Dan’s Mock Draft 2017

Before I start I should stress that I don’t claim to be a draftnik, although I have spent a lot of time watching a good chunk of this year’s potential draftees. So why would I spend time doing a mock draft, something that is ultimately pointless? Well the short answer is,  I enjoyed it. I do at least one every year and after researching for our draft pod trilogy (well worth checking out by the way), I thought it might be interesting to put some names with teams.

Anyway let us know what you think (@gridirongents). The whole reason we do this is for you guys after all.

Let’s start with the obvious…

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Episode 164:
The 2017 Draft: Defense

Part 2 of our 2017 Draft trilogy and it’s a cosy affair as Dan and Simon look at the defensive prospects. It’s a deep pool this year. Who will we have making our Top 5 listings?

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Episode 163:
The 2017 Draft: Offense

We’ve lured over tapes, measured the measurables and changed our big board more times than our underwear as we start our 2017 Draft Trilogy. This week we look at the offensive prospects (minus QBs) and nail down our Top 5 in each group.

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Free Agency Difference Makers: NFC

With Free Agency well in to its second week, there have been plenty of player movements to digest and dissect.

Having looked at all 16 teams in the AFC, it’s time to turn the spotlight on to the NFC and which players I think will be making an impact for their new team in 2017.

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Free Agency Difference Makers: AFC

It has been an eventful Free Agency period to start the new NFL year, and there have been some big money deals handed out (not always to players you would expect, either!) and some bargain pick-ups.

Over the course of this and my next post, I’ll single out the one addition I think will have the biggest impact for each team as we head in to the 2017 season. I’ll discount those free agents that re-signed with their current team, as it’s obvious keeping key personnel on your roster can be a difference maker.

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What price Garoppolo?

Let’s talk about Jimmy Garoppolo and let’s talk specifically about Jimmy Garoppolo and the Cleveland Browns.  I’ll start with the premise that sending their 12th overall pick to New England for Garoppolo would be madness, insanity of the highest order. Any team sending a first rounder to Foxboro for Garoppolo is hugely over paying. Let me put it this way:

•    Matt Cassel
•    Brian Hoyer
•    Ryan Mallet
•    Kliff Kingsbury
•    Jacoby Brisett
•    Kevin O’Connell
•    Matt Guitierrez

The above list of woe is back up quarterbacks drafted by the Patriots while Tom Brady has been starting quarterback in New England.  I’m not suggesting that Garoppolo is better or worse than any of this bunch, in fact two of them are pretty successful coaches so they obviously teach you something up there.  It’s not a question of whether or not he’s better than them at all.

The point I’m getting at is that he was drafted 62nd overall, and he hasn’t yet thrown 100 NFL passes yet. That sample size is very small to suggest he’s added 50 picks worth of significant draft capital. Not moving from 200 to 150 capital, first round high cost capital.  His stats and his play  when he has seen the field has been very good but this is further skewed by the fact he’s playing for playing for the NFLs best team in a system known to be friendly to quarterbacks with quick passes out of the backfield and across the middle of the field.

The system in question also produced the other quarterbacks on that list and while Matt Cassel had some relative success he struggled to hold down a starting job.  Brian Hoyer has steadily improved over he last 5 seasons (something to think about Bears fans, he may be worth re-signing) he has never started a whole season of games.  Ryan Mallet didn’t have the brain to back up the talent and with regards to the rest, the less said about the better. None of these players left New England significantly improved, in fact some took a step backwards.

When calculating how much draft capital to spend on Garoppolo it’s  a question of working out how far he is going to fall when he’s not playing for the reigning champions.  If you’re the Cleveland Browns and  If you’re desperate to sign him he’s  going to fall far because with Terrell Pryor on the street at the moment and nobody else of any note to throw the ball at you’re going to look pretty stupid if you ditch a first rounder for him.  Stupid enough to risk your job stupid.

I’ll say it too, I’m actually a fan of Cody Kessler, I find him easy to root for, he hasn’t thrown many Touchdowns, 6 in 9 games is disappointing but he’s careful with the football throwing just 2 picks and completing a respectable 65% of his passes.  It makes more sense to me to roll with the sophomore or RG3 and stock up on as many talented players as possible.  If possible trade backwards slightly from 12th overall and try and get some future draft capital for the 2018 draft. That capital can be spent moving around a deep quarterback draft next year, even with the best draft possible I’d still expect Cleveland to be picking high next year, so panicking in 2017 seems counterproductive.

There are some intriguing free agents that could be useful for 2017, Mike Glennon has shown flashes, Nick Foles is floating about.  They offer significantly less risk than taking a punt on Garoppolo and would allow you to use your precious and hard earned high picks.

If the Browns are desperate for Garoppolo then I’d open the offering  with the 52nd overall pick and a late rounder but I wouldn’t ditch a first rounder, history has two many warnings about Tom Brady’s backups.

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Episode 162:
Free Agency Madness!

The new league year is upon us, and that means one thing – money! We take a look at the early Free Agency moves and pick apart some of the early winners and losers.

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Unpopular Headlines of Every NFC Team.

Hello my name is Dan, and I’m a glutton for punishment.

Okay so I’m aware that all I’m really doing here is setting myself up for a lot of internet hate, but I just can’t help myself… I’ve gotta do it. I’ve got to get these “truths” (which are entirely based on my opinion) off my chest. We’re going to go division by division, with this post covering the 4 from the NFC, discussing some of the less popular stories for every single NFL team, including a few that are I believe are somewhat unnoticed as well as some that are the giant elephant in the room. Anyway to show that no one is safe in this and that there is 0 bias, let’s start with my team.

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Episode 161:
It’s getting Drafty!

The season is over, so it’s time to start the wild speculation and measuring of the measurables as we take an early look at a few teams with needs, and how they might fill them, either through the Draft or Free Agency.

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Episode 160:
“And the winner is…”

The season is all over (boo-hoo!) so we take a look back at one of the great Super Bowls and then open the coffee stained envelopes to hand out the annual Gridiron Gentlemen paper plate awards.

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