|The Rams have eight wide receivers on their roster, which means Amendola could be expendable. (US Presswire)|
Once the NFL Draft is over, teams use minicamps to look at rookies and, more important, pinpoint depth or lack of it on their rosters.
When I was in pro personnel, we used May to study the other 31 teams' depth. Occasionally we discovered a natural trade partner with a team that had a surplus where we had a deficiency.
At the very least we created a solid list of teams that may have a good player buried on their depth chart because of veteran signings and draftees. The idea: If teams really draft "the best available player," that could mean adding a quality rookie to an already strong position on their roster.
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I went through all 32 rosters as if I were still in pro personnel and looking for solid roster depth. As always there are teams in envious position-depth situations.
There are other driving forces behind personnel decisions this time of year, including:
• Creating salary cap space for rookie signings
• Scheme changes (i.e., going from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4)
• Satisfying position depth
There are some fairly standard parameters for how many players a team will keep at a position when rosters are trimmed to 53:
• A team employing a 4-3 defense typically keeps eight defensive linemen, six linebackers, and 10 defensive backs for a total of 24.
• If the offense keeps three quarterbacks, five wide receivers, four running backs/fullback, three tight ends and 10 linemen that adds up to 25 offensive players.
• This leaves four spots for a long snapper, kicker, punter and return specialist. The numbers vary slightly but when you take a look at your favorite team's roster this is a good benchmark.
If your team employs a 3-4 defense switch the defensive linemen and linebacker numbers.
Here are teams I would consider calling, just in case they're interested in moving a player at a certain position, listed by team and the position of interest.
|Buffalo Bills: defensive line|
|Cincinnati Bengals: defensive line, cornerback|
|Dallas Cowboys: defensive line, cornerback|
|Detroit Lions: defensive line|
|Green Bay Packers: defensive line|
|New England Patriots: wide receiver|
|New York Giants: middle linebacker, tight end|
|Philadelphia Eagles: defensive end|
|San Diego Chargers: outside linebacker|
|St. Louis Rams: wide receiver, cornerback|
You can bet that pro personnel types are studying other rosters to see where there may be a little overflow, then possibly making a call or two based on those findings to solve their own depth issues.