All 32 NFL Teams Ranked by Player Impact on 2016 Fantasy Football Leagues

32. Baltimore Ravens

After last season it’s hard to put faith in any of the Ravens skill position players. Although, given Joe Flacco’s ability to throw the deep ball, recently acquired deep threat, Mike Wallace, may hold some appeal in deeper leagues.

31. San Francisco 49ers

Unless you are one of those owners who still has faith in Carlos Hyde, or you want to take a flyer on tight end sleeper, Vance McDonald.  I’d steer fairly clear of this unit.

30. Tennessee Titans

Besides Delanie Walker, this team may be the definition of high risk – minimal reward. It’s okay to stash a couple players, but don’t get too carried away.

29. Minnesota Vikings 

Adrian Peterson may still be the safest player in fantasy, but after that, good luck until the Vikes get a quarterback.

28. Cleveland Browns

The Browns are actually loaded with backups and sleepers, but no one you should try to build a team around, unless you are drafting a dynasty in a deep league.

27. St Louis Rams

Take Todd Gurley if you believe he will play more like he did in the first half of last season, than he did in the second half. After that, it’s slim pickings, unless you have as much faith in Jared Goff as the Rams do.

26. Indianapolis Colts

This is all dependent on how well Andrew Luck bounces back from multiple injuries. Plenty of talent but just as much risk.

25.Houston Texans

Aside from DeAndre Hopkins, this is basically a brand new offense. Approach with caution, but this is one risky team that might be worth a second look.

24. Philadelphia Eagles

Uncertainty abounds at every position, except for possibly Zach Ertz at tight end. Choose carefully, but be prepared to reap the reward if the Eagles players find rythym in the new system.

23. Denver Broncos

Its hard to have faith in anyone on this roster until the quarterback situation is figured out. However, if you can guess who will get the most carries, running back could be a decent option.

22. New York Jets

How much of this team’s success has to be attributed to Ryan Fitzpatrick? Definitely enough to make it unsafe to reach too far for anyone, except for maybe Brandon Marshall or Matt Forte.

21. Chicago Bears

A lot of iffy matchup plays here, but if you enjoy the strategy part of fantasy, there could be plenty of upside with this team.

20. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins main problem is inconsistency. Is this the year everyone breaks out, or do we sit and wait another year?

19. New York Giants

There is potential for multiple fantasy stars to emerge on this team. There is also a chance of major collapse until this team finds a stable running game.

18. Buffalo Bills

The Bills are a better fantasy team than they are in real life, but even then, consistency and volume are an issue for a team known to underachieve on a yearly basis.

17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

If you are convinced that Jameis Winston will improve rather than face a sophomore slump, then their are a ton of big-play fantasy options for you on this team.

16. New England Patriots

Injuries, a looming suspension, and Bill Belichick’s mischievousness make this year a nightmare for this team’s fantasy prospects. However, the payback could be outstanding if you are willing to stash a player here or there.

15. San Diego Chargers

Too many mouths to feed, not enough balls to go around to make any one player ultra appealing. Stick with the usual suspects and you should come out alright with a team who’s going to have to continue to score a ton to be competitive.

14. Seattle Seahawks

If you believe Doug Baldwin and Thomas Rawls are for real, Jimmy Graham will finally gel with the rest of the team, and Russell Wilson’s early season slump last year was just a fluke, then chose all the Seahawks you want with confidence. This team seems to be about as low risk – high reward as you can hope for in 2016.

13. Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers is already flying off the board as high as number one overall in mocks and drafts. After the season the Packers just had last year, it will be almost impossible to judge value without having to reach too far.

12. Cincinnati Bengals

After so many years of steady fantasy production, injury and free agency appear to be finally taking their toll on this unit. However, there are plenty of options who may still be worth taking a chance on if they fall to the right spot.

11. Kansas City Chiefs

With Jamaal Charles, Jeremy Maclin, and Travis Kelce, this team has some above average fantasy options. Injuries and Alex Smith’s arm are the main question marks to consider when making your selections.

10. Arizona Cardinals

Does Larry Fitzgerald have another magical season left in him? If he does, can Carson Palmer stay healthy enough to get him the ball. Either way, the best fantasy option on this team may be running back, David Johnson.

9. Detroit Lions

Many will avoid this team with Calvin Johnson gone, but starting with Stafford, their are potential fantasy gems all over the offense, especially now that they will be forced to spread the ball around.

8. Atlanta Falcons

Even though the Falcons as a whole, struggled through most of the season, Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman had great fantasy years. If Matt Ryan can somehow get his touchdown totals up, this offense could be dynamite in 2016.

7. Oakland Raiders

This is a team loaded with potential superstars. Are you willing to gamble on the fact that this is the year they evolve, rather than take a step back? You can select Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and Latavius Murray as #2’s and hope that they reward you with #1 stats.

6. Washington Redskins

It’s odd to see so many decent fantasy options on a Redskins team all at once. This group is still maturing, but they offer quite a bit of upside with minimal risk. If they continue developing at the current pace, Kirk Cousins could end the season leading a cast of fantasy stars. The Skins may just be fantasy’s best kept secret, but it probably won’t stay that way for long.

5. Dallas Cowboys

This team has an explosive look to it in 2016. Key injuries last year make it hard to judge which options are solid, but with Romo healthy this could be a monster year for the Cowboys.

4. Carolina Panthers

Last year the Panthers were missing their number one receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, and still had a magical season. This year he’s back. The hardest part will be deciding which players to choose from this loaded roster.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Killer B’s are widely considered the best offense in the NFL. The bad part is the majority of their fantasy starters spent at least part of the season injured, suspended, or both. There is still way too much talent on this roster not to target most of them, but make sure you have decent backups in place.

2. New Orleans Saints 

Drew Brees has led the league in passing yards four out of the last five seasons, and the other time he finished second. The Saints have quietly stocked up an arsenal around him and this could be the year they go ballistic. Buy in now while the rest of the owners are still sleeping on the best quarterback of this era.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville is the only team with five players slated to start this season, who all finished top twenty in fantasy points, at their respective positions in 2015. : Blake Bortles (4), Allen Robinson (6), Chris Ivory (11), Allen Hurns (18), Julius Thomas (19). To think that Blake and the Allen’s are just going into their 3rd season as pros, should make pulling the trigger on any of them a fairly easy choice.

Top 5 Fantasy Wide Receivers 2015

  1. Julio Jones- 104 receptions and 1593 receiving yards on a bum leg with his Quarterback having to make up for a injury riddled offensive line is superhuman. Yeah, his 6 TD’s are a bit of a let down, but with a patched up line and a healthy Jones, all of his numbers should climb and his trips to the end zone should once again reach double digits. There should be no doubt this “Dirty Bird” is by far the best Wide Receiver in football.
  2. Randall Cobb- As long as he can stay healthy, Cobb should easily take over as the Packers number one receiver and aaron Rodgers favorite target. His QB has shown utmost faith in him since the minute he stepped on the field, and we have seen what happens when Rodgers trusts his guys. He has all the tools of a superstar in the most high powered offense in the league. At 24 years old this young veteran is still climbing the mountain and this year should be his best yet.
  3. Dez Bryant-This dude is a touchdown machine, and with DeMarco Murray gone and the weight of the offense falling squarely on his shoulders,  I look for him to step up even more this year. Dez craves the spotlight,  and he should have plenty of that and a ton of targets to haul in, especially in the red-zone. As long as he stays focused he should be a great catch.
  4. Demaryius Thomas-Even with a full stable of receiving options, DT stood head and shoulders above the other Broncos receivers. With Julius Thomas gone I look for Peyton Manning to find Demaryius even more often, especially in the end zone. This guy has yet to hit his peak, and should have mind blowing numbers again this year.
  5. Antonio Brown-He is the receiver that is defining what the passing game in the NFL will be in the future. He is the antithesis of the monster end zone threats we are used to, but with his team showing a lot of inconsistency last year, and facing turmoil in the offseason, I look for AB to take a minor step back. Defenses are becoming familiar with him now, and his style of play is less of a surprise. That being said, he will still have eye popping numbers and should be a game changing asset to any team.

2015 Fantasy Football: Giving Yourself that Unfair Advantage

Most players seem to want to think that Fantasy Football is a popularity contest. They are the ones who follow the top 100 list right out of their favorite Draft Magazine and hope that if they stack a team with the biggest names or the best players from their favorite teams, they should automatically win. Those are usually the guys that talk the most shit on draft day, and are left licking their wounds when the playoffs begin. I’ve seen their strategy work on a rare occasion, and if you are lucky enough it will work for you. I’d much rather decide my own fate.

These few tips just might help swing the tide in your favor.

  • Draft the two best Tight Ends.  Only about half of the teams in your league will have a Tight End that is even worth playing from week to week. If you have one of the great ones you will have a very decent advantage. If you have the top two; not only will you dominate the TE slot most weeks, protect yourself during the bye week and have a solid flex option, but you will take away the two best options for everyone else in your league.  Imagine how much fun you would have busting out Gronk and Graham every week.
  • Don’t be ashamed to draft the player nobody else wants.  Every year there will be that player that everyone says is washed up. They will let him fall to the middle rounds and then laugh at you when you pick him. The reality is they want him in the worst way and are just pissed that you have the balls to get him on your squad. Halfway through the season your inbox will be full of trade offers for Andre Johnson.
  • Draft as many Running Backs as your league rules will allow. Its almost a guarantee that the stud backs you draft are going to get injured, suspended or they will just flat out suck. The players who drafted two back-up Quarterbacks, and three defenses will be be scrambling for the waiver wire while you don’t miss a beat. How many times do you think Justin Forsett will out rush AP and Ray Rice combined?
  • Don’t waste a first, second or third round draft pick on a receiver. There are 32 teams in the NFL. If each of them only had one viable receiving option, and every player drafted in the first 3 rounds was a receiver, you could burn your 4th and 5th round picks on a WR and still be okay. In the current league most teams have two prolific pass catchers, and a handful of squads even have three. Megatron will probably go in the first or second round of most drafts and according to last years stats he is only the 5th best option in the NFC Notth.
  • Pick up any star players that end up on the waiver wire in the first few weeks of the season. It may only be 16 games but in the NFL that makes for a long season. Some of the best players in the league are slow starters. Most fantasy players are very impatient. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of their panic. The greatest trick Tom Brady ever pulled was convincing the league he was washed up.
  • Only draft one Defense and one Kicker. In an offense dominated league, the fate of the K’s and the D’s have more to do with the teams they are playing, then their own skill. If you aren’t familiar with the term “streaming”, this would be a good time to learn. Unless you owned the Eagles Defense, or Stephen Gostkowski, your best option last season was whoever was playing against the Jags.

Some think managing a Fantasy Team is just a coin flip. Others think they have it all figured out. The ones who win do it for the love of the game.

Breshad Perriman: Made For this Game

With the rise of the passing game in the NFL, the league has become flooded with talent at the Wide Receiver position. Teams are no longer satisfied with just one star pass-catcher. Now its becoming fashionable to have a stud No. 1,  a deep threat No. 2, and even a flashy slot guy.

Last year’s draft was littered with talented receivers, and teams scooped them up early and often, with five total going in the 1st round, two in the top 10, and four in the top 20.

It used to be a well known fact that you had to wait for a Wide Receiver’s third year to see exactly what he was made of, but that trend seems to be broken, as a ton of these guys broke out in their rookie season, and proved to be valuable asset to their teams.

This year’s draft appears to be loaded with that same promise. It wouldn’t be a big surprise if at least three receivers were chosen in the top ten of the first round.

Even though there are quite a few players rated higher, who seem to be a bit more NFL ready, the player I see having the biggest impact on this class is Breshad Perriman.

The NFL used to be a Running Back focused league. Not all that long ago, there were teams who gave up a large portion of their draft to try and secure the best prospect at that position. Quarterbacks were also highly valued as the league started to become more balanced between the rush and the pass. The lucky teams all had a solid receiver, and the great ones had a dominating receiver, but it was very hard to find a team that had two.

The man who changed that was Brett Perriman. Barry Sanders, was the main focus for the Lions back in those days, but it was hard to ignore a receiving core led by Perriman, and Herman Moore.

In 1995 they became the first duo to catch over 100 passes in the same season. They were also the  first duo with over 1400 receiving in the same season. Even as theRobin to Moore’s Batman, Perriman finished his career in Detroit ranked 3rd in receptions and yards.

The biggest knocks on his son Breshad, are poor route running, and small hands which lead to a lot of drops. However, besides the outstanding pedigree, the young receiver seems to be blessed with all the things that can’t be taught.  He has tremendous size(6’2, 212 lbs), and blazing speed(4.24 40 yard dash), which allowed him to average over 20 yards per reception in college. He also has tremendous leaping ability, and surprising suddeness for a big man which make him a big play threat on every down, and allow him to gain a ton of yards after the catch.

Perriman’s stock has risen greatly in preparation for this year’s draft, and even though his name is being mentioned with the elite, I see him going somewhere in the middle or late first round. Some GM’s are still afraid of his rawness, and inexperience, but I believe that whichever team finally pulls the trigger on him, will find themselves with a big time steal, no matter what number he is drafted at.

Here are a few teams I see as a good match for him:

Houston Texan

It appears that Houston will have a young, inexperienced Quarterback behind center, and no better way to take the pressure off of him by giving him a large target with blazing speed. I believe Perriman would be a dynamic compliment to DeAndre Hopkins, and the two could easily spread the field for Arian Foster. I believe he can help make this team become an instant contender.

Cleveland Browns

Since he is already being compared to Josh Gordon, and the Browns have two first round picks, I think Perriman makes a ton of sense here. With the uncertainty of when they will get their suspended Receiver back, they have a huge hole to fill, but the prospect of having them both on the field at the same time in the future, should make any Cleveland fan or QB smile.

Philadelphia Eagles

If he lasts this long, or if the Eagles haven’t traded up for their coveted Quarterback,I think this would be the perfect match for Perriman. You know Chip Kelly’s offense is going to be explosive, and this guy should be able to fit right into the number one spot. I think it would be a dangerous combo that would have the league talking for years.

Detroit Lions

If somehow he was paired up with Calvin Johnson this would be a matchup reminiscent of Moore and Perriman, except for the new duo would be way more explosive and have a way better Quarterback. I’ll admit, it doesn’t really make sense with Golden Tate there, but with Calvin Johnson’s history of injuries, it might not be a bad time to start preparing a replacement.

New Orleans Saints

Just like the Browns, the Saints have two picks in the first round of this draft. After losing a couple of big time targets, Drew Brees would be ecstatic to have a talent like this added to his recently depleted stable of receivers. I could see Perriman becoming what Marques Colston was for this team for so many years.

No matter where he lands, I think we will be hearing the name Breshad Perriman for years to come. He may be raw, and still have a few things to learn, but with his talent and pedigree it should all come easily for him. If you ask me, it just seems like he was made for this game.

2015 NFL “No/Nonsense” Mock Draft

Does defense still win Championships?

At one point the salary cap brought parody to the NFL, and we all enjoyed the fact that even if we cheered for a bad team, that could change, and within a few years we could be contenders. The other thing that made that possible was the draft. If you were the worst team the year before, you could change that, by making a couple of decent picks.

The problem is, there is a prevailing thought in the NFL, that you can’t win a championship in the league without an elite Quarterback. This theory has proven itself in many cases, but there is a reason why it is the way it is. Most teams chase an elite QB, hoping he will make their team better, rather than the other way around. 

Out of the last five Super Bowl champions, all five Quarterbacks came into the league on teams that were already established. The only one drafted #1 overall was Eli Manning by the Chargers, and he was traded to the New York Giants, who had made it to the playoffs 2 out of the 3 previous years. 

In all 5 cases, the quarterback was just the missing piece of an almost complete puzzle.
Their teams carried them not the other way around.

The Quarterback is the engine that drives the vehicle. If you put a powerful engine in a less than adequate vehicle, they may make a ton of noise, and put on an interesting show, but eventually they will burn out before they do any serious damage. If you put a decent engine in a reliable vehicle, they may start out slow, but eventually they will improve each other’s performance.

Here is my opinion of how the draft should look if each team took the best pick for their team, rather than going for broke.

The only reason why we are starting to see dynasty caliber teams, is the bad teams keep drafting poorly, and the good teams keep getting richer.


1. Tampa Bay

Leonard Williams DL

To me this is an easy choice. You have the worst record in the league, take the best player available. If he is half the player they say he is, he should have this team firing on all cylinders in no time.

2. Tennessee Titans

Brandon Scherff OT

They say they have faith in their QB. The best way to prove it to him is to show him they are going to protect him. Maybe even pick up a decent receiver later in the draft.


3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Dante Fowler Jr. DE

The Jaguars were atrocious. Their offense seemed to improve as the year went on, but the defense still needs a ton of help. Adding a very dependable presence to their D-Line would be a great place to start in rebuilding. 


4. Oakland Raiders

Danny Shelton DT

I think the consensus here was that if Williams was off the board, the Raiders would pick one of the top end receivers. They seemed to address that issue by signing Michael Crabtree, and appear very solid at the position. The Raiders are severely lacking at corner but with Shelton eating up space in the middle and the unit will improve drastically. This guy instantly makes the whole defense better.


5. Washington Redskins

Marcus Mariota QB

The Redskins seem to be flirting with the idea of drafting another QB. I think it is a very good idea. Unlike the other teams ahead of them who need a Quarterback, they already have the other pieces in place that could help him succeed. They also have the luxury of giving him a year to learn the offense if need be.

6. New York Jets

Vic Beasley OLB

The Jets have a bunch of holes, but this guy will fill the need for a dynamic pass rusher off the edge, and should help anchor their defense for a long time. With the right pieces on both sides of the ball, they may find out they already have the right engine on their roster.

7. Chicago Bears

Jameis Winston QB

You know the Bears will be tempted to replace Brandon Marshall with this pick. 
However their real area of need is someone to consistently get the ball to the weapons they already have. I believe they are just a solid QB away from being contenders in their division. Hopefully Cutler’s talent and not his attitude would rub off on the young QB.

8. Atlanta Falcons

Alvin Dupree PLB

This kid seems like a match made in Heaven for a team that needs some help on defense, and is trying to transition into a new defense.
He’s very athletic, and high motor. 

9. New York Giants

Landon Collins S

 The Giants defense has a few holes to fill. The biggest one right right now is at safety, and this kid should be able to step in, and fill it immediately. He is versatile enough to stop the run, or drop back into coverage.

10. St. Louis Rams


Kevin White WR

The Rams have been trying to replace Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce for what seems like for ever now. If they haven’t gotten completely discouraged yet, this amazing specimen should be the one to help fill that role.

11. Minnesota Vikings

Trae Waynes CB

With the possibility of 5 potential top ten receivers in their division the Vikings need to think about filling that need here. He isn’t the big body type you would especially like against the monster receivers in the division, but he should be able to make up for it with great cover skills.

12. Cleveland Browns

Amari Cooper WR

Every year the hole behind center seems to get deeper for this team. They would love to see one of the young signal callers here, but chances are they will have settle for filling the hole left by the still MIA, Josh Gordon. Cooper may not be the explosive playmaker Gordon was, but he should give them a solid threat. They are one of the culprits responsible for ruining the QB position in the league, hopefully they don’t continue that trend.


13. New Orleans Saints

Randy Gregory OLB 

I think the Saints surprised almost everyone by going into a pseudo/rebuilding mode this late in Drew Brees career. It seems they’ve been smart about it though, and could come out ahead. They need an outside pass rusher and have a chance to fill it with the first of two 1st round picks. Gregory is a great athlete but may need some work.

14. Miami Dolphins

Devin Funchess TE

The Dolphins have a couple of options here. They lost a couple of decent offensive weapons, and have holes to fill at both WR and TE. Funchess can play either, and gives Ryan Tannehill the big target he would otherwise be missing.


15. San Fransisco 49ers

Ereck Flowers OT

The Niners went from a competitive team to utter shambles in virtually record time. This squad has so many holes to fill that it has to have someone’s head spinning. They definitely need help on the O-Line, and it seems to me that a guy who can handle both the run and the pass, is a great start.

16. Houston Texans

Devante Parker WR

He appears to be the perfect guy to replace Superstar Andre Johnson. Parker has all the tangibles to play besides DeAndre Hopkins, and to be a big help to this offense that seems to be suddenly seeking an identity.

17. San Diego Chargers 

Todd Gurley RB

With Ryan Matthews gone, this seems like the perfect time and place for Gurley to step in and carve out a niche in this offense.  If he can stay healthy he could have s tremendous impact on this club, and help them to finally tip over the ledge they’ve been riding on for so long.

18. Kansas City Chiefs

D.J. Humphries OT

The Chiefs are a tough team to understand. One week they can appear as if they are falling apart, and the next week they dominate. They finally have a receiver to go along with their stellar Running game. Now they can give Alex Smith a little bit of peace of mind, with a solid blindside protector. They team make look for a QB later in the draft.

 
19. Cleveland Browns

Malcolm Brown DT

With their second pick of the first round the Browns shore up their defense, by solidifying their D-Line. He’s Large and versatile, and should be able to start making an impact almost immediately.


20. Philadelphia Eagles

Shaq Thompson OLB

I think Thompson fits perfectly into Chip Kelly’s mind set for a team.  The Eagles are in need of some edge help, and this guy can bring it and always plays with heart. 

21. Cincinnati Bengals

T.J. Clemmings OT

The scary part is Clemmings can be step in and be dominant at his position, while he is still learning his position, and has room to grow. The Bengals came out of the gates strong last year, before collapsing mid season. What they seem to lack is a killer instinct, and I think this converted defensive player is the right guy to help them with that.


22. Pittsburgh Steelers 

Jalen Collins CB

Age has finally caught up with the Steelers defense, especially their defensive backfield. They can fill a ton of their needs with Collins. He lacks experience, but has all of the measurables, and instincts to be star in the league.


23. Detroit Lions

Eddie Goldman DT

The Lions were one of the best defenses in the league for all of last year, but after losing their two big DT’s and replacing them with an aging Haloti Ngata, they have a massive hole to fill up front. Goldman is a massive force against the run, and even though he has some growing to do, he should be able to fill the void rather nicely.

24. Arizona Cardinals 

Melvin Gordon RB

This team was solid for most of the year, but seemed lost at times without a true focus on offense. Gordon can be just that for them. If he can adjust to the speed of the league, and learn to trust his blockers, he can be a huge playmaker, and carry a ton of the burden for this unit.

25. Carolina Panthers 

La’el Collins OT

Carolina is a team with a strong core, but they seem to lose key pieces as quickly as they can add them. They need help on the O-line and this guy can give them the mean streak that they need to continue to rebuild their offense around.

26. Baltimore Ravens

Breshard Perriman WR

The Ravens need a Wide Receiver to replace Torrey Smith. This guy is a monster. He gives Joe Flacco a dynamic target, and has the size and speed to devastate d-backs, and open up the field for his offense.

27. Dallas Cowboys 

Ameer Abdullah RB

The strong point of the Cowboys offense last year, was the ability to open holes big enough for a truck to drive through. After losing Demarco Murray to free agency, I can’t see them wanting to waste that advantage. With the two big names in the draft gone, I think they should give Abdullah a chance. The only knock on him is his small stature, but he has all the necessary skills to be a huge success in this offense.

28. Denver Broncos

Maxx Williams TE

This guy is the best true Tight End in the draft, and could give them back the threat they lost in Julius Thomas. He has a few areas in which he could improve, but with an elite QB throwing him the ball, he should be productive immediately. It seems a win-win for both parties involved.

29. Indianapolis Colts

Andrus Peat OT

This guy is a project, but could be exactly what the Colts are looking for at this spot.  They need a good tackle and he has potential to be great. The biggest question is, can they be patient enough to help him develop?

30. Green Bay Packers

Quinten Rollins CB

Seems a perfect match for the Packers who love to take calculated risks. With holes all over their defensive backfield, it would seem risky to take a project in the first round, but they have done it very successfully in the past.


31. New Orleans

Laken Tomlinson OL

The Saints have chosen a future over present success, and this beast of a man should be a great step forward. It may take him time to catch up in the NFL, but when he does, he should anchor this line for years to come.

32. New England Patriots 

Shane Ray

The Champs lost a ton of talent this year, and have glaring holes on either side of the ball. They will have to draft wisely to patch them all. Ray gives them a solid pass rusher, who should help take pressure off of some of the other positions.





u were the worst team the year before, you could change that, by making a couple of decent picks.

The problem is, there is a prevailing thought in the NFL, that you can’t win a championship in the league without an elite Quarterback. This theory has proven itself in many cases, but there is a reason why it is the way it is. Most teams chase an elite QB, hoping he will make their team better, rather than the other way around. 

Out of the last five Super Bowl champions, all five Quarterbacks came into the league on teams that were already established. The only one drafted #1 overall was Eli Manning by the Chargers, and he was traded to the New York Giants, who had made it to the playoffs 2 out of the 3 previous years. 

In all 5 cases, the quarterback was just the missing piece of an almost complete puzzle.
Their teams carried them not the other way around.

The Quarterback is the engine that drives the vehicle. If you put a powerful engine in a less than adequate vehicle, they may make a ton of noise, and put on an interesting show, but eventually they will burn out before they do any serious damage. If you put a decent engine in a reliable vehicle, they may start out slow, but eventually they will improve each other’s performance.

Here is my opinion of how the draft should look if each team took the best pick for their team, rather than going for broke.

The only reason why we are starting to see dynasty caliber teams, is the bad teams keep drafting poorly, and the good teams keep getting richer.


1. Tampa Bay

Leonard Williams DL

To me this is an easy choice. You have the worst record in the league, take the best player available. If he is half the player they say he is, he should have this team firing on all cylinders in no time.

2. Tennessee Titans

Brandon Scherff OT

They say they have faith in their QB. The best way to prove it to him is to show him they are going to protect him. Maybe even pick up a decent receiver later in the draft.


3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Dante Fowler Jr. DE

The Jaguars were atrocious. Their offense seemed to improve as the year went on, but the defense still needs a ton of help. Adding a very dependable presence to their D-Line would be a great place to start in rebuilding. 


4. Oakland Raiders

Danny Shelton DT

I think the consensus here was that if Williams was off the board, the Raiders would pick one of the top end receivers. They seemed to address that issue by signing Michael Crabtree, and appear very solid at the position. The Raiders are severely lacking at corner but with Shelton eating up space in the middle and the unit will improve drastically. This guy instantly makes the whole defense better.


5. Washington Redskins

Marcus Mariota QB

The Redskins seem to be flirting with the idea of drafting another QB. I think it is a very good idea. Unlike the other teams ahead of them who need a Quarterback, they already have the other pieces in place that could help him succeed. They also have the luxury of giving him a year to learn the offense if need be.

6. New York Jets

Vic Beasley OLB

The Jets have a bunch of holes, but this guy will fill the need for a dynamic pass rusher off the edge, and should help anchor their defense for a long time. With the right pieces on both sides of the ball, they may find out they already have the right engine on their roster.

7. Chicago Bears

Jameis Winston QB

You know the Bears will be tempted to replace Brandon Marshall with this pick. 
However their real area of need is someone to consistently get the ball to the weapons they already have. I believe they are just a solid QB away from being contenders in their division. Hopefully Cutler’s talent and not his attitude would rub off on the young QB.

8. Atlanta Falcons

Alvin Dupree PLB

This kid seems like a match made in Heaven for a team that needs some help on defense, and is trying to transition into a new defense.
He’s very athletic, and high motor. 

9. New York Giants

Landon Collins S

 The Giants defense has a few holes to fill. The biggest one right right now is at safety, and this kid should be able to step in, and fill it immediately. He is versatile enough to stop the run, or drop back into coverage.

10. St. Louis Rams


Kevin White WR

The Rams have been trying to replace Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce for what seems like for ever now. If they haven’t gotten completely discouraged yet, this amazing specimen should be the one to help fill that role.

11. Minnesota Vikings

Trae Waynes CB

With the possibility of 5 potential top ten receivers in their division the Vikings need to think about filling that need here. He isn’t the big body type you would especially like against the monster receivers in the division, but he should be able to make up for it with great cover skills.

12. Cleveland Browns

Amari Cooper WR

Every year the hole behind center seems to get deeper for this team. They would love to see one of the young signal callers here, but chances are they will have settle for filling the hole left by the still MIA, Josh Gordon. Cooper may not be the explosive playmaker Gordon was, but he should give them a solid threat. They are one of the culprits responsible for ruining the QB position in the league, hopefully they don’t continue that trend.


13. New Orleans Saints

Randy Gregory OLB 

I think the Saints surprised almost everyone by going into a pseudo/rebuilding mode this late in Drew Brees career. It seems they’ve been smart about it though, and could come out ahead. They need an outside pass rusher and have a chance to fill it with the first of two 1st round picks. Gregory is a great athlete but may need some work.

14. Miami Dolphins

Devin Funchess TE

The Dolphins have a couple of options here. They lost a couple of decent offensive weapons, and have holes to fill at both WR and TE. Funchess can play either, and gives Ryan Tannehill the big target he would otherwise be missing.


15. San Fransisco 49ers

Ereck Flowers OT

The Niners went from a competitive team to utter shambles in virtually record time. This squad has so many holes to fill that it has to have someone’s head spinning. They definitely need help on the O-Line, and it seems to me that a guy who can handle both the run and the pass, is a great start.

16. Houston Texans

Devante Parker WR

He appears to be the perfect guy to replace Superstar Andre Johnson. Parker has all the tangibles to play besides DeAndre Hopkins, and to be a big help to this offense that seems to be suddenly seeking an identity.

17. San Diego Chargers 

Todd Gurley RB

With Ryan Matthews gone, this seems like the perfect time and place for Gurley to step in and carve out a niche in this offense.  If he can stay healthy he could have s tremendous impact on this club, and help them to finally tip over the ledge they’ve been riding on for so long.

18. Kansas City Chiefs

D.J. Humphries OT

The Chiefs are a tough team to understand. One week they can appear as if they are falling apart, and the next week they dominate. They finally have a receiver to go along with their stellar Running game. Now they can give Alex Smith a little bit of peace of mind, with a solid blindside protector. They team make look for a QB later in the draft.

 
19. Cleveland Browns

Malcolm Brown DT

With their second pick of the first round the Browns shore up their defense, by solidifying their D-Line. He’s Large and versatile, and should be able to start making an impact almost immediately.


20. Philadelphia Eagles

Shaq Thompson OLB

I think Thompson fits perfectly into Chip Kelly’s mind set for a team.  The Eagles are in need of some edge help, and this guy can bring it and always plays with heart. 

21. Cincinnati Bengals

T.J. Clemmings OT

The scary part is Clemmings can be step in and be dominant at his position, while he is still learning his position, and has room to grow. The Bengals came out of the gates strong last year, before collapsing mid season. What they seem to lack is a killer instinct, and I think this converted defensive player is the right guy to help them with that.


22. Pittsburgh Steelers 

Jalen Collins CB

Age has finally caught up with the Steelers defense, especially their defensive backfield. They can fill a ton of their needs with Collins. He lacks experience, but has all of the measurables, and instincts to be star in the league.


23. Detroit Lions

Eddie Goldman DT

The Lions were one of the best defenses in the league for all of last year, but after losing their two big DT’s and replacing them with an aging Haloti Ngata, they have a massive hole to fill up front. Goldman is a massive force against the run, and even though he has some growing to do, he should be able to fill the void rather nicely.

24. Arizona Cardinals 

Melvin Gordon RB

This team was solid for most of the year, but seemed lost at times without a true focus on offense. Gordon can be just that for them. If he can adjust to the speed of the league, and learn to trust his blockers, he can be a huge playmaker, and carry a ton of the burden for this unit.

25. Carolina Panthers 

La’el Collins OT

Carolina is a team with a strong core, but they seem to lose key pieces as quickly as they can add them. They need help on the O-line and this guy can give them the mean streak that they need to continue to rebuild their offense around.

26. Baltimore Ravens

Breshard Perriman WR

The Ravens need a Wide Receiver to replace Torrey Smith. This guy is a monster. He gives Joe Flacco a dynamic target, and has the size and speed to devastate d-backs, and open up the field for his offense.

27. Dallas Cowboys 

Ameer Abdullah RB

The strong point of the Cowboys offense last year, was the ability to open holes big enough for a truck to drive through. After losing Demarco Murray to free agency, I can’t see them wanting to waste that advantage. With the two big names in the draft gone, I think they should give Abdullah a chance. The only knock on him is his small stature, but he has all the necessary skills to be a huge success in this offense.

28. Denver Broncos

Maxx Williams TE

This guy is the best true Tight End in the draft, and could give them back the threat they lost in Julius Thomas. He has a few areas in which he could improve, but with an elite QB throwing him the ball, he should be productive immediately. It seems a win-win for both parties involved.

29. Indianapolis Colts

Andrus Peat OT

This guy is a project, but could be exactly what the Colts are looking for at this spot.  They need a good tackle and he has potential to be great. The biggest question is, can they be patient enough to help him develop?

30. Green Bay Packers

Quinten Rollins CB

Seems a perfect match for the Packers who love to take calculated risks. With holes all over their defensive backfield, it would seem risky to take a project in the first round, but they have done it very successfully in the past.


31. New Orleans

Laken Tomlinson OL

The Saints have chosen a future over present success, and this beast of a man should be a great step forward. It may take him time to catch up in the NFL, but when he does, he should anchor this line for years to come.

32. New England Patriots 

Shane Ray

The Champs lost a ton of talent this year, and have glaring holes on either side of the ball. They will have to draft wisely to patch them all. Ray gives them a solid pass rusher, who should help take pressure off of some of the other positions.