May 12, 2014
Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.
May 7, 2014
In our yearly tradition, I partnered up with Robby Engle to create our final mock draft of the year. This mock includes two trades, though we expect more than that.
49ers trade pick 30 and pick 56 to Ravens for pick 17 Jaguars trade pick 39 and pick 105 to Seattle for pick 32
April 20, 2014
As a fun holiday gift, here’s a brand new mock draft that includes some major trades. In this mock, the 49ers have clearly made the decision to plan for life without Aldon Smith and make a major move all the way up to #2 to grab Jadeveon Clowney. To do this, they give St. Louis picks 30 (Round 1), 56 (Round 2), 77 (Round 3) and 2015’s 1st round pick. Pick 56 was obtained by the 49ers from Kansas City and pick 77 came from Tennessee, so even after this trade, they still have three picks in rounds 2-3 (61, 94 and 100). Since the Rams already hold the 13th pick in the draft, they’re happy to continue to build their young and talented team through the draft.
Minnesota moves back to #13 and still picks up Teddy Bridgewater. The Rams chose to move up from #13 after just trading (read more…)
April 18, 2014
Putting together a mock draft of your own? Here’s a handy cheat sheet to help you quickly examine a team’s needs, what picks they have to use and/or trade as well as links to the team’s depth chart on Our Lads! There are only a few weeks left until the 2014 NFL Draft, so time to finish up those last minute mock drafts!
Don’t forget to check out the Draft Value Chart, thanks to our friends at Our Lads!
April 24, 2013
Well, could there have been a harder mock to create? Probably not. There’s a good chance that this year, a higher percentage (than usual) of mock drafts will be completely wrong. So we decided to stray from our normal “no trade predictions” and threw a few in. Even if we’re 100% wrong, what would the day before the draft be without a frantic, last minute mock draft? : )
1. Kansas City Chiefs Luke Joeckel – OT – Texas A&M It’s a toss up whether or not KC will select Joeckel or Fisher here, so our predictions could be off to a great, or terrible start. 2. Jacksonville Jaguars Eric Fisher – OT – Central Michigan The Jags would love to trade out of this spot but if they’re forced to stay, why not get a top tier LT? Fisher would play RT for a year but with Eugene Monroe’s (read more…)
August 21, 2012
Originally posted at NFL Draft Geek.
Once again, we are clearly shown by the 2009 NFL Draft, just how much of an uncertainty the NFL Draft really is. Everybody thinks they are getting a superstar with their 1st round pick, but the truth is, only about 17% of 1st Round Picks make multiple Pro-Bowls. This year stuck right to that mold, as currently, only 6 of the 32 1st Round Picks have made the Pro-Bowl (18%). Four out of the first 7 Picks were total busts, but the “Bust Rate” (F) wasn’t too terrible (25%) Compared to a usual average of 30%. The “Hit Rate” (B or Higher) was actually pretty high, at 46%. However, the real problem with this draft class proved to be a severe lack of depth, with very few “Gems” found in the later rounds. After Round One, you can (read more…)
May 28, 2012
Fantasy Football Mastermind, one of our partner sites, provides year-round fantasy football coverage. This week, Michael Nazarek is taking a look at the AFC and NFC North teams. For more great fantasy football information, check out Fantasy Football Mastermind.
It’s time to take a closer look at the North Division teams to see how they are shaping up in May. Let’s get right to it…
Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens had another successful season in 2010, but failed to make it to the big game. QB Joe Flacco returns as the starter, but has yet to reach that elite level as a fantasy starter or a Super Bowl champion. In fantasy terms, he’s still a solid fantasy backup in most leagues. I don’t see that changing much in 2012. The sportsbook review indicates that the backup position at QB is shaky with QB Curtis (read more…)
April 25, 2012
Hoping to get back to our championship form at The Huddle Report, Rob Engle and I put our heads together for our final mock draft of the season. After many, many scenario shifts, we decided on 32 picks that felt right…or at least as close to it as possible.
1. Indianapolis Colts — Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford
Not a lot to say here since everyone knows this is a done deal.
2. Washington Redskins — Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor
At least we should be getting two right!
3. Minnesota Vikings — Matt Kalil – OT – USC
We don’t buy for a second that the Jets are going to trade up to 3 for Richardson. However, we do think the Vikings are dying to move out of the #3 spot. The best possible suitor would be Tampa Bay in a move for Richardson and Minnesota (read more…)
April 20, 2012
The Play the Draft® game (FRX-Football) is simple to play. (Don’t let the “stock market” lingo make you think the game is more difficult than it actually is.)
Your goal is to find “draft stocks” that you believe are undervalued
Add the most undervalued stocks to your team/fund, using the $12 million “rookie salary cap” with which all teams/funds begin play. Check your team/fund often, as stock prices are adjusted daily as NFL Draft analysts update their mock drafts based on new information. You can change the draft stocks in your team/fund at any time until 2 hours before the start of the NFL Draft at 7pm EST on April 26, 2012. Then, while watching the NFL Draft, see where the athletes in your team/fund are selected and compare your team/fund value to those of your friends.
Every athlete competing for selection in the first 3 rounds (read more…)
April 19, 2012
We’re only a week away from the real deal, so time to get those last minute mock drafts in. While this isn’t the FINAL mock draft I (or any other DB staff writer) will be posting, it’s another conversation piece to discuss some alternate ideas for your favorite team’s selections.
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford The Colts go with Luck to rebuild their franchise.
2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor No surprises here.
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil – LT – Southern Cal The Vikings will do what they can to trade down, but Kalil is their guy.
4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson – RB – Alabama Offensive weapons are badly needed and you have to be able to run the ball in the AFCN.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne – CB – LSU With so many questions surrounding Aquib Talib, (read more…)