Offseason notes: Is Arians playing smoke screen with Cards' QBs?
As the draft approaches and free agency wraps up, questions remain. A couple: What happens at QB in AZ? Will the Chiefs deal Brandon Alberts?
Chiefs' Albert controls his trade status
Brandon Albert is on the trading block per the wishes of the Chiefs organization, but Albert is more in control of his status than is the club.
Right now, he's on a one-year franchise tag for guaranteed price of $9.8 million. For a team to trade for him they need to pony up for a long-term deal or use $9.8 million of salary cap space. Right now, only 13 teams even have that much space under the salary cap without cutting players or restructuring contracts. If a team traded for him without a long-term deal (highly unlikely), Albert could force the team to use a franchise tag again next year which would hit the salary cap for $11.78 million.
Albert knows he's going to make $21 million over the next two years without agreeing to any contract. The next pressure point regarding an Albert trade is the quality of offensive tackles in this draft. Will teams cough up a five-year deal that averages $8 million to $10 million a season for Albert after the Vikings drafted Matt Kalil last year in the first round -- signing him to a four-year, $20 million deal?
At least four teams will draft an offensive tackle in the first round, taking all of them out of the Brandon Albert sweepstakes.
Plays behind the line of scrimmage
Sacks are great, but making plays behind the line of scrimmage (including sacks and tackles for a loss) tells us more about a defensive player's ability.
Key and diagnose -- or the ability to read the offense and react quickly -- is a part of making negative plays.
Technique, explosion and the ability to close on an opponent are also critical elements. Here's a look at the top 10 players in the draft making plays behind the line of scrimmage and their per game average. Some are from smaller schools, and this list is not a ranking, but does have the best frequency on a per game basis.
|Plays Behind Line of Scrimmage/Per Game Average|
|NAME||SCHOOL||POSITION||SACKS||TFL||TOTAL (BLOS)||PER GAME BLOS|
|David Bass||Missouri So||DE||40.5||56||96.5||1.93|
|Brandon Williams||Missouri So||DT||27||52.5||80||1.90|
|Damontre Moore||Texas A&M||DE||26.5||45||71.5||1.88|
|Brandon Jenkins||Florida St||DE||22.5||37.5||60||1.50|
|Chris Jones||Bowling Green||DT||28||46.5||74.5||1.49|
|Bjoern Werner||Florida St||DE||23.5||35||58.5||1.42|
|Trevardo Williams||U Conn||OLB||30.5||40.5||71||1.42|
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