Charles Woodson changed the way the NFL thinks about defensive backs

It was over and Charles Woodson was ready to ride the game bus for the final time. He exited Arrowhead Stadium and found his family, chatted with them, gave hearty hugs, took warm pictures and then turned and looked for his final Oakland Raiders ride. It was over and on this final day, everything that he had routinely done for nearly two decades in professional football became moments to instantly memorialize. OK, got to the stadium … completed warm-ups … absorbed everything at halftime … played the rest of the game … shook hands … surveyed the crowd …

All of it a snapshot, yet a blur for Charles Woodson.

Washington: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
Washington’s run to the playoffs has been done with a defense that ranks near the bottom of the league against the run. Clark, who can play over the nose, is a powerhouse against the run.

Houston Texans: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
It seems a little cliché to give Texans quarterback Christian Hackenberg of Penn State. The fit works, but he hasn’t played like a first-round pick in a couple years. Wentz is similar in many ways to Lynch, but doesn’t get the fanfare because of where he plays.

Seattle Seahawks: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
Russell Okung is a free agent after the season, and if he happens to leave Spriggs would be a solid replacement. He’s an athletic left tackle who will undoubtedly rise during the offseason process.

New York Jets: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
The only running back under contract for the Jets next season is Zac Stacy, who is currently on injured reserve. Elliott is an instant-impact running back when he’s given the opportunity, which he strangely didn’t get enough at Ohio State.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
Pittsburgh still needs to find talent in the secondary, and White is easily the best cornerback available. He offers good length and playmaking at the position.

This may have been one of the weirdest seasons ever, but it has resulted in an eclectic and unpredictable playoff field that should make January weekends a lot of fun.

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