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2019 Off-Season Roster Building: Free Agency & Draft

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2019 & Our Off-Season Plan

It's a Huge Off-Season for us to secure a culture of sustainable winning based on roster building off an influx of quality talent alone.

Roster building is based on the availability or scarcity of talent at specific positions which means that building the roster through the Draft and Free Agency go hand in hand.

There are some impact talents at specific positions that are highly unlikely to be available through free agency, but such positions/talents will be available at high impact draft selection spots (1st-4th).

This year our needs at WR1/WR2 match up with the available Free Agent talents that have the potential to be bargains economically speaking while delivering high quality impact on the field toward winning. In these cases, it would be better to pursue instead of wasting high draft capital on these positions of need

There are other positions of need (DT, CB, LB LT, RT. TE, WR3 ) for which the talent pool available in rounds 1-4 allow us to improve our roster via quality draft selections.

As long as Desmond Harrison and Antonio Callaway are on the roster, we have to go into every off-season contingency planning as if they'll be suspended or unavailable for long periods of time or cut due to off field issues. They can never be relied upon in this critical early roster building stage. Little known fact about Desmond Harrison is that he has had a bum knee for a while dating back to an injury at Texas so even if he stays out of trouble he may have his career and quality impact cut short due to injury concerns. Either way... Dorsey has to plan accordingly.

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The Interplay Between Free Agency and Draft Strategy:

Part I. Free Agency

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2019 Top Free Agent Targets List

1.) WR Quincy Enunwa: Tough-minded, all out effort, energizing, explosive, reliable pass catcher that is currently being under-utilized in the Jets offense. He's just the pass catcher and high point specialist we need as a security blanket for Baker on critical downs.

2.) WR Golden Tate: Still gets it done on vertical routes and with quickness despite being undersized and older. He continues to high point the ball and is one of the most reliable targets in the league for QB to have. His game might fall off the cliff in a year or 2, but we'd only need his reliability and impact that long anyway to elevate our offense.

3.) WR Chris Conley: Coming out of college, he was one of the most gifted athletes at WR to set foot at the combine. His film and upside was only slightly less impressive. His abilities were surpressed by Alex Smith's inability to deliver targets down the field. The year Smith started to do so, Conley had a serious knee injury. He has a lot of AJ Green to his game in that he's can be a jump ball specialist or stretch the field. If he can return to form and health, he has WR1 ability but would make for a great WR2/WR1/Slot WR interchangeable piece based on personnel groupings. Conley is recovering from a knee injury and is under utilized in the chiefs offense as Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins, and Kareem Hunt get the targets in the passing game. Dorsey's familiarity with him make this a great match in terms of our need and how his game fits in with the roster.

4.) S/CB Bradley Roby: His name on the list has zero to do with him being an OSU alumnus. Roby has struggled mightily at times this season, and many think he would be better served moving back to CB full time so he could focus on the techniques of that position. He is ultra talented and had a ball-hawking start to his NFL career. Perfect example of how new scenario could get him back in the zone of quality play. His struggles will only bring his price tag down to our benefit. I see him as an immediate CB2 that competes with Terrance Mitchell for the starting spot. His versatility gives us the ability to have a CB1 in the event of an injury or a Multiple DB that can range in the post during FS duties.

5.) WR Randall Cobb: Injuries have deprived him of his explosiveness and confidence in his game. Some in GB don't think his body has much left in the tank and soon the wheels will come of completely on what was a young, promising career. Others say give him a shot and he'll prove the doubters wrong.

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Who to Sign?

Signing 2 reliable WR targets along with draft 1 impact pass catcher that can sit back and develop is something we'll have to do for our offense to take the next step.

If we could walk out next year with a starting trio of WR1 Quincy Enunwa; WR2 Chris Conley; SlotWR1 Jarvis Landry, it would help Baker elevate his play.

Bradley Roby has had a rough year but is still a talented player. His struggles will reduce his price on the market. However, I believe Roby will benefit from being switched back to CB. He can fill in as CB1, but will make for a strong CB2 or CB3 if Terrance Mitchell comes back strong with Denzel Ward as our CB1.

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Part II. The Draft

Needs

1.) Top Impact DT Available --  DT Derrick Brown, Auburn // DT Jeffery Simmons, Miss. St. // DT Ed Oliver, Houston.

       --- Depending on how we finish this season in terms of win-loss record, some of these impact DT will be realistic selection or not. They are the elite of the elite in terms of the inside pressure we'd like to establish in our scheme. A stout run stopper with elite inside pressure ability playing in between Myles Garrett and Larry OGB is the fastest way to take our defense to even higher heights. The sliding of protections will also free up Ogbah, Avery, and/or Thomas more on the edge. Derrick Brown is shockingly powerful in the run, but also relentless in his bull and pass rush. Simply put, he's the best imo at making a QB uncomfortable by pushing the pocket back in their lap. Jeffery Simmons provides similar ability while Oliver is more of a penetrating 3tech that could devaste with quickness and power off the snap with OGB.When the QB gets more depth in the pocket it will add to the sacking prowess and numbers of both Garrett and Ogbah as it won't be as easy to just push them out wide while the opposing QB steps up in the pocket for a critical strike

2.) Top Impact LT/RT -- LT Yodney Cajuste, WVU // LT Jonah Williams, Alabama // LT Greg Little, Ole Miss // LT David Edwards, Wisconsin

     --- Someone's falling to the 2nd round. Right now mocks have Jonah Williams and Greg Little going anywhere from 1st overall to the third round. Both their game films and non-prototypical features (in Jonah's case) will likely make them mid 1st to early 2nd type candidates.  Given the likely talent pool in this draft, they will not be 1 of the top 8 best players available. Yodney Cajuste and David Edwards are all over the place in terms of where people have them going, but both of them based on their tape are 2nd to mid second round types imo. Whoever we select can compete with Desmond Harrison for the starting LT spot or take over the starting RT spot allowing Chris Hubbard to go back to being one of the better off the bench swing-OL in the NFL.

3.) Top CB2-- CB Kendall Sheffield, Ohio State // CB Amani Orunwariye, Penn State// CB Damon Arnette, Ohio State

      --- No one knows where Amani Orunwariye is going to go in the draft at this point. I've see top 15 overall all the way to the 3rd round. Same wide range goes for Sheffield and Arnette.  I do however trust my eyes and I see them all as being mid-second to mid third type players due to various limitations in their respective games. If you have 1, you have none; if you have 2, you have 1; if you have 3, let it be. Denzel Ward, Terrance Mitchell, Bradley Roby, and a young developing Kendall Sheffield would help our CB room have depth in the case of injury (think this year) and ultra athleticism. Sheffield is a big bodied and physical CB and so is Amani Orunwariye. When they get their hands on a WR, it is over. Sheffield has more instinctiveness and speed to his game, but both have stiff hips and will win awards as the elite fluid movers you want at the CB position that is required to have players that can change direction in an instant. Damon Arnette is the lesser of the 3 prospects, but a quality CB nonetheless. Players get no extra points for playing at OSU, but they do get some points if their quality and level of play is good.

3.) RT1 -- RT Dalton Risner // RT Andre Dillard // RT Kaleb McGary

     --- Everyone wants to make Risner a guard, but I see long term starter quality impact at RT. There will never be enough investment in the Tackle position with a young QB1. If you have 1, you have none; if you have 2, you have 1; if you have 3, let it be. Desmond Harrison, Yodney Cajuste, and Dalton Risner give us the 3 young OT prospects with position versatility we need to keep Baker comfortable no matter the injury or regression and play circumstance. Chris Hubbard types then become swing OG/OT options that can contribute right away while the younger tackles get up to speed.

4.) Young WR2 with WR1 Upside -- WR Chase Claypool, Notre Dame // WR Stanley Morgan Jr., Nebraska // WR Riley Ridley, Georgia

       -- Claypool and Morgan Jr. have been some of my favorite players to watch thus far this season. They both have WR1 upside with tremendous hand catching and route running (more Morgan in this regard). Claypool has the look a fluid moving pro-bowl WR1. He has the chance to be special from what I've seen so far, but is being overlooked tremendously at this point. That will likely not remain the case.

5.) Reliable Hands Catching TE to pair with Njoku and replace Seth DeValve.

5.)  LB to replace Jamie Collins.

5.) OG with C versatility to replace Earl Watford and potentially replace Austin Corbett if he doesn't improve down the line.

6.) LB for Special teams and LB depth.

7.) Kicker to replace Greg Joseph our end of the season starting kicker.

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2019 Roster Preview (Unbalanced & With No Cuts)

Offense (?):

Quarterbacks (2):

QB: Baker Mayfield // Drew Stanton

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Running Backs (3):

RB: Nick Chubb // Duke Johnson // Devante Mays

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Fullback (1):

FB: Orson Charles

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Wide Receivers (8):

WR1: Quincy Enunwa // Chase Claypool // Antonio Callaway

WR2: Chris Conley // Rashard Higgins // Damion Ratley // Breshad Perriman

Slot-WR: Jarvis Landry // (Duke Johnson)

Practice Squad: Da'Mari Scott ; Derrick Willies

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Tight Ends (5):

TE: David Njoku // Rookie TE Reliable Hands Catcher // Darren Fells // Seth DeValve // Pharoah Brown

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Offensive Linemen (11):

LT: Desmond Harrison // (Yodney Cajuste) // (Greg Robinson)

LG: Joel Bitonio // (Austin Corbett)

C:  JC Tretter // Austin Corbett

RG: Kevin Zeitler // (Chris Hubbard ) // Rookie OG // Earl Watford

RT: Yodney Cajuste // Chris Hubbard // Dalton Risner // Greg Robinson

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Defense (?):

Defensive linemen (10):

DE: Myles Garrett // Chris Smith

NT: Derrick Brown // Trevon Coley // Carl Davis

DT: Larry Ogunjobi // Brian Price // (Chad Thomas as 3-Tech) // (Anthony Zettel)

DE: Emmanuel Ogbah // (Genard Avery) // Chad Thomas // Anthony Zettel

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Linebackers (8):

SLB: Christian Kirksey // Genard Avery // Tanner Vallejo

MLB: Joe Schobert // // Ray Ray Armstrong

WLB: Jamie Collins Sr. // Rookie LB // D'Juan Hines

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Corner Backs (8):

CB1: Denzel Ward //( Bradley Roby) // Tavierre Thomas

CB2: Terrance Mitchell // E.J. Gaines // Kendall Sheffield // (Damarious Randall) // (T.J. Carrie)

NCB: Bradley Roby // T.J. Carrie // (Briean Boddy-Calhoun) // Denzel Rice

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Free Safeties (2):

FS: Damarious Randall // Briean Boddy-Calhoun

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Strong Safeties (2):

SS: Jabrill Peppers // Derrick Kindred

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Specialists (?):

Kicker (2): Greg Joseph; Rookie Kicker

Punter (1):Britton Colquitt;

Long snapper (1):Charley Hughlett

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Practice Squad:

1.) CB Arrion Springs

2.) CB Montrel Meander

3.) WR Blake Jackson

4.) DT Devaroe Lawrence

5.) OL Jake Eldrenkamp

6.) DT Daniel Ekuale

7.) RB Devante Mays

8.) LB Brady Sheldon

9.) OG Kyle Kalis

10.) RT Brad Seaton

11.) (International) CB Tigie Sankoh

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Edited by Mind Character

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That would be great offseason, get Lincoln Reilly as HC and this team has legit chance to win 10 games

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thank you for taking the lead on this

my wish list

demarcus lawrence de dallas with cooper,dak, and zeke  to sign they let him go for are new england 3rd round pick

darby db 25 year old cb to put opposite ward for the next 6 years

draft de andra baker cb georgia plays against 4.3 wr every week with this combination i can hold every team to under 200.00 yards passing

draft marquis brown wr oklahoma

sills 6 feet 4 inch wide receiver wr has huge size,speed,and huge hands he is a developmental prospect because he only has 1 year at wr.

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I love Enunwa unfortunately I don’t think he is easily let go by the jets without a fight. He’ll be overpaid by them. 

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5 minutes ago, bosko1616 said:

I love Enunwa unfortunately I don’t think he is easily let go by the jets without a fight. He’ll be overpaid by them. 

Or franchised.

They’d be idiots to let him go.

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I made a mock a few days ago where the Browns take Andre Dilllard in the 2nd. To me he's the best option outside of our 1st round selection. He's very athletic and can handle speed rushers. He'd immediately upgrade our pass protection.

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31 minutes ago, LETSGOBROWNIES said:

Or franchised.

They’d be idiots to let him go.

He has some injury and durability issues this season and in the past.

He's on pace for 50 catches; 656 yards and 2 TD this year

His 2nd year was his best .. he had 58 catches... 850 or so yards and 4 TDs.

That's not a franchise tag player that gets paid the average of the sammy watkins and odell beckham type contracts plus inflation.

The Jets will definitely be in the tough competition in the fight to sign him, but we can overpay for him in such a way that they go in a different direction.

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1 hour ago, mtmmike said:

thank you for taking the lead on this

my wish list

demarcus lawrence de dallas with cooper,dak, and zeke  to sign they let him go for are new england 3rd round pick

darby db 25 year old cb to put opposite ward for the next 6 years

draft de andra baker cb georgia plays against 4.3 wr every week with this combination i can hold every team to under 200.00 yards passing

draft marquis brown wr oklahoma

sills 6 feet 4 inch wide receiver wr has huge size,speed,and huge hands he is a developmental prospect because he only has 1 year at wr.

Respect.

Lawrence and Darby would be amazing editions.

DE Demarcus Lawrence, CB Ronald Darby,CB, Deandre Baker, WR Marquis Brown, and WR David Sills would be an off-season that would be difficult to match. Myles and Lawrence and the DB room would take this defense to another level.

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Instead of adding 16 WR subtract 1 somewhere and add a solid young/rookie RB.

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Lawrence is a pipe dream, we would have to beat Dallas and the league by 10-20% cash wise. 

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11 minutes ago, pnies20 said:

I made a mock a few days ago where the Browns take Andre Dilllard in the 2nd. To me he's the best option outside of our 1st round selection. He's very athletic and can handle speed rushers. He'd immediately upgrade our pass protection.

A lot of the best tackles this year (Jonah Williams and Andre Dillard) do not have prototypical size and length. Both are shorter armed and smaller guys for the position causing many personnel decision makers to see them as Guards or OTs with limited upside.

That could mean a lot of things... it could mean that early 2nd round or late 1st is the top of their draft selection range (Jonah Williams)... as opposed to them being drafted in the top 15.

It could also mean that depending how the draft unfolds Dillard types could be there mid-second to early 3rd.

I'm hoping it works in our favor.

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9 minutes ago, Mind Character said:

A lot of the best tackles this year (Jonah Williams and Andre Dillard) do not have prototypical size and length. Both are shorter armed and smaller guys for the position causing many personnel decision makers to see them as Guards or OTs with limited upside.

That could mean a lot of things... it could mean that early 2nd round or late 1st is the top of their draft selection range (Jonah Williams)... as opposed to them being drafted in the top 15.

It could also mean that depending how the draft unfolds Dillard types could be there mid-second to early 3rd.

I'm hoping it works in our favor.

Dillard will more than likely be taken in the first. He's got LT potential.

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19 minutes ago, pnies20 said:

Dillard will more than likely be taken in the first. He's got LT potential.

not at 6'4" with short arms...

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1 minute ago, Mind Character said:

not at 6'4" with short arms...

Where are you seeing "official" measurements. He's listed at over 6'5...

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