OFL VIII SEASON PREVIEW - DRAFT ASSESSMENT

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OFL VIII SEASON PREVIEW - DRAFT ASSESSMENT

Postby Chipmonkadidooda » Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:16 pm

Firstly my apologies. I had started a massive Pre-Season breakdown of all 32 teams and have got about half way through, but unfortunately my mother has been very unwell this past 2 weeks so I have had to concentrate on that. Sadly due to this I have been unable to finish it and have ran out of time.

I asked Jim to do the draft-board assessment element of that preview and he has done such a fantastic job of it I don't want it to go to waste! Here we go then with a bit of Sunday morning reading to cogitate over with coffee and toast (As Stamina like to do!) before the games kick off on Sunday evening!

Fantastic job Jim! :win: (Don't worry, I wrote and assessed Jims. Can't have him bigging himself up can we!!!)

JIM'S DRAFT BOARD ASSESSMENT - 1 TO 16

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#1 Pick STAMINA COMANCHEROS
High expectation came from the OFL's first pick of the draft, but they ended up slipping to #2 based on NFL team rankings.

1st Round
They left the prolific #1 Falcons alone to take #2 New Orleans on Offense Points for their 1st round pick. There's not many better with the ball in-hand than the Saints' thrower but this pick is about points. Maybe QB yards could have been a better Saints choice?

2nd Round
The Commancheros followed up with what could be a poor choice of the Colts on QB yards. Andrew Luck is still out with no sign of a return. so the Comancheros will rely on Scott Tolzien for QB yards! They did better adding the #5 Cowbiys defense at this stage. The Cowboys built up the defense in the off-season and much is expecte of it.

3rd Round
The draft wound up for Stamin with a second Colts pick, the #23 Rushing Yards, and the #34 Falcons for Sacks/Ints. There were a few higher ranked teams available at this point - like the Saints in Rushing, who now have Adrien Peterson, after all.

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 77

GRADE C+
Overall the Comancheros did fairly well but you had to expect that from the #1 position, and in all honesty it could have been better.


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#2 Pick BRUMMIE EAGLES
Like the Comancheros the Eagles slip a place based on NFL rankings of the teams picked, so was that error or some shrewd picking?

1st Round
Once again the #1 Falcons got passed over on Offense Points as the Eagles look to the #3 ranked Patriots who have now lost key WR Julian Edelman for the season. Sure the Pats seem to have a wealth of talent, but one wonders why the Falcons did not go earlier.

2nd Round
#6 Bucs in Sacks/Ints, and #17 Giants in QB Yards look to have been shrewd picks. The Giants in particular appear to have a passing offense worthy of winning the division at least, but the Bucs might not be able to match this level of Sacks/Ints from last season, given how all their efforts in the off-season went into offense.

3rd Round
The best available #16 Saints Rushing Yards went at this point, along with #17 Titans in Defense Points. Saints in particular could be a wise choice as Paterson joins Ingram behind Brees, and our Eagles resisted the higher-ranked Bucs and Bills to take the improving Titans.

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 67

GRADE B-
In summary a pleasing draft by the Eagles. From the #2 spot they were expected to have strength in at least three of the categories and they look to have it in four.


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#3 Pick BORUTKO GOLDHAWKS
Being #3 does guarantee at least one #1 ranked pick being available, so did the Goldhawks do well, or did the end the draft thinking it could have been better?

1st Round
They lost no time in snapping up the #1 Falcons for Offense Points, after they got left for two picks untouched! A top pick from the #3 slot as they have the same offense available this season as last. You can surely expect the same from Atlanta?

2nd Round
The best-available #6 Raiders in Rushing Yards and best-available #6 Vikings in Defense Points get added at this stage to what is begining to look like an impressive draft. Both teams retain strength in these categories for the coming season.

3rd Round
Two more best-availables went to the Goldhawks in round three. The less impressive #18 ranked Vikings in QB Yards (Bradford rarely goes long), and the #16 ranked Dolphins in Sacks/Ints. The Dolphins had moments last season and added defense in the draft and from free agency. They could be a surprise this season

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 102

GRADE B+
Did the Goldhawks simply take the best-available, or was there some shrewdness there coincidentally? Maybe the Head Coach will reveal but it does look like best-picks from the results. Either way an excellent draft which post-draft jumps them from #3 to #1 in the OFL.


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#4 DEVILIMP HELLDWELLERS
Despite having #1 ranked teams at their disposal, the Heldwellers coach avoided that temptation to clearly go their own way. Did it work?

1st ROUND
The #2 ranked Redskins in QB Yards went to Devilimp despite three #1 ranked teams in other categories being available. This was clearly a pick that was focused on. Despite losing Jackson and Garcon as receivers, the Redskins added to the offense so this is defintely still a passing team and Cousins should be scoring for the Helldwellers.

2nd ROUND
Rushing Yards was targeted in the 2nd round, with the best-available #7 Patriots being taken. The Patriots always seem to have no end of depth in rushing so this was a smart pick. Add to that the #9 Titans on Sacks/Ints (#8 Chargers was available) and this is looking like a nice draft for Devilimp.

3rd ROUND
Offense and Defense Points were left to round three, and here the Helldwellers looked to #22 Denver on Offense and #21 Green Bay on Defense to complete their foray. Both picks are around as good as could be available at this stage and are taken despite higher-ranked teams being open to pick. The Packers have beefed up the defense a little and could yield points but the Broncos may be problematic given QB issues.

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 61

GRADE B+
Not a bad draft at all from the #4 position. It appears the Helldwellers had teams to aim at and got some. They avoided some better-ranked teams than they picked, yet still end up remaining #4 in post-draft ranking.


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#5 JJ JEDI KNIGHTS
One of our rookie teams for the new season gets thrown in at the deep end within days of joining with the complex OFL Draft to contend with. So how did they do? They impressively remained #5 in post-draft rankings. Let's see how they did that.

1st ROUND
No hesitation as the Knights go straight for the #5 Dallas Offense Points despite having three #1 ranked teams available in other categories, and several #2 and #3 ranked teams. It's a slightly tempered pick with the Elliott situation still to be resolved, but if Dak is really as good as his rookie season, then points surely have to come from this pick?

2nd ROUND
Defense Points was the next focal point as the Knights snatched the #11 ranked Texans despite four teams higher-up being available. Shrewd given the Texans look to have a genuine top-ten defense this season. Sacks/Ints and the best-available #8 Chargers were next to be added to the Knights roster. Again, a team who look to have improved in that area.

3rd ROUND
The third round at #5 means the bottom half of the available segments being up for grabs, and so the Knights took #19 ranked Chiefs (and Alex Smith) for QB Yards and #20 ranked Packers in Team Rushing. Both fair picks although Smith is hardly likely to be prolific.

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 45

GRADE B-
First three picks were top-notch and that's about as good as you can get in the OFL draft as you have to often take the best of what's left in round three. Not bad for a rookie at all!


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#6 ARNIEHI TERMINATORS
Despite having a few unexpected top picks available in the first round, the Terminators ended the draft dropping a whopping 11 places in post-draft rankings to #17. Either it was a bad draft or a highly shrewd one!

1st ROUND
Straight to the best-available on the market - the #1 Saints QB Yards - which surprisingly lasted until the sixth pick before being taken (y'all know how good Drew Brees is, right?), so the Terminators were off to a bright start!

2nd ROUND
Clearly a fan of potentially top rusher Jay Ajayi, or at least his rushing ability, the Terminators strike with the #9 Dolphins in Rushing Yards then add the highly-potential, yet low-ranked, #24 Texans in Sacks/Ints. It's beginning to look like a great draft for the Cyborgs!

3rd ROUND
This is where the Terminators dip in the post-draft rankings. Round three sees a pick-up of the low-ranked #26 Panthers in Defense Points, followed by the #24 ranked Bengals in Offense Points. They kinda went against the grain by going for Offense and Defense last, and both these picks look more speculative. The Panthers defense went to pieces last season and the Bengals have to rely on Andy Dalton who seems to fall apart in some division matches.

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 75

GRADE B-
The first three picks alone lead to a B- here. Some crafty choices there. Third round picks might end up making this look an amazing draft. We'll have to wait and see!


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#7 ABERONN A-BOMBS
From the 7 slot the Bombs started brightly and with a measured-looking draft saw them finish with a post-draft ranking of #9

1st ROUND
No doubt pleased to see three #1 ranked teams available, the A-Bombs grabbed last year's top rushing outfit, the Bills, from Pool 3. That's a brave choice given the wholesale changes being made to the team, but at least they still have McCoy who remains one fo the best rushers in the NFL.

2nd ROUND
Aberonn turned to defense in the second round with picks from Pools 5 and 6. The #7 Chiefs in Defense Points is definitely a top-pick, but again the Bills raise their possibly ugly head with the Bombs #13 ranked pick from Sacks/Ints. #11 Steelers were still available at this stage. Will another brave pick pay off?

3rd ROUND
Offense was the aim for the third round, but by this time what was going to be left? Well, it was the #25 ranked Jags Offense Points and a cute-looking pick of the #25 ranked Titans in QB Yards. The latter could certainly be a potential goldmine. The Titans look to be the best team in the division at least. Not too sure about that Jags O, though. Bortles has less ammunition than last time round!

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 97

GRADE D+
Hard not to see the Bills picks as diversely affecting the grade, but it recovers somewhat with that Chiefs pick in round two and the Titans in three, both likely scorers.


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#8 CARPO MARX RIVERKINGS
Despite avoiding the temptation of two remaining #1 ranked teams, the Riverkings seem to have had a pretty good draft, ending up post-draft ranked at #7. Have they been shrewd or does a worse reality await them come season-end?

1st ROUND
They overlooked all of the top ten in Defense Points and the #1 Panthers in Sacks/Ints to go one below and pick the #2 Cardinals for Sacks/Ints. 30 points came from them the Cards D last season, and with a couple of additions to that sphere, the Riverkings must be hopeful of another haul in Sacks/int.

2nd ROUND
The #11 Bills are an eye-opening choice in Offense Points and are joined by the #13 Bengals in Rushing Yards. Taking any team going through the type of change that the Bills are is a big chance to take. They've got rid of so many players in offense, this is a pick to bring down the grade. Bengals are a much smarter pick. Dalton isn't that prolific so a successful Bengals team could come from the run.

3rd ROUND
The last two picks for the Riverkings were filled by the Dolphins. Defense Points got filled by the #18, who might do pretty well this season at stopping teams, and QB Yards by the #26. Higher-ranked teams were available in both Pools, including the Eagles in QB Yards. With Tannehill out for the season the Dolphins rely on ex-retired Jay Cutler at the helm!

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 85

GRADE D
Cards a smart pick in round one but the Bills in round two were not and possibly a better choice could have been made in round three rather than two Dolphins picks.


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#9 JIMS TEXAN TARTANS
Much like the SEVVY BENGALS, you'd have to fear a successful veteran headcoach going off in the first 10 in the draft. Given the amount of research the Tartans put into this draft have we seen strength or tact?

1st ROUND
Atlanta Falcons QB. Going off 9th the Tartans would have had this pick as a priority, but only possibly a distant hope. No surprise this was frantically taken. This pick should have gone in the top 6 you feel. 29 points scored last season from Ryan and you'd expect around that many or even more this time around. Could be a regular pick this and you only need 2 good picks really in the OFL to be winners.

2nd ROUND
Tactical you'd have to say, but shrewd too maybe. The Texan Tartans take the New York Giants on offensive points. Last season was a wash-out for the Giants in this area and they were #26th on the depth chart, but there'll be more expected from the Manning/Beckham partnership this season and the Giants definitely under-performed last season points wise. Next up came the Ravens on defence from #9. The Ravens is not the same defence it was, but they've made some key acquisitions in the backfield this off-season and you can always guarantee divisional games in this part of the NFL are tight low-scorers. Expect this pick when the Steelers come calling!

3rd ROUND
Right from the bottom, the Vikings rushing game is taken. A strange one given what else could have been taken. Last season this pick would have been top 6-8 with a fit Peterson, but he's now gone. A watchful early eye on this to see if the Vikes will still try to play a rush heavy offence. Filling in the defensive slots the Tartans go Ravens again on sacks & Ints. Makes sense as both defence picks will go hand in hand and the Ravens on defence amassed 37 points in pool 4 and 5.

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 66

GRADE B-
Out of the traps it's a A+ simply for the Team QB pick from #9 in the draft. A return to former glories from the Ravens will compliment a very strong draft board you feel, but it's a punt. This board has balance with a few picks based around their undoubted potential to perform how they should perform following poor showings last year.

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#10 SEVVY69 BENGALS
The OFL's Team-Tiger almost had every pick inside the top 20, which would actually have been a feat of its own in this draft, and they did have three top 11 picks. So what does that all mean?

1st ROUND
Cowboys Rushing Yards, #2 ranked. If Elliott somehow plays any of the first six games this will be a most-clever pick, and even if he doesn't the Cowboys do have a bit of depth at RB.

2nd ROUND
#7 ranked Chargers in QB Yards was the next up for the Bengals. No matter how well the new LA team does overall you can be sure Philip Rivers will churn out hundreds of yards - it's all the guy does. Next came #11 ranked Steelers in Sacks/Ints. The Steelers remain a first-class defense.

3rd ROUND
From this point onwards in the draft, 3rd round picks are pretty much a case of you-take-what's-left. Still, the Bengals got #20 Raiders in Defense Points which is pretty fair at this point, and the #23 Vikings in Offense Points - not a great points scoring outfit.

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 67

GRADE A-
The Bengals jump from a pre-draft ranking of #10 to a post-draft #5 rank on the back good rank picks. Three excellent-looking picks in the first two rounds make this grade and the final two balance each other out.


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#11 HOGSBACK SWINES
While the Bengals shot up the post-draft rankings, fellow AFC North team the Swines went the opposite way! They dropped from #11 to #21! Did they see something no-one else did?

1st ROUND
They dove into the toughest of all areas, Pool 5, for their first pick of the #10 ranked Giants on Sacks/Ints, when there were seemingly tastier options available, including all bar the Cardinals in Pool 5, all of Pool 4 and other better-ranked teams! They pick one of the most-improved defenses of 2016, second in points allowed, but will that equate to Sacks/ints?

2nd ROUND
The Swines passed over six higher-ranked teams in QB Yards to take Tampa Bay. Jameiss Winston will carry the Hogs hopes with a #16 ranking, and given the added firepower to the Bucs passing game, who's to say that's not a smart choice? Next up was the #10 Rushing Yards Carolina Panthers, which definitely underperformed last season and possibly rely too heavily on Luke Keuchly alone.

3rd ROUND
Again, the Hogs pass over several teams to take the #25 ranked Jags in Defense Points, followed by the #28 ranking on the Texans in Offense Points. Granted the latter was a case of the dregs, but the Hogs could have gone for the Rams improved defense at #23. A missed opportunity?

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 35

GRADE D
The first round pick and one second round pick look promising but this combination scored little in the OFL Armourys last season and there's just not enough to think it'll be a lot more.


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#12 DANNYCRAIG PIRATES
From a #12 position with plenty top picks still available, the Pirates should have done pretty okay with the draft this season. So did they?

1st ROUND
Only the best booty will do for a Pirate, so the NFL's best QB joins the team from QB Yards! He was ranked #4 last year with an average 269 yards per game.

2nd ROUND
Defense Points was the next target to plunder and the ever-reliable Steelers defense gest added to the roster - so far so good and heading for a good grade Another defense pick in Sacks/Ints was taken as the #15 ranked Eagles were picked - the third best available according to rankings, and a defense that certainly could be in the top-third of the NFL .

3rd ROUND
Not a great deal remained and the Pirates secure the #21 Ravens Offense Points and the #24 Bucs Rushing Yards. Neither team looks good at all in those spheres so even given the lesser choices available, the Pirates mught have done a little better in round three.

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 50

GRADE C-
No real mistakes made in the first two rounds but perhaps a little better could be got from round three. The Pirates end up exactly where they were pre-draft - ranked #12


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#13 JAYDUBS JUGGERNAUTS
Unlucky 13 for the Juggernauts? Well after the dust settled they dropped 7 places to a post-draft ranking of #20. How will that affect their grade? Let's see, shall we!

1st ROUND
The new draft structure of only one pick in round one does give everyone a chance of a top-to-half decent pick in the first round. The Juggernauts decided to take the #4 ranked Packers in Offense Points. A smart move because this team revolves around Aaron Rodgers, one of the NFL's best ever QBs. Surely points there - 18 last season.

2nd ROUND
Getting tougher from this position onwards in the draft, even in round two, but Jaydubs went completely left-field and way down the list to take the #27 ranked Broncos in Rushing Yards, and almost as way-out in Sacks/Ints by taking the #22 Cowboys despite numerous available teams above those two. The Broncos offense in general doesn't excite and the running game may depend just too much on CJ Anderson. The Juggernauts could have taken the Steelers with LeVeon Bell. As for Dallas, did a healthy Jayloon Smith sway the Juggernauts in that direction?

3rd ROUND
It's just as well the draft grade isn't too dependend on the 3rd round picks, because some of these now left are awful choices! With that in mind, the Juggernauts took just about the best that was available to them, the #15 Bucs in Defense Points and the #20 Jags in QB Yards. The Jags' Bortles has some potential to score Armoury Points, but he Bucs went all-out for offense this season and there's little potential for points there.

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 46

GRADE D+
The Packers (like last season) form the best chances of points from this quintet. Missing out on some seemingly better picks available drops the Juggs grade here.


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#14 RJHOLLAND ORANGEMEN
The Orangemen's head coach has been around since Moses was a milk boy and with that experience comes some savvy. They started ranked #14 and ended up post-draft at #13. Let's see how that, and these picks, equates to a grade.

1st ROUND
If Ben Roethlisberger stays fit, which isn't guaranteed nowaday, he'll rack up a stack of yards for Pittsburgh. He finished ranked #5 in QB Yards despite missing games so the potential is there for sure, and he secured 14 Armoury points last year. Pittsburgh is the Orangemen's first round pick.

2nd ROUND
Next up was Rushing Yards and we see the #18 Cardinals picked up. RJ will want a better rushing performance than last season. A better-looking pick came next with the #8 ranked Bengals in Defense Points. This season promises to see a tougher Bengals D and this is a decent pick from the 14th spot in round two.

3rd ROUND
There was little left in Offense Points by the time the Orangemen's turn cam back round again with only seven teams to choose from. Taking even a bad 49ers side ranked #27 can't be seen as a black mark. Their final pick at least offered slightly better choice in Sacks/ints with ten to choose from. They settled on #19 ranked Kansas City Chiefs - not a bad pick at all given the defense they promise to show this season.

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 46

GRADE B-
All things considered this was not a bad draft at all for the Orangemen as their experience tells. Apart from the 49ers there is a little potential for Armoury points to be scored.


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#15 THEWISH FLAMING Ws
A couple of wishes might have come true for the Flaming Ws as they rise from a pre-draft ranking of #15 to a post-draft #13 with some tidy-looking picks from position fifteen in the draft

1st ROUND
Straight into offense for the W's as they leave higher-ranked teams the likes of Arizona in Offensive Points, Tenneessee and Atlanta in Rushing Yards and Seattle and Denver in Defense Points to land squarely on #7 Oakland Raiders in Offense Points. Clearly a fan of Derek Carr, TheWish makes a good choice as the Raiders promise to have at least as good an offense as last season.

2nd ROUND
Another crafty pick from the W's as they take Detroit, ranked #11 in QB yards. Matt Stafford is an impressive ball-thrower and scored 16 Arnoury points last season. Joining the W's for the season is also #14 ranked Cincinatti in Sacks/Ints. The Bengals defense will definitely be their strong point this season.

3rd ROUND
Only six to choose from in Rushing Yards at this stage for TheWish and they take the #26 ranked Chargers, who will rely solely on Melvin Gordon for rushing yards. A better choice came in Defense Points with ten to choose from, albeit nothing fantastic. #19 Washington will play for the W's this season.

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 59

GRADE B
All five of these scored points last season and that's a plus for the drafting the W's did this time round. No real chances were taken and that results in a fairly solid draft from position fiteen.


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#16 Titan'S CHOICE ARGONAUTS
Well it wasn't plain sailing in their rookie season but the Argos showed some teeth in a few games and fine themselves slap bang in the middle of the draft. They had the chance of a decent first round pick with a lot of thought needed for rounds 2 & 3. How did they do?

1st ROUND
They resisted teams ranked #1 -#9 in other pools to pilfer the #10 Pittsburgh Steelers in Offense Points. There's a view here that the 3 B's can do a big job in scoring for the Steelers and the Argonauts. And who's to say that won't happen if they all stay fit?

2nd ROUND
A #9 and #11 ranked team joined the Argonauts roster with the Cardinals Carson Palmer in QB Yards and the Eagles decent-looking Defense Points, and at this stage Titan's is forming a sturdy draft from the number sixteen spot.

3rd ROUND
A best-available #21 ranked Redskins Rushing Yards, and the #26 Raiders in Sacks/Ints were the final picks. The Argonauts got a little lucky by having better choice for their final picks than a few teams above them, and certainly those below them, had. The Redskins pick is shrewd - they scored 17 Armoury points last year.

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 68

GRADE A
You can't really pick holes in this draft. From the middle spot they have some really nice picks, and even the Raiders scored 3 points in Sacks/Ints last year. Given the difficulty of drafting in 16th place, the Argonauts look like they've pulled something out of the bag. They move up one in post-draft rankings to #15
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Re: OFL VIII SEASON PREVIEW - THE DRAFT

Postby Chipmonkadidooda » Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:29 pm

JIM'S DRAFT BOARD ASSESSMENT - 17 TO 32

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#17 AWAYTEAM COWBOYS
With a backup Head Coach pulled in at the last-minute they have to take over a drafting that was done by the exiting coach! Maybe not ideal but the original LB1975 did do enough to go from a pre-draft #17 to an impressive post-draft 9th position! Here's how they did it, and what that draft comes out to in the grade.

1st ROUND
They went with dead-eye aim for the Seahawks #3 in Defence Points, leaving offense alone for now. That Seattle defense ought to garner points this season.

2nd ROUND
Offense this time and the fairly prolific #12 Redskins in Offense Points join the #11 Rushing Yards Eagles at the Cowboys. The Eagles rushing game may not be the same this year, but the Redskins ought to gather some Armoury points.

3rd ROUND
The tricky-to-read Sacks/Int pool may catch many off-guard and the Cowboys went with the best-available #21 Bears, and for the final pick from a meagre-looking choice also took a best-available - the Eagles ranked #24 in QB Yards

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 75

GRADE B
All five scored points last season, but the Eagles may not contribute much from either pick. Seattle are a top-class pick though, and the Redskins give the Cowboys an Offense/Defense Armoury card choice.


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#18 GKA1979 TYKES
Is this the season the Tykes become a force in the NFC East? If so they might need this draft to add those precious points that can swing games, especially the divisional games.

1st ROUND
if in doubt, go for the best, and they don't come much better than AAron Rodgers and so the Tykes swerve a few better ranked picks across the pools - including two #1 teams - to take the Packers QB Yards. The objective was clearly to snatch one cast-iron points scorere at least, it seems.

2nd ROUND
Undoubtedly tougher at this stage in the 2nd round, as we can see making teams make sure of a reliable 1st round pick. The Tykes decide on the #9 Chargers in Offense Points - looking to the reliable Rivers to score TDs, and hoping LeVeon Bell pounds out the Rushing Yards for the #14 Steelers.

3rd ROUND
With ever-reducing numbers to choose from in this round the Tykes coach places hope in the #16 Bills for Defense Points and #23 49ers in Sacks/Ints

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 65

GRADE C+
The Tykes jump a MASSIVE 11 places in the post-draft OFL rankings from 18th to 7th! But does that tell the whole story? Perhaps not. That Bills defense might not be as good as last year and while Bell is an outstanding RB the Steelers do pile on the passing uards more than running ones. There's also the 49ers...


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+19 KANKEANO BEARS
A bear knows its way around the woods, right? But does it know its way around the NFL? KK dropped from #19 pre-draft to a lowly #24 post-draft. Now we have to examine the picks to see if it's as bad as it looks or if the Bears do really know their way around.

1st ROUND
Delighted to have two #1 ranked teams still around at pick 19, the Bears eagerly take up the Panthers #1 on Sacks/Ints and that's no bad pick at all.

2nd ROUND
With a top-pick secured they took a tidy pick in the #14 Titans in Offense Points, a team that could win the division. Next came a down-the-list raid for the #22 Jags Rushing Yards - a seemingly odd pick given injury propensity over the last couple of seasons for their main RB duo.

3rd ROUND
Take whatcha can get! And that was the 49ers QB Yards, ranked bottom of the pile at #32 and the Bears then took the #23 Rams in Defense Points, a team that did some great work in defense in the off-season. Smarter than the average bear? Seems so!

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 70

GRADE C-
Jaws dropped (and some giggles were heard) when news of the 49ers pick came through. Perhaps the Bears have a higher opinion of Brian Hoyer than the rest of us :P There's some smart picks in there though, especially the Rams defense. Not a bad draft all in all but might have been better.

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#20 CRAIGO PATRIOTS
Now we're at the stage where teams may only see themselves getting a single decent Armoury points option and the slim chance of a sleeper from a bunch of hopefuls. The Patriots will certainly be one of a number teams whoe really need a top pick.

1st ROUND
Did Craigo expect to see a #1 pick still available come the 20th pick of the 1st round? Probably not, and they certainly weren't going to pass over the #1 Defense Points team, the aptly-named Patriots! It's amazing a team that scored 33 Armoury points last year lasted this long in the first round. Craigo must have thought it was his birthday!

2nd ROUND
Pick 71 went the way of the #17 Bears in Rushing Yards followed by the #19 Tampa Bay Bucs in Offense Points. The Bears may be so-so, but with all the additions to the Bucs offense in the off-season, that pick for Offense Points could be a steal.

3rd ROUND
Both 3rd round picks were from a poor selection. #29 Texans in QB Yards, and #27 Colts in Sacks/Ints don't offer great hope for points.

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 57

GRADE B-
The Craigo Patriots actually drop six places to #26 in the post-draft rankings but this Grade is based on who they took from their position in the draft and the #1 Patriots and the potential of the Bucs offense boosts this grade to a B-


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#21 GECKO 6ers
When you're good, you suffer. That's the way of the OFL and our Oz team, four times division winners, needed to make sure it wasn't a Blunder from Down Under in this draft! They dropped 3 places to a post-draft #24 ranking based on 2106 numbers, so what does mean in this draft?

1st ROUND
Imperative to get a good points-potential team and the 6ers look squarely at the Cardinals to score points as the #6 ranked Offense Points team.

2nd ROUND
Strewth! The 6ers may have played a blinder getting the #14 ranked Cardinals again in Defense points. They scored 31 Armoury points last year. Then they snapped up the #15 ranked Chiefs for Rushing Yards. That could possibly have had potential but injury is ravaging the Chiefs running game.

3rd ROUND
Feeling around the garbage left the 6ers came up with the #27 Jets QB Yards and the #30 Lions Sacks/Ints. Don't look for any points from these.

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 77

GRADE C
The 6ers will be relying solely on the Cardinals for points on both sides of the ball, in the view of this review. Still, having two fair chances at scoring from 21st place in the draft is enough to grade at C


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#22 LAZARUS 76ers
Perhaps we should go a little on the 76ers Head Coach since he's recovering at the moment - or maybe not :P In all fairness the jump in post-draft rankings - 6 places to #16 - suggests that despite the morphine the 76ers did a good job. Let's take a closer look...

1st ROUND
They'd have been annoyed at missing out on the Falcons in any pool, but luckily for them the Dirty Birds remained in Rushing Yards at rank #5 and that will do for the 76ers, even though they could have had one of the two teams ranked higher (Titans and 49ers).

2nd ROUND
By the time the 76ers turn came round the best defenses had gone, and QB choices were thin so the picks went to the #15 Panthers in Offense Points and #12 ranked Redskins in Sacks/ints. The Panthers pick has some potential as they're expected to be better this season. Redskins? Not so great, but this far down the draft this is what you get left with.

3rd ROUND
#28 Browns QB Yards, and #22 ranked Colts in Defense Points. Nuff said for these, I'm afraid.

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 58

GRADE C+
The two 3rd round picks actually scored 16 Armoury points between them last year, although you'd have to be strangely optimistic to expect that again. Redskins took steps on defense in the off-season and that might pay for them but will it result in multiple Sacks/Ints?


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#23 GINGERZOLA MAULERS
They came, they left, the came back - and won the division. That results in very little to choose from in the draft. Do you take the best ranked available or try to be clever? Dropping from 23rd pre-draft to #27 post-draft suggests the latter, but let's review the Maulers choices.

1st ROUND
A 19pt haul last season made the Seattle Seahawks attractve enough for the Maulers first pick, ranked #7 in Sacks/Ints. That defense will be strong again this season and this is a much-required strong first pick this far down the draft.

2nd ROUND
It's widely thought that Russell Wilson was below-par last year. If that's right then the pick of #10 Seahawks in QB Yards could reap rewards. The Maulers then moved for the #19 ranked Browns in Rushing Yards (don't laugh, they scored 19 last year!).

3rd ROUND
Browns again #31 in Offense Points, and the #27 Falcons in Defense Points. Neither scored at all last year but that Falcons defense came to life in the play-offs and for three quarters of a Superbowl. Can't be a fluke, surely?

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 44

GRADE B+
The basic rankings don't tell the full story here. This draft certainly has potential. Only the Browns in Offense Points can be seen as potential non-scorers. Pretty good work from the 23rd spot on the draft.


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#24 SUPERSLATTS CONCORDES
The Concordes picks were automated (where's the fun in that??) so the draft grade for them is downgraded slightly because they had no thought put into it. Teh auto-picks resultd in the biggest jump in rankings, from pre-draft #24 to post-draft #11, which makes it look good. So how does it really look?

1st ROUND
#2 ranked Giants in Defense Points. The Giants will have another decent defense this season.

2nd ROUND
#8 ranked Colts in Offense Points. Horrible option given the Colts situation. The came the #8 ranked Texans in Rushing Yards. The Texans are much more about defense than offense this season, although Lamar Miller adds rushign options.

3rd ROUND
#30 Bills QB Yards and #25 Rams Sacks/Ints. The Rams might be a bit of a dark horse and it's feasible Tyrod Taylor, if remaining fit, could have a couple of three pointers.

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 60

GRADE C
On last year's rankings, looks fair but the Colts are awful and the Bills won't amount to much. Giants and possibly Rams for points in this.


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#25 GMAN84 APACHES
Two seasons, two division championships. What do get for that? A crap draft chance...

1st ROUND
That New England defense is good, and it's where the Apaches go for a #18 Patriots pick in Sacks/Int. A wise move considering the best of everything else had gone by now.

2nd ROUND
Offense was on the cards for the Apaches here because they passed over three higher-ranked teams to take the #18 ranked Seahawks in Offense Points, no doubt under the opinion that Wilson will be beter this season. That was followed by #31 Rams in Rushing Yards. The Apaches clearly had their eye on this one because there was a bunch of options above the Rams in rushing - twelve in total. Todd Gurley has a weight on his shoulders - a bunch of Apaches!

3rd ROUND
#29 Chargers Defense Points (don't laugh), and the #31 Rams in QB Yards. Neither scored last year and probably won't this season either, although the Rams might have a squeak.

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 31

GRADE B-
Ok, three of these never scored a single Armoury point last season, but that doesn't fly here as this is a very fair draft at 25th, even if the Apaches do drop from #25 to BOTTOM of the post-draft rankings!


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#26 CHIPMONK CHARGERS
He asked for the draft grading to be kind, but we'll see about that! The Chargers dropped a couple of places to #28 in the post-draft ranking. Those are based on the OFL pool ranking on last year's performances, so have the Chargers found a gem or two from a rotten draft position?

1st ROUND
Even for the first round it's now beginning to look like the best options are gone, but the Chargers take the #3 ranked Titans in Rushing Yards. DeMarco Murray and the huge Derrick Henry boost the Tennessee running game no end. It's a smart pick, whether deliberate or not!

2nd ROUND
The #17 Offense Points pick of the Dolphins has little appeal with Tannehill out for the season. You'd hardly really think an unfit ex-retired Jay Cutler can rack up the necessary points. QB Yards was next for the Chargers as they picked #23 Dallas Cowboys. Dak Prescott looks good, but despite the good rookie season he never scored points in this pool. That means he has to be even better.

3rd ROUND
Nothing outstanding here as the barrel begins to dry up. #24 Bears in Defense Points and #32 Jets in Sacks/Ints, even if they did score 17 Armoury points between them last season.

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 55

GRADE C-
Points will be expected from the Titans and grabbing an excellent #3 from 26th in the draft stops the D grade, but it may just be too difficult to judge exactly when the others might score, even Dak.


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#27 DANBRADLEY BOBCATS
Nothing like getting thrown in at the deep end, is there? Not only a rookie team, never played before, but faced with, well, nothing on the draft! Could the Bobcats find some sort of points potential from the dregs of the remaining choices?

1st ROUND
They could have had the #3 Packers from Sacks/Ints but instead the Bobcats went for the next-best available team for that, by now, essential one team that might score in the #4 ranked Broncos in Defense Points. It's a quality choice as the Denver defense should be at least as good as 2016.

2nd ROUND
If you like Andy Dalton then the #15 Bengals in QB Yards will appeal to you, but is he any good for this pool? 9 points last season, and little to offer up for extra hope. The remaining 2nd round Bobcats pick went to the #12 ranked Jets in Rushing Yards. It was the best available in the pool. Perhaps that's all can be said.

3rd ROUND
Jets again (is the Bobcats coach a masochist??) with the #30 ranked in Offense Points, the Bobcats draft wrapping up with the #29 ranked Saints in Sacks/Ints. Terrible options remained for the Bobcats in round three, so these are most definitely hopefuls only!

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 57

GRADE C+
All five picks actually scored Armoury points last season, which resulted in the Bobcats jmping up five spost to a post-draft ranking of #22, but the grading is based on what you can realise this season from where you were in the draft. Denver is a solid pick which will produce points. Little was left to choose from after that.


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#28 RAIDER22 PAIN
We're now into the elite - the top five OFL teams of 2016. The price for their success? A tough 2017 trying to win games with chances of Armoury points likely relying on a single team - the 1st round pick. The Pain's picks were automated and so the post-draft ranking jump 11 places to #17 might not be quite as good as first looks.

1st ROUND
The best available - #3 ranked Packers in Sacks/Ints. This is where the Pain will likely see
points, although probably not that many.

2nd ROUND
#13 ranked Chiefs in Offense Points, and #12 ranked Ravens in QB Yards. With defense the strong point for both these teams in 2017 the chances of Armoury points for the Pain look bleak.

3rd ROUND
All that could be added were the #28 Ravens in Rushing Yards and the #28 Jets in Defense Points. Talk about bad! Just as well, at this stage, the draft grade doesn't take into account the poorness of 3rd round picks!

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 35

GRADE D
Although the Pain might not have done much better had they made their own picks, the automated ones were pretty bad. All five of these might have scored points last season but chances appear much worse this time round.


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#29 UNDERTHEROBE INDIANS
Like the Pain, one chance for a half decent pick before scraping the barrel in the remaining two rounds. Our Indians are one of the shrewdest outfits so what could they come up with in a draft that saw them drop 2 place to #31 in hte post-draft rankings?

1st ROUND
A tactical move saw the Indians Head Coach look beyond a number of higher-ranked teams to focus in on the #13 ranked Raiders in QB Yards. Derek Carr is a class QB with a great arm and this offense promises much in 2017. Smart pick!

2nd ROUND
#16 ranked Eagles in Offense Points plus the #28 ranked Jags in Sacks/Ints. The way the draft evolved presented the 29th team in the draft with a #16 ranked pick, and not only that, one with great potential to score points with added pass potential in the off-season.

3rd ROUND
Fate dealt the Indians two automated picks for round three - not that there was a heck of a lot to choose from! They got the #29 ranked Giants in Rushing Yards and the #30 ranked Browns in Defense Points. Had they been able to make thoer own picks, there was nothng better in the pot.

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 26

GRADE A
At 29th nothing was expected from the 3rd round, so the draft grade is based on rounds 1 and 2 and the Indians got two peaches from three picks at the foot of the draft! That has to be given an A grade.


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#30 TOUCHDOWNTIPS REDHAWKS
The Redhawks had automated picks and 'take what's left' picks in the draft, but it still lifted them up 7 places to #23 in the post-draft rankings. Did it produce a good draft grade though?

1st ROUND
An automated pick, taking the best available option acros all pools, gave the Redhawks the #4 ranked 49ers in Rushing Yards. That may well come down to Carlos Hyde unless Joe Williams turns into a star. You'd think it highly unlikely though, and in all probability that #4 ranking was flateering. No-one else was interestd in them!

2nd ROUND
The Bears for QB Yards, ranked #14, and the #13 Lions in Defense Points make little appeal in those areas. Cutler wasn't great but he was surely better than Glennon will be at QB, and the Lions D? Awful

3rd ROUND
Oh that automation! Bears again, this time for Offense Points - ranked #34, and finally the #30 Browns in Sacks/Ints - only because that was the last remaining team in the pool!

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 29

GRADE D-
It's hard to see where any points can come from this draft, unless the 49ers can produce a top-ten rushing outfit. Unlikely.


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#31 STEVELIVERPOOL BETHS BILLS
You reach a Superbolg, and it's pure elation. Ok you lose out but you're still the NFC Champions, then your attention turns to the next draft - and a cold shiver of realisation runs down your spine...

1st ROUND
Must do something here, it's the only hope. The Bills decide to stick with a definite - the Vikings defense and a pick of the #5 ranked outfit in Sacks/Ints. It's a pretty fair pick, although they did have the option of the #4 Broncos in the same pool or, in Defense Points, the #5 Cowboys or those same Vikings at #6.

2nd ROUND
Cam Newton could have a better season, and the Bills will hope for that after taking the #22 Panthers in QB Yards, followed by the #25 Seahawks in Rushing Yards. These were specific picks for the Bills as they had higher options in each pool. Maybe this is why a team reaches a Superbolbg?

3rd ROUND
No option but to take the last team in Offense Points, the #32 Rams, but a choice of the last two in Defense Points, either the #31 Saints or the #32 49ers. Choose your poison... it was the Saints!

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 38

GRADE C+
It does look like the Bills had a short-list they could choose from given some of their picks. Have they gone with the right teams? The Vikings will be stout in defense but will it be for points or the chosen Sacks/ints? You can't expect anything from the round three picks although the Rams might just surprise, but those round two picks looked planned, and taking the Seahawks in Rushing Yards might be smart. Newton, though, may only be as good as Greg Olsen is at catching. However, from 2nd last in the draft, the suspicion is the Bills head coach has a smile on his face. They rise one place to #30 in the post-draft rankings


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#32 JOHNO COLTS
It sucks to be the Superbolg Champion - at draft time, that is. But the Colts head coach doesn;t care about that - they have the Portno Trophy! And they jump three places in the post-draft rankings to #29!

1st ROUND
This had to be good - it might be the only chance the Colts have to get Armoury points. The pick was the #4 Broncos in Sacks/Ints. The Denver D will be one of the best in the NFL and the Colts avoide the likes of Dallas, Minnesota, Kansas, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Houston in Defense Points to take them in pool five.

2nd ROUND
The #20 Lions in Offense Points and #21 Broncos in QB Yards joined the Colts roster. The Lions are much more the interesting of the pair with Matt Stafford a throwing machine. The QB situation in Denver does not look at all like it can produce points here.

3rd ROUND
You're last to go, so you get the two that are left. That's it. The #30 Lions in Rushing Yards (do they have any running backs??), and the #32 49ers in Defense Points. Safe to say nothing will be expected from these!

POINTS SCORED BY DRAFT PICKS LAST SEASON: 39

GRADE B-
Ok, so your last, so you really don;t expect to get anything, but it actually turns out not that bad under the circumstances. Certain chances with the Denver defense, and the Lions are always capable of getting into a shoot-out with a team, so that's just enough to sneak a B-
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Re: OFL VIII SEASON PREVIEW - THE DRAFT

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Re: OFL VIII SEASON PREVIEW - DRAFT ASSESSMENT

Postby Jim Brown » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:19 pm

Cheers for posting this, Chip! It was an interesting exercise, and happy to help out :win:

For those reading, it's a mix of serious and tongue-in-cheek - just like always in the OFL! :D

The grades - let me explain a little. Obviously the #1 position and the #32 position will have wildly different drafts and potential with the #1 pick having a much better chance of doing better, so in order to be balanced the grade represents how good the team did from the position they were in, and in many cases - especially down the list - the round three picks had much less influence on the grade. The Colts for example had zero choice in round three, they got the last two teams left, so those two picks had zero influence on the Colts grade, which was based on rounds 1 and 2.

The grade itself was partly based on the OFL rankings of the NFL teams in each pool, how the NFL teams did in the actual NFL draft, and how that equates to potential for the new season. Also how tactical the OFL team was in picking which pool and when. Teams who had automated picks (simply best-available being applied) were marked down one level in the grade.

Feel free to slag off the assessor if you think he did a bad job with your grade! :P
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Re: OFL VIII SEASON PREVIEW - DRAFT ASSESSMENT

Postby titans choice » Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:10 pm

Good job Jim i have to say i am well happy with my draft grade fingers crossed they can get me some much needed points during the season.Could be a tough first season for Touchdown Tips with some tough armoury cards to pick from but Raider must be well pleased with his 2nd round pick of the Chiefs offense if they can perform like they did against New England most weeks.

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Re: OFL VIII SEASON PREVIEW - DRAFT ASSESSMENT

Postby TouchdownTips » Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:28 pm

Amazing amount of work that's gone into this. Brilliant!

"GRADE D-
It's hard to see where any points can come from this draft, unless the 49ers can produce a top-ten rushing outfit. Unlikely."

That pretty much sums up my thoughts when I looked at it yesterday! Not a good lot of cards to choose from

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Re: OFL VIII SEASON PREVIEW - DRAFT ASSESSMENT

Postby Gman84 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:40 pm

I'm not too worried about my grade, which I think is fair, picking in the bottom half you are going to be left with the so called "dregs" so it's trying to work out who is undervalued or can make big improvements.

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Re: OFL VIII SEASON PREVIEW - DRAFT ASSESSMENT

Postby Jim Brown » Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:26 pm

How does everyone feel about their draft picks after one week of real action? I'm well chuffed with the Ravens defense - I have them on both defense points and sacks/ints, so that's a plus going forward. The Giants offense on the other hand was pretty toothless last night against the Cowboys. Sure Beckham didn't play but I wonder how much better they might have been even if he had. The didn't play Engram half as much as I'd hoped they did. Wondering now if this pick is going to be a dud!

The Falcons QB Yards almost got into points last night, and I can see that pick getting points against suitable defenses. My other pick was the Vikings at Rushing Yards and I'll out tonight if that pick confirms the speculative nature of it. Against the Saints defense, if they have running back talent it should surely show up here.
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