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Moving Bates to RG was a mess. By the end of last season Bates and Dawkins were developing excellent chemistry on combo blocks and assignments. Bates has also shown a knack for being able to pull to the right if you want him to. Didn't like the Saffold signing for the reshuffle alone, much less his pass blocking.

 

Been pounding my fists on C the past 2 seasons (Humphrey and Linderbaum) passed on Humphrey, Linderbaum went a few picks early (#25).

Stud C are usually available at the end of the 1st round (pick 25-32), draft one. I'm personally worried about Morse's health. Have been for years.

 

Dawkins is fine. He is an above replacement level LT who never developed chemistry with Saffold. Should be Dawkins & Bates at LT and LG.

 

Spencer Brown is bad, at best he is my backup OT on a rookie contract. RG has been a mess for years.

 

I had no idea why UFA Boettger was resigned last season coming off an Achilles.

Older + Achilles means move on. He was replacement level at best before the injury.

 

Good OG like Ben Powers can be found in rounds 3-4. Can play and improve from day one without being a 'project'.

 

Quessenberry, Hart and Van Roten put in solid play for cast offs from other teams making low tier money, but none of them should be starters.

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3 hours ago, MAJBobby said:

WARNING - these do get a little long sometimes.

 

OK here we are the first position group offseason primer.  I think I am going to start with the OL.  The issue is with the OL most of the time it performs and doesn’t perform as a single cell organism.  That is how you want your OL to play as a single unit so it gets hard looking at individual players absent the group as a whole but I will work it. 

 

The way I structure these as those that have not read them before I will talk Financials, Pending Bills UFAs, on contract players, Notable UFAs (don’t spend much time here as with no idea with Tags and re-signings, but will mention some notables), Some notable draft picks from my early draft work, And then what I would do is I was the Bills.  I then add the past writeups to the end of the post via links.

 

The standard disclaimer:  I use SPOTRAC (primarily) sometimes will use OverTheCap as well for the salary and contract information.  I will also use profootball reference (primary) for stats.  Also this isn’t meant to be a complete wrap-up of the past season but more so a look at in the future, obviously I will look back at times to talk about how I see the future.

 

So here we go …

 

Financials:

Contracted players: 39 with a cap hit of $230.498M

Cap Space (top 51): -5.464M

 

Offensive Line – 5 players on contact (Spotrac shows 6 however that is because they are accounting for Saffolds void year as well he isn’t on the team) taking up 15.59% of CAP, 22rd highest in the NFL.

 

Interesting here, with only 5 players on Contract we are taking up 15.59% of the cap, so this will have to be addressed and changes need to be made, we will bring at least 5 players in, most likely closer to 7 to 9 to fill out the 90.  Good thing is there is some flexibility financially in the group that I will get to as well so you can improve the group most likely with the money that you can gain from inside the group if this is done right.    

 

Also the players that all played well under Bobby Johnson (Dawkins, Morse (not as much), Bates and Brown all regressed with Kromer as coach.  That has to be looked at and that is a lot of regression on the OL group and with two of them that have been solid players in the past for a long time, that to me is something significant to evaluate. I am not sure if there are better OL coaches out there, but this is something that needs to be evaluated as part of this position group as well. 

 

RFA

None

 

UFA

David Quessenberry – 32 years old, Cap hit in 2022 – 1.75M – Not too much to say here, was signed to provide depth was paid correctly for what he was intended to do.  No reason to beat around the bush here, old, unathletic probably can move one.  At the same time I could see him back in the similar role, league min contract depth player.  Can play both OG and OT so this is what you should look for in cheap depth players.  I think I would move on from David initially as there will be 10 others like him that you can sign post draft as the rest of you team is filled out. 

 

Justin Murray – 29 Years old, Cap hit in 2022 – 1.035M, See above, JAG depth option and can be addressed post draft letting him walk.

 

Roger Saffold – 34 years old, Cap Hit in 2022 – 6.25M, Projected Market Value 5.4M – Here comes likely he first one some might want to debate.  Me it is easy he isn’t a Bills moving forward.  He was one of the worst OGs in the league. Issue with him here is also there could be some direct pull down on the performance of Morse and Dawkins as well here.  I don’t think this is a Kromer thing because his same issues we saw are the same issues Tenn saw as well and why they moved on from him.  Which is what I think we do as well.

 

Greg Van Roten – 33 years old, Cap Hit in 2022 – 1.27M – See Quessenberry and Murray.  JAG are we seeing a trend here with the Bills OL.  A lot of JAGs employed to protect your franchise QB and to open holes in the running game.  One good thing here is can play both OGs and C (so cant Bates, will get more on that later) again like really anyone on this list so far this is the type of player you can find after the draft.

 

Ike Boettger – 28 years old, Cap Hit in 2022 – 1.187M – This is actually one that I finally got to in the UFA list I can make a case for.  Was a very solid LG for us last year before the injury.  I do not think he is a starter, but still needs time to recover from the achilles (See Kyle Williams) I probably would toss a 1 year deal around the same number he was at this year. 

 

Bobby Hart – 28 years old, Cap Hit in 2022 – 1.185M – this is a funny one to me.  He carved a nice role out for himself as the 6th OL on the field when going heavy.  Also, I think he found where he should be playing in the Inside spot.  The problem is that is really all he can play at serviceable level is OG.  I cannot pay a strict OG BU.  Needs to have position versatility to have a BU role in the NFL. But if I can keep him at the 1.1M number I probably do bring him into camp on that number.

 

On Contract

 

Dion Dawkins age 29, 6.54% of cap, 14.824M cap hit (1.958M in savings, 9.81M in savings post June 1st) – Here is my fist hard one.  What to do about Dawkins.  He regressed this year and at times it could be argued that he was the worst OL on the field.  My concern is what is causing the regression, was it a down year?  Was it the Scheme?  Was it the Slug net to him at OG?  Was it the coach?  There are too many questions here that I don’t really have answers for.  He did have 8 penalties this year which is right about up there with his yearly average.  Here is where I would make a change.  Right now with the way his contract is set up you can move on from him in 2024 with little a nice savings IF they do not touch his contract.  However at 8.855M base there is a way to save 5M here with the simple restructure and prorating out the bonus for the next 4 years (2 active contract years, 2 Void Years).  I just Don’t think this is the right player to try and get cap space on because of the questions above on what is causing this years regression.  I hate kicking the can down on players that 1. Are Hurt often, 2. Coming off a regression year and 3. Anyone over 30 not playing QB).  Dawkins is clearly in Bullet 2.  I could overlook that if he was the best player on the line, which he wasn’t that was Morse. 

 

Spencer Brown age 25, 0.58% of cap, 1.31M cap hit (880K in savings) – Rookie Deal with less than 1M in savings.   I don’t do anything here with him he had the same penalty count as a rookie and is still stiff and limited athletically in Pass Pro, though he is an actual decent run blocker even at the second level (which points to enough of an athlete) I am not sure I think this could be a Kromer regression.  He wasn’t the worst on the OL but then again never took the step he was primed to take.  That said I am not throwing the baby out with the bathwater here.  Best case scenario is he would be my Swing OT next year as I go and buy a Legit OT.

 

Tommy Doyle, age 24, 0.45% against cap, 1.01M cap hit (861K savings) – This one is funny.  I think he is fine as depth and the contract is right.  I think the OL might be better with Doyle stepping in instead of Quessenberry but then we will never know because of his IR.  Savings is under 1M too so not much there, UNLESS here is the Key Spencer Brown is your Swing OT.  Then Doyle could be cut and save that almost 900K.

 

Ryan Bates, age 26, 2.15% against cap, 4.875M cap hit (No Savings) – The out is after this year.  I think Bates is another that suffered this year with Kromer.  But at the end of the day I also think he is better at LG than RG.  I would slide him over next to Dawkins next year, however there could be an argument here too that he is better as the swing interior (which can be done contact wise) if one of your starters is on a Rookie Deal.  I don’t think they will be able to go buy 3 new starters on the OL in UFA.  I think you Buy the OT and One OG.  Then go into draft for rookies.  Spend a lot of time on the OL this offseason in the draft and freaking HIT ON THEM.  4.875M is not a bad contract for a good solid OL that can start if need be and can play all 5 positions on the OL.  I would Pay 5M to my 6th OL if they can play all 5 positions. 

 

Mitch Morse, age 31, 4.98% against cap, 11.3M cap hit (6.3M, 8.8M post June 1) – Last but not least the best OL the Bills had this year in Mitch Morse.  He was a Solid Pivot, regressed in pass pro this year and had another Concussion.  My issue with Morse is I have been screaming to plan for life after Morse now for a couple years, instead they tore up his old contract and signed a new one.  (Maybe that is something they can do with Dawkins instead of kicking the can).  His contract does offer some juice to squeeze on a simple structure probably about 3M in space.  But the Bigger savings would come from the release.  Which I do not think they will do.  It would be a lot easier to do it IF they had a young center on Roster already (could that be the Bates Slide in role).  He also has a trigger on 3/19 that fully guarantees 1.36M of his contract.  Not a BIG issue if nothing is done before that trigger it would just lower the pre Jun 1 savings to 5M and post June 1 savings to 7.5M

 

 

Notable UFAs – This list is actually quit long, right now with no contract extensions being done in the league and no tags used.  So some that I list here may not even make it.  But I will put my top 3 to 5 and then come ideas on them. 

 

OT

Orlando Brown Jr – Yeah the top in the class and no reason to talk about him cannot afford and will not hit the market.  I put him here to show you that while there might be better players I am tying to target players that would fit, improve within the financials.  Obviously it is easy saying go sign the top guy.  But that isn’t the mental challenge I want while writing these things. 

 

Jawaan Taylor, 25 years old.  This is my top target, underrated in this class because of his run blocking ability.  However, we do not run so that is not my concern at this point.  Likely can get locked up long term for about 7M a year.  So why do I want him…  His pass blocking.  He posted a 5.2% pressure rate which is very good, and still has ceiling in his play.  Fits the Mold of Physical Specimens the Bills seem to target at 6-5 330 lbs. 

 

Mike McGlinchey, 29 years old – This is probably the top,  most complete RT in the class.  I would expect this contract to be around the 12.5M to 14M a year if they move on in San Fran, which probably prices us out here. 

 

Then some better older guys like

George Fant, 30,

Billy Turner, 31,

 

OG

Isaac Seumalo, 29 years – This is probably your top OG, and likely going to get 14M a year going forward that prices us out.  However I do have some that I will talk.    

 

Dalton Risner, 27 years old – Here is about a 9M dollar a year OG.  Gave up 3 sacks, 1 penalty in over 1000 snaps in Denver.  Plays Both OG spots just as effectively so you can move Bates to LG and Risner your RG.  This would be my top target in the OL Group. 

 

C

Ethan Pocic, 27 years old – Massive tight cap space in CLE so likely hits the market.  He is the pivot on one of the better OLs in the league.  In 2022 played 800 snaps, let up 1 sack and 2 penalties.  Probably around 8M max to land him with a bigger fish in Bozeman and Bradberry out there

 

Notable Draft Picks

OT

1st round

Broderick Jones, 6’4”,315, Georgia

Dewand Jones, 6’8, 360, Ohio State

 

2nd Round

Blake Freeland, 6’8” 305, BYU

Anton Harrison, 6’5” 309, OK

Jaelyn Duncan, 6’5” 320, Maryland

 

OG / C

1st round

O’Cyrus Torence, 6’5”,335, Florida (OG)

Dewand Jones, 6’8, 360, Ohio State

 

2nd Round

Andrew Vorhees, 6’6” 320, USC (OG)

John Michael Schmitz, 6’4” 320, Minnesota (C) (I hate double first names, almost as much as hyphen last names)

Luke Wypler, 6’3” 300 Ohio State (C)

Sedrick Van Pran 6’3” 310, Georgia (C)

 

What I would do:

 

     I would Let all UFA walk.  I can get that similar play cheaper in the draft and post draft when you are filling the team with role players.  No reason to sign them now.

 

I would Cut Morse Saves 6.3M

I would not touch Dawkins Contract.  Instead I am getting the rest of the money for what I am about to do elsewhere.

 

I Sign Ethan Pocic, Jawaan Taylor and Dalton Risner. Now before you say we cannot fit all that in the cap, absolutely we can absolutely fit it all with proper structure. Just like we had Vons Cap at 5M this year.  And it will be about time we INVESTED in the OL.  That then allows the flexibility in the draft to get more young cheap Rookie Contracts on the team.  And can use premier picks for Weapons.

 

It would make the OL Look like this

 

LT – Dawkins

LG – Bates

C – Pocic (call it 8M AAV) (Probably around a 3-4M 2023 cap hit)

RG – Risner (call it 10M AAV) Likely around a 5M cap hit in 2023)

RT – Taylor (Lets call this 10M max, I think it will be closer to 7) so you are at around a 5M hit in 2023)

Swing OT – Brown and Doyle

 

So that would need to be around 15M in space to do this got 6 coming from Morse.  Need another 9.  There is the easy bank of Allen.  So the cap layout is more than do able to buy what SHOULD be projected a very good OL and fixes the NO 1 problem with the team. 

 

All Before going into the draft. 

 

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I really like your thinking on this.

 

I would be stunned if the Bills sign 3 O-Linemen in free agency. It's doable yet doesn't seem like they would attempt to pull it off.

 

I think the reality is they sign 2 O-Linemen at the most, then draft one or two more. 

 

Signing Dalton Risner would be great, and Jawaan Taylor would be a solid pick-up. 

 

I'm hoping that Mitch Morse is still with us, but I understand if the Bills choose to move on from him.

 

Would also like to see what Tommy Doyle has to offer.

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1 hour ago, Mark Vader said:

I really like your thinking on this.

 

I would be stunned if the Bills sign 3 O-Linemen in free agency. It's doable yet doesn't seem like they would attempt to pull it off.

 

I think the reality is they sign 2 O-Linemen at the most, then draft one or two more. 

 

Signing Dalton Risner would be great, and Jawaan Taylor would be a solid pick-up. 

 

I'm hoping that Mitch Morse is still with us, but I understand if the Bills choose to move on from him.

 

Would also like to see what Tommy Doyle has to offer.

I could also see it that way two. Buy two draft two. 

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5 hours ago, Process said:

$30M in cap for Dawkins Morse and Bates is absolutely brutal. 

 

They all will be (and should be) back as starters next year. Mostly because we have to replace Saffold and Brown and can't go replacing our entire line. But all three are also extremely average. 

 

We need 5 new lineman by 2024.

Morse is so concussion ridden I wouldn't count on him next season either. Can't have 2-3 games where you have a backup you don't trust to snap the ball to QB under center.  Love Morse, but his time is near IMO.

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Sorry for the length, just getting into the free agent guys...let me just preface that I do not like PFF grades for OL. I think it is a great resource, I think their grades for both OL and DL aren't truly indicative of how good a guy is. 

 

I do like the idea of Jawaan Taylor. I don't know if the Jags will let him leave, and he is Florida born and raised, college and pro. It is going to take a lot to pry him away and beat out people like the Bears in free agency. I don't think it will happen, but I like his upsaid and he has been solid. Athletic and huge.  

 

Kaleb McGary is the best RT on the market and I don't think he is a realistic target. Mike McGlinchey is another name. Niners fans hate him. His career has been exactly like Spencer Browns, and I am not sure if he is an upgrade. He is their weak link on the OL.

 

A guy like Andrew Wylie from KC could make some sense. Also Billy Turner of the Broncos. 

 

I think Dion and Brown will start next year and the upgrades will come in the interior. That said...

 

Dalton Risner is ok. But this regime had a chance to draft him and they passed. For Cody Ford. I think his game is ok, and would be an upgrade to  Saffold. But I don't think they go down that road. They also passed on Elgton Jenkins and all those receivers. Huge botch there. 

 

Nate Davis is similar to me. Ok athlete, with ok size. I don't think he amazing, but still a solid upgrade. It would depend on cost. 

 

Ethan Pocic has developed into a pretty good center, but he is a center only and lacks versatility. I do think that he would be a good target if Morse is indeed cut or retires. He is an ok athlete, and it is hard to tell how good he is because he was flanked by two all pro guards. He had never been great previously. 

 

Ben Powers is a very unathletic gap scheme guard. similar to a Bradley Bozeman. You only bring Powers in if you are changing the run scheme. 

 

Personally, I like Conner McGovern, the Jets/Mizzou version. To me he is a guy you can sign who can play RG, LG, or center. You sign him and if Morse stays he goes to RG and Bates goes to LG. If Morse goes McGovern or Bates become your center and the other probably plays LG. McGovern is an elite RAS guy at 9.87 and a former college LT. What I love about him is that he brings some major nastiness with actual ability (Think Feliciano with talent). He has also been pretty durable. 

 

Like McGary is the big win in the RT spot, the guard spot offers Isaac Seumalo, who i would love to have, but again, he is going to get paid and I don't think we will be the ones to do it. 

 

Some lower budget guys who make sense:

Max Scharping, a former left tackle who moved into guard and was a huge bust for Houston. I like his potential and he shut us down this week. High RAS guy.  They also passed on him for Cody Ford. 

 

David Edwards, a former Kromer guy at LA for the Rams and former Wisconsin RT. He struggled with injuries this year, but if he is healthy, maybe reuniting with Kormer will help him. Never a high RAS guy, same as Powers. He is still very young and at least had success under our OL coach. 

 

Michael Deiter, another Wisconsin linemen former LT. I don't think he ever got a fair shake in Miami. I thought he was one of their best linemen two years ago and Miami went and signed Connor Williams to move him to center and push Deiter to the bench. Average athlete, but always passed the eye test for me. Can play guard or center. 

 

Nick Allegretti, formerly of KC. He gets stuck in the numbers game there, but when he has played he played well. Still young and very nasty. Above average RAS. I like his size and his game. 

 

Some old wiley veterans could make sense like Rodney Hudson, Justin Pugh.  

 

One other thing I will say is keep an eye on some of these teams who will hire new coaches. They have have players who no longer fit their scheme (Like Miami with McDaniel and Michael Deiter). Guys I think could hit the market int he right situation Carolina's Brady Christensen, Denver's Quinn Meinerz, or the Colts Braden Smith

 

That is where I am at with the OL right now. 

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4 hours ago, MrEpsYtown said:

Sorry for the length, just getting into the free agent guys...let me just preface that I do not like PFF grades for OL. I think it is a great resource, I think their grades for both OL and DL aren't truly indicative of how good a guy is. 

 

I do like the idea of Jawaan Taylor. I don't know if the Jags will let him leave, and he is Florida born and raised, college and pro. It is going to take a lot to pry him away and beat out people like the Bears in free agency. I don't think it will happen, but I like his upsaid and he has been solid. Athletic and huge.  

 

Kaleb McGary is the best RT on the market and I don't think he is a realistic target. Mike McGlinchey is another name. Niners fans hate him. His career has been exactly like Spencer Browns, and I am not sure if he is an upgrade. He is their weak link on the OL.

 

A guy like Andrew Wylie from KC could make some sense. Also Billy Turner of the Broncos. 

 

I think Dion and Brown will start next year and the upgrades will come in the interior. That said...

 

Dalton Risner is ok. But this regime had a chance to draft him and they passed. For Cody Ford. I think his game is ok, and would be an upgrade to  Saffold. But I don't think they go down that road. They also passed on Elgton Jenkins and all those receivers. Huge botch there. 

 

Nate Davis is similar to me. Ok athlete, with ok size. I don't think he amazing, but still a solid upgrade. It would depend on cost. 

 

Ethan Pocic has developed into a pretty good center, but he is a center only and lacks versatility. I do think that he would be a good target if Morse is indeed cut or retires. He is an ok athlete, and it is hard to tell how good he is because he was flanked by two all pro guards. He had never been great previously. 

 

Ben Powers is a very unathletic gap scheme guard. similar to a Bradley Bozeman. You only bring Powers in if you are changing the run scheme. 

 

Personally, I like Conner McGovern, the Jets/Mizzou version. To me he is a guy you can sign who can play RG, LG, or center. You sign him and if Morse stays he goes to RG and Bates goes to LG. If Morse goes McGovern or Bates become your center and the other probably plays LG. McGovern is an elite RAS guy at 9.87 and a former college LT. What I love about him is that he brings some major nastiness with actual ability (Think Feliciano with talent). He has also been pretty durable. 

 

Like McGary is the big win in the RT spot, the guard spot offers Isaac Seumalo, who i would love to have, but again, he is going to get paid and I don't think we will be the ones to do it. 

 

Some lower budget guys who make sense:

Max Scharping, a former left tackle who moved into guard and was a huge bust for Houston. I like his potential and he shut us down this week. High RAS guy.  They also passed on him for Cody Ford. 

 

David Edwards, a former Kromer guy at LA for the Rams and former Wisconsin RT. He struggled with injuries this year, but if he is healthy, maybe reuniting with Kormer will help him. Never a high RAS guy, same as Powers. He is still very young and at least had success under our OL coach. 

 

Michael Deiter, another Wisconsin linemen former LT. I don't think he ever got a fair shake in Miami. I thought he was one of their best linemen two years ago and Miami went and signed Connor Williams to move him to center and push Deiter to the bench. Average athlete, but always passed the eye test for me. Can play guard or center. 

 

Nick Allegretti, formerly of KC. He gets stuck in the numbers game there, but when he has played he played well. Still young and very nasty. Above average RAS. I like his size and his game. 

 

Some old wiley veterans could make sense like Rodney Hudson, Justin Pugh.  

 

One other thing I will say is keep an eye on some of these teams who will hire new coaches. They have have players who no longer fit their scheme (Like Miami with McDaniel and Michael Deiter). Guys I think could hit the market int he right situation Carolina's Brady Christensen, Denver's Quinn Meinerz, or the Colts Braden Smith

 

That is where I am at with the OL right now. 

Love it. This is why I love it here. The insight that gets posted in threads. Thank you for this contribution brother. 

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I don't know how realistic it is that Dawkins transitions inside. For better or worse (worse), I presume he'll stick at LT for another season. Morse has been terrific, but he's a likely cap casualty (save $5M). Perhaps Bates is better served to move to center full-time. Brown and Doyle compete for spots.

 

Saffold, Quessenberry, Van Roten, Boettger, and Hart should all be gone as UFAs. Inevitably, Boettger/Hart will re-surface at camp 🙄. Anderson, Van Demark, and Mancz also camp bodies.

 

It's rather apparent IOL + OT should be selected as 2 of the first 3 picks in the draft.  

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11 hours ago, MrEpsYtown said:

Sorry for the length, just getting into the free agent guys...let me just preface that I do not like PFF grades for OL. I think it is a great resource, I think their grades for both OL and DL aren't truly indicative of how good a guy is. 

 

I do like the idea of Jawaan Taylor. I don't know if the Jags will let him leave, and he is Florida born and raised, college and pro. It is going to take a lot to pry him away and beat out people like the Bears in free agency. I don't think it will happen, but I like his upsaid and he has been solid. Athletic and huge.  

 

Kaleb McGary is the best RT on the market and I don't think he is a realistic target. Mike McGlinchey is another name. Niners fans hate him. His career has been exactly like Spencer Browns, and I am not sure if he is an upgrade. He is their weak link on the OL.

 

A guy like Andrew Wylie from KC could make some sense. Also Billy Turner of the Broncos. 

 

I think Dion and Brown will start next year and the upgrades will come in the interior. That said...

 

Dalton Risner is ok. But this regime had a chance to draft him and they passed. For Cody Ford. I think his game is ok, and would be an upgrade to  Saffold. But I don't think they go down that road. They also passed on Elgton Jenkins and all those receivers. Huge botch there. 

 

Nate Davis is similar to me. Ok athlete, with ok size. I don't think he amazing, but still a solid upgrade. It would depend on cost. 

 

Ethan Pocic has developed into a pretty good center, but he is a center only and lacks versatility. I do think that he would be a good target if Morse is indeed cut or retires. He is an ok athlete, and it is hard to tell how good he is because he was flanked by two all pro guards. He had never been great previously. 

 

Ben Powers is a very unathletic gap scheme guard. similar to a Bradley Bozeman. You only bring Powers in if you are changing the run scheme. 

 

Personally, I like Conner McGovern, the Jets/Mizzou version. To me he is a guy you can sign who can play RG, LG, or center. You sign him and if Morse stays he goes to RG and Bates goes to LG. If Morse goes McGovern or Bates become your center and the other probably plays LG. McGovern is an elite RAS guy at 9.87 and a former college LT. What I love about him is that he brings some major nastiness with actual ability (Think Feliciano with talent). He has also been pretty durable. 

 

Like McGary is the big win in the RT spot, the guard spot offers Isaac Seumalo, who i would love to have, but again, he is going to get paid and I don't think we will be the ones to do it. 

 

Some lower budget guys who make sense:

Max Scharping, a former left tackle who moved into guard and was a huge bust for Houston. I like his potential and he shut us down this week. High RAS guy.  They also passed on him for Cody Ford. 

 

David Edwards, a former Kromer guy at LA for the Rams and former Wisconsin RT. He struggled with injuries this year, but if he is healthy, maybe reuniting with Kormer will help him. Never a high RAS guy, same as Powers. He is still very young and at least had success under our OL coach. 

 

Michael Deiter, another Wisconsin linemen former LT. I don't think he ever got a fair shake in Miami. I thought he was one of their best linemen two years ago and Miami went and signed Connor Williams to move him to center and push Deiter to the bench. Average athlete, but always passed the eye test for me. Can play guard or center. 

 

Nick Allegretti, formerly of KC. He gets stuck in the numbers game there, but when he has played he played well. Still young and very nasty. Above average RAS. I like his size and his game. 

 

Some old wiley veterans could make sense like Rodney Hudson, Justin Pugh.  

 

One other thing I will say is keep an eye on some of these teams who will hire new coaches. They have have players who no longer fit their scheme (Like Miami with McDaniel and Michael Deiter). Guys I think could hit the market int he right situation Carolina's Brady Christensen, Denver's Quinn Meinerz, or the Colts Braden Smith

 

That is where I am at with the OL right now. 

Wow, thank you for this write up. 🙏

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16 hours ago, MAJBobby said:

Love it. This is why I love it here. The insight that gets posted in threads. Thank you for this contribution brother. 

I appreciate it. Same here. Really great content on here. Thanks for starting the thread! 

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Two practice squad tackles...Alec Anderssen (UCLA) 6-5, 305; Ryan Van Demark (UConn) 6-6, 307.  Both undrafted free agents. Will a year of sitting and learning, plus an off-season in weight room, make one of them viable candidates this summer? One can dream, no?

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Thanks for the write-up. For all the folks thinking we bring back Edmunds, take that $16 to $18 million and spend on a 2 or 3 of the guys you targeted, draft 2 more guys in the top 3 rounds (with a WR with elite traits as the other pick in the top three rounds) and it's a new offense. I don't give a crap about our MLB in today's NFL if we have a crap O-line and no blue-chip WRs beyond Diggs.

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2 hours ago, BillsDad51 said:

Two practice squad tackles...Alec Anderssen (UCLA) 6-5, 305; Ryan Van Demark (UConn) 6-6, 307.  Both undrafted free agents. Will a year of sitting and learning, plus an off-season in weight room, make one of them viable candidates this summer? One can dream, no?


Van Denmark has some potential as a swing tackle, though a move to guard helps him. His negatives coming out focused on his inability to handle speed rushers on the edge. 
 

Anderson is a very raw prospect, not too many starts in college. I think he is better suited as a guard. Both are interesting projects, but I don’t think make a dent in the rotation next year. 
 

To me Tommy Doyle is the much more interesting prospect. But i do hope those guys develop into functional depth. 

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10 minutes ago, MrEpsYtown said:


Van Denmark has some potential as a swing tackle, though a move to guard helps him. His negatives coming out focused on his inability to handle speed rushers on the edge. 
 

Anderson is a very raw prospect, not too many starts in college. I think he is better suited as a guard. Both are interesting projects, but I don’t think make a dent in the rotation next year. 
 

To me Tommy Doyle is the much more interesting prospect. But i do hope those guys develop into functional depth. 

Agree with you on Doyle. Let's see what he can do. He was making good progress towards the end of his rookie season. 

 

Great write-up you made earlier. I had not considered Conner McGovern, and yes, he would be a good addition. Quinn Meinerz is interesting, if he becomes available.

 

I really think the focus should be signing Guard(s) and/or Center. I'm fine with Dawkins & Brown as our Tackles. 

 

Really would love to get Dalton Risner.

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On 1/23/2023 at 3:04 PM, MPL said:

There has to be a real possibility that Mitch hangs it up this offseason after getting his 6th concussion, right? 

And even if he doesn’t retire, if you don’t waive him you run the risk of him missing time — maybe a lot of time — with his 7th official concussion. I like him, I like what he did for the team in his first couple years, but it just looks like time to bite the bullet and move on. 

2 hours ago, Mark Vader said:

Really would love to get Dalton Risner.

I like Risner. I’ve seen a lot of him given Broncos saturation here in Colorado. He seemed to take a step back this year, but it’s difficult to say for sure since the Broncos offense was such a crap show in general. I think his best days may still be ahead of him. 

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My thing with Risner as I mentioned is that they passed on him when they could have easily grabbed him in 2019. They had an O-line need and they hosted pre draft visists with Risner, Nate Davis, Greg Little, Elgton Jenkins, Erik McCoy…they passed on all those guys and took Cody Ford. Now you have a different OL coach, so philosophies have changed, but Jenkins is the only guy in that group who meets their current athletic type and he already re-signed for big money. Perhaps they really liked Risner and those other guys, but believed that Cody Ford was a true right tackle. 
 

Side note, I really would love a do over on that draft. The only real hit is Knox. They grabbed the wrong OL, DT, DE, LB…I mean there are so many all pro dudes at those positions and they struck out despite having needs there. Huge whiff. 

 

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