QB: Jay Cutler - Chicago
Adding Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery on the outside should give Cutler a pair of big receivers that know how to use their respective 6' 4" and 6' 3" frames against smaller corners. Running back Michael Bush will be a viable 3rd down back that has the ability to play like a number one runner. There are still some question marks with the offensive line especially left tackle Jmarcus Webb. Despite some holes up front I feel like Cutler will challenge 4,000 yards and 30 TD's. I'd say that's sleeper material for a QB being selected in the 8th and 9th rounds.
RB: Taiwan Jones - Oakland
Darren McFadden is finally healthy but how long will that last? You saw what being McFadden's backup could get you last year (cut to a picture of Michael Bush signing his 14 million dollar deal this off season). Jones is on the inside track to win the the number two role for the Raiders. If he can win the backup job he holds great handcuff value and becomes a definite sleeper candidate for the 2012 season.
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WR: Torrey Smith - Baltimore
Last year Smith played with a sports hernia for a majority of the season. Now that he's healthy I'd expect Torrey to overtake Anquan Boldin as Joe Flacco's number one receiving option in Baltimore. The Ravens will once again be contenders in the AFC but the key to their success this year will be whether or not they can be explosive in the passing game. Last year Smith had only 4 receptions that were thrown over 40 yards down the field. He did have shorter catches that he turned into bigger plays with his speed but if the Ravens want to become more dynamic it has to start with Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron taking shots down the field.
“I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first” -Former New Orleans Saints RB George Rogers
TE: Jermaine Gresham - Cincinnati
Andy Dalton and A.J. Green became the talk of Cincinnati last fall and rightfully so; however, Gresham has freakish athletic abilities. His 6' 5" 260 pound frame gives him the size you want from a tight end (Gronkowski is 6' 6" 265 pounds) and his week 11 diving score last year shows how athletic he really is. In his first two seasons he averaged 54 receptions and 534 yards per year. Better numbers than future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez in his first two years in the league.
He totaled 10 TD's in his first two seasons in the league but with the addition of running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis the play action pass may become a staple of the Bengals this year leaving Gresham to have a potential breakout year. I'm on board with the former Oklahoma Sooner standout.
- Jermaine did suffer a knee injury in the team's last preseason game but he was seen walking around on the sideline after he was pulled. All early indications lead me to believe he will be ready by week one. Donald Lee is the team's number two tight end. If Gresham isn't healthy by week one look for Lee to haul in some receptions as teams will most likely be overly concerned with A.J. and BJE.
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The Bills signed former number one overall pick Mario Williams this off season giving them that outside rusher opposite of, also newly acquired, Mark Anderson. Last year Anderson had 10 sacks for the Patriots while Williams is coming off an injury that limited him to 5 games last season. The secondary improved as well. First round pick Stephon Gilmore was the second best corner in the draft only behind Morris Claiborne. With Jairus Byrd, Claiborne and veteran safety George Wilson as the backbone of a vastly improved Defense the Bills may be a wild card threat this year.
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