Cleveland took a big step forward in 2020, reaching the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season. The offense was led by Baker Mayfield and the RB duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt thrived under the 2020 Coach of the Year Keven Stefanski. It’s safe to assume that offense will be even better in year two under Stefanski and when Odell Beckham Jr. returns to the lineup.
The next step for Cleveland is bettering their defense in attempt deal with the powerhouse offenses of the AFC. Zaven Collins will help in this effort. He super athletic and has the ability to control the line of scrimmage or drop into coverage. The Bronko Nagurski winner will slot into Cleveland’s defense and begin having an impact immediately.
Baltimore has yet to find its No. 1 receiver that the offense can run through despite taking Hollywood Brown in the first round only two years ago. Terrance Marshall can come in and become the teams go-to man in the passing game almost instantly.
At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds he has the size you look for in a true No. 1 receiver and has excellent body control when going up and attacking the ball, position himself to box out defenders allowing him to win contested catches. Marshall also had an impressive season tallying nearly 800 yards and 10 touchdowns before opting out the remainder of LSU’s season. Lamar Jackson will get his man on the outside and we could see a return of the 2019 Lamar we all enjoyed watching
New Orleans just parted with tight ends Jared Cook and Josh Hill, leaving a massive hole on offense. Freiermuth is a big, sure-handed pass catcher and a willing blocker in the run game. His size allows him to anchor down and control the underneath passing game, while his speed and route running ability allow him to become a matchup nightmare in the secondary.
New Orleans could already have their replacement for Drew Brees in-house with Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill. Adding another weapon for them in the passing game can only stand to benefit the Saints in shortening the drop-off at the QB spot.
The Packers have been one of the best teams in the NFL over the past two seasons, appearing in back to back NFC Championship games only to have their season end one game early. This past year, their downfall in the playoff loss to the eventual champion Buccaneers was Aaron Rodgers struggling to be able to drop back and dissect the Tampa defense as we have seen him do to opponents so often.
Granted, his starting tackle David Bakhtiari missed the teams playoff run with a torn ACL, but Rodgers still needs to have more help in front of him. Eichenberg, coming from the offensive line factory of Notre Dame can come in and help keep Rodgers on his feet and in the pocket as they try for their their championship game appearance in as many years.
Buffalo is on the same level of excitement as Cleveland when you talk about bottom feeders becoming contenders. Josh Allen had an incredible year and was in the MVP conversation for most of it, but the team fell apart in the teams AFC Championship loss to the Chiefs.
Allen had no help on offense and was seemingly having to try and make a play on every snap. Nothing was routine for the Bills’ offense in that game. Etienne will help this in 2021.
While the Bills could use another pass catcher on the outside, Etienne will provide a multi-purpose back that can keep defenses honest and take pressure off Allen. This could be the missing piece for Buffalo’s offense becoming elite.
The Kansas City Chiefs were completely shut down in the Super Bowl and it was pretty easy for the Buccaneers to do. Tampa successfully took Tyreek Hill out of the game, kept Kelce in front of them and the rest was history.
It’s clear that offense needs another weapon in order to prevent a shutdown like we saw in Tampa and Moore provides that security for Mahomes and Reid. Moore has all the skills you want in a wide receiver and could honestly be gone by the time Kanasas City is on the clock.
The biggest downfall for Rondale Moore is his size. Sitting at 5-foot-9, it’s hard to imagine a team in the teens or early 20s would want to spend a first round selection on him giving the Chiefs the perfect chance to add another elite weapon to their offense.
If Moore was three or four inches taller, he could be a top 10 selection in this draft. Mahomes will be getting a player with a WR1 skillset all the way at 31. And that will be something the rest of the league comes to regret allowing.
After winning it all Tampa might look very different in 2021. They have a ton of free agents and not a lot of cap room to sign them all back. Assuming Chris Godwin gets the franchise tag, all attention will be turned to signing Shaq Barrett to a long-term deal in order to keep the pass-rushing duo of Barrett and JPP, a unit that was key to Tampa’s playoff success, intact.
Regardless of if Barrette is retained or not, Tampa could use another edge rusher in order to rotate and keep players fresh. JPP is 32 and Barrett will turn 29 during the 2021 season. Tampa will add to an already strong pass rush attack by adding youth, speed, and potential in Oweh for years to come.