What is the state of all NFL teams before NFL Draft 2023
Odell Beckham Jr.'s signing with the Baltimore Ravens as a wide receiver was perhaps the last significant free agent move this offseason. There are still plenty of smaller transactions to be made, but rosters are starting to take shape a month into the 2023 NFL regular year. We wanted to examine the current state of each NFL roster as there won't be much activity between now and the 2023 NFL Draft on April 27. The ability of each team to significantly strengthen its 2023 roster depends on the amount of capital they have at the time of the draft. The 2023 NFL Draft is the upcoming event, providing teams with a fantastic chance to add new talent and lay the groundwork for the future. Before the regular season really gets off, we wanted to examine where each of the 32 NFL teams stands.
1. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
- The biggest losses (based on PFF WAR) were S Juan Thornhill and WR JuJu Smith-Schuster.
- ED Charles Omenihu made the largest gain (PFF WAR).
Orlando Brown Jr. and Andrew Wylie, the Chiefs' starting offensive tackles, were both lost when Frank Clark was released. To make up for those losses, they signed tackle Jawaan Taylor and ED Charles Omenihu. With a pass-blocking grade of 76.7 and a pressure rate allowed of 5.2% among tackles on true pass sets in 2022, Taylor has developed into one of the NFL's top right-side pass protectors.
2.SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
- Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, was the biggest loss.
- QB made the most progress Darnold Sam
Who will start at quarterback for the 49ers is the biggest unanswered question. The loss of numerous defensive players, including CB Emmanuel Moseley and DI Hassan Ridgeway, will be lessened by the addition of standout DI Javon Hargrave. It's not unexpected that Hargrave, 30, cashed in at such a high level given his career-best double-digit sack season in 2022 and back-to-back 90.0-plus pass-rush grades.
3. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
- Largest loss: LB Thomas Edwards
- QB made the most progress Mariota, Marcus
The Eagles' free-agent signings led to a significant amount of dead cap—the second-most in the league. Rashaad Penny is a terrific fit for Philadelphia and seems poised to feast on early downs as a strong downhill runner, even though replacing running back Miles Sanders with Penny is not precisely a like-for-like replacement. Penny leads the NFL among running backs with at least 100 carries between 2021 and 2022 with 6.2 yards per carry, 4.4 yards after contact per attempt, and 0.23 missed tackles forced per carry. Loss of security In terms of run defence, Marcus Epps will be missed, but they have a strong safety group to make up for it.
4. BUFFALO BILLS
- Tremaine Edmunds, LB, was the biggest loss.
- Damien Harris made the most progress.
Tremaine Edmunds' departure had a huge impact on the defence, but the team managed to hang onto safety Jordan Poyer and linebacker Matt Milano to offer some continuity. In the latter portion of his career, Poyer has been incredibly resilient, playing about 1,000 snaps in five straight seasons until ultimately losing significant time and dealing with various injuries in 2022. By adding tackle Connor Mcgovern, who had a strong season pass-blocking for the Cowboys last year, garnering a 76.6 PFF pass-blocking grade and surrendering only 23 pressures, they have improved their offensive line. Their other free-agent actions, though, have been very underwhelming.
5. CINCINNATI BENGALS
- The greatest loss: S Bates, Jessie III
- T. Orlando Brown Jr. made the most progress.
This year, the Bengals made another splash by signing Orlando Brown Jr. to a four-year, $64,092,000 contract in order to protect quarterback Joe Burrow. The NFL has made it obvious that they do not see Brown as an outstanding left tackle, but Cincinnati gets a wonderful deal on a very good player in Brown, who has played more than 1,000 snaps in four straight seasons and has five straight seasons with a pass-block grade of 73.5 or higher. Moreover, Jessie Bates III and Vonn Bell, two of their starting safeties, were lost. As a result, Nick Scott (54.2 PFF grade in 2022) and Daxton Hill (56.0) are projected to be the top two safeties on the depth chart.
6. DALLAS COWBOYS
- Dalton Schultz, TE, was the biggest loss.
- Stephon Gilmore, CB, made the biggest gain.
Stephon Gilmore was acquired by the Cowboys in a free agent signing, giving them an excellent cornerback to team with Trevon Diggs. Since joining the New England Patriots in 2017, Gilmore has established himself as one of the game's top cornerbacks. In 2022, after playing just 304 snaps with the Carolina Panthers 2021, Gilmore reaffirmed that status with a strong performance for the Indianapolis Colts. His 92.8 PFF coverage grade from 2017 is the best of any cornerback who has played at least 1,000 snaps. They don't have a lot of dead caps despite losing tight end Dalton Schultz and running back Ezekiel Elliot.
7. Los ANGELES CHARGERS
- Largest loss: LB Tranquil Drue
- The largest increase was LB. Kendricks, Eric
The Chargers may have made a wise decision by not making many moves during free agency. In the league, they had the second-fewest dead caps. The poor run defence will be improved by the signing of linebacker Eric Kendricks. Drue Tranquill's position is likely to be taken by Kendricks, who will start at inside linebacker with Kenneth Murray. Given that Derwin James ceased calling plays mid-season and entrusted it to Tranquill, the fact that he wore the green dot in Minnesota may also play a role in favour of the Chargers in this situation. In addition, Kendricks is a much superior run defender, which might aid the Chargers in resolving a persistent problem with their defence.
8. MINNESOTA VIKINGS
- Patrick Peterson, CB, was the biggest loss.
- CB Byron Murphy Jr. made the most gain.
Josh Oliver, a tight end acquired by the Vikings, will help the team make better use of its 12 players. Oliver finished second among tight ends with at least 100 run-blocking snaps in 2022 with a run-blocking grade of 74.6. They also acquired Marcus Davenport, a top-20 edge defender who has posted top-20 numbers in pass-rush win rate and pressure percentage since entering the league in 2018. Additionally, he has a very respectable lifetime run-defence grade of 82.1, which places him 16th overall over the period. Davenport has graded above 70.0 in five consecutive campaigns, but injuries have been his major problem.
9. BALTIMORE RAVENS
- G. Ben Powers, the biggest casualty
- G. John Simpson made the most progress
Due to the fact that guard Ben Powers, safety Chuck Clark, and defensive end Calais Campbell are among the best players in their professions, the Ravens lost a lot of players in free agency. Depending on which team Lamar Jackson joins, this ranking could alter significantly.
10. MIAMI DOLPHINS
- Largest loss: TE Gesicki, Mike
- Jalen Ramsey, CB, scored the most.
Jalen Ramsey at cornerback and David Long at linebacker will both have an immediate impact on the Dolphins' defence. Among all cornerbacks since 2016, Ramsey has the highest PFF grade, the highest PFF coverage grade, and the greatest PFF run-defence grade. In 2022, only four linebackers received a higher PFF run-defence grade than Long. Miami might be a force in the AFC East with head coach Mike McDaniel and QB Tua Tagovailoa.
11. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
- Largest loss: CB Sean Bunting Murphy
- Baker Mayfield, QB, scored the most.
Will Baker Mayfield be the right choice for the Buccaneers to replace the now-retired Tom Brady at quarterback? Mayfield's 87.5 PFF rating was the ninth-best at the position between 2018 and 2020, but it's been so long since then that it's reasonable to question whether he can restart his career as a starting quarterback. He won't be able to cope without guard Shaq Mason, either. It's also not good that the Buccaneers have the most dead cap or money paid to players who have been released.
12. AGUARS OF JACKSONVILLE
- The greatest loss was ED Arden Key.
- G Blake Hance made the most progress
Arden Key, one of the Jaguars' top edge rushers, left the team in free agency, and the team made no notable moves. Key has a top-20 pressure percentage among all players, regardless of position, with a 14.6% average over the last two seasons.
13. DETRIOT LOINS
- S DeShon Elliott was the biggest loser.
- Cameron Sutton, CB, scored the most.
The Lions signed cornerbacks Cameron Sutton and Emmanuel Moseley as well as safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson in an effort to bolster their young club, particularly on defence. In the comparison of running backs Jamaal Williams and David Montgomery — In terms of rushing yards, Montgomery outperformed expectations; he will fit in well with the Lions and might even be an improvement.
14. NEW YORK GIANTS
- S Julian Love, the greatest loss
- The largest increase was LB. Bobby Okaye
Adding tight end Darren Waller to the Giants is a risky decision because of his history of injuries, but he might have a big impact. Despite Waller's two seasons of injury limitations, he is one of the best tight ends in football when he is at his peak. Only George Kittle and Travis Kelce among tight ends between 2019 and 2020 were able to surpass Waller's 91.2 PFF receiving a grade.
There weren't many losses for the Giants in free agency.
15. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
- Cody Barton, LB, was the biggest loss.
- S Julian Love made the most progress.
The Seahawks have lots of cap space remaining as a result of several excellent defensive signings they made to replace ageing guys. The addition of defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones will enhance their ability to pressure the passer. He will just be 26 years old in 2023, and he has just had two seasons in which he pressured the quarterback at least 40 times while earning pass-rush grades above 65.0. Jones is accustomed to Seattle's multiple upfronts, which included more odd fronts in 2022.
16. PITTSBURGH STEELERS
- Cameron Sutton, CB, was the biggest loss.
- Patrick Peterson, CB, scored the most.
In free agency, the Steelers strengthened their defensive and offensive lines. Patrick Peterson is a seasoned cornerback who can add steadiness to their cornerback group after allowing only 43 receptions for 534 yards in 2022 while also earning five interceptions and a career-high nine pass breakups. After losing their starting guard James Daniels, they acquired Isaac Seumalo, who had a career-high overall grade of 75.2 in 2022 and recorded his third straight pass-blocking mark of 77.0 or higher.
17. THE NEW YORK JETS
- QB was the biggest casualty, White Mike
- Allen Lazard, WR, made the biggest gain.
The Jets will still be in decent shape even if they don't sign Aaron Rodgers. Although Joe Flacco, Mike White, and Zach Wilson alternated at the position considered to be the most crucial in the game in 2022, the squad had a balanced roster and came close to making the playoffs. Chuck Clark, a safety who has earned grades above 66.0 over the previous four seasons, was added, which also helped them enhance their defence.
18. GREEN BAY PACKERS
- Allen Lazard, WR, was the biggest loss.
- S Tarvarius Moore made the most progress
Although the Packers have not made many moves during free agency, their starting quarterback and receiving group are in danger of leaving. Since they have the fourth-most cap space in the league, they might use it to replace these guys.
19. COMMANDERS FROM WASHINGTON
- Most significant loss: S. Bobby McCain
- QB Jacoby Brissett made the biggest gain
During free agency, the Commanders acquired a respectable starting tackle in Andrew Wylie and a quarterback upgrade in Jacoby Brissett. Through five seasons in the NFL, Wylie has only generated one grade below a 60.0 PFF, and Brissett averaged 7.1 yards per attempt on a 9.5-yard average depth of the target, attacking downfield but still maintaining his accuracy. Wylie has never earned one PFF grade below 60.0 in his five NFL seasons, while Brissett averaged 7.1 yards per attempt on a 9.5-yard average depth of target while attacking downfield while maintaining a 3.1% turnover-worthy play rate in 2022. They do, however, have the least amount of cap space available in the league.
20. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
- Jakobi Meyers, WR, was the biggest loss.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, made the biggest gain.
Jakobi Meyers, a wideout who finished 30th in wideout WAR in 2022, was lost, but Smith-Schuster, who ranked 35th, was signed in his place. Whether JuJu will be equally as prolific as Meyers was in 2022 is the true question at hand. Whether Mac Jones will realise his potential and employ tools like the Smith-Schuster and Gesicki remains to be seen. Riley Reiff, a tackle, was also added by the Patriots to their offensive line.
21. CLEVELAND BROWNS
- QB Jacoby Brissett was the biggest loss.
- S Juan Thornhill made the most progress
Now is the time to put Deshaun Watson's skills to the test. The Browns strengthened their defence by acquiring Myles Garrett-already-on-the-team safety Juan Thornhill, defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson, and edge Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. This defence might be powerful.
22. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS
- QB Derek Carr was the biggest loser
- QB made the most progress Jonathan Garoppolo
Will the Raiders be able to put together an above-average offence with Jimmy Garoppolo as a quarterback and Jakobi Meyers as a receiver? According to the graph below, Garoppolo and Carr both had play rates that were less likely to result in turnovers while having similar big-time throw rates.
23. TITANS OF TENNESSEE
Largest loss: LB Richard Long
Largest gain: CB Arden Key, Sean Murphy-Bunting,
Andre Dillard, a lineman who the Titans signed, may have some potential but hasn't yet accrued enough playing time to fully establish himself. Despite already possessing a top-10 defence, the acquisitions of linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair and defensive end Arden Key will only strengthen the group.
24. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
- QB Andy Dalton was the biggest loss.
- QB Derek Carr made the biggest gain.
By acquiring Derek Carr and cutting Andy Dalton, the Saints are making a quarterback switch. Carr is undoubtedly an improvement, but he is also a costly one. While Dalton committed to the Panthers for two years and $11 million, he inked a four-year, $150 million contract. Even though Jamaal Williams is not an upgrade over Alvin Kamara, he has the potential to contribute. Williams has been a reliable running back since being selected in the fourth round of BYU in 2017. In his six seasons in the league, he has earned a PFF grade above 60.0 and a grade above 70.0 in three of those six.
David Onyemata's replacement on the defensive line will be a strong defensive tackle, Khalen Saunders. At 6 feet and 324 pounds, Saunders is built like a tree trunk, but if you watch his tape, you'll see a player who seldom gives up when pursuing the ball carrier and exerts a lot of energy throughout the few plays he gets.
25. CAROLINA PANTHERS
- QB was the biggest casualty, Darnold Sam
- QB Andy Dalton made the biggest gain.
The Bears gaining D.J. Moore will not aid the Panthers' effort to rebuild. Miles Sanders at running back and the addition of Hayden Hurst at tight end should help, though. Hurst has just five drops out of 199 catchable targets since entering the league, and in each of his five seasons, he has had a PFF drop grade above 80.0. Sanders just finished a season in which he gained 1,271 yards with 11 touchdowns, averaging 4.9 yards per carry.
26. CHICAGO BEARS
- Biggest loss: RB Montgomery, David
- WR D.J. Moore made the biggest gain.
The Bears still have the most salary cap space available of any team and have made some excellent free-agent signings. Tremaine Edmunds and T.J. Edwards are two strong linebackers who might potentially improve their defence, which underperformed in 2022. Further strengthening their defensive line are defensive tackles Andrew Billings and DeMarcus Walker. Additionally, they strengthened their offensive line by signing Nate Davis.
27. ATLANTA FALCONS
QB was the biggest casualty Mariota, Marcus
- S largest gain Bates, Jessie III
Jessie Bates III, one of the league's top safeties, was acquired by the Falcons. When you take into account the outstanding 2020 season, his three-year PFF coverage score of 90.5 trails just Marcus Williams of the Baltimore Ravens and Kevin Byard of the Tennessee Titans. His 72.6 PFF coverage grade over the past two seasons ranks him 30th among safeties. This is a much-needed improvement because the Falcons' safety room last season was rated 26th in the league by PFF.
28. DENVER BRONCOS
- C Graham Glasgow was the biggest loser.
- QB Jarrett Stidham made the biggest gain
The arrival of tackle Mike McGlinchey will have an influence on the running game, and the addition of guard Ben Powers significantly raises the offensive line's quality level in pass blocking. Zach Allen, who was more affordable, took Dre'Mont Jones' place in the Bronco's defence. Although Allen hasn't played a full season, his performance has been excellent.
29. LOS ANGELES RAMS
- Jalen Ramsey, CB, was the biggest loss.
- TE Hunter Long made the biggest gain.
The departure of CB Jalen Ramsey was a significant one for the Rams as they have had a difficult offseason. Hunter Long, a tight end who only saw 94 snaps last year, was the lone addition they made.
30. ARIZONA CARDINALS
- CB Byron Murphy Jr. or DI Zach Allen were the biggest losers.
- LB Kyzir White made the biggest gain.
This offseason, the Cardinals suffered more losses than gains. Defensive end Zach Allen, cornerback Byron Murphy Jr., and edge Markus Golden were among the major players they lost. The Cardinals cannot afford to play poorly defensively while the quarterback Kyler Murray is still under scrutiny. Linebacker Kyzir White was their lone addition, and he has been successful, earning five consecutive grades of 60.0 or higher for coverage.
31. HOUSTON TEXANS
- Jordan Akins, TE, was the biggest loser
- S. Jimmie Ward made the most progress
The Texans made several respectable free-agent signings. They signed experienced running backs Devin Singletary and Mike Boone as well as receivers Robert Woods, Dalton Schultz, and Andrew Beck. In addition, they strengthened their offensive line by bringing on guard Shaq Mason. The addition of Jimmie Ward, one of the league's top safeties, improved their defence. Last season, the Texans' defence was rated 31st in the league, so they are in desperate need of support.
32. Indianapolis Colts
- Stephon Gilmore, CB, was the biggest loss.
- QB Gardner Minshew made the biggest gain.
The Colts' free-agent signings were rather disappointing: despite having much more urgent problems, they signed a kicker to the richest free-agent contract for the position in NFL history. They lost two important defensive players, linebacker Bobby Okereke and cornerback Stephon Gilmore, but gained edge Samson Ebukam. Ebukam contributed to a strong 49ers defence and will be effective for the Colts. It's not looking good for the Colts' season with Gardner Minshew, Nick Foles, Sam Ehlinger, or perhaps someone from the 2023 recruiting class competing for the starting quarterback position.