Disclaimer: Read this and enjoy for the sole purpose of entertainment. I am one person doing these write-ups on all 32 teams. I'm going to miss some things on your team so feel free to chime in and tell me where I may be steering your franchise wrong.
The Draft so far...
1. Luke Joekel, OT (KC)
2. Jarvis Jones, OLB (JAC)
3. Star Lotulelei, DT (OAK)
Long-time coach Andy Reid is gone and offensive guru Chip Kelly has taken his place. Kelly brings with him a fast-paced offense that requires a specific style of quarterback to run and he's doing everything he can to find the right man for the job. He has convinced us to retained Michael Vick on a one year deal. He has Andy Reid's final project Nick Foles. He brought in free agent Dennis Dixon (who played for Kelly at Oregon). We have veteran Trent Edwards and finally, he brought in a guy who has yet to play in the NFL, G.J. Kinne. I like the fact that Kelly seems to know what he wants and he's leaving no stone unturned while he tries to find it.
Looking at the offensive line...
Our group of wide receivers should fit seamlessly into Kelly's system. Both Maclin and Jackson are quick guys who also possess deep speed. Add Riley Cooper, Jason Avant and recently signed Arrelious Benn as bigger targets and we have an impressive group of wideouts that stand to benefit from this no-huddle type offense. I had a slight concern at tight end where Brent Celek was inconsistent last year, but we brought in former Texans jack-of-all-trades James Casey. Casey is a player that is extremely versatile and can help at tight end, fullback and H-back. He'll fit right in to an offense like this and maybe his addition will elevate Celek's game as well. If it doesn't or if a team offers something in a trade, I'm ok with moving him. We also have Clay Harbor and Evan Moore. I always thought Moore was not utilized in Cleveland as he shoudl have been. He has a lot of upside as a pass-catching tight end. And last but not least, we have a couple of the best, young running backs in the game. LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown are both extremely explosive and either will give defensive coordinators nightmares playing in an up-tempo offense like this.
Kelly has decided to switch the defense from the "wide 9" they implemented last year to a 3-4 front. This is not an easy transformation for a defense to go through. For it to work properly, the 3-4 requires specific players who are big and athletic. The work has already begun on bringing in players that fit the scheme. We found our nose tackle by signing Isaac Sopoaga. At 320+ pounds, he'll anchor our defense quite well. The nose tackle position has depth as well with 320 pound Antonio Dixon. At end, we're pretty thin. We have one defensive end show should thrive and that's last year's first rounder Fletcher Cox, but we need to figure out what to do on the other side. With the amount of cap space we have, I can't figure out why the former GM decided it was a good idea to release Cullen Jenkins. Cullen Jenkins was probably the best player we had who could play a 3-4 defensive end, but we inexplicably let him go. His best years in the NFL were spent in Green Bay playing as a 3-4 defensive end so it seems like this would have been a perfect fit. So now, we have some depth, but could use a quality starter.
Luckily the switch shouldn't be nearly as hard as far as our linebackers go. We just signed former Texans OLB Connor Barwin to play on one side and we have several guys that can compete to play on the opposite side. Both Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham were considered a bit small for defensive end and at the time they were drafted, both were being considered by teams that ran the 3-4. As mentioned earlier, we also have Trent Cole who was an undersized defensive end who could make the switch. These guys can also line up as defensive ends in our nickel packages so we're good as far as pass rushers go. On the inside, DeMeco Ryans has experience at ILB from his time with the Texans. Last year's second round pick Mychal Kendricks is talented enough to play all over so he should not have any issue with the transition. We have depth on the inside as well.
At corner, Nnamdi Asomugha was owed way too much so he was released. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is more hype than performance. He's a good corner, but he thinks he's better than he is and he has some maturing to do (which is bad for a 27 year-old). He's a free agent that we're not bringing back. That leaves Brandon Boykin: a player we drafted in the fourth round last year. He played well for us and has good upside, but he can't cover the whole field by himself. To help him out, we signed ex-Raven Cary Williams. Our safeties have been totally revamped. We signed Patrick Chung and Kenny Phillips and both will more than likely move into a starting role.
On to the draft...
The draft has fallen into place for us just as I had hoped it would. There's been some rumblings about us drafting Geno Smith, but he has said on multiple occasions he does not want to be a running quarterback. He has the talent, but I don't want to draft a guy who's going through some internal crisis about how he doesn't want to be perceived as one type of quarterback over another. Another name we've been associated with is a player Chip Kelly is very familiar with; OLB/DE Dion Jordan. The guy is a great player, but as you can see by the names I listed above, we really don't have to spend the fourth overall pick an the outside linebacker position. So, instead of using our first round pick to bring in yet another quarterback or pressure player, we're going to be smart and take the best player on our board that fits a major need. With the fourth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select, Eric Fisher, offensive tackle, Central Michigan. Jason Peters may be back at 100%, but it's not a guarantee. Fisher has shot up draft boards to the point where some teams have him as the best offensive tackle in the draft, ahead of Luke Joekel. If Peters come back healthy, we'll have the two best tackles in the league this year and we have his heir apparent when his contract gets a little too big. If he doesn't come back to his pre-injury form, we still have a top-notch blind-side protector.
In the second round, we'll look at defensive tackles that can play defensive end, or defensive ends that are big enough to play the five-technique played in the 3-4. We hope that Margus Hunt is still on the board and if he is, we won't hesitate to take him. At 6'8", Hunt -nicknamed the "Eastern Block"- is an imposing player who had 17 blocked kicks in college (thus the name). If he's not available, we'll look at guys like Kawann Short and Sylvester Williams. Both guys are penetrating defensive tackles, who can also play the run equally as well. In round three, we'll look at additional defensive line help, but if there's a corner we have rated higher, we'll take him.
In round four, I'm drafting quarterback Matt Scott. He's the prototypical quarterback for Chip Kelly's offense and we'll be able to sit him for a year behind Michael Vick. After drafting Scott, we'll look around at teams that still need a QB and try to trade Foles for a 2014 second or third round pick. We have a fifth round pick and three seventh round picks (6th rounder traded for Arrelious Benn) and we'll take the best player available with these picks, but will concentrate on offensive and defensive line as well as cornerback.