- Kevin Weidl, Scouts Inc.
Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson has broken down the biggest rebuilding jobs in the NFL, so why not take a look at the players who could be good fits on the three teams Williamson says have the most work to do?
Williamson says the Browns could use an upgrade over Colt McCoy at quarterback, and while they're not likely to be in position to draft Stanford's Andrew Luck, a quarterback like Oklahoma's Landry Jones wouldn't be a bad consolation prize.
The biggest knock on McCoy is that he doesn't have the arm to stretch the field, and Jones is a big-bodied prospect who throws with great balance and has the arm strength to drive the ball downfield. He throws into traffic at times, but Jones is accurate down the field and has a smooth delivery. He would certainly offer more than McCoy if available in the earlier part of the first round.
If Cleveland decides to stick with McCoy, then he needs more weapons. Mohamed Massaquoi has flashed at times and Greg Little is a promising rookie, but the Browns need an explosive playmaker in the slot. Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles or Baylor's Kendall Wright would fit the bill. Broyles runs savvy routes and can make things happen after the catch, while Wright has blazing speed and is even better after the catch. Both project in the late-second or early-third round at this point.
Finally, the Browns need speed and explosiveness on defense. North Carolina OLB Kevin Reddick would bring both to the table. Reddick is a junior, but if he declares for the draft, he'll offer explosiveness, instincts and the power to take on and shed blocks at the point of attack. He plays well in tight quarters and has some pass-rush skills. He would be a big help to Cleveland's front seven somewhere early in the second round.
Quarterback is also an issue for the Dolphins, who could very well end up with the first overall pick and the ability to take Luck, who is a slam dunk at No. 1 overall. Jones should also be on their radar, and either player would benefit from having a target like Brandon Marshall on the outside.
Tight end is also identified as a need area, and early in the second round Miami could find a player like Clemson's Dwayne Allen. A junior who's burst on the scene in 2011, Allen has the ability to stretch the seam, impressive body control and hands, and run-after-catch ability. An improved blocker who could be a complete starter, Allen is our top tight end prospect. Stanford's Coby Fleener could be a consideration in the second round with his ability to make plays down the field and his improved blocking.
On defense, Miami would do well to insert a pass-rusher opposite Cameron Wake, and someone like West Virginia's Bruce Irvin would fit the bill. Irvin carries a mid-second round grade, and while he's not an every-down player, he has an explosive first step and heavy hands to shock and shed blockers. He also transitions speed to power well, so Irvin is a great fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker who can be a pass-rush specialist early in his career while he adds some bulk to get stronger against the run.
The Redskins likely won't be picking too early, but if they are looking for a quarterback to develop, Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill might be a guy to look at. Tannehill is a former wide receiver who is still raw as a passer, but with his athleticism and big-time arm, he has the tools and upside to become a solid second- or thrid-round developmental guy under coach Mike Shanahan. If Washington wants to make a quarterback move early, USC's Matt Barkley is a polished, pro-style passer who could be available in the mid-to-late first round.
Should the Redskins look elsewhere on offense, Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd would be a solid option in the mid-to-late first. Floyd has impressive size and is showing improved quickness and explosiveness out of breaks this season. He uses his frame to his advantage, whether gaining separation within routes or playing the ball downfield. The more I watch him on film, the more I see a Hakeem Nicks-like ability to play the ball. Floyd comes with some character baggage after two DUI arrests, but he has reportedly matured and there is no questioning his ability to win one-on-one matchups down the field.
445dTodd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl