The time has come for you play pretend. Imagine overnight you gain 75 pounds, snort some coke, sweat through your smock, and sell some used cars to become our fearless DBO king Rhule. You have one job….to fix the teams O line and QB in one offseason to save your job. What would you do in order to fix the disaster we currently have on offense?
Here is a random example of MY plan:
1. Sign Guard Laken Tomlinson to a 3 year, 27 million dollar contract.
2. Move Brady Christensen to Left Guard
3. Draft the best LT at pick number 6 (Charles Cross or Icky Ekwonu as Neal will be gone by 6)
4. Sign G/C James Daniels to a 5 year 50 million dollar contract (10 million average, 24 million guaranteed)
5. Sign Vet QB: We all know we are tied to Sam but SCREW his fragile feelings. He needs to compete with another vet and not be given anything other than the 18 million (kill me please). Ryan Fitzpatrick or Tyrod Taylor would be signed with a chance to start for the year. They can be signed cheap without hurting future cap.
6. Draft your best prospects in rounds 4-7. This could be a rookie developmental QB, more Guards, Centers, etc. but it better be O line or QB.
26. G LAKEN TOMLINSON, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Tomlinson has picked up where he left off in 2020, earning a second consecutive grade above 70.0. He has yet to allow a sack through Week 13 of the 2021 season. Tomlinson has surrendered a quarterback pressure on just 3.8% of pass-rush snaps, the 16th-best mark among guards with at least 200 snaps on the season. The former first-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2015 may be in for a bigger deal this time around than his early extension signed in 2018 for three years, $16.5 million.
-Value-add in run game, one of highest percentages of positively graded run blocks
-Pass blocking on true pass sets
-Locking onto targets on the move
STARTING GUARD: Tomlinson has developed into one of the best guards in the league under Kyle Shanahan, so a zone-heavy system is best for him to ensure continued high production. However, Tomlinson has done it all throughout his career and he can play in any scheme.
Recent Injury History:
Since 2017, Tomlinson has played at least 1,000 snaps in every season. He tore an MCL toward the end of 2018 but recovered in time to play every game in 2019.
Contract Projection: Three years, $27 million ($9M per year, $16.5 million total guaranteed)
After a slow start to his career, Tomlinson developed into a high-end starter and his most recent work ranks him among the league's best guards. He's a valuable asset in the run game and a strong pass protector who has plenty of good football left as a starting guard.
40. G JAMES DANIELS, CHICAGO BEARS
Daniels is quietly in the midst of his best NFL season, with the Bears finally putting him at one position — right guard — and leaving him there to improve over the year. Daniels was one of the youngest draft picks in 2018 and will still be just 24 years old in Week 1 of 2022. The combination of youth and the fact Daniels kept getting moved around the interior of the offensive line suggests he could have even more untapped potential as a full-time right guard. From Week 4 to Week 12 this season, Daniels’ 78.5 overall grade ranks ninth among guards, his 80.0 pass-blocking grade ranks sixth and his 78.7 run-blocking grade ranks 11th.
– Zone blocking
– Pass blocking
– Gap runs
– Facing power
STARTING GUARD IN A ZONE-BLOCKING SCHEME: Daniels has played predominantly in zone-heavy attacks between college at Iowa and his four years with the Bears, and that's where he excels when it comes to the run game.
Recent Injury History:
Daniels played in every game in 2018 and 2019 before a torn pectoral robbed him of all but five games in 2020. He's been healthy again in 2021, playing in every game through Week 12.
Contract Projection: Five years, $50 million ($10M per year, $24M total guaranteed)
Since 2018, Daniels has been productive at both guard positions. He also has experience at center and will turn 25 just after opening day in 2022. Daniels is an excellent fit for a zone-blocking scheme and has been one of the best pass-blocking guards in the league over the last two seasons. His best football may still be ahead of him.