RSP Writers Project: Zach Bahner, NFL Draft Hub


Zach Bahner is an analyst at NFL Draft Hub. Bahner is a Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, and Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan, which is an odd combination when one considers that most Miami Dolphins fans are Miami Hurricanes fans. Bahner’s team has some personnel fresh to this project and I’m intrigued with what he intends to do with them. What I like about Banher’s team right away is that his players tend to be second- and third-year veterans on the verge of their prime. Stay tuned for the Q&A.

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Offense

Jake Locker finally makes an appearance on an RSP Writers Project squad. Zach Bahner values Locker for his versatility, a characteristic that Bahner aims to cultivate with the rest of his team. Photo by NeonTommy.

Quarterback Depth Chart
Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and/or fit within the system)
QB1 Jake Locker 10.5 He’s a versatile player than can run and pass efficiently. He’s only in his second year, so he can lead this team for a decade.
QB2 Dennis Dixon 1 Dixon is an underrated player. He also has a similar skill set to Locker, so the offense wouldn’t need to be amended for him.
QB3 Scott Tolzien 0.5 Tolzien has the potential to develop into a solid No.2 QB.
Running Back Depth Chart

Roy Helu won’t have to shoulder the load for Zach Bahner’s team, but he’ll provide a valuable contribution to the offense. Photo by Keith Allison.

Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
RB1 Returner Reggie Bush 5.5 Will be the No.1 RB and No.3 WR. Picked for his versatility. Will also be a KR.
RB2 Roy Helu 4.5 No. 2 back. He will be on the field with Bush and Tolbert often. Another player chosen for his versatility.
RB3 Vick Ballard 1 Will get about five touches a game. He will need to mature quickly in this offense.
Returner Dujuan Harris 0.5 Will get his touches mainly as a KR. The goal is not to have him on the field as a RB.
Wide Receiver Depth Chart

I truly hope Christian Ponder develops to his potential, because Percy Harvin is a special player. Zach Bahner thinks so. Photo by Mark Trammell.

Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
WR1 Percy Harvin 8 Harvin was also chosen for his versatility. Will occasionally line up as a RB. Will run a full route tree.
WR2 Brandon LaFell 3 I expect him to have a break out year in 2012. Will have a full route tree but will mainly be used as a deep threat.
WR3 Devery Henderson 2.5 Will be used in a similar capacity to how the Saints use him. He is mainly a deep threat.
WR4 Jordan Shipley 2.5 Will be used in the slot most of the time when he is on the field.
WR5 David Clowney 0.5 Picked mainly for his special team abilities.
Fullback and Tight End Depth Chart

Are you beginning to see a pattern with Bahner’s choices of second- and third-year veterans just on the cusp of growing into their paws? Tony Moeaki fits that profile. Photo by GoIowaState.com

Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
TE1 Kyle Rudolph 3 Rudolph will be on the field for most of the offensive plays. Will need to be a go-to receiver for Locker to succeed.
TE2 Coby Fleener 2.5 Fleener will see the field often due to the heavy use of two=TE sets. Will be the Gronkowski to Rudolph’s Hernandez.
TE3 Tony Moeaki 1.5 Moeaki will see time at TE, H-Back, and FB. He will also contribute on speical teams.
FB Mike Tolbert 3 Tolbert will be a traditional FB as well as a pass catcher and short yardage back.
Tackle Depth Chart
Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
LT1 Matt Kalil 8.5 Will anchor this offensive line for a decade. Has the ability to run and pass block.
RT1 Jason Smith 3 Smith will need to step up if he wants to keep the starting job at RT after his first year with this team. Weakest starting position on this team.
RT2 Jonathan Scott 1 Will be the backup for both Smith and Kalil.
LT2 Lydon Murtha 1 Could be a healthy scratch on this roster with Scott backing up both Smith and Kalil.
Guard Depth Chart
Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
LG1 Nate Livings 4.5 I wanted to save money and take Mike Pollack here, but he doesn’t have the run blocking ability that Livings has.
RG1 Ben Ijalana 2.5 I was surprised to see his low cost. Will make for a solid interior offensive line.
RG2 Mitch Petrus 1.5 If Ijalana can’t keep the job locked down, Petrus can step right onto the field.
LG2 Trai Essex 1 Essex has a lot of starting history with the Steelers. He isn’t the best option, but his experience will be good if he’s needed.
Center Depth Chart

Mike Pouncey earns another start for an RSP squad. Photo by Photo-Gator.

Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
C1 Mike Pouncey 6 Pouncy will develop into a top-flight center in the league. I was willing to sink this amount of money into the position due to upside.
C2 JD Walton 1 Walton is a starting center in the NFL. He could step in at guard or center if he’s needed.

Defense

ILB Pat Angerer will anchor NFL Draft Hub writer Zach Bahner’s defense. Photo by GoIowaState.com

Cornerback and Safety Depth Chart
Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and/or fit within the system)
LCB1 Morris Claiborne 6.5 He can do it all. He will be a stud starting corner for this team for years.
RCB1  Tracy Porter 3 Porter is no spring chicken, but he will be a quality starter while Kareem Jackson develops. Will cover slot in three-WR sets
RCB2  Kareem Jackson 1 Jackson will move over to the right side when Porter is in the slot. Will eventually start for this team.
LCB2  Zackary Bowman 1 Not the strongest corner, but he has plenty of experience.
SS1  Tyvon Branch 5 Branch will be a tackling machine on this team.
FS1  Jairus Byrd 5 This team needed a ball hawk. Byrd is one of the best in the league.
FS2 George Iloka 1.5 Iloka will be a solid third option at safety, but he will have to earn his way on the field with special teams play.
SS2  Abram Elam 1 Elam has starting experience, so I am very comfortable with him backing up Branch. Will contribute on special teams.
LCB2  Jarrett Bush 0.5 Will mainly contribute on special teams, but has all the ability to on defense, as well.
Linebacker Depth Chart

Zach Bahner has a lot of confidence in his linebackers and K.J. Wright is one of the reasons why. Photo by Roger Smith.

Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
MLB1  Pat Angerer 6 Angerer is a good young linebacker. He can play the 34 or 43, so if this team ever made a switch, he’d still be capable.
WLB1 Zach Brown 3.5 I’ll be excited to see how Brown performs as a rookie. I’m not terribly comfortable with his backup seeing the field often.
SLB1  K.J. Wright 4 Wright rounds out a linebacker corps that could be very strong.
WLB2  A.J. Edds 0.5 Edds will be a solid contributor on special teams.
 Bobby Carpenter 0.5 Carpenter can fill in at all three LB positions, but he isn’t very strong at any of them. He will be a special teams player.
SLB2  Kirk Morrison 0.5 Morrison is a bit underrated. He would likely be the first one in at either of the OLB positions.
MLB2  Gary Guyton 1 Guyton will be a sold backup for Angerer.
Defensive End and Tackle Depth Chart

Stephen Paea will be a part of rotation that Zach Bahner hopes will generate pressure. Photo by John Michael Pavliga.

Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
LDE1  Derrick Morgan 6 The goal for this defense is to sack the QB. Morgan is the first of those pass rushers.
RDE1  Will Smith 5 I know Will Smith is suspended right now, but when he comes back he will be an important pass rusher for this squad.
DT1  Cam Thomas 4 Thomas will play on the nose and be integral in collapsing the pocket and run stopping.
DT2  Linval Joseph 3 Joseph can also play on the nose, but he will spend more time as a three technique.
RDE2 Vinny Curry 4.5 Curry will rotate in at both DE positions. He will mainly be a pass rush specialist, but will start the season while Smith is out.
LDE2  Derrick Harvey 0.5 Harvey will be a rotational player on the defensive line.
DT3  Aubrayo Franklin 2 Franklin will get playing time at both nose and three technique.
DT4  Stephen Paea 0.5 Paea will see 10-20 snaps a game in the DT rotation.
 Torell Troup 0.5 With this big, strong group of DTs, Troup will have trouble dressing on a consistent basis. He’s great for depth, though.
Final Special Teams Roster
Kicker and Punter Depth Chart
Starters Name Value Commentary (Why did you choose the player for special teams and what Role (optional) will he play?)
K1 Dan Bailey 2 Bailey proved last year that he is an accurate kicker with good strength. He was well worth the money.
P1 Pat McAfee 1.5 McAfee has a strong leg and can fill in at kicker if needed.
Kick Coverage Team
Role (optional) Name Commentary (Why did you choose the player for special teams and what Role (optional) will he play?)
OU5 David Clowney
OU4  A.J. Edds
IN2  Bobby Carpenter
IN3  Zackary Bowman
OU3 George Iloka
OU2  Abram Elam
OU1  Jarrett Bush
IN4  Gary Guyton
IN1 Mike Tolbert
IN5 Tony Moeaki
OU6 Jordan Shipley
Punt Coverage Team
Role (optional) Name Commentary (Why did you choose the player for special teams and what Role (optional) will he play?)
PP Mike Tolbert
RT Vinny Curry
RG Jonathan Scott
LS JD Walton
LG  Derrick Harvey
Backup  A.J. Edds
LT  Bobby Carpenter
Gunner(SE2)  Zackary Bowman
SB1 George Iloka
SB2  Abram Elam
Gunner(SE1)  Jarrett Bush
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