feel that is where he will ultimately end up. He is big with good feet and long arms but struggles in pass protection.


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RB Bernard Pierce,
Hard nosed power downhill runner who has good vision and do really well in blasting between the tackles. Durrability is a concern and don’t expect him to go for 30 yards but if you need 3 yards in a cloud of dust this guy can get it for you.


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C Gino Gradkowski,
Small school prospect out of Delewere who will need time to develope luckily it seems that Matt Birk is going to give it another year or two before Gradkowski takes the start. He’s a smart player that isn’t exactly big or strong.


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S Christian Thompson,
Physical punishing safety from SC state has some real off the field character concerns which is strangely different than his on the field persona. He needs work on tracking the ball and figuring out some of the finer points in playing the safety position but luckily he will be sitting behind Ed Reed.


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CB Asa Jackson,
Jackson is an under rated small school prospect out of Cal Poly. His height is a major issue at 5-9 he gets in and out of his breaks well and can make plays on the football he needs to do a little better on coverage which should come in time.


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WR Tommy Streeter.
Tommy Streeter is TALL AND FAST that alone is enough to get him drafted. He needs work on rout running and also needs to work on his ball cathing skills. Streeter has the upside to be a true #1 Wideout if it works out it will be a major steal for the Ravens.


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DE Deangelo Tyson
Tyson played nose tackle in Georgia but could shift to DE in Baltimore if the play doesn’t come right at him he doesn’t tend to make the play.

Week 1 9/10: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens,
Week 2 9/16: Baltimore Ravens vs. Philadelphia Eagles,
Week 3 9/23: New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens,
Week 4 9/27: Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens,
Week 5 10/7: Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs,
Week 6 10/14: Dallas Cowboys vs. Baltimore Ravens,
Week 7 10/21: Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans,
Week 8 10/28: BYE
Week 9 11/4: Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns,
Week 10 11/11: Oakland Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens,
Week 11 11/18: Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers,
Week 12 11/25: Baltimore Ravens vs. San Diego Chargers,
Week 13 12/2: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens,
Week 14 12/9: Baltimore Ravens vs. Washington Redskins,
Week 15 12/16: Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens,
Week 16 12/23: New York Giants vs. Baltimore Ravens,
Week 17 12/30: Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals,

Predicted 9-7
Low 8-8
High 11-5

The Ravens will be knocking at the door for the playoffs but I’m not so sure that they will make it. The AFC is a stronger conference than it has been in years past. They have a tough first place schedule where they play the best teams in top heavy divisions like East and the South which means that the Ravens have the hardest schedule by far in the division. With the injury concerns and age maybe catching up to them Joe Flacco is going to have to step up if the Ravens want to make the playoffs.

For the Future: The Ravens have one big question where the future is concerned. What will happen when Lewis and Reed finally retire. The day is coming when the biggest leaders of the franchise’s history will be walking out the door and the team will be leaderless. Someone will have to step up into that role. With that said as long as Ozzie Newsome is the General Manager the Ravens will never be too far from the playoffs.

D-Unit
08-29-2012, 06:11 PM
This is pretty ambitious. Good luck.

Brothgar
09-02-2012, 08:00 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers

Veteran Additions:
TE Leonard Pope,
ILB Brandon Johnson.

Offseason Losses:
QB Dennis Dixon,
RB Mewelde Moore,
G Chris Kemoeatu,
DE/DT Aaron Smith,
ILB James Farrior,
DE/DT Aaron Smith.

The two big losses in my mind are Aaron Smith and James Farrior both were big time starters for the Steelers for years. They are losing some veteran presence are their replacements going to be able to bring that same fire that these two have brought for years? Only time will tell.

Picks:
G David DeCastro,
Instant starter for the Steelers and a much needed boost to the offensive line the guy is seriously a prototypical OG which is why he was drafted in the first round expect pro bowl within 3 years and for many years to come.


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OT Mike Adams,
Adams is nice value for the Steelers in the end of the second round. Adams was expected to go late in the first round. For a man his size he moves rather well and is a real asset in the run blocking game. He doesn’t have that killer instinct you look for but can do the job and should start right away.


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NT Alameda Ta'amu,
Ta’amu is a guy who was often overlooked in washington but is a guy who can really get the job done. He can achor and take on double teams but can also collapse the pocket. An amazing value in the 4th round.


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ILB Sean Spence,
Spence is a very instinctive player out of the university of miami fast a little undersized to play the Strong side. but is good in coverage but can come up and make the tackle as well.


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RB/KR Chris Rainey.
Rainey is a guy that really excites me and was a true dynamic player at florida and really showed off his stuff during the senior bowl practices if it is possible he might just play faster than his 4.39 40 yard dash at the combine. Health is an issue for him being only 180 lbs .


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Toney Clemons Colorado

Clemons is 6‘2 210 lbs with NFL bloodlines. He was able to produce in a bad Colorado Offense and has had some of his best games against top competition. He has good hands and runs a nice 4.4 40 yard dash is isn’t bad for his size. His rout running can use some work and needs to bulk up a little bit.


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David Paulson TE Oregon

Paulson is just the type of guy people root for. Hard working high character and smart. He has great hands but is just not athletic enough to make an impact at this level.


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Terrence Frederick CB Texas A&M

Under sized corner who isn’t that great in coverage. I’d be surprised if he makes the 53 man roster.


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Kelvin Beachum T SMU
An under sized athletic ZBS style offensive tackle who may be forced to kick in to guard at the next level.


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1 PIT @ DEN Sports Authority Field at Mile High L
2 NYJ @ PIT Heinz Field W
3 PIT @ OAK O.co Coliseum W
4 Bye
5 PHI @ PIT Heinz Field L
6 PIT @ TEN LP Field W
7 PIT @ CIN Paul Brown Stadium W
8 WAS @ PIT Heinz Field W
9 PIT @ NYG MetLife Stadium L
10 KC @ PIT Heinz Field L
11 BAL @ PIT Heinz Field W
12 PIT @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium W
13 PIT @ BAL M&T Bank Stadium L
14 SD @ PIT Heinz Field W
15 PIT @ DAL Cowboys Stadium W/L
16 CIN @ PIT Heinz Field W
17 CLE @ PIT Heinz Field W

High End - 12- 4
Low end - 9-7
Prediction - 10-6

The Steelers benefit from a very easy schedule this season specially if you compare it to the rest of the division. The biggest concern for the Steelers this season has to be weather or not the rookie offensive linemen can make that transition to the NFL game in a short period of time. They do finally have some depth on the offensive line as well so that can only help them going into this season. The steelers have also lost to highly touted veterans from the defensive side of the ball in James Farrior and Aaron Smith a presence that will be missed for sure.

For the Future: I have to say that the Steelers are continuing to draft very well. Three positions on that offensive line are solidified for the foreseeable future. The big question is are they going to have enough time to fill in that D as they start to retire. Also how long is Troy going to play with his injury issues over the past few years. That is the major concern for them going into the future.

Brothgar
09-02-2012, 09:05 AM
Cincinnatti Bengals

Veteran Additions:
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis,
G Travelle Wharton,
DE Jamaal Anderson,
CB Jason Allen,
CB Terence Newman.

Offseason Losses:
RB Cedric Benson,
WR Jerome Simpson,
WR Andre Caldwell,
G Bobbie Williams,
G Nate Livings,
DE/DT Jonathan Fanene,
DE Frostee Rucker,
OLB Keith Rivers,
OLB Brandon Johnson,
CB Kelly Jennings,
S Chris Crocker.

Free Agency Thoughts: I think they have made several improvements by adding the Lawfirm and Jason Allen. Jamaal Anderson on passing downs as a second DT with Geno Atkins is another good pickup by the Bengals. Losing Simpson to the off-season had to happen and that is the player they are going to miss most this season because he was the beneficiary to the attention that AJ Green was getting.

Early Draft Picks:
CB Dre Kirkpatrick,
Kirkpatrick is a very athletic and smart player he plays bump and run and zone coverages very well. He doesn’t gamble on the big play which leads to less interceptions. Good athlete but has trouble with super with speedster WRs.


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G Kevin Zeitler,
Zeitler is from wisconsin that tells you he’s good right away. Very powerful and a monster in the run game. He bends well and is athletic enough to pull and block in space. He isn’t very mobile and that at times hurts him in pass protection.


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DT Devon Still,
A strong bodied DT who can anchor against the double team. He’s quick and can bull rush very well. I personally had him slotted as a late 1 early 2 round pick so it was amazing value for where the Bengals got him.


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WR Mohamed Sanu,
Sanu is a posession receiver who excels on underneath routes he has fantastic hands but his speed leaves a lot to desire. He is tall and can be a real threat in the red zone.


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DT Brandon Thompson,
Thompson is another value pick for the Bengals he plays the run very well and at many times can command the double team. One trick pony but boy the guy can bull rush which collapses the pocket. He also gets off the ball well and he’ll be an asset to the Bengal’s rotation and specially in the goal line package.


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TE Orson Charles,
Very athletic TE who runs great routes but really doesn’t catch the ball very well. He is a willing blocker but will have to develope this skill.


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CB Shaun Prater,
Slender CB from the University of Iowa. He impressed at the east west shrine game. Smart with decent instincts and good footwork. A big concern is his weight at only 190 lbs and being skinny in the legs makes him a prime injury risk.


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WR Melvin Jones,
A 6‘2 wide reciever who frequently had to make adjustments to bad passes jones is a guy who plays faster than his 4.46 40 yard dash time. A polished route runner who can really get separation and is a real candidate to take the #3 WR position from the recently cut Jordan Shipley.


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S George Iloka,
Iloka is a good all round athlete who may be the future at the S position at 6‘4 he will be able to take away the height advantage from taller WRs specially in the red zone. With that said he needs to work on his ball skils and tackling technique. Things that are very coachable. Definition of a Boom or bust prospect. But that is the kind of pick you can make in the 5th round.


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RB Dan Herron.
Ohio State’s Herron nicknames Boom is strong for his size has a low center of gravity and is tough to bring down. Not the fastest of RBs specially for his size.


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Schedule

1 CIN @ BAL
2 CLE @ CIN
3 CIN @ WAS
4 CIN @ JAC
5 MIA @ CIN
6 CIN @ CLE
7 PIT @ CIN
8 Bye
9 DEN @ CIN
10 NYG @ CIN
11 CIN @ KC
12 OAK @ CIN
13 CIN @ SD
14 DAL @ CIN
15 CIN @ PHI
16 CIN @ PIT
17 BAL @ CIN

\High End - 10-7
Low End - 6-10
Prediction - 8-8

The Bengals had proven last year that they are able to beat the teams they should beat that is how they made the playoffs last season. The challenge is for them to beat some teams that they shouldn’t beat. Right now they are in a position to be an 8-8 team doing what they did last year beating the teams they are better than but if they want to make the playoffs this season they have to go and beat a team that they go into the game as an under dog.

For the future? The future is bright for the Bengals AJ Green is a monster and Andy Dalton can hold his own. They are a young team with great pieces on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. It looks like the scouts are getting more of a say in the draft room and it is showing on the scoreboard. It also seems like the old days of the Bengals being the Ohio State Penal Sysyem team is now over if that continues this team should be the class of the division within two years.

Brothgar
09-03-2012, 09:18 AM
Cleveland Browns

Veteran Additions:
DE Frostee Rucker,
DE Juqua Thomas-Parker.

Offseason Losses:
RB Peyton Hillis,
OT Tony Pashos,
G Eric Steinbach,
DE Jayme Mitchell,
S Mike Adams.

The Browns didn’t lose much this off season. Peyton Hillis won’t be missed due to the acquisition of Trent Richardson Eric Steinbach was playing well but is on the back foot of his career. Jaqua Parker and Frostee Rucker are good DE who should really do well in that rotation.

Draft Picks:
RB Trent Richardson,
The loss of Peyton Hillis makes this pick inevitable after they failed to move up for the #2 overall pick. Trent Richardson may be the best RB to come out since Chris Johnson in my rankings. A quick runner with great vision and can break through the line he is a great receiver out of the backfield and can run both inside and outside the tackles.


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QB Brandon Weeden,
I really really don’t like this pick Brandon Weeden is a 28 year old rookie who has a long baseball career to look back on that must have put a real toll on that rotator cuff. Weeden is also coming out of a spread offense, with a strong WR, in a conference with bad defenses. The move up to the NFL specially against teams like the steelers ravens and bengals is going to be a culture shock.


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OT Mitchell Schwartz,
Schwartz is a good OT prospect who could move in to guard at the next level he is an excellent run blocker who has a nasty streak. He comes off the ball very well and should start right away.


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DT John Hughes,
I really don’t get this pick. I don’t even think he was draftable let alone taking him in the third round. His abilities were easily overshadowed by teammate Derek Wolfe and didn’t stand out at all. If he even makes the team he will be nothing better than a backup. Lets put it this way he isn’t even the best DT that the browns drafted this year.


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WR Travis Benjamin,
The hurricane WR is likely going to be looked at as a slot/KR prospect. Very small at 5‘10 175. He is a speedster with quickness and elusiveness.


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ILB James-Michael Johnson,
Johnson is a sideline to side line MLB hei s pysical whe he attacks the line of scrimmage. He plays the run well but can also be used as a blitzer. He doesn’t shead blockers as well as he sould and his instincts could use some work as well. At times he can over pursue the play.


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G Ryan Miller.
Very strong OG prospect but I wonder if he isn’t too tall to be an OG at 6‘7 if he is stood up he could close down some passing lanes.


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OLB Emmanuel Acho
Acho is a good edge rusher for the longhorns has an ability to play OLB or 4-3 pass rushing specialist at the DE position. He’s a developmental prospect who could be something.


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DT Billy Winn
Winn has great potential. Very strong and athletic and physically could be the most talented player at Boise State. He has a poor work ethic that made his stock drop a lot.


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CB Trevin Wade
Wade is a special teamer because while he has good instincts he is on the short end of the CB spectrum (5‘10) and isn’t fast. He also has small hands and small arms which doesn’t help him much at all.


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1 PHI @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium
2 CLE @ CIN Paul Brown Stadium
3 BUF @ CLE
4 CLE @ BAL M&T Bank Stadium
5 CLE @ NYG MetLife Stadium
6 CIN @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium
7 CLE @ IND Lucas Oil Stadium
8 SD @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium
9 BAL @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium
10 Bye
11 CLE @ DAL Cowboys Stadium
12 PIT @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium
13 CLE @ OAK Oak Coliseum
14 KC @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium
15 WAS @ CLE Cleveland Browns Stadium
16 CLE @ DEN Sports Authority Field at Mile High
17 CLE @ PIT Heinz Field

Predicted record 2-14
Low end 0-16
High end 4-12

The Browns are improving but looking at this schedule I’m having a hard time finding wins. They tend to play the division tough granted but I don’t think that they beat any of them. Then they have the NFC East a ridiculously good division from top to bottom I don’t see them beating any of them. SD is a possibility but it is going to be a rough year for Browns fans yet again. What I really wonder is if the Browns will take Barkley if they do get the #1 overall selection.

For the future: Its always darkest before the dawn the browns have a solid core of guys in Richardson, Little, and Thomas and the D has some real under rated players on it. I think they will rise from the ashes if the Steelers and Ravens decline even then they will have to battle with the Bengals. To say the least I don’t see a ton from the Browns for a few years specially after they are going to fire Holmgren and Shurmer \at the end of the season.

Brothgar
09-03-2012, 11:24 AM
Philadelphia Eagles

Players Lost
QB Vince Young,
FB Owen Schmitt,
WR Steve Smith,
OT Winston Justice,
C Jamaal Jackson,
DE Juqua Thomas-Parker,
DT Trevor Laws,
CB Asante Samuel.

Players Gained
OT Demetress Bell,
ILB DeMeco Ryans

The Eagles may have lost some pieces from thei team but what they lost is nothing compared to what they were able to pick up. Demeco Ryans is a pro bowl caliber ILB who is a true leader on the defense the reason that Houston was willing to let him go was due to salary and the fact that he wasn’t the greatest fit in the 3-4 defense. But the Eagles don’t run a 3-4 so this is going to bring huge dividends for that D who was victimized up the middle all last season. Also lets not forget about Demetress Bell who is going to come in for the injured Jason Peters at the LT position and there won’t be too much drop off from that.

Draft Picks

Fletcher Cox DT Miss St.
Big time passrusher from the DT position can get to the QB with power and finess. The big question comes from his ability to stop the run, something that the Eagles had big trouble with last season. But, they will have new ILB Demeco Ryans to help with that.


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Mychal Kendricks ILB
Kendricks is a three down linebacker with speed enough to close on running backs. He’s a big hitter able to make WRs think twice. High character mentally tough LB. I would expect him to start at the WLB position even though he played inside in college.


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Vinny Curry DE Marshall
Vinny Curry is a great pass rusher who is an amazing value in the third round. He is a high motor guy who is very quick and has a bunch of pass rushing moves who was very productive at Marshall. Curry could have easily been a first rounder with his explosiveness and ability to
get to the QB and in all honsetly I think he will end up being better than Bruce Irvin when it is all said and done.


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Nick Foles QB AZ
My least favorite of the picks the Eagles have made. His mechanics are fine and he has an above average arm but, his footwork is terrible and he never played in a pro style offense but luckily for him Andy Reid seems to find a way to turn any QB into a serviceable one.


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Brandon Boykin CB Georgia -
Boykin is your prototypical nickle/dime corner small, short, but covers pretty well. Don't expect him to lay the lumber on anyone anytime soon so passing situations are going to be it for Boykin.


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Dennis Kelly OT Purdue

High football character two time team MVP and team captain. Played 37 games with the boiler makers. Big and raw. Flagged a few times for holding much more of a depth developmental pick.


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Marvin McNutt WR Iowa
McNutt was a productive WR in Iowa and gives the Eagles something they haven't had since
TO which is a true red zone threat at nearly 6'3 and a decent vertical.


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Brandon Washington OG Miami
Washington played left tackle at Miami but will likely move inside to guard at the next level. He has good power and athleticism but needs to get his balance under control I'd suggest wrestling training.


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Bryce Brown RB Kansas State
A high ability player that just doesn’t have a ton of film since his freshman season with Tennessee. Which as caused him to slide in the draft. Brown is a sneaky fast RB who shows some polish getting small things right. The guy has really high upside and could take the #2 RB spot within a few years.


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Philadelphia at Cleveland
Baltimore at Philadelphia
Philadelphia at Arizona
N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
Detroit at Philadelphia
Atlanta at Philadelphia
Philadelphia at New Orleans
Dallas at Philadelphia
Philadelphia at Washington
Carolina at Philadelphia
Philadelphia at Dallas
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay
Cincinnati at Philadelphia
Washington at Philadelphia
Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants

Prediction 11-5
High end 14-2
Low end 9-7

This is a make or break year for one of the best coaches in NFL history in Andy Reid he has to at least make the playoffs which shouldn’t be very difficult with this team. But in all honesty there are two major factors determining if the Eagles have a successful season. The first is the health of Michael Vick. If Vick goes down and Nick Foles has to start year one for any more than two games that could spell doom for the Eagles. The other is the in division record. The Cowboys and the Giants are both playoff caliber teams that will give the Eagels trouble on top of that they can’t sleep on the Redskins either. With all that said they have a strong defense and an offense that nearly any QB can run this should be a good year for Eagles fans.

For the future? Well its now or never for the Eagles. On paper they are a top 3 team in the NFL while the Eagles are not a team that is very old at any position they have to at least make the playoffs. Eagle’s owner Jeff Lurie made it clear. Playoffs or bust for the Eagles if they switch head coaches at this juncture I think it will take a few years for this team to retool to what a new head coach would want and honestly outside of Cowher and Gruden I don’t think there is a coach in Andy Reid’s league out there right now that would be available.

Rosebud
09-03-2012, 11:47 AM
The Eagles are not a top 3 team in the NFL on paper or the field. Their offense is too hit or miss, Vick too injury prone, the defense is tiny and Andy Reid still likes to "pull a lovie" whenever the games on the line.

bigbluedefense
09-03-2012, 01:17 PM
This thread isn't getting enough credit. Very ambitious and well done. Major props.

In regards to the Eagles, I will say this about Michael Vick. It's not just his health that's a concern. Even when he's healthy, he hasn't been very good. His first 8 games in 2010 he was on fire, since then he's been a mediocre passer. And that's just as much a concern as his health.

If Vick doesn't improve, they're not coming out of this division. Vick has to improve.

Brothgar
09-03-2012, 01:18 PM
Washington

Offseason Losses:
WR Jabar Gaffney,
WR Donte' Stallworth,
DE/DT Kedric Golston,
OLB Rocky McIntosh,
SS LaRon Landry,
FS O.J. Atogwe.


Veteran Additions:
WR Pierre Garcon,
WR Josh Morgan,
ILB Jonathan Goff,
CB Cedric Griffin,
S Tanard Jackson,
S Brandon Meriweather,
K Neil Rackers.

The Skins have made a ton of moves getting rid of both starting safeties in exchange for Brandon Merriwether and Tanard Jackson who is currently suspended also bolstering the WR position with the addition of Garcon and Morgan to add to second year Leonard Hankerson it shows that the Redskins are finally going in the right direction.

Draft Picks:
QB Robert Griffin, QB Baylor
There is a reason why Mike Shanahan traded up and spent a ton of picks to get RG3. He has an NFL arm, not Matt Stafford arm but pretty close. He is reasonably accurate and can pull the ball down and run it. It should be no surprise that he is holding the ball a little long
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LeRibeus is a strong, athletic guard from SMU who is a rather high character type guy. With that said he he also has trouble blocking in space. I'll say that he wasn't really a guy on most people's radar in round 3 but could eventually become a starter for the skins.


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QB Kirk Cousins, QB Michigan State
There are no two QB's more different in this NFL draft than Kirk Cousins and RGIII. Cousins is a pocket passer from a pro style offense he has an average arm but enough to make most of the throws. A team leader and a smart player he should have been taken a round or two earlier great pick by them.


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ILB Keenan Robinson. OLB Texas
Robinson is a player that plays faster than he times. I wonder if they will play him on the inside or outside? He has the tools to do both eventually but should start the first couple of seasons as a backup.


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Adam Gettis G Iowa
Gettis comes from a program that is renound for developing NFL Offensive Linemen he is under sized which really fits in the Shanahan Wheelhouse he has nice footwork and can move well in space so he can block on the pull and in the second level.


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Alfred Morris RB Florida Atlantic
Played fullback at the senior bowl and could do so on the skins. Big physical inside the tackles runner who can block and catch in the passing game. Ball security is an issue but I doubt he sees the ball very much from the fullback position.


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Tom Compton T South Dakota
Compton is everything you look for in a LT physically and was an all American at South Dakota and a four year starter but he still needs to work on the technique of playing the position otherwise he’ll have real trouble with speed rushers at the next level.


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Jordan Berstine CB Iowa
Berstine is a physical type S from Iowa. He should be a monster on the special teams and has the ability to maybe be the primary backup at the safety position if he gets a roster spot. The guy has some good tackling ability if he doesn’t miss the play.


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Washington at New Orleans
Washington at St. Louis
Cincinnati at Washington
Washington at Tampa Bay
Atlanta at Washington
Minnesota at Washington
Washington at N.Y. Giants
Washington at Pittsburgh
Carolina at Washington
Philadelphia at Washington
Washington at Dallas
N.Y. Giants at Washington
Baltimore at Washington
Washington at Cleveland
Washington at Philadelphia
Dallas at Washington

High end 10-6
Low End 6-10
Prediction 7-9, 8-8

I find it hard to believe that the difference between Rex Grossman and RGIII is only going to be one more win. But that is how it seems to be. The Redskins have a very under rated D but as long as Jackson is suspended there will be a hole in the deep 3rd. The offense should see a huge gain as they finally have a QB they can count on in RGIII who should be better than Grossman from jump street. The one question I have is in the interior offensive line. The Giants now have two very big DTs in Rodgers and Austin who will be able to man handle them in the interior. But just like every other team in this division the tale of the season is going to come and go with their divisional record. If they can split with those other three teams then they can get close to their potential playoff birth but I just don’t see that happening. The funny thing is if the Skins were in the NFC West they could possibly be in the hunt for that division but I think that the Skins are just one more year off.

For the Future? The future is bright for the Redskins now that they finally have a franchise signal caller and a budding offense to give some cushion to that strong defense. People may be calling for Shanahan’s job at the end of the season but I’d suggest that they give it two more years and they will be rewarded with a long term playoff team. IF RGIII pans out they won’t be picking in the top 10 again for a very long time.

Brothgar
09-03-2012, 03:47 PM
NY Giants

Offseason Losses:
RB Brandon Jacobs
WR Mario Manningham
TE Jake Ballard,
OT Kareem McKenzie,
DE Dave Tollefson,
ILB Jonathan Goff,
CB Aaron Ross,
S Deon Grant.

Veteran Additions:
TE Martellus Bennett
NT Shaun Rogers
OLB Keith Rivers
CB Antwaun Molden
CB Dante Hughes.

The Giants lost a few menial pieces but nobody too important I think it is finally time that Ramses Barden takes over that #3 WR spot based off from what I’ve seen thus far in camp and pre season but Ruben Randel could also do some real damage at that spot a year from now. Mark Herzlich seems to have made a great UDFA pick up and allowed Goff to be expendable which is fantastic on top of that they picked up Keith Rivers meaning they finally got a very solid LBer corps. People may be concerned about the loss of Jacobs as the power runner but let’s be honest Jacobs hasn’t been a power runner for years. Martellus Bennett has also been looking impressive during camp lets see if that transfers to the regular season if his play matches his mouth he will be in for one hell of a sesaon.

Draft Picks

David Wilson RB Va Tech
Wilson is a very impressive cut back runner from Va. Tech he’s shifty and elusive but also has the ability to run between the tackles when needed. Let us not also forget the speed that he brings to the game either the guy can do it all. There were rumors that they really wanted Doug Martin form Boise State but this is a good consolation prize. Giants fans have been waxing nostalgic about Tiki Barber recently David Wilson will make you say Tiki who?






Rueben Randle WR LSU
Randle was another WR I thought could really break into the late first/early 2nd round I really didn’t think he would fall past Houston in round 2 so this is great value for the Giants for the last pick in round 2. Randle is going to be the heir apparent for Mario Manningham for that #3 WR spot likely starting next season as he battles Ramses Barden for that spot. Randle has good hands and size for the position he runs routes well and can play physically when he needs to. He isn’t a deep threat but that wouldn’t be his role in this offense anyway.


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Jayron Hosley CB Va Tech
Hosley is a speedy corner who can also play bump and run. He has quick feet and real football speed he covers the receiver well and really gets on the receiver after he cuts. He also has some kick return ability on top of that he could be the nickel corner starting out but could break the starting lineup. What makes this pick better is the injuries to Thomas and Amukamara to start the season Hosley is going to be thrown into the fire early.


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Adrien Robinson TE Cincinatti
Robinson is a workout warrior at the TE position long arms good speed but shouldn’t see the field much this season. But he has high upside that could eventually become a starter once he gets the hang of the position.


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Brandon Mosley OT Auburn
Much like Brewer last season Mosley is a high upside raw OT prospect from Auburn who is much more comfortable as the RT. But once again he is a player who is going to have to get significantly better if he ever wants to be a starter in the NFL which does make one nervous about the depth on the Giants tackle positions.


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Matt McCants T UAB
McCants us a larger tackle that really looks the part at 6‘5 309 and 35“ arms he also has good feet for the position but his current problem is that he has real trouble with bull rushers he also needs help in run blocking but he is much less of a project than Mosley who was taken earlier but also not as much upside.


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Markus Kuhn DT NC State
Kuhn is a guy who only has one year of starting experience at NC state which is really not enough to make an impact any time soon. He’s strong with long arms and can take on double teams but he isn’t much more than a practice squad player considering the great depth at the DT position for the Giants.


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Dallas at N.Y. Giants
Tampa Bay at N.Y. Giants
N.Y. Giants at Carolina
N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia
Cleveland at N.Y. Giants
N.Y. Giants at San Francisco
Washington at N.Y. Giants
N.Y. Giants at Dallas
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Giants
N.Y. Giants at Cincinnati
Green Bay at N.Y. Giants
N.Y. Giants at Washington
New Orleans at N.Y. Giants
N.Y. Giants at Atlanta
N.Y. Giants at Baltimore
Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants

Low end 6-10
high end 11-5
Prediction 8-8, 9-7

This is by far the largest range between high end and low end this year. The Giants have the talent to beat every team on their schedule. But nearly every team on their schedule also has the talent to beat the Giants. The Giants play all three teams they had to beat in able to get themselves to the super bowl last year. Also remember last year when we looked at the back half of the giant’s schedule and said “Holy crap!”? Yeah? Well this year is actually harder. They play seven of last season’s playoff teams. But the Giants do have a tendency to play up (and down) to their competition so this will be a very interesting season for them.

For the future? The Giants are fine for the future all of their star players are not even close to retirement so that isn’t an issue and the positions of DE, LB, RB, and WR are all very deep after this down year they will have a much easier schedule and will be back into the playoffs and winning the division.

BigBlueNorwegian
09-03-2012, 04:19 PM
Good job on the Giants, and I agree with you on most of your points. I can't see us having a losing record though, but I can easily see a 8-8/9-7 season if we don't maximize our potential.

And for the record, Marcus Kuhn made the roster after a great training camp, and is actually expected to contribute this season!

fear the elf
09-03-2012, 05:10 PM
DT John Hughes,
I really donít get this pick. I donít even think he was draftable let alone taking him in the third round. His abilities were easily overshadowed by teammate Derek Wolfe and didnít stand out at all. If he even makes the team he will be nothing better than a backup. Lets put it this way he isnít even the best DT that the browns drafted this year.



CB Trevin Wade
Wade is a special teamer because while he has good instincts he is on the short end of the CB spectrum (5Ď10) and isnít fast. He also has small hands and small arms which doesnít help him much at all.


I don't like it, but I have to agree with a lot of the comments you made about the Browns.

I do feel obligated to point out that both Hughes and Wade have impressed so far. Obviously the real test will come once they play in regular season games.

Hughes did beat out both Winn and Scott Paxson, which isn't saying much, but he must have shown something and it undoubtedly makes him the "best DT that the Browns drafted this year."

Wade, has looked really good, quick and instinctual, covering the slot. He looks like he could turn into a nice nickle back down the road.

NY+Giants=NYG
09-03-2012, 05:52 PM
That's good on the Giants. It will come down to two things: Injuries and defensive coordinator.

ChiFan24
09-03-2012, 11:37 PM
Yeah, I'm trying to get some picks done before the year and I started with the Giants. I have them in the 8-8, 10-6 area. I thought about their 12-4 2008 season when they had a little post SB swagger, but that schedule was ridiculously easy for a SB champ and their team was a little deeper with fewer holes. I don't see how they're going to drastically improve like that again.

NY+Giants=NYG
09-04-2012, 09:55 AM
Yeah, I'm trying to get some picks done before the year and I started with the Giants. I have them in the 8-8, 10-6 area. I thought about their 12-4 2008 season when they had a little post SB swagger, but that schedule was ridiculously easy for a SB champ and their team was a little deeper with fewer holes. I don't see how they're going to drastically improve like that again.

If our DC carries his weight, and no one or two positions get killed by injuries than I don't see why we can't. We have the talent to be that good. But it depends on the defense carrying their weight in the regular season, and who can stay off IR.

Malaka
09-04-2012, 10:14 AM
The Giants schedule is truly ridiculous though, the only teams outside the division with losing records are the Panthers, Bucs, and Browns, and non are pushovers.

God damn AFC North and NFC South.

Brothgar
09-05-2012, 06:02 PM
Dallas Cowboys

Low End 7-9
High end 10-6
Prediction 9-7

I needed to get the record done before the game tonight ;)

Brothgar
09-08-2012, 10:41 PM
Chicago Bears

Offseason Losses:
RB Marion Barber,
DT Amobi Okoye,
DT Anthony Adams,
CB Corey Graham,
S Brandon Meriweather.

Veteran Additions:
QB Jason Campbell,
RB Michael Bush,
WR Brandon Marshall,
G Chilo Rachal,
OLB Geno Hayes,
KR Eric Weems.

Off Season Thoughts: The Bears did good this off season The only person they should miss from last season is Okoye who was really doing good work for that defense. They also really helped the QB situation with picking up Jason Campbell who really should be starting for the Raiders still Not to mention the pick up of Brandon Marshall which is huge it would have worked well with Martz’s offense but I’m sure that Tice’s vertical style will also work with Marshall either way huge improvement in the WR corps and back up RB positions.

Draft Picks:
DE Shea McClellin, Boise State
McClellin was one of the late risers in the draft process that really took advantage of the off season process to get himself taken in the first round he has a great motor and no injury concerns he has a great repotoire of pass rushing move and can even drop into coverage if needed. He has had problems with power blocking OTs in the run game.

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WR Alshon Jeffery,
Alshon Jeffery is a player who has the talent to be the best WR in this draft with great hands and good body control. Weight fluctuations are a huge problem for him and could just as easily eat himself out of the league ala Mike Williams. But if he doesn’t the bears got a real steal in round 2.

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S Brandon Hardin, Oregon State
Hardin was a corner at Oregon state but will have to convert to safety at the next level he has great hight and weight for that position and has an ability to really lay the lumber he will be able to play in the box well but I just don’t see him making the start this season. Still will do well on special teams.



TE Evan Rodriguez
Played TE and FB atTemple but will likely be only a fullback for the Bears he is a nasty blocker who can catch out of the backfield and also run a nice seam rout if called upon. I also have seen him split out in the slot as a WR. This kid is very versatile and a good addition for the bears.

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Isaiah Frey CB Nevada
Second team All WAC CB. Fray has good height for a CB decent speed and is equally good at both zone and man up coverage. He is very weak at press and bump and run coverage.

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Greg mcCoy CB TCU McCoy is a return specialist more than anything so I’m really fighting to see what exactly his role on this team is going to be considering the lessening of what Devin Hester will be doing in the offense. But he could be a kick return specialist I guess.

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1 IND @ CHI
2 CHI @ GB
3 STL @ CHI
4 CHI @ DAL
5 CHI @ JAC
6 Bye
7 DET @ CHI
8 CAR @ CHI
9 CHI @ TEN
10 HOU @ CHI
11 CHI @ SF
12 MIN @ CHI
13 SEA @ CHI
14 CHI @ MIN
15 GB @ CHI
16 CHI @ ARI
17 CHI @ DET

Predicted record:
12-4
High end
14-2
Low end
9-6

The bears are going to be a good team this year if the y stay healthy. They have depth, and some real talent. I expect them to go deep in the playoffs but will Forte be as productive as he was under Martz? That’s a big question to me. But they could very well be the #1 seed by time it is all said and done.
For the future? The bear’s window is closing many of their impact players on D are starting to get over the hill that is somehting they are going to have to address sooner rather than later.

Brothgar
09-08-2012, 11:07 PM
Detroit Lions

Offseason Losses:
QB Drew Stanton,
OLB Bobby Carpenter,
CB Eric Wright,
S Chris Harris

Veteran Additions:
CB Jacob Lacey,
SS Sean Jones.

Not much here for the Lions they spent most of their free agency keeping their own players which is good for them since they are a good young team. Lacy is an upgrade over Wright specially when you consider how much he was getting paid.

Early Draft Picks:
OT Riley Reiff
Reiff was a steal for the Lions late in the first round he has great size and instincts but also great feet and also technically sound. He comes from a program that really churns out NFL caliber OTs.

WR Ryan Broyles,
Broyles has the ability to be the fourth best WR in this draft class he is an explosive athlete who will likely play the slot as early as next season. He was very productive in Oklahoma but injury concerns really hurt his stock. He also has some success as a returner.

CB Dwight Bentley, Louisianna Lafiette
Athletic corner with great speed, quickness and agility he has excellent instincts and can break on the ball quickly. Big play ball hawk that has already proven himself as cover corner who can also play zone. He won’t lay the lumber but can tackle OK. Good at press coverage for his size.


DE/OLB Ronnell Lewis.
Lewis is a guy who loves the game of football he is willing and able to play in any faction of the game. He has an explosive first step and can really play either DE or OLB in the 4-3 It will be difficult due to the depth that the Lions have at the DE position for Lewis to find a spot on this roster but he will be a pleasent surprise for some team out there.

Tahir Whitehead OLB Temple
Whitehead has already taken the #2 WLB position in Detroit and Gunther Cunningham has already started singing his praises. He isn’t anything amazing at any aspect of the game much more of a jack of all trades type that can rush the passer at times.

Chris Greenwood CB Albion
Chris Greenwood was one of Josh Buchannon’ top 10 small school prospects in this years draft Greenwood is a very athletic cover corner from Albion College on top of that speed he also has the height to work against taller wide receivers. He won’t see the field early but in a year or two he should be across from Dwight Bentley as a starting CB.

Jonte Green DB New Mexico State

Travis Lewis OLB Oklahoma


1 STL @ DET
2 DET @ SF
3 DET @ TEN
4 MIN @ DET
5 Bye
6 DET @ PHI
7 DET @ CHI
8 SEA @ DET
9 DET @ JAC
10 DET @ MIN
11 GB @ DET
12 HOU @ DET
13 IND @ DET
14 DET @ GB
15 DET @ ARI
16 ATL @ DET
17 CHI @ DET

High end 11-5
Low end 8-8
Prediction 10-6

The Lion’s secondary is still a major issue and the O-Line could be better in spite of the fact that it did really well last season. But with that said the Lions should do better in the running game assuming that Leshour stays healthy. That will take some pressure off form Stafford and the WRs but still expect a 65 35 Pass to run ratio.
For the future? All of the Lion’s best players are well under 30 years old and after Backus retires Reiff should be able to slide right into that position they will continue to grow the question is what will the packers do?

Brothgar
09-08-2012, 11:33 PM
Greenbay Packers

Offseason Losses:
QB Matt Flynn,
RB Ryan Grant,
OT Chad Clifton,
C Scott Wells,
NT Howard Green,
S Nick Collins.

Veteran Additions:
C Jeff Saturday,
DE/DT Phillip Merling,
DE/DT Tony Hargrove.

The Pack lost a few o-linemen and didn’t replace them that is very concerning to me. Jeff Saturday is great and all but is over the hill and undersized. Who is taking Clifton’s spot? Yes losing Flynn isn’t great but was a good backup to Green Bay not a great loss there though. But they have really bolstered the front three. which should help against the run.

Draft Picks:
DE/OLB Nick Perry,
Perry is a great pass rusher but I wonder what he will do in coverage early reports are that he is servicable at it. He will likely be used primarily as a pass rusher across from Clay Mathews.

DE/DT Jerel Worthy,
The rich truly get richer with Jerel Worthy out of Michigan State. A real powerful 3-4 DE prospect who can not only anchor and stop the run but also can pass rush as well this kid is what I call the definition of a 3-4 DE.

CB Casey Hayward, Vandy
Good size for a corner and plays bigger than he is he is good at the press coverage but can’t run step for step with a faster wide receiver. Incidently he held Alshon Jeffery to only two catches in his game against SC.

DE/DT Mike Daniels Iowa State
Depth pick for the 3-4 DE position. A great athlete who is tough to block and could be utilized on passing downs. Very Explosive but isn’t a 3 down player.

S Jerron McMillian,
McMillian is a developmental S prospect who will see reps at special teams if he makes the roster he is a physical type safety who reacts well and can come up in run support his problem lies in the pass protection he has problems transitioning and needs to adjust to the jump in competition.

ILB Terrell Manning.

1 Sep 09 SF @ GB Lambeau Field 4:25 PM Tickets FOX 714
2 Sep 13 CHI @ GB Lambeau Field 8:20 PM Tickets NFLN
3 Sep 24 GB @ SEA CenturyLink Field 8:30 PM Tickets ESPN
4 Sep 30 NO @ GB Lambeau Field 4:25 PM Tickets FOX 714
5 Oct 07 GB @ IND Lucas Oil Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets FOX 704
6 Oct 14 GB @ HOU Reliant Stadium 8:20 PM Tickets NBC
7 Oct 21 GB @ STL Edward Jones Dome 1:00 PM Tickets FOX 707
8 Oct 28 JAC @ GB Lambeau Field 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 709
9 Nov 04 ARI @ GB Lambeau Field 1:00 PM Tickets FOX 704
10 Bye
11 Nov 18 GB @ DET Ford Field 1:00 PM Tickets FOX 706
12 Nov 25 GB @ NYG MetLife Stadium 8:20 PM Tickets NBC
13 Dec 02 MIN @ GB Lambeau Field 1:00 PM Tickets FOX 705
14 Dec 09 DET @ GB Lambeau Field 8:20 PM Tickets NBC
15 Dec 16 GB @ CHI Soldier Field 1:00 PM Tickets FOX 705
16 Dec 23 TEN @ GB Lambeau Field 1:00 PM Tickets CBS 710
17 Dec 30 GB @ MIN Mall of America Field 1:00 PM Tickets FOX 706

High end 12-4
Low end 10-6
Prediction 11-5

The Packers are a team that is likely a playoff team they are a team that will be good for a long time but the secondary is an issue how long can Woodson stay that good? Eventually he is going to take a step back they need to get his heir apparent I don’t think he is on the roster right now.