Projecting OTs is a tricky business - CBSSports.com
A month after National Signing Day and this recruiting nugget caught my eye: the three highest-rated offensive tackles in this year's NFL draft were ranked as a 4-star (Luke Joeckel); a 2-star (Eric Fisher) and a 0-star out (Lane Johnson) coming out of high school.
Performance Based Value: Edge Rushers - Peter Damilatis
Hali becomes just the latest pass rushing force to land here thanks to his underwhelming run defense. His 9.4 PRP ranked 10th among 3-4 outside linebackers, but he recorded just 16 defensive stops on 424 plays versus the run.
San Diego Chargers create new hole by cutting Takeo Spikes - Bill Williamson
But I do find it just a tad surprising that the first big move by San Diego's new brass is releasing Takeo Spikes. He does provide some value. He is still a starting-quality player and is a positive influence in the locker room. In his two seasons in San Diego, Spikes was a defensive captain and voted the most inspirational player.
Indefense of Accuracy - Mike Tanier
Marty Mornhinweg told the Jets official website that accuracy is not a very important attribute for a starting quarterback. "Some of the great ones have really not thrown for such great accuracy," Mornhinweg said. "Steve Young was astronomical accuracy-wise. Brett Favre wasn’t. Brett Favre, I believe won an MVP two different times out of the three times that he won it, throwing 58, 59, 60 percent, somewhere in there. So they all come in different shapes and sizes."
Performance Based Value: Tight Ends - John Maney
Despite a potential Hall of Fame-worthy career, Gates regressed on the field in 2012, a season in which he finished with a -1.8 overall grade (+1.6 receiving) after coming in at +9.0 or better in each of the previous four years. The struggles of Philip Rivers unquestionably played a role, but it was his efforts in run blocking, an area that admittedly hasn’t been a strong suit in his career — and a recurring theme on this list — that doomed his PBV.
Performance Based Value: Interior D-Line - Michael Renner
The Chiefs had one of the worst defensive lines in football last season, but it wasn’t because of former GM Scott Pioli’s lack of trying. Pioli inherited Top 5-pick Glenn Dorsey, drafted Tyson Jackson third overall in his first draft with the Chiefs, and then drafted Dontari Poe 11th last season. Those three combined for a grade of -15.2 on the season. Jackson in particular struggled to a -9.6 – the second worst grade of his career — and was just flat out unable to get any pass rush.