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Dwight Freeney is a name that stands out not just in the category of NFL, but across the entire sporting world. Let’s discover his Biography, Net Worth, Age, wife/partner, Family, Affairs, Measurements, Achievements & Much More! Biography NFL star Dwight Freeney is the greatest NFL in the history of the sport, and that success has […] Dwight Jason Freeney was born on February 19, 1980, in Hartford, Connecticut. ... In 2009, became managing partner and director of advertising for Brand Infinite. Nowadays, you can find Ms. Waterhouse as the CEO and president of Waterhouse Sports & Entertainment and senior VP at NCLUSIVE. 0. Freeney, 33, has 107½ sacks in 11 seasons, all with the Indianapolis Colts. Abraham, who turns 35 on May 6, has 122 sacks in 13 seasons, the first six seasons with the New York Jets and last ... Dwight Freeney has been in relationships with Rachel Roy (2011), Claudia Jordan (2008) and Nia Long (2006). About. Dwight Freeney is a 40 year old American Football (American) Player. Born Dwight Jason Freeney on 19th February, 1980 in Hartford, CT, USA, he is famous for All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals (2016). His zodiac ... The other: Dwight Freeney (the big one), a 6'1' 270-pound, Pro Bowl defensive end and all-time sack leader for the Indianapolis Colts. It's Born vs. Freeney. ... Partner Training Dwight Freeney reserves the right to display advertisements on your blog unless you have purchased an ad-free account. Attribution. Dwight Freeney reserves the right to display attribution links such as 'Blog at dwightfreeney.com,' theme author, and font attribution in your blog footer or toolbar. Partner Products. After 16 years of playing in the NFL, Dwight Freeney is hanging up his cleats. The Indianapolis Colts announced Thursday that the pass rusher has decided to retire as a member of the Colts. Dwight Freeney: Pos: DE, Career: 218 G, 1 TD, 3xAll-Pro(1st), 7xProBowl, Colts/Chargers/.. 2002-2017, 1x Sk Leader, born CT 1980 I know Jason Taylor is older than Freeney, but his last five seasons have produced 66 1/2 sacks, or 10 more than Freeney, and he lost his partner Adewale Ogunleye a few years ago to the Bears. Robert Mathis, who would become Freeney’s partner in crimes against quarterbacks, laughed. “Dwight is not 6-1,’’ he said. “You can put this in there. Dwight Freeney is not 6-1.
2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 Cleveland Browns- Myles Garrett EDGE Texas A&M 6’4” 272 lbs The consensus best player in the draft, goes first overall. Much like what transpired three years ago when Jadeveon Clowney solidified his position as the best player in the 2014 draft. Looking back, did Houston make the right decision? Clowney has flashed as an elite pass rusher and came through most recently during this past postseason, however simultaneously Derek Carr emerged as an MVP candidate and franchise signal caller for Oakland. A player that Houston passed up on twice. For Cleveland, they must be wary of past mistakes, which makes the QB position always a possibility. However, in this scenario they take the safest player with the highest floor in the draft. Garrett displays elite athleticism and explosiveness. He also displays a high work ethic and passion for the game. Something that the Browns missed on in the past. A scheme fit as well, as Garrett projects best playing in a 4-3. He would immediately become their best pass rusher as a RE. A core of Shelton, Garrett, Collins, and Ogbah gives new defensive coordinator Greg Williams a lot to work with. San Francisco 49ers- Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina 6’2” 222 lbs A selection that wouldn’t be universally welcomed by 49ers fans, however the new regime under John Lynch secures their franchise signal caller. As it will always be, QBs are sought-after more than any other position and although the prospects of adding a dynamic defender are tempting both Shanahan and Lynch find themselves sold on Trubisky. The 2008 draft plays a big part in the decision-making process, when both Miami and St. Louis picking 1 and 2 both needing a QB chose Jake Long a presumed franchise LT and Chris Long a productive pass rusher. With the 3rd pick, Atlanta chose Matt Ryan and the rest is history. The biggest factor that plays into the pick is new coach Kyle Shanahan. Trubisky is only a one year starter at UNC, but what a year it was as he threw a 30-6 TD to INT ratio while completing 68% of his passes. One of the more underrated aspects of his game was his mobility. Ranked as one of the top dual threat QBs coming out of high school in the nation, Trubisky displayed that athleticism in his final year with over 300 yards rushing, 5 scores, and a swift 4.67 40 at the combine. Chicago Bears- Jonathan Allen DE Alabama 6’3” 286 lbs Chicago sits at an interesting position post-free agency and at third overall. Similar to what happened last year with Los Angeles (formerly San Diego), the Bears could be looking at the best player in the draft if the top 2 pick are QBs for the third year in a row. In this scenario, Cleveland snatches Garrett, however Chicago’s consolation prize is a plethora of elite defensive prospects. Solomon Thomas and Marshon Lattimore are heavily considered, but Ryan Pace and company choose perhaps the most dominant college player over the past two years in Allen. Chicago gave Mike Glennon their starting QB position for next year and it appears John Fox is in a win now situation and there is no better player to plug in and play than Allen. With Eddie Goldman and Akiem Hicks, Jon Allen would give Chicago a stout defensive line. Although his subpar workout at the combine and slight red flags regarding his shoulders, many think that Allen could potentially fall on draft night. However, his tape is arguably the best in this class and he fits well in Chicago’s 3-4 while also filling a need. Jacksonville Jaguars- Leonard Fournette RB LSU 6’0” 240 lbs Fournette has dominated at RB at both the high school and college level and there is no evidence he will slow down in the NFL. A physical specimen with a rare combination of power and speed. Fournette wreaked havoc on SEC defenses for three years. RB will surely become an easier pick to make with the success of Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys this past year. For Jacksonville, however this might be a different story. Having invested the 36th pick in 2015 on T.J Yeldon and a 5 year 32-million-dollar contract on Chris Ivory only a year ago, the Jags should think twice about spending a top 5 pick on Fournette. The alternatives of Solomon Thomas or Jamal Adams seem redundant. The past couple of years, Jacksonville has spent heavily on the defensive side of the ball in free agency, particularly on the defensive line and secondary. Add in Dante Fowler, Jalen Ramsey, and Myles Jack and you have plenty invested on defense. With a struggling QB and offensive line, Tom Coughlin and company take perhaps the most talented RB since Adrian Peterson. Tennessee Titans (from LAR)- Reuben Foster LB Alabama 6’0” 229 lbs Within one year, Tennessee has transitioned from the worst team in football to a legit contender. Under the guidance of Jon Robinson, the Titans lucked out when the Rams willingly mortgaged their first and third round picks (along with several 2016 picks) this year for the opportunity to draft a franchise QB. Fortunately for Tennessee, the L.A Rams played poorly this past season and in return inherited a top 5 pick. With needs along the secondary and receiving corps, Robinson instead grabs the best signal caller in the draft to bolster the middle of their defense opposite Wesley Woodyard. Lattimore is considered, but the addition of Logan Ryan in free agency allows Tennessee to hold off on a corner. Foster is head and shoulders above the rest of the ILB group this year as he was extremely productive his last year at Alabama, notching 115 tackles, 13 TFL, and 5 sacks. A nice fit for LeBeau’s A-gap blitzes and ready made for the modern-day NFL with his versatility, speed, and agility. Foster should improve Dick LeBeau’s defense tremendously. New York Jets- Solomon Thomas EDGE Stanford 6’3” 273 lbs The Jets are faced with a dilemma with their first pick. Their roster barren with only a few good players left, it’s hard to believe this team was one win away from the playoffs just a year ago. With big needs across the roster, the Jets should be in a true best player available approach. With the recent signing of Morris Claiborne to strengthen possibly the weakest unit on the team, the slight edge goes to the run stopping phenome out of Stanford. Thomas is perhaps the best run defending edge prospect in this class, but his ability to rush the passer should not be overlooked. Totaling 12 sacks and over 24 TFL the past two years, Thomas should become the Jets premier pass rusher. A pathetically shallow unit of OLBs in Todd Bowles’ defense, with only Lorenzo Mauldin and second year player Jordan Jenkins of note. Thomas could slide inside in base to defend the run and situationally rush the passer in third down or obvious passing circumstances. His versatility at 273 pounds would allow Bowles to utilize him in a variety of different ways along the front seven. Los Angeles Chargers- Malik Hooker FS Ohio State 6’1” 206 lbs The Chargers should be a dark horse Super Bowl contender with the selection of Hooker at 7th overall. A defense that already employs two elite pass rushers, at least 3 legit LBs, 2 pro bowl CBs, and now Jahleel Addae can move down to SS to make room for the best ball hawk in the draft. Gus Bradley is a few defensive linemen away from creating a dominant defense that could rival his Seahawk defenses from a few years back. If the board falls this way, then Telesco and company should be excited. With both premier safeties and the best corner in the draft still available, this spot could lead to a potential trade down opportunity. Hooker, however is the best of them, he shows generational ball skills and tremendous range. He could be a turnover machine and a valuable asset in an increasingly pass happy league. Hooker was one year starter at Ohio State totaling a whopping 7 interceptions and 74 tackles. His outstanding instincts and versatility playing as a high safety or robber should provide the Chargers with an edge each time the opposing QB drops back to pass. Carolina Panthers- Jamal Adams SS LSU 6’0” 214 lbs Dave Gettleman is known to prioritize the front seven when drafting defensive players, but he is also a member of the BPA no matter what club. Jamal Adams fits the BPA model and he would slide in effortlessly with new free agent signee Mike Adams at FS. The LSU product brings leadership and toughness to a defense that already had plenty. His persona should identify with the Panthers defense and give them an edge in coverage and near the line of scrimmage. Whether he’s defending screens, covering TEs, or blitzing off the edge, Adams would give new Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks more freedom and creativity than if he was dealing with Kurt Coleman or Tre Boston. Jamal Adams exceled at LSU in a robber role and could play a somewhat similar role in Carolina if Mike Adams acts as the center fielder. With the addition of Jamal Adams, along with a healthy Luke Keuchly, a rejuvenated Kawaan Short, and an ever-improving James Bradberry, the Panthers can resume their 2015 defensive dominance. Cincinnati Bengals- Derek Barnett EDGE Tennessee 6’3” 259 lbs The addition of Kevin Minter at LB and Foster off the board allows the Bengals to look elsewhere. While Carlos Dunlap has been a reliable and productive member of Cincinnati’s pass rush, his opposite counterpart has struggled. Since returning from his Tampa hiatus, Michael Johnson has mustered 8.5 sacks over two years, over that same time Dunlap has produced 21.5. A productive pass rushing duo should be nearly 50/50 split in sacks and pressures, however Dunlap accounts for over 70% of sacks between the two. The need for a new pass rushing duo is dire in Cincinnati. Enter Derek Barnett, hands down the most productive college player in the draft. In the SEC, Barnett tailed 32 sacks, 53 TFL, 198 tackles, and 3 FFs over a 3-year period. A match made in heaven for Paul Guenther’s 4-3, Barnett is a ready-made RE opposite Dunlap who has the flexibility to drop in zone coverages, and sniff out screens and reverses. A front four encompassing Geno Atkins, and Dunlap/Barnett off the edges will keep opposing QBs up at night. Buffalo Bills- O.J Howard TE Alabama 6’6” 251 lbs The Bills are in an odd position at 10. With the loss of Stephon Gilmore to the division rival Patriots, Marshon Lattimore is intriguing, but new signee Micah Hyde allows them to look elsewhere. A new weapon is needed for Tyrod Taylor, perhaps too early for a receiver, but the best pass catcher is on the board and Buffalo make their pick. O.J Howard is the best TE to come out in a long time and there is no better time to be one. One of the best athletes in the draft, Howard displays elite explosiveness and catching ability. An exceptional run blocker, in Buffalo he will be heavily utilized in their run heavy zone scheme. With the loss of Robert Woods (if you want to define it as a loss), the Bills’ receiving core is lacking behind the oft-injured Sammy Watkins. While WR remains a need, Howard becomes Buffalo’s main red zone target as well as their 2nd receiver. His athleticism and receiving potential combined with his outstanding run blocking ability make him a dream pick for the Bills at 10. New Orleans Saints- Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State 6’0” 193 lbs Marshon Lattimore is the clear cut CB1 in this draft. His one year emergence onto the scene at Ohio State put him on the map and since the Fiesta Bowl, he has only improved his stock. He has the ideal size and ran a blazing 4.36 40 at the combine. Lattimore excels in press coverage where he can use his strength and hands to disrupt the receiver. An ideal fit for Dennis Allen’s hybrid man coverage concepts. His small sample size along with his increasingly serious hamstring problem could potentially cause a small fall in the draft. If he were to fall, New Orleans would be his floor as top end CB talent becomes harder to find. For New Orleans, this is the perfect outcome. Not only does one of the blue-chip prospects make his way out of the top ten, but he fills arguably their biggest need. With Delvin Breaux as their only legitimate corner, Lattimore can come in and immediately shadow opposing team’s number one receiver. This is the first step to improving a struggling Saints defense. Cleveland Browns (from PHI)- Deshaun Watson QB Clemson 6’2” 221 lbs In this scenario, Cleveland narrowly misses out on another potential foundational piece on defense. Most if not all of the clear blue chip prospects are off the board at this point. This leaves the Browns FO with an interesting decision regarding their second pick. Here they take Watson, arguably the best QB in the draft. The Clemson QB has the leadership and pedigree to come in and command respect from day one. His college career was riddled with success and his mentality can greatly benefit a culture that has struggled. With Watson, you get a high character and passionate player, someone at the helm that Cleveland has lacked in the past. This along with their rebuilt offensive line and added skill players could turn the Browns into an exciting offensive team. Watson’s versatility as a runner can open up a new creative playbook for Hugh Jackson. Past signings such as RG3 indicate Jackson’s innovative mind when looking for potential dual threat QBs. Most importantly, Watson can bring a cultural change that Cleveland has needed at QB. Arizona Cardinals- Mike Williams WR Clemson 6’4” 218 lbs Just two years ago the Cardinals had one of the best WR cores in football. Michael Floyd was finally living up to his draft position, Larry Fitzgerald was having yet another stellar season in the slot, John Browns and J.J Nelson were emerging as serious deep threats. After they released Floyd, a serious hole emerged opposite John Brown. After running a 4.5 40 at the Clemson pro day, Mike Williams solidified himself as the number one WR in the draft. Williams has the strongest hands of the draft, he uses his physicality and size to body corners and beat them in the air. His catch radius is unlike any receiver in the draft. He is your prototypical red zone possession type receiver that could quickly develop into Carson Palmer’s security blanket. In Bruce Arians’ downfield passing offense, Mike Williams seems to be the missing piece. A rejuvenated Cardinals offense with Williams, Fitz, and David Johnson could recapture their 2015 form. Philadelphia Eagles (from MIN)- Quincy Wilson CB Florida 6’1” 211 lbs The Eagles had a short-lived resurgence during the first few weeks of this past season. A roster stocked full of talent, those first few games should foreshadow what is to come. With few immediate needs after addressing the WR position in free agency, Howie Roseman has flexibility with his selections. However, the secondary is lacking a true number one corner and Wilson fits the look of a Jim Schwartz type defensive back. Quincy Wilson has prototypical size (6’1”) and speed (4.54) for a press CB and man coverage. In the WR-rich NFC East, an athletic and physical corner is exactly what the Eagles defense is missing. Wilson notched 6 interceptions and 14 pass break ups over his career at Florida and formed a dangerous CB duo with Teez Tabor. Wilson could plug in and play right away and with newly acquired Dwayne Gratz, the Eagles secondary could see a significant improvement next year. Indianapolis Colts- Haason Reddick LB Temple 6’1” 237 lbs With new GM Chris Ballard, the Colts will be looking to improve on the defensive side of the ball. Recent signings of Jabaal Sheard, John Simon, and Margus Hunt show Indianapolis’ efforts on improving the pass rush. The selection of Reddick will only further strengthen a mediocre defense. With Reddick, the Colts will get versatility, explosiveness (4.52 40, 36.5 in vertical), and production. Reddick can line up inside as a run defender at ILB in a 3-4, he can rush the pass off the edge, or drop into coverage. Reddick is a jack of all trades when it comes to the LB position in the Colts’ 3-4. A significant role in Ted Monachino’s defense will be the MIKE LB who will make the calls. Reddick can pair with newly signed Sean Spence or second year player Antonio Morrison at ILB or spell one of Sheard or Simon to pass rush or play off linebacker and matchup with TEs in sub packages. The possibilities are endless, which makes Reddick the perfect fit for the Colts. Baltimore Ravens- Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin 6’6” 310 lbs With the loss of fellow Badger tackle Ricky Wagner to Detroit, the Ravens find themselves rather thin along the offensive line. By selecting the best OT in the class, Baltimore can plug Ramczyk in at RT right away. The Ravens securing bookend tackles for the future in back to back drafts. Ramczyk is a one year starter at Wisconsin, but transferred from division III UW-Stevens Point. He started every game for Wisconsin at LT and earned first-team all Big Ten. He projects as a swing tackle capable of playing on either side. For the Ravens, he’ll play RT as Ronnie Stanley solidified himself as Joe Flacco’s blindside protector. With the emergence in versatility among the league premier pass rushers, both right and left tackles have become interchangeable. The rise in stock of RTs makes Ryan Ramczyk a justifiable selection for Ozzie Newsome. With Ramczyk and Stanley, the Ravens offensive line is set much like Tennessee after the Conklin selection this past year. Washington Redskins- Dalvin Cook RB Florida State 5’10” 210 lbs The Florida State runner underperformed at the combine. Cook ran a 4.49 40 a great time for any position, but underwhelming considering the explosiveness and raw speed he displayed on tape. Nevertheless, Cook is one of the best RB prospects to come out in a few years, he dominated at FSU and his abilities as a receiver is one of many intriguing aspects of his game. A late arrival on the scene last year, Rob Kelley performed admirably for the Redskins down the stretch, but is not the long-term answer at RB. Cook brings runaway speed, excellent vision, and dangerous screen potential. A new weapon for Jay Gruden to employ on an already dangerous offense. Washington would bolster 2016 first rounder Josh Doctson (who has yet to play a game), free agent signee Terrelle Pryor, slot aficionado Jamison Crowder, pro bowl TE Jordan Reed, AND now Cook. I see no reason why Cousins would want to leave that arsenal of weapons. Tennessee Titans- Corey Davis WR Western Michigan 6’3” 209 lbs After selecting a new signal caller on defense, the Titans look to give their franchise QB a new toy to play with. The Titans pride themselves on being a run first team, with a dominant offensive line and two great RBs. This past year, however Mariota didn’t have a number one WR who he could trust and grow with. Corey Davis is neck and neck with Mike Williams as the best receiver in this draft and due to a lingering ankle injury, Davis was not able to work out pre-draft. The tape doesn’t lie, Davis dominated at Western Michigan and had outstanding production. He possesses great size and sticky hands. He should develop into Marcus Mariota’s favorite target and in a run heavy offense predicated on play action, Davis has the potential to flourish in the red zone and in the intermediate to deep routes. This is truly a match made in heaven. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- David Njoku TE Miami (FL) 6’4” 246 lbs With the board falling this way coupled with the recent signing of burner DeSean Jackson, the Bucs grab the clear number two TE in the class. Njoku is your classic Y TE who can be lined up almost anywhere and be tasked with run blocking duties. With Mike Evans sure to draw considerable attention and newly acquired Jackson presenting the deep threat, Njoku should find plenty of success in Tampa’s new offense. At Miami (FL), the athletic TE displayed dangerous red zone abilities catching 8 TDs in his last year. With the emergence of Cameron Brate this past year, Dirk Koetter can introduce 2 TE sets and a more creative offensive playbook. With both TEs posing as serious red zone and jump ball threats and Mike Evans being the best vertical WR in the league, Dirk Koetter and Jameis Winston should be ecstatic at the potential of this pass offense. Denver Broncos- Garett Bolles OT Utah 6’5” 297 lbs John Elway and company sought to improve a detrimental weakness on the team last year, the offensive line. By signing Ronald Leary in free agency and drafting Bolles, the Broncos should expect a substantial improvement in line play. Bolles will be a 25-year-old rookie, but he is capable of becoming the day one starter at LT for Denver. A position that has been a struggle for them for a few years now. Bolles, like Ramczyk, was a one year starter at LT for the Utes. He transferred from Snow college after two years. In his final year, he was first team all Pac-12 and started every game. At Utah, he faced future NFL talent week in and week out against the likes of Joe Mathis, Takkarist McKinley, and fellow teammate Hunter Dimick. In the AFC West with the likes of Von Miller, Khalil Mack, Joey Bosa, Justin Houston, and Melvin Ingram, an OT is a necessity for Denver. Detroit Lions- Jarrad Davis LB Florida 6’1” 238 lbs A big deficiency in Detroit’s defense last year was the LB position. With DeAndre Levy injured for the second straight year and Tahir Whitehead taking a big step back, Detroit was exploited through their LB corps. By selecting Davis, he can immediately be put into Teryl Austin’s 4-3 defense at WLB. A ready-made player for today’s NFL, Davis displays speed and athleticism. He should excel in coverage and give the Lions range in the middle of the defense. Where he needs improvement is his vision as he struggles over pursuing in the run game and diagnosing screens. At Florida, Davis recorded 154 tackles, 17 TFL, and 5.5 sacks in his final two years. At his best, Davis will provide the speed, coverage ability, and leadership necessary to anchor the defense. Expect the Florida LB to come in and become the leader of a struggling Lions defense. Miami Dolphins- Jabrill Peppers S/LB Michigan 5’11” 213 lbs The Dolphins recent acquisition of William Hayes allows Adam Gase to pass on Charlton for teammate Jabrill Peppers. The Michigan man has the versatility to play SS in base and move inside to supplant newly signed Lawrence Timmons in sub packages. It doesn’t end there with this pick as Gase could potentially use him as a kick returner and change of pace back behind Jay Ajayi. Most importantly, Peppers can bring a partner at safety for Reshad Jones now that Abdul-Quddus won’t be returning. What really sells the pick is Peppers abiity to play as a sub package LB effectively filling two needs for the Dolphins defense. At Michigan, the Heisman-finalist was a do-it all safety his final year collecting 72 tackles, including 16 for a loss, and 4 sacks. With the addition of Peppers Miami’s defense should see an improvement at both safety and linebacker. New York Giants- Malik McDowell DT Michigan State 6’6” 295 lbs At 23, the Giants can go a number of ways. They can grab another pass rusher in Charlton, a WLB in Melifonwu, or a change of pace back in McCaffrey. Jerry Reese however, instills the interior defensive line with McDowell. With Hankins future and recent play up in the air, New York is left with a hole next to Damon Harrison in Steve Spagnuolo’s 4-3 front. The Michigan State defender brings versatility along the defensive line. He could become the third edge rusher behind Vernon and Pierre-Paul or he could be an interior pass rusher next to the space eating nose tackle. A five-star recruit out of high school, McDowell didn’t quite live up to his status at the college level. His last year was underwhelming, but his physique and athleticism scream difference maker. On a dominant Giant defense, expect McDowell to complement Harrison inside and turn into a fearsome edge rusher in passing situations. Oakland Raiders- Gareon Conley CB Ohio State 6’0” 195 lbs In Jack Del Rio’s defense, press corners are essential. Conley fits the size and speed (4.44 40) needed to play in Oakland’s secondary. Conley may have been overshadowed by Lattimore and Hooker at Ohio State, but don’t let that phase you he is a legit starting CB whether on the outside or inside in nickel. At OSU, Conley often shadowed the number one receiver and in his final two years recorded 6 interceptions and 13 pass breakups. The Raiders struggling pass defense now gets back to back first round defensive backs in consecutive years. With a CB triplet of Sean Smith, David Amerson, and Gareon Conley along with 2016 free agent signee Reggie Nelson and second year safety Karl Joseph perhaps defensive player of the year Khalil Mack will have more time (as if he needed it) to get to the opposing QB. Houston Texans- Budda Baker FS Washington 5’10” 195 lbs In this scenario, Houston would have a dilemma. Both Mahomes and Kizer are still available at QB. However, if Romo becomes a real possibility I see Rick Smith and Bill O’Brien going all in on his final few years. With the loss of Quintin Demps in free agency a sizeable hole has emerged at the backend of the defense. Enter Baker, the safety/nickel out of Washington. He is seen as single-high free safety with great instincts and passion. This pick could reshape Houston’s secondary. Over his college career, Baker totaled 199 tackles including 13 for a loss, 4 sacks, 5 interceptions, and 3 forced fumbles. By pairing him with 2015 first round pick Kevin Johnson at CB, the Texans have two foundational pieces in their secondary. The talent for new defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel to work with in Houston (Clowney, Watt, Mercilus, McKinney, Johnson, and now Baker) should carry high expectations for a potential dominant defense in 2017. Seattle Seahawks- Ahkello Witherspoon CB Colorado 6’3” 198 lbs A surprise pick for some, but that’s how Seattle operates. CB being a sneaky need for a team that was reportedly shopping Richard Sherman. In Witherspoon, Seattle gets the long (33 inch arms) press corner they desire for their defense. The Buffalo CB has exceptional size and speed (4.45 40) and excels in man to man coverage allowing just 26.5% completion rate of passes thrown his way in his final year. He was second in the nation in pass defensed with 22. In a star-studded Colorado secondary, Witherspoon held his own and then some. For the Seahawks, a team known for its legion of boom inherits a talented outside press corner. If Sherman’s future is up in the air, Witherspoon provides insurance and high potential. If there ever was a player that fit a team perfectly, it’s Ahkello Witherspoon and the Seahawks. Kansas City Chiefs- Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford 5’11” 202 lbs Andy Reid gets a new weapon after two years of an injury-riddled Jamaal Charles and an inconsistent running game. With McCaffrey, the Chiefs are getting a dynamic runner who excels in space and the most dangerous pass catching back in the draft. A perfect fit for a west coast offense that predicates itself on short passes with a zone blocking scheme. Reid can line the Stanford runner up in the slot or out wide and with a smooth and quick change of direction ability (6.57 3 cone), McCaffrey should have no trouble creating space at the next level. With Tyreek Hill and now Christian McCaffrey, an offense thought to be conservative and methodical has two (3 if you count Kelce) home run threats at both the WR and RB position. Kansas City gives Alex Smith more support in both phases and in turn creates a potentially explosive offense with the addition of McCaffrey. Dallas Cowboys- John Ross WR Washington 5’11” 188 lbs Jerry Jones is put into a precarious position, after losing Carr and Claiborne in free agency. A significant deficiency emerged at the CB position. With this pick, Tre’Davious White along with several top corners are still available. The Dallas brass, however decide to go with the top player on their board. John Ross locked himself into round 1 after running the fastest 40 in combine history at 4.22. A top 3 WR in this class, Ross is ready to come in and compete as a deep threat immediately. The Cowboys signed back Terrance Williams to be their number two behind Dez, but they lacked a true burner at the position. Ross gives them that and more, having accounted for 18 touchdowns his final year at Washington. Ross is the perfect complement to Dez Bryant and with this addition Dallas bolsters one of the most talented offensive rosters in NFL history. Green Bay Packers- Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama 6’0” 197 lbs A porous showing in NFC Title game exposed the Packers injury-ridden secondary. Having recently drafted various defensive backs over the past few drafts (Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins, Clinton-Dix) taking another corner seems redundant. This is not the case as Randall hasn’t lived up to his draft position and even after the signing of Davon House, a substantial hole remains at the CB position opposite Randall. With Humphrey, the Packers are getting a fluid, smooth athlete with size and experience in both man and zone coverages. In his two years starting at Alabama, Humphrey forced 3 fumbles, defensed 13 passes, and had 5 interceptions. He excels in run defense and has the speed and quickness to play inside. The addition of Humphrey can help alleviate past problems while also improving a weak pass defense. Pittsburgh Steelers- Tyus Bowser EDGE Houston 6’3” 247 lbs With the depth of the edge class, Kevin Colbert and company are in an advantageous position. They can attack their need at CB or ILB at 30 and take a pass rusher later. The depth dictates that there should be talented edge players throughout the first 100 picks or so. An interesting choice will have to be made with the likes of Lawson, Watt, and Harris still available. Here they do attack their pass rushing problem with an athletic and explosive OLB in Bowser. A slight project, the Houston product is raw, but displays run stopping capabilities while flourishing in space during coverage responsibilities, two important traits that the Steelers look for in their OLBs. Most importantly, Bowser showcases elite bend and quickness in his primary speed rush, while also displaying the power and balance to bull rush. Opposite Dupree, Pittsburgh may be looking at their best pass rushing duo since Woodley and Harrison. Atlanta Falcons- Taco Charlton DE Michigan 6’6” 277 lbs The Falcons get one of many falling prospects in Charlton. After a mediocre combine workout, the Michigan defender saw his stock fluctuate quite a bit. A massive defensive end at 6’6”, Charlton could be a plug in and play right away in Dan Quinn’s 4-3 opposite Vic Beasley. Atlanta is not a team with many needs, but after Beasley their pass rushers consist of 37-year-old Dwight Freeney and washed up Brooks Reed. With this pick, Charlton can assume the position of RE using his length to defend the run and power to generate pressure. While his career at Michigan was up and down production wise (final year stands out with 9.5 sacks/13 TFL), his size and length project for better success at the pro level. A rare trait to possess. Charlton should help alleviate the attention Beasley assuredly will see next year. New Orleans Saints (from NE)- Patrick Mahomes II QB Texas Tech 6’2” 225 lbs After trading away Brandin Cooks to the Patriots, the Saints will look to improve a neglected defense. There are intriguing defensive prospects available at this point (Melifonwu, Harris, Cunningham), but the value of Mahomes is far too much to pass up. The Saints haven’t indicated they would be looking for a young QB to groom in Brees’ final years, but they already tried and failed in 2015 when they selected Garrett Grayson in the third round. This is much different, as Mahomes has a great deal more potential and dominated the college level. His career numbers (752 completions his final two years, 63.5% completion percentage, 11,252 passing yards, 93 TDs, 29 INTs) are staggering. He had the highest volume passing in the nation his final two years. He is extremely raw and needs time to develop. In this situation, he should have at least two years. A perfect fit for the player and team. A Mahomes-led Sean Payton offense will keep defensive coordinators up at night.
2017.02.08 19:37 Hazelarc[OC] Examining the top free agents and our areas of need
Looking ahead, we don't really have many needs in our team. The majority of our starters are young and under contract for the next few years. Only eight of our players who played more than 30 snaps this season are free agents, so we're in a pretty good place heading into next season. Even so, there are a few key areas we can definitely afford to address in free agency and some of the top free agents this offseason line up perfectly. My breakdown is split into areas I feel we NEED to address and WANT to address. Atlanta Falcons salary cap space for 2017 - $32 million NEED Right Guard - Our offensive line was the 6th ranked unit in the NFL according to PFF, and starting RG Chris Chester was the obvious weak link in both pass and run blocking. Chester is a free agent heading into the offseason, and at 34 years old it seems unlikely that we'll re-sign him unless all of the available upgrades in free agency elude us Top FA Targets
Kevin Zeitler - Guard - Age 27
Zeitler is the crown of the free agent class among offensive lineman. He's been one of the elite offensive lineman in the NFL for a few seasons now, and graded extremely highly by PFF in both pass blocking and run blocking.
T.J. Lang - Guard - Age 29
Lang was injured in 2016 and will be 30 by the start of next season but he's been one of the best guards in the league over the past few seasons. He's been better at pass blocking than run blocking over his career, but is an upgrade to Chester in both facets
Larry Warford - Guard - Age 26
Warford is a big reason for Stafford's success in Detroit this past season. After facing injury concerns in 2015 he came back in a big way this past season to provide top-tier pass protection for the Lions. He's also the youngest name on this list so he still has room to improve as part of an elite unit Safety - One of the more glaring weaknesses in our young defense is a free safety who can partner Keanu Neal. In our nickel package we often saw one of our cornerbacks playing at the FS position alongside Neal this season, but there are a few elite safeties available in FA who could free up our young CB corps to focus on coverage Top FA Targets
Eric Berry - Safety - Age 28
Berry was arguably the best safety in the NFL this season. He almost singlehandedly beat us in the regular season, twice returning Matt Ryan passes to the house for a pick-6 and pick-2. PFF grades him as the best coverage safety in the league, and he would slot in perfectly alongside Neal in our already talented secondary.
John Cyprien - Safety - Age 27
A young player who finally seemed to put everything together in 2016, Cyprien will enter FA this season with just one great season on his resume. No doubt helped by the addition of talent around him last offseason, Cyprien ended up as one of the best coverage safeties in the NFL by season's end. Our secondary is full of talent and would complement his weaknesses very well, allowing him to focus on coverage as he did this season. EDGE - The EDGE position is a fairly new concept in the NFL but it's evolved to be one of the most important positions on defense. Vic Beasley developed into an elite edge presence this season, while we had veteran Dwight Freeney policing the opposite edge during the Super Bowl to great effect. There is a wealth of EDGE talent available in the upcoming draft, but also in FA if the front office chooses to address other needs though the draft instead Top FA Targets
Chandler Jones - DE/OLB - Age 27
Jones is more likely than not going to be re-signed by Arizona. If he slips into free agency however, he will be the undisputed top target for any team looking to upgrade their edge presence. Jones is a talent on the level of Von Miller and is likely to command a similar salary but his addition would make our edge talent one of the very best in the NFL
Melvin Ingram - DE/OLB - Age 28
Ingram is coming off one of the best seasons of his career in San Diego, and PFF grades him as one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. With our young, aggressive defense he would be a perfect addition to a team looking to get even more pressure on opposing QBs next year WANT Defensive Tackle - Prior to the Super Bowl I had DT as one of our NEED positions, but damn if Grady Jerrett didn't make me second guess that. After one of the most dominant DT performances I've seen against Tom Brady in a long time, DT becomes more of a WANT than a NEED for me, and there are a few elite options in free agency should we choose to pursue them Top FA Targets
Kawann Short - DT - Age 28
Short had 15 sacks in 2015 and even though he failed to reach double digits again in 2016, he proved that he is one of the elite defensive tackles in the league in both pass rushing and run defending. As an added bonus, by signing him we'd be taking one of the Panthers' best players on the defensive side of the ball
Dontari Poe - DT - Age 27
Despite a back injury that limited his production in 2016, Poe comes with a reputation as one of the most formidable defenses forces in the league. At age 27, he's firmly in his prime and would add a monstrous presence to our interior defensive line to go along with our increasingly effective edge presence Tight End - TEs were an extremely important part of our offensive this season. Jacob Tamme was putting up some big numbers before his season-ending injury, and Levine Toilolo was a huge part of our offensive success as he provided some key blocking both in the backfield and downfield. Both are free agents this offseason and I wouldn't be surprised to see one or both re-signed, but there are a few notable FAs who could be brought in as well if they're not brought back Top FA Targets
Martellus Bennett - Tight End - Age 30
Assuming that Bennett doesn't re-sign in New England, he'll be the top available TE in free agency. It's no surprise, as we just saw firsthand how he's capable of manhandling a defense. He's an athletic mismatch for just about any defense. The downside is that he's known to have a less-than-ideal personality and his salary demands are likely to be massive
Jared Cook - Tight End - Age 30
Cook has been plagued by injuries through most of his career but seemed to finally put it all together in 2016, especially towards the end of the season and in the playoffs. His spectacular game against the Cowboys in the Divisional round is evidence of the impact he can have when he's healthy EDIT: Some of y'all are taking this post as saying that we need to go out and sign big free agents. That's not what I'm trying to say. We don't need to address any of the areas I highlighted through FA. My take is that there are some really good free agents out there in areas we might need, and if we can sign one or two of them to supplement our draft class or to allow us to focus on a specific area in the draft, it would be an option worth considering. I don't work in the front office, I'm just a fan who wanted to analyze some interesting possibilities that are out there this offseason
So my friends and I were recently discussing players that if they retired today would make the Hall of Fame. I found it interesting and wondered what nfl thought about it. These are all the people in the NFL that would make it right now and I added another part for players that will make it with 2-3 more years of good production. I posted the stats for the ones that could make it right now and an explanation for why the ones will make it in 2-3 years. I also used All Pros as a combination of first team and second team All Pros. I am also not saying that these are all first ballot Hall of Famers, but that they will eventually make it. Quarterbacks Hall of Famers Now
Peyton Manning - 3rd all time in passing yards, 2nd all time in passing touchdowns, 4 x NFL MVP, Super Bowl XLI MVP, 12 x Pro Bowler, 9 x All Pro, 2000 All Decades team
Tom Brady - 9th all time in passing yards, 5th all time in passing touchdowns, 2 x NFL MVP, Super Bowl XXXVI & XXXVIII MVP, 8 x Pro Bowler, 3 x All Pro, 2000 All Decades team
Drew Brees - 8th all time in passing yards, 6th all time in passing touchdowns, Super Bowl XLIV MVP, 7 x Pro Bowler, 4 x All Pro, Single season passing yard record
2-3 Years Away
Eli Manning - I know that Eli has two rings and two Super Bowl MVPs but I don't think his career stats are good enough for the Hall of Fame right now. Hes 33rd in all time passing touchdowns and 26th in all time passing yards. He has also never been named All Pro. If he can break 300 touchdowns and 40,000 passing yards all time, which is plausible for him to get in three years, he'll be 7th in touchdowns and 15th in passing. These numbers with the two rings should be good enough for the Hall of Fame.
Ben Roethlisberger - The same argument for Eli can be used here. Two rings but career stats aren't that Hall of Fame worthy. Hes 37rd in all time passing touchdowns and 42nd in all time passing yards. 3 good seasons should validate the Hall of Fame talk.
Runningbacks 2-3 Years Away
Adrian Peterson - He's been in the league for 6 years and is 21st all time in rushing touchdowns and 33rd in rushing yards. If he can put up 4000 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns he should be in the conversation.
Steven Jackson - One of 27 people to eclipse the 10,000 yard rushing mark. He's 26th all time in rushing yards but 48th in rushing touchdowns. If he can go to a team and be a solid contributor, not necessarily a 1000 yard rusher, it should help his Hall of Fame validity. A ring could help too.
Frank Gore - Currently 34th in rushing yards but 62nd in rushing touchdowns. Since he should be the starter for a good amount of time and has a good QB to take the pressure off, he will probably be able to improve the numbers. As long as hes a 49er and Kaepernick is starting, he also has the chance for a ring.
Wide Receivers Hall of Famers Now
Randy Moss - 9th all time in receptions, 3rd in receiving yards, 2nd in receiving touchdowns, 7 x Pro Bowler, 5 x All Pro, 2000 All Decades team
Terrell Owens - 6th all time in receptions, 2nd in receiving yards, 3rd in receiving touchdowns, 6 x Pro Bowler and 5 x All Pro, 2000 All Decade team (I don't think he's officially retired)
2-3 Years Away
Reggie Wayne - He's 10th all time in receptions, 14th in receiving yards and 24th in receiving touchdowns. I was going to originally going to put him in the Hall of Famers but then I remembered how long it took Cris Carter to get in and how Andre Reed and Tim Brown are still waiting. 2 more years of production as Andrew Luck's number one should give him the numbers to pass those two and put him in the Hall.
Andre Johnson - He's 22nd all time in receptions, 27th in receiving yards but he's 72nd in receiving touchdowns. The receiving touchdowns in a concerning stat but he doesn't get the red zone targets others get. If he gets a good compliment and can still post solid stat lines, he should hit the 1000 receptions in 3 years which should be good enough to get him in.
Steve Smith - He's 27th all time in receptions, 23rd in receiving yards but 52nd in receiving touchdowns. The same argument can be made that was made for Andre. Cam should get out of the slump and he should get some solid stat lines to get him higher on those lists.
Larry Fitzgerald - He's 32nd all time in receptions, 33rd in receiving yards and 25th in receiving touchdowns. It amazing to think he only played with Kurt Warner for three seasons. If he gets a healthy, competent quarterback throwing his way, he'll get some great numbers over three years.
Tight End Hall of Famers Now
Tony Gonzalez - All time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns for a tight end, 13 x Pro Bowler, 10 x All Pro
Jason Witten - He's 26th all time in receptions, 55th in receiving yards but 149th in receiving touchdowns. He's 8 x Pro Bowler and 6 x All Pro
2-3 Years Away
Antonio Gates - He's 50th all time in receptions, 73rd in receiving yards and 20th in receiving touchdowns. Similar to Witten, three years would get him up to Sharpe's career numbers for receptions and receiving yards. He was also a member of the 2000 All Decades team
Offensive Line Hall of Famers Now
Steve Hutchinson - 7 x Pro Bowler, 7 x All Pro, 2000 All Decade team
2-3 Years Away
Joe Thomas - Even though he's been in the league for only 6 years, he has been to 6 Pro Bowls and been named All Pro 5 times. Give him a few more years of this production and he will surely be considered.
Defensive Lineman Hall of Famers Now
Jared Allen - 16th all time in sacks, 5 x Pro Bowler, 4 x All Pro
Julius Peppers - 18th all time in sacks, 8 x Pro Bowler, 6 x All Pro, 2000 All Decade Team
Dwight Freeney - 21st all time in sacks, 7 x Pro Bowler, 4 x All Pro, 2000 All Decade Team
Richard Seymour - 7 x Pro Bowler, 5 x All Pro, 2000 All Decade Team
Kevin Williams - 6 x Pro Bowler, 5 x All Pro, 2000 All Decade Team
2-3 Years Away
John Abraham - He may be 13th all time in sacks but he doesn't have the same reputation as the the Hall of Famers now. He also only has 4 Pro Bowls and 2 All Pros. He has also had only one season above 13 sacks. I think if he can get to the top 10 in all time sacks and maybe get a ring, those things about his game can be overlooked.
Robert Mathis - Mathis is 38th all time in sacks and 5 x Pro Bowler. He is 8.5 sacks away from the 100 club and if hes able to be productive without his partner beside him, he should make it.
Linebackers Hall of Famers now
DeMarcus Ware - 19th all time in sacks, 7 x Pro Bowler, 7 x All Pro, 2000 All Decade team
Brian Urlacher - 8 x Pro Bowler, 5 x All Pro, 2005 Defensive Player of the Year, 2000 All Decade Team
2-3 Years Away
Lance Briggs - 7 x Pro Bowler and 3 x All Pro. I think there may be a chance that people will say he played that good cause he had Urlacher beside him. However, if he can keep up his production and have 1 or 2 more Pro Bowls in the next three years, it would be a lot more viable option.
Patrick Willis - 6 x Pro Bowler and 6 x All Pro. With Ray Lewis retired and Urlacher at the tail end of his career, he can justifiably be called the best interior linebacker in the game. Three more years of that level of production may not only lead to more Pro Bowls and All Pros, but Super Bowl berths and potentially a Defensive Player of the Year.
London Fletcher - 4 x Pro Bowler, 2 x All Pro, member of the 20/20 Club. London Fletcher was unfortunate that he was playing when Urlacher and Ray Lewis were playing so hes lacking the Pro Bowls and All Pros. These numbers do matter to but all of them have come in the last four years so he should add a couple more to the resume. Also with his new offensive players, he has the possibility to add another ring soon which would help out the validity too.
Defensive Backs Hall of Famers now
Ed Reed - 10th all time in career interceptions, 9 x Pro Bowlers, 8 x All Pro, 2004 Defensive Player of the Year, 2000 All Decades team
Charles Woodson - 19th all time in career interceptions, 2nd all time in career interception returned for touchdowns, 8 x Pro Bowlers, 7 x All Pro, 2009 Defensive Player of the Year, 2000 All Decades team
Troy Polamalu - 7 x Pro Bowlers, 5 x All Pro, 2010 Defensive Player of the Year, 2000 All Decades team
Champ Bailey - 26th all time in career interceptions, 12 x Pro Bowlers, 7 x All Pro, 2000 All Decades team
Ronde Barber - 7th all time in career interception returned for touchdowns, 5 x Pro Bowlers, 5 x All Pro, 2000 All Decades team
2-3 Years Away
Asante Samuel - 34th all time in career interceptions, 4 x Pro Bowl, 3 x All Pro. He is a very good ball hawk and is equally as good returning. If he continues to have this ability while with Atlanta he should be there one day.
Darrelle Revis- 4 x Pro Bowler and 3 x All Pro. His interception numbers aren't there but thats because most QBs don't throw at him. If he is still capable coming off of his injury, 3 years of production will be good to add to his resume.
So thats everything that I have on the Hall of Famers. How do you think I did? Who did I miss or give too much credit? Edit1: I removed Anquan Boldin from the list because of the very good arguments from the comments Edit2: Added Jason Witten to Hall of Famers now Edit3: I apologize to all Redskins fans for leaving London Fletcher out
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