2015 NFL Draft “Big Board” 1.0 (Post-Combine)

Quarterbacks:

  1. Jameis Winston, Florida State (1)
  2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon (1)
  3. Bryce Petty, Baylor (2)
  4. Brett Hundley, UCLA (2)
  5. Garrett Grayson, Colorado State (3)
  6. Sean Mannion, Oregon State (3)
  7. Bryan Bennett, Southeastern Louisiana (4)
  8. Shane Carden, East Carolina (4)
  9. Brandon Bridge, South Alabama (5)
  10. Cody Fajardo, Nevada (6)
  11. Jerry Lovelocke, Prairie View A&M (6)
  12. Blake Sims, Alabama (7)
  13. Anthony Boone, Duke (7)
  14. Grant Hedrick, Boise State (7)

Running Backs:

  1. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin (1)
  2. Todd Gurley, Georgia (1)
  3. Tevin Coleman, Indiana (2)
  4. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska (2)
  5. Duke Johnson, Miami (2)
  6. Jay Ajayi, Boise State (3)
  7. T.J. Yeldon, Alabama (3)
  8. Karlos Williams, Florida State (4)
  9. David Cobb, Minnesota (4)
  10. Jeremy Langford, Michigan State (4)
  11. David Johnson, Northern Iowa (4)
  12. Buck Allen, Southern Cal (5)
  13. Josh Robinson, Mississippi State (5)
  14. Trey Williams, Texas A&M (6)
  15. Mike Davis, South Carolina (6)
  16. Matt Jones, Florida (6)
  17. Michael Dyer, Louisville (7)
  18. Tyson Gulley, Syracuse (7)
  19. Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn (7)
  20. B.J. Catalon, Texas Christian (7)

Receivers:

  1. Amari Cooper, Alabama (1)
  2. Kevin White, West Virginia (1)
  3. Devante Parker, Louisville (1)
  4. Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri (1)
  5. Devin Smith, Ohio State (1)
  6. Jaelen Strong, Arizona State (2)
  7. Nelson Agholor, Southern Cal (2)
  8. Sammie Coates, Auburn (2)
  9. Breshad Perriman, Central Florida (2)
  10. Phillip Dorsett, Miami (3)
  11. Justin Hardy, East Carolina (3)
  12. Rashad Greene, Florida State (3)
  13. Ty Montgomery, Stanford (3)
  14. Deontay Greenberry, Houston (4)
  15. Stefon Diggs, Maryland (4)
  16. Tyler Lockett, Kansas State (4)
  17. Jamison Crowder, Duke (4)
  18. Devante Davis, UNLV (4)
  19. JJ Nelson, UAB (5)
  20. Chris Conley, Georgia (5)
  21. Josh Harper, Fresno State (5)
  22. Deon Long, Maryland (6)
  23. Levi Norwood, Baylor (6)
  24. Mario Alford, West Virginia (6)
  25. Kenny Bell, Nebraska (6)
  26. Tre McBride, William & Mary (6)
  27. George Farmer, Southern Cal (7)
  28. Tony Lippett, Michigan State (7)
  29. Malcome Kennedy, Texas A&M (7)
  30. Deion Barnes, Texas Lutheran (7)
  31. Davaris Daniels, Notre Dame (7)

Tight Ends:

  1. Devin Funchess, Michigan (1)
  2. Maxx Williams, Minnesota (1)
  3. Clive Walford, Miami (2)
  4. Wes Saxton, South Alabama (3)
  5. Nick O’Leary, Florida State (3)
  6. Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State (4)
  7. Ben Koyack, Notre Dame (4)
  8. Nick Boyle, Delaware (5)
  9. Tyler Kroft, Rutgers (5)
  10. E.J. Bibbs, Iowa State (6)
  11. Jesse James, Penn State (6)
  12. Cameron Clear, Texas A&M (6)
  13. Mycole Pruitt, Southern Illinois (7)
  14. Blake Bell, Oklahoma (7)
  15. Gerald Christian, Louisville (7)
  16. Rory Anderson, South Carolina (7)

Tackles:

  1. Andrus Peat, Stanford (1)
  2. Ereck Flowers, Miami (1)
  3. T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh (1)
  4. Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M (2)
  5. D.J. Humphries, Florida (2)
  6. Daryl Williams, Oklahoma (2)
  7. Jake Fisher, Oregon (3)
  8. Corey Robinson, South Carolina (3)
  9. Sean Hickey, Syracuse (3)
  10. Tyrus Thompson, Oklahoma (4)
  11. Ty Sambrailo, Colorado State (4)
  12. Blaine Clausell, Mississippi State (5)
  13. Bobby Hart, Florida State (5)
  14. Austin Shepherd, Alabama (5)
  15. Donovan Smith, Penn State (6)
  16. Patrick Miller, Auburn (6)
  17. Mitch Morse, Missouri (6)
  18. Robert Havenstein, Wisconsin (7)
  19. Laurence Gibson, Virginia Tech (7)
  20. Rob Crisp, N.C. State (7)
  21. Chaz Green, Florida (7)
  22. Cole Manhart, Nebraska-Kearney (7)

Guards:

  1. Brandon Scherff, Iowa (1)
  2. La’El Collins, Louisiana State (1)
  3. Tre Jackson, Florida State (2)
  4. A.J. Cann, South Carolina (2)
  5. Ali Marpet, Hobart (3)
  6. Laken Tomlinson, Duke (4)
  7. Arie Kouandjio, Alabama (4)
  8. Aundrey Walker, Southern Cal (5)
  9. Antoine Everett, McNeese State (5)
  10. Miles Dieffenbach, Penn State (5)
  11. Jarvis Harrison, Texas A&M (5)
  12. Robert Myers, Tennessee State (5)
  13. Josue Matias, Florida State (6)
  14. John Miller, Louisville (6)
  15. Malcome Bunche, UCLA (6)
  16. Quinton Spain, West Virginia (6)
  17. Al Bond, Mepmhis (7)
  18. Tyler Moore, Florida (7)
  19. Jon Feliciano, Miami (7)

Centers:

  1. Cameron Erving, Florida State (2)
  2. Reese Dismukes, Auburn (3)
  3. Hroniss Grasu, Oregon (3)
  4. Shaq Mason, Georgia Tech (4)
  5. B.J. Finney, Kansas State (4)
  6. Shane McDermott, Miami (5)
  7. Dallas Lewallen, Wisconsin (5)
  8. Andy Gallik, Boston College (6)
  9. Dillon Day, Mississippi State (6)
  10. Max Garcia, Florida (6)
  11. Chris Jasperse, Marshall (7)
  12. Chad Lindsay, Ohio State (7)
  13. David Andrews, Georgia (7)
  14. Dominic Espinosa, Texas (7)

4-3 Defensive Ends:

  1. Leonard Williams, Southern Cal (1)
  2. Shane Ray, Missouri (1)
  3. Dante Fowler, Florida (1)
  4. Randy Gregory, Nebraska (1)
  5. Arik Armstead, Oregon (1)
  6. Vic Beasley, Clemson (1)
  7. Bud Dupree, Kentucky (2)
  8. Mario Edwards Jr., Florida State (2)
  9. Danielle Hunter, Louisiana State (2)
  10. Owa Odighizuwa, UCLA (2)
  11. Markus Golden, Missouri (3)
  12. Cedric Reed, Texas (3)
  13. Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville (3)
  14. Davis Tull, Chattanooga (3)
  15. Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington (3)
  16. Henry Anderson, Stanford (4)
  17. Za’Darius Smith, Kentucky (4)
  18. Preston Smith, Missisippi State (4)
  19. Nate Orchard, Utah (4)
  20. Corey Crawford, Clemson (4)
  21. Deion Barnes, Penn State (5)
  22. Lynden Trail, Norfolk State (5)
  23. Ray Drew, Georgia (5)
  24. Ryan Russell, Purdue (5)
  25. Geneo Grissom, Oklahoma (5)
  26. B.J. Dubose, Louisville (5)
  27. C.J. Olaniyan, Penn State (6)
  28. Anthony Chickillo, Miami (6)
  29. Marcus Rush, Michigan State (6)
  30. Olson Pierre, Miami (6)
  31. Brock Hekking, Nevada (7)
  32. Martin Ifedi, Memphis (7)
  33. Ishaq Williams, Notre Dame (7)
  34. Zach Patt, Rice (7)

4-3 Defensive Tackles:

  1. Danny Shelton, Washington (1)
  2. Carl Davis, Iowa (1)
  3. Malcom Brown, Texas (1)
  4. Eddie Goldman, Florida State (2)
  5. Michael Bennett, Ohio State (2)
  6. Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma (3)
  7. Christian Covington, Rice (3)
  8. Grady Jarrett, Clemson (3)
  9. Marcus Hardison, Arizona State (3)
  10. Gabe Wright, Auburn (4)
  11. Tyeler Davison, Fresno State (4)
  12. Xavier Williams, Northern Iowa (4)
  13. Darius Philon, Arkansas (5)
  14. David Parry, Stanford (5)
  15. Ellis McCarthy, UCLA (6)
  16. Derrick Lott, Chattanooga (6)
  17. Louis Trinca-Pasat, Iowa (6)
  18. Kaleb Eulls, Mississippi State (6)
  19. Joey Mbu, Houston (7)
  20. Chucky Hunter, Texas Christian (7)
  21. Angelo Blackson, Auburn (7)
  22. Xavier Cooper, Washington State (7)

Outside Linebackers:

  1. Shaq Thompson, Washington (1)
  2. Kwon Alexander, Louisiana State (2)
  3. Paul Dawson, Texas Christian (2)
  4. Eli Harold, Virginia (3)
  5. Bryce Hager, Baylor (4)
  6. Ramik Wilson, Georgia (4)
  7. Zack Hodges, Harvard (5)
  8. Mike Hull, Penn State (5)
  9. Martrell Spaight, Arkansas (6)
  10. Tony Washington, Oregon (6)
  11. Aaron Davis, Colorado State (7)
  12. James Vaughters, Stanford (7)

Middle Linebackers:

  1. Denzel Perryman, Miami (1)
  2. Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State (1)
  3. Stephone Anthony, Clemson (2)
  4. Eric Kendricks, UCLA (2)
  5. Jordan Hicks, Texas (2)
  6. Jake Ryan, Michigan (3)
  7. Trey DePriest, Alabama (3)
  8. Henry Coley, Virginia (4)
  9. Amarlo Herrera, Georgia (4)
  10. A.J. Johnson, Tennessee (5)
  11. Hayes Pullard, Southern Cal (5)
  12. Taiwan Jones, Michigan State (6)
  13. Damien Wilson, Minnesota (6)
  14. Curtis Grant, Ohio State (6)
  15. A.J. Tarpley, Stanford (7)
  16. Steve Edmond, Texas (7)
  17. John Timu, Washington (7)
  18. Lamar Dawson, Southern Cal (7)

Corners:

  1. Trae Waynes, Michigan State (1)
  2. Marcus Peters, Washington (1)
  3. Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest (1)
  4. Jalen Collins, Louisiana State (2)
  5. Ronald Darby, Florida State (2)
  6. P.J. Williams, Florida State (2)
  7. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon (3)
  8. Byron Jones, Connecticut (3)
  9. Quinten Rollins, Miami OH (4)
  10. Quandre Diggs, Texas (4)
  11. Josh Shaw, Southern Cal (4)
  12. Steven Nelson, Oregon State (4)
  13. Senquez Golson, Mississippi (5)
  14. Alex Carter, Stanford (5)
  15. Doran Grant, Ohio State (5)
  16. Ladarius Gunter, Miami (5)
  17. Kevin White, Texas Christian (5)
  18. D.J. Smith, Florida Atlantic (5)
  19. Jacorey Shepherd, Kansas (6)
  20. Charles Gaines, Louisville (6)
  21. Jacoby Glenn, Central Florida (6)
  22. Troy Hill, Oregon (6)
  23. Lorenzo Doss, Tulane (6)
  24. DC Celiscar, Western Michigan (7)
  25. Damian Swann, Georgia (7)
  26. Nick Marshall, Auburn (7)
  27. Imoan Claiborne, Northwestern State (7)
  28. Cody Riggs, Notre Dame (7)

Safeties:

  1. Landon Collins, Alabama (1)
  2. Cody Prewitt, Mississippi (2)
  3. Gerod Holliman, Louisville (2)
  4. Derron Smith, Fresno State (3)
  5. Durell Eskridge, Syracuse (3)
  6. Damarious Randall, Arizona State (4)
  7. Anthony Harris, Virginia (4)
  8. Jaqiski Tartt, Samford (4)
  9. Clayton Geathers, Central Florida (4)
  10. Adrian Amos, Penn State (5)
  11. Anthony Jefferson, UCLA (5)
  12. Eric Rowe, Utah (5)
  13. Damian Parms, Florida Atlantic (5)
  14. Chris Hackett, Texas Christian (6)
  15. Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern (6)
  16. Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State (6)
  17. Corey Moore, Georgia (6)
  18. Jermaine Whitehead, Auburn (7)
  19. Isaiah Johnson, Georgia Tech (7)
  20. Detrick Bonner, VIrginia Tech (7)
  21. Ronald Martin, Louisiana State (7)
  22. Tevin McDonald, Eastern Washington (7)
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2015 NFL Free Agents Predictions

Automatic Updates

QB Predictions:

Brian Hoyer (CLE)- Cleveland Browns (Houston Texans)

Jake Locker (TEN)- Chicago Bears (Retirement)

Josh McCown (TB)- Baltimore Ravens (Cleveland Browns)

Matt Moore (MIA)- Tennessee Titans

Mark Sanchez (PHI)- Buffalo Bills (Philadelphia Eagles)

Scott Tolzien (GB)- Green Bay Packers

RB Predictions:

Reggie Bush (DET)- Washington Redskins

Justin Forsett (BAL)- Baltimore Ravens

Frank Gore (SF)- Indianapolis Colts

Roy Helu (WAS)- New York Giants (Oakland Raiders)

Steven Jackson (ATL)- Retirement

Mark Ingram (NO)- New Orleans Saints

DeMarco Murray (DAL)- Jacksonville Jaguars (Philadelphia Eagles)

Ray Rice (BAL)- New England Patriots

Stevan Ridley (NE)- Detroit Lions

C.J. Spiller (BUF)- New York Jets

Pierre Thomas (NO)- Washington Redskins

Shane Vereen (NE)- New England Patriots (New York Giants)

WR Predictions:

Dwayne Bowe (KC)- Seattle Seahawks

Kenny Britt (STL)- St. Louis Rams

Dez Bryant (DAL)- Dallas Cowboys

Michael Crabtree (SF)- Carolina Panthers

Randall Cobb (GB)- Green Bay Packers

Brian Hartline (MIA)- Cleveland Browns

Percy Harvin (NYJ)- New England Patriots (Buffalo Bills)

Jeremy Maclin (PHI)- Philadelphia Eagles (Kansas City Chiefs)

Cecil Shorts (JAX)- Jacksonville Jaguars

Torrey Smith (BAL)- Kansas City Chiefs (San Francisco 49ers)

Demaryius Thomas (DEN)- Denver Broncos

Reggie Wayne (IND)- Indianapolis Colts

Wes Welker (DEN)- Retirement

TE Predictions:

Jordan Cameron (CLE)- Atlanta Falcons (Miami Dolphins)

Charles Clay (MIA)- Miami Dolphins

Jermaine Gresham (CIN)- Oakland Raiders

Lance Kendricks (STL)- St. Louis Rams

Jacob Tamme (DEN)- Chicago Bears

Julius Thomas (DEN)- Jacksonville Jaguars

OT Predictions:

Joe Barksdale (STL)- New York Giants

Byron Bell (CAR)- Dallas Cowboys (Carolina Panthers)

Bryan Bulaga (GB)- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Green Bay Packers)

Anthony Collins (TB)- Cincinnati Bengals

Doug Free (DAL)- Minnesota Vikings (Dallas Cowboys)

Jake Long (STL)- Retirement

Marshall Newhouse (CIN)- Cincinnati Bengals (New York Giants)

Derek Newton (HOU)- Houston Texans

Michael Oher (TEN)- Denver Broncos (Carolina Panthers)

Jeremy Parnell (DAL)- Jacksonville Jaguars

Interior OL Predictions:

Clint Boling (CIN)- New York Giants (Cincinnati Bengals)

James Carpenter (SEA)- New York Jets

Daryn Colledge (MIA)- New England Patriots

Brian de la Puente (CHI)- Chicago Bears

Orlando Franklin (DEN)- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (San Diego Chargers)

Todd Herremans (PHI)- Indianapolis Colts

Rodney Hudson (KC)- Kansas City Chiefs (Oakland Raiders)

Mike Iupati (SF)- New York Jets (Arizona Cardinals)

Stefen Wisniewski (OAK)- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

DT Predictions:

Tyson Alualu (JAX)- New York Giants (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Nick Fairley (DET)- Detroit Lions (St. Louis Rams)

Andre Fluellen (DET)- Detroit Lions

Terrance Knighton (DEN)- Oakland Raiders (Washington Redskins)

Kendall Langford (JAX)- New York Jets (Indianapolis Colts)

C.J. Mosley (DET)- Detroit Lions

Jared Odrick (MIA)- Jacksonville Jaguars

Stephen Paea (CHI)- Chicago Bears (Washington Redskins)

B.J. Raji (GB)- Green Bay Packers

Pat Sims (OAK)- Oakland Raiders

Ndamukong Suh (DET)- Miami Dolphins

Dan Williams (ARZ)- Washington Redskins (Oakland Raiders)

4-3 DE Predictions:

Da’Quan Bowers (TB)- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Adrian Clayborn (TB)- Atlanta Falcons

Trent Cole (PHI)- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Indianapolis Colts)

Brandon Graham (PHI)- Carolina Panthers (Philadelphia Eagles)

Greg Hardy (CAR)- Cincinnati Bengals

Jerry Hughes (BUF)- Buffalo Bills

Michael Johnson (TB)- Minnesota Vikings

Mathias Kiwanuka (NYG)- Retirement

Derrick Morgan (TEN)- Tennessee Titans

Jason Pierre-Paul (NYG)- New York Giants

Osi Umenyiora (ATL)- Atlanta Falcons

3-4 OLB Predictions:

Sam Acho (ARZ)- Arizona Cardinals

Lance Briggs (CHI)- Chicago Bears

Justin Houston (KC)- Kansas City Chiefs

Pernell McPhee (BAL)- Cleveland Browns (Chicago Bears)

Brian Orakpo (WAS)- Houston Texans (Tennessee Titans)

Brooks Reed (HOU)- Philadelphia Eagles (Atlanta Falcons)

Malcolm Smith (SEA)- Seattle Seahawks (Oakland Raiders)

Anthony Spencer (DAL)- Washington Redskins

LaMarr Woodley (OAK)- Tennessee Titans (Arizona Cardinals)

Jason Worilds (PIT)- Philadelphia Eagles (Retirement)

ILB Predictions:

Akeem Ayers (NE)- Pittsburgh Steelers (St. Louis Rams)

Bruce Carter (DAL)- Dallas Cowboys (Atlanta Falcons)

Mason Foster (TB)- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A.J. Hawk (GB)- Green Bay Packers (Cincinnati Bengals)

Nate Irving (DEN)- Arizona Cardinals

Rolando McClain (DAL)- Dallas Cowboys

Brandon Spikes (BUF)- Buffalo Bills

Sean Weatherspoon (ATL)- Arizona Cardinals

CB Predictions:

Tarell Brown (OAK)- San Francisco 49ers

Perrish Cox (SF)- San Francisco 49ers

Chris Culliver (SF)- San Francisco 49ers (Washington Redskins)

Antonio Cromartie (ARZ)- New York Jets

Cortland Finnegan (MIA)- Carolina Panthers (Retirement)

Bradley Fletcher (PHI)- Miami Dolphins

Brandon Flowers (SD)- New York Jets (San Diego Chargers)

Davon House (GB)- Oakland Raiders (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Kareem Jackson (HOU)- Houston Texans

Byron Maxwell (SEA)- Philadelphia Eagles

Darrelle Revis (NE)- New York Jets

Walter Thurmond (NYG)- New York Giants (Philadelphia Eagles)

Cary Williams (PHI)- Seattle Seahawks

Tramon Williams (GB)- Green Bay Packers

S Predictions:

Mike Adams (IND)- Indianapolis Colts

Tyvon Branch (OAK)- Indianapolis Colts (Kansas City Chiefs)

Louis Delmas (MIA)- Miami Dolphins

Will Hill (BAL)- Baltimore Ravens

LaRon Landry (IND)- Retirement

Devin McCourty (NE)- New York Jets (New England Patriots)

Jeromey Miles (BAL)- Cleveland Browns

Rahim Moore (DEN)- New York Giants (Houston Texans)

Ron Parker (KC)- Chicago Bears

Antrel Rolle (NYG)- Miami Dolphins (Chicago Bears)

Da’Norris Searcy (BUF)- Buffalo Bills (Tennessee Titans)

Darian Stewart (BAL)- Baltimore Ravens

KOS Predictions:

Matt Bryant (ATL)- Atlanta Falcons

Stephen Gostkowski (NE)- New England Patriots

Matt Prater (DET)- Chicago Bears

Justin Tucker (BAL)- Baltimore Ravens

Pre-Combine Mock Draft

Pre-Combine Mock Draft (2/12/2015)

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jameis Winston, QB- Florida State

2. Tennessee Titans- Leonard Williams, 4-3 DE- Southern Cal

3. Jacksonville Jaguars- Brandon Scherff, OT- Iowa

4. Oakland Raiders- Amari Cooper, WR- Alabama

5. Washington Redskins- Randy Gregory, 3-4 OLB- Nebraska

6. New York Jets- Marcus Mariota, QB- Oregon

7. Chicago Bears- Danny Shelton, DT- Washington

8. Atlanta Falcons- Dante Fowler, 4-3 DE- Florida

9. New York Giants- Andrus Peat, OT- Stanford

10. St. Louis Rams- DeVante Parker, WR- Louisville

11. Minnesota Vikings- Kevin White, WR- West Virginia

12. Cleveland Browns- Ereck Flowers, OT- Miami (FL)

13. New Orleans Saints- Vic Beasley, 3-4 OLB- Clemson

14. Miami Dolphins- Trae Waynes, CB- Michigan State

15. San Francisco 49ers- Devin Smith, WR- Ohio State

16. Houston Texans- Marcus Peters, CB- Washington

17. San Diego Chargers- Arik Armstead, 3-4 DE- Oregon

18. Kansas City Chiefs- Jaelen Strong, WR- Arizona State

19. Cleveland Browns- Eddie Goldman, 3-4 DE- Florida State

20. Philadelphia Eagles- Kevin Johnson, CB- Wake Forest

21. Cincinnati Bengals- Bud Dupree, 4-3 DE- Kentucky

22. Pittsburgh Steelers- Landon Collins, S- Alabama

23. Detroit Lions- Carl Davis, DT- Iowa

24. Arizona Cardinals- Benardrick McKinney, ILB- Mississippi State

25. Carolina Panthers- T.J. Clemmings, OT- Pittsburgh

26. Baltimore Ravens- Devin Funchess, WR- Michigan

27. Dallas Cowboys- Eli Harold, 4-3 DE- Virginia

28. Denver Broncos- Cedric Ogbuehi, OT- Texas A&M

29. Indianapolis Colts- La’El Collins, OT- Louisiana State

30. Green Bay Packers- Denzel Perryman, ILB- Miami (FL)

31. Seattle Seahawks- Nelson Agholor, WR- Southern Cal

32. New England Patriots- Sammie Coates, WR- Auburn

NOTES:

  • Trend of receivers will probably run strong due to the out-performing trend from the 2013 class
  • Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston (QB’s) won’t fall out of the top six
  • With depth of draft, teams in the top fifteen will look to fill needs rather than draft “best player available”

2015 NFL Head Coaching Predictions

2015 NFL Head Coaching Predictions

Coaching Predictions:

Hiring Reviews:

Buffalo Bills (Doug Marrone): Rex Ryan, former New York Jets Head Coach

The Bills went out there and got the top overall coaching candidate. What he did with the Jets and their lack-of-talent was nothing short of miraculous, and he will surely re-up the Bills defense around Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus. Will be interested to see who he brings to help the Bills’ offense, which was poor last season and is not his specialty.  GRADE: A-

New York Jets (Rex Ryan): Todd Bowles, Arizona Cardinals Defensive Coordinator

Despite the firings of Rex Ryan and John Idzik being questionable at best, there was reason for the Jets to move in a new direction. Bowles will certainly bring that, as he’s an exciting coordinator who will bring renewed life to the team. He’s a great fit scheme-wise, and will a better head coach for this team than Dan Quinn (my prediction) would’ve been. There are doubts around whether Chan Gailey will be able to revive the offense, but this is certainly not a bad hire.  GRADE: High “B”

Oakland Raiders: Jack Del Rio, Denver Broncos Defensive Coordinator

This is a very good hire for an organization that’s been so unstable over the last ten years. Del Rio seems to be the guy Mark Davis wanted all along, which is crucial for the long-term development of the Raiders. He’ll certainly run a strong 4-3 defense like he did in Denver, and his head coaching experience definitely doesn’t hurt. I’d expect him to put together a strong coaching staff, and it’ll be fun to see what he can do with Derek Carr at quarterback.  GRADE: A-

San Francisco 49ers (Jim Harbaugh): Jim Tomsula, San Francisco 49ers Defensive Line Coach

Trent Baalke wants a “Yes” man, which is why he went for the players’ coach in Jim Tomsula. He’s certainly no improvement than Harbaugh, and he’ll certainly have to adapt to being the top dog. He probably wasn’t even the most qualified internal candidate. One reason why the Niners won a lot was because of their top-notch coaching staff, and only a few members were retained despite the internal hire. Will be surprising if they don’t take a step back with their new coach.  GRADE: C-

Chicago Bears (Marc Trestman): John Fox, former Denver Broncos Head Coach

The Bears have taken several steps in the right direction. They’ve found a proven head coach who has led teams to the super bowl in the past, and their new GM Ryan Pace will put together a competitive roster for him to coach. He’s very conservative in his decision making, which will eventually grow on diehard fans. With that said, he’s a winner who can put together a quality staff and lead this team better than Trestman did during his short reign as head coach.  GRADE: A-

Denver Broncos (John Fox): Gary Kubiak, former Baltimore Ravens Offensive Coordinator

It’s tough to give this hire a good grade because upper management made the wrong decision to fire Fox in the first place. This was a team headed in the right direction, but failed primarily because Peyton Manning is faltering as a quarterback. Although he did revive the Ravens offense this past season, his tenure as head coach for the Texans was uninspiring to say the least. He has a ton of challenges set up for him, and we’ll see if he’s up for the challenge.  GRADE: B-

Atlanta Falcons (Mike Smith): Dan Quinn, Seattle Seahawks Defensive Coordinator

Let’s keep things in perspective here. Dan Quinn was the defensive coordinator for (arguably) the top defense in football for two seasons. He had a ton of talent surrounding of him, none of which he’ll be able to bring with him to Atlanta. It’s tough to criticize this hire too much, given his success over the past couple of years. I’m very unsure of how he will do with this Falcons team, because there is talent on the offensive side of the ball to give him some wins. With that said, his biggest challenge will be reviving the defense, which will be one of the biggest question marks heading into next season.  GRADE: B

Pre “Black Monday” Predictions:

– Jim Harbaugh accepts Michigan coaching job, creating an open vacancy for the Niners’ head coaching post. (CORRECT)

– Rex Ryan will be let go, and reports will come out before Black Monday. (CORRECT/WRONG)

– Marc Trestman will not return as the Bears’ head coach due to the Cutler scandal. Phil Emery will also be let go as general manager. (CORRECT/CORRECT)

– Mike Smith will return to the Falcons and receive another season regardless of whether they make the playoffs or not. (WRONG)

– Tom Coughlin will return to the Giants as head coach, but will hire a new defensive coordinator. (CORRECT/CORRECT)

– Tony Sparano will emerge as a serious candidate for the Raiders’ head coaching post and receive an interview. (CORRECT)

– Jaguars and Dolphins commit to their head coaches (Gus Bradley and Joe Philbin, respectively). (CORRECT)

– Adam Gase will not take a head coaching post, even if he is informally or formally offered one. (CORRECT)

– No college head coach will make the bump up to the pros, although Jim Mora and Brian Kelly might be mentioned in some reports. (CORRECT)

– A minority will be hired as a head coach this offseason. (CORRECT)

Predictions: 

Atlanta Falcons: Dan Quinn, Seattle Seahawks Defensive Coordinator

Buffalo Bills: Frank Reich, San Diego Chargers Offensive Coordinator

Chicago Bears: John Fox, former Denver Broncos Head Coach

Denver Broncos: Adam Gase, Denver Broncos Offensive Coordinator

New York Jets: Dan Quinn, Seattle Seahawks Defensive Coordinator

Oakland Raiders: Jack Del Rio, Denver Broncos Defensive Coordinator

San Francisco 49ers: Adam Gase, Denver Broncos Offensive Coordinator