After the draft and looking at the roster I cant help but think about who benefits the most on offense, defense and special teams. I think this draft was about more than depth, it was about talent and building a winning team, predicated on stout defense and the play action. Here is a look into the draft beneficiaries.
Offense: By far Rob Housler is going to benefit from the Mike Floyd and Bobbie Massey pick up, here is why. When teams have the option of keying on Fitz they get to bracket him with different looks in zone coverage. It is difficult to doube team a person without playing a zone. So that means that ultimately Skelts and Kolb saw there fair share of zone coverage. By adding Floyd you add a big receiver to an already big group of receivers, now that the double team cannot be put over the head of Fitz it opens up man coverage across field, in comes Rob Housler.
A three receiver set featuring Fitz Floyd and Doucet with Housler at TE is going to give teams nightmares. You might as well take bump and run coverage out, those three WR cant be held up at the line, they are just to strong and explosive for today's db's, forcing the coverage to back off will give Housler that 5 to 12 yards of room to operate, allowing him to catch the ball on the run. Think about it Rob "Go Wildcats" Gronkowski is 6 feet 6 inches 265 pounds and crushes defenses on all kinds of routes and without play-action. Housler is 6 feet 5 inches 250 punds. Not too big of a difference, the only difference is Housler was the fastest TE in his class. Now that we have a good tackle situation and Benie coming off a 1000 yard season with Ryan Williams returning; the play-action will be there and we will finally be able to see Housler run after the catch because of the open field available. I certainly think he is better than 12 receptions for 133 yards now mind you that was off 26 targets for the season. We know he dropped a couple of big passes but I fully expect for him to be in the talk of great TE's in the league by the end of the year.
Special Teams: On a side note I cannot wait to see our special teams this year. With R. Marshall leaving that left a gaping hole in our special teams. Now with the signings of Justin Bethel and Jameell Flemming losing Marshal does not seem so bad. We gained more athleticism and a possible replacement at safety in Bethel should one be injured or is just to long on the tooth. Flemming stated he has film on nothing but his special teams work.....nuff said.
Defense: This wont take long. Adding two DB's to a system in which the DC is zone blitz happy was a wonderful move. If you watch the Cardinal defense closely, we zone blitz just as much if not more than anyone in the leauge. We run a 3-4 defense but we have a wonderful amount of nickle sub packages. Because we like to have three safeties on the field, Bethel and Flemming are getting ready to come in and play huge roles. I can see both of them recording a couple of sacks this year. Because of the schemes Horton puts out there we have the chance to become a top 5 defense in this league and Bethel and Flemming are going to help solidify that.