@Peezus Most of his score at will points come off a fast break against 6'3 or smaller guards. If you really think Ben Simmons is going to be scoring 20ppg like LeBron James, your crazy. I love the way he plays, sits by the free throw making plays for others. His defense is incredible. And his rebounding skills is great. But what I'm saying is if he can't knock down shots in the NBA, he will not be a franchise player.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made it clear that they have full confidence in Jameis Winston going forward as their franchise quarterback, but if they truly want to protect their former first overall pick, the Tampa Bay front office is going to have to address their offensive line at some point throughout the offseason. While Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet are great building blocks, the other three positions across the offensive line aren't exactly set in stone. With All-Pro Logan Mankins mulling retirement and Gosder Cherilus and Joe Hawley not exactly Pro Bowl caliber, expect general manager Jason Licht to target the offensive line when day two of the draft rolls around. At a massive 6"6 and nearly 330 pounds, LSU's Vadal Alexander is the top offensive line prospect left on the board. Despite his frame, Alexander is mobile and athletic for his position, and can absolutely maul his way through all three phases of the defense. Though primarily lining up as a right tackle during his days at LSU, Alexander is as versatile as they come, capable of lining up at all five positions across the offensive line. An exceptional run blocker, Alexander's best chance of reaching success at the next level will be at the offensive guard position, which is certainly good news for both Jameis Winston and Doug Martin.
The Vikings are having a great year and mostly because of the growth of Teddy Bridgewater over the last few weeks. The Vikings could be in the market for a receiver since Mike Wallace has been a disappointment along with Cordarrelle Patterson. But the emergence of Stefon Diggs will allow them to wait at least a round to address this need. The Vikings have some big decisions to make on their line this offseason. Matt Kalil has his contract running out which opens the door as to whether the Vikings resign him as he has been erratic at times. The line should get a boost by the return of Phil Loadholt at right tackle. The Vikings biggest hole is at guard. Brandon Fusco received a contract extension and he is an above average guard. However, the other guard spot is in serious need of an upgrade. The Vikings could look to bump T.J. Clemmings inside since he struggled at tackle this year, however, for a young player you don't want to keep having them switch positions so early. Whitehair is in my opinion the best guard in the class edging Denver Kirkland from Arkansas. Whitehair was a tackle for Kansas State but projects better to guard in the NFL due to his limited foot quickness on the edges. Whitehair has incredible strength and should dominate from day one on the inside blasting open holes in the running game. Also his lack of quickness at times against speed rushers will be masked inside where he should be able to dominate in a phone booth. There will be times he struggles with counters and speed but over time has the ability to be a pro bowl guard.
It didn't take long for new head coach Gary Kubiak to make his mark on the Denver Broncos, leading the team to a Super Bowl victory in his first season in charge. After years of being known for their high-powered offense, Kubiak transformed the Broncos defense into one of the league's best, with a star-studded core of playmakers including Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Chris Harris and Aqib Talib among others. With the defense in good standing, the Denver front office must address the offense in the early rounds of the draft. While no one is exactly sure who will be the starting quarterback for the Broncos next season, they won't get far if changes aren't made up front to the offensive line. Former first-rounder Ryan Clady is an All-Pro player when healthy, the only problem is he's rarely healthy, suffering three major injuries in the past four seasons. Even if Ryan Clady returns to the Mile High City in 2016, the Broncos must be focused on adding a stud left tackle to compete, and possibly replace Clady. At 6"6 and over 300 pounds, Baylor's Spencer Drango may not get the attention that players like Laremy Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley get, but Drango has proven he can be just as effective. A two-time All-American, Drango was one of the nation's best lineman, earning the highest pass-blocking efficiency rating his senior year, not to mention only allowing a single quarterback hit, which is the type of skill that will make him a top priority for the Denver Broncos come draft day.
The New York Jets surprised a lot of people in 2015 under first-year head coach Todd Bowles. Kudos to the New York front office for putting together one of the league's best defenses in all three units, and after addressing the linebacker position in round by adding Ohio State's Darron Lee in round one, expect general manager Mike Maccagnan to turn his attention to offense when day two of the draft rolls around. While some will predict the Jets will take a quarterback within the first two days of the draft, New York would be wise to put a pin in that idea until 2017 where they can get their hands on Deshaun Watson or Brad Kaaya. It's clear the Bowles wants to be an aggressive team, and that begins in the trenches. Outside of Nick Mangold, the Jets lack a physical lineman in the interior line. At 6"4 and over 320 pounds, North Carolina's Landon Turner is exactly what the Jets need. A first-time All-ACC player and All-American, Turner made a name for himself as one of the nation's best lineman during his time in Chapel Hill, and expect interest in him to heat up throughout the draft process. Turner is as physical as they come, not to mention possessing a powerful and explosive burst. While no one will mistake him for a track star playing the guard position, Turner is a mauler who can bully around defensive lineman like rag dolls. Turner shows all the potential to be a Pro Bowl player, and not to mention a stalwart across the offensive line.
The Panthers have gotten as far as they have due to a dominate defense and an MVP like season from Cam Newton. The Panthers could use some youth at cornerback and defensive end but their offensive line is their biggest need. Michael Oher has been serviceable at left tackle while Trai Turner and Ryan Kalil have been pro bowlers inside. With the addition of Kirkland at guard or right tackle the Panthers could be even better. Kirkland has the agility to play right tackle at the next level but would be better served inside where his power and phone booth quickness could be put to better use. Kirkland should be able to clear giant holes in the running game and be a beast as a pulling guard. Kirkland will need to work on his technique and blitz recognition which will come with time and experience. Kirkland could also stand to lose a few pounds to be able to have enough stamina for the entire game.