With the process finished for this year, I'd like to say that I was able to reach the accomplishments I set out to achieve. It obviously wasn't difficult considering that I selected one of the most talented teams in the league. That being said, the tweaks and additions should make this roster a playoff contender in this upcoming season and with SuperBowl aspirations. The roster does have a ton of turnover with all of the skill-player starter being new additions, but I assume that Derek Carr wouldn't complain with Keenan Allen and Brandin Cooks at WR, Carlos Hyde in the backfield with DeAndre Washington and Kyle Juszczyk at FB. Adam Thielen excelled as a starter last year and would help fill in if Allen succumbs to another injury, with Chad Hansen splitting the No.3 duties with Evan Engram in that instance, who's arguably the best receiving slot TE in the draft. I could run a multitude of personnel groupings, such as the 12 personnel with both Engram and David Njoku on the field. The OL may be among the best groups in the league with the additions of Larry Warford and Ricky Wagner. There's enough depth in the likes of Nick Mangold and Co. to account for any injuries. Conor McDermott could potentially be groomed to be Donald Penn's future replacement, which will give him time to hit the weight room. It would be interesting to see what Hyde would do behind this front considering that he put forth a solid season behind one of the league's worst units last season. Overall, I feel that it's a balanced group, with enough in the running and passing games to keep teams honest.
Defensively, the front would once again be a formidable one. The passing downs would consist of pairing the reigning DPoY Khalil Mack at LE with Sheldon Richardson at 1T, Frank Clark and David Irving at 3T and Aldon Smith at RE. If Andrew Billings plays to his potential, he could give Dan Williams a shot for his money at NT on running downs. If Williams regulates his weight issues, he'd likely return to form. Mario Edwards Jr. will be moved back to DE, where he excelled before struggling last season at DT. Bruce Irvin could be moved around as the Spinner Sam and brought off the edge for additional pressure. He can handle himself in every facet thus far. Jerrell Freeman was an elite LB last season, one of the best in coverage, and Ramik Wilson had an impressive campaign himself, as one of the better coverage linebackers in 2016. The depth there has questions, and it's my main concern with the roster. At CB, I'd have a four-man competition between Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, David Amerson, Quincy Wilson and Terence Newman. Rodgers-Cromartie and Newman are coming off of lights-out seasons, although it's hard to envision Newman continuing the trend at the same pace given his age. Amerson played like one of the best CBs in the NFL before the knee injury. Wilson, who may very well have been overdrafted based on him potentially going in the 2nd in real life, could offer some long-term value on the outside. K'Waun Williams is a dark horse to enter the discussion. He took the last season off to rehabilitate after a tumultuous exit from Cleveland surrounding his ankle injury, meaning he should be healthy, and he was one of the better slot CBs in the league in his first two seasons. Both Adrian Amos and Karl Joseph were rock solid last season and I'd expect them to continue the trend. The ST unit remains similar to last year albeit the competition at kicker, which is a plus.
Overall, I feel like this could be one of the best offenses and best defenses in the league. The biggest question would be how fast the offense would gel given the new pieces, though it shouldn't be a difficult situation to manage given the talent level of the newcomers. Fortunately most of the rookies wouldn't be thrown into the fire right away. The only position to start rookies is TE, which has been historically difficult to translate. But having two of the top five prospects at TE should help. There aren't many holes on either side. Obviously it can't be judged fully until it stands the test of time during the same time next year. But I do like the unit on paper. Hopefully it'd make some noise in the AFC.