What if? NFL Draft edition

Aside from my love of everything American Football, I am a huge nerd, in particular a comic nerd. When I’m not watching Peyton Manning throwing wobbly passes, I’m reading through (catching up on), X-Men, or hitting the internet to make sure I caught all the easter eggs in the new Daredevil TV series (which is very good by the way). When I was a kid I was particularly enamoured with a Marvel Series called “What If?” So I thought now would be a perfect time to combine my 2 loves and do my 2 favourite NFL draft “What Ifs?”

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Make or break time for the NFL in the UK?

For the past 8 years, UK based fans of the NFL have enjoyed seeing regular season games on home turf courtesy of the NFL’s International Series.

17 different teams have graced Wembley Stadium since the Series’ inception and, with the Bills and Chiefs also set to make their London debuts in 2015, those franchises who haven’t played a game in London will be firmly in the minority.

But could 2015 be a make or break year for the future of the NFL in London?

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Episode 73:
65 tonnes of American pride

We are back with the second half of our mock draft so strap your ears in, we’re making some picks. Canyonero!

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Episode 72:
I have faith in Manziel

This week we kick off the first part of our epic mock draft, along with asides into who has the best walk-on music and some possibly-to-be-regretted words from Dan.

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What to do with Shaq Thompson

Draft and Free Agency

One of the things I am enjoying about this year’s draft is the potential storylines that are emerging. No one knows where Mariota will go for example, in mock drafts I’ve seen him taken from no. 2- to no. 20. The Raiders have a chance to pick up a legitimate weapon, but will it be Kevin White or Amari Cooper, 2 players that both have very little downside. But for me the most interesting story is that of Shaq Thompson, in particular, where he will end up and at what position.

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In the line of fire

Guest Post by Simon of Four Minute Drill(@headedforhades)

 

There are a lot of demands on an NFL Head Coach’s attention, even now. Off-season workouts are getting under way, the Draft is looming large, and there are new playing and coaching staff to get up to speed with your philosophies and ideas.

Training camp follows shortly thereafter, tough decisions need to be made to thin the herd for the final 53-man roster, and then a few pre-season games to assess progress. All of this before the first ball is thrown in anger and the regular season gets underway.

For some Head Coaches, however, their attention (at least in part) will be drawn even further down the road that is the 2015 season.

All the way to Black Monday.

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2015 mock draft: part 2

Part 1 had me deal with the ‘Mariota issue’, which could see him going anywhere from 1-16, I don’t think it’s been this hard to predict where a player lands in a long time. Part 2 is a little more predictable, but sees several teams reaching to pick up players that would perfectly fill a hole. If you want a recap you can check out part 1 here

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breaking the .500

Guest Post by Simon of Four Minute Drill(@headedforhades)

From a statistical standpoint, there is one yardstick by which teams can be roughly measured at the end of the season as having had either something of a successful year, or one that was rather lacking – the 8-8 record. A record which means teams have demonstrated either consistent inconsistency, or a violent mid-season swing of form.

A season that more often than not would be described as, well, average.

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Episode 71:
If it looks like a catch, it’s a catch

We’re back for another undisciplined ramble through all the North and South AFC and NFC free agency business so far. Plus – your favourite bushes, and we try to deal with the One Direction lineup change.

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2015 NFL Mock draft: Part 1

It’s that time of year again where we needlessly speculate about this year’s crop of college draftees and try to predict what NFL teams are actually thinking. Regardless we do this for 2 reasons. 1. It means we can familiarise ourselves with the future stars of the NFL and where we think they would be the best fit. 2. It’s fun. We’ve been without American Football for nearly 2 months. This gives us something to talk about and to speculate wildly about how good we think teams will be 5 months before the Season even starts.

Anyway this mock draft will be based around teams needs more than ability of players, which might see players drop down the list that might have been thought to be top picks, which leads me to my final point.

This is just my opinion. I don’t have any inside knowledge, I don’t have any say in what teams will do, it’s just what I think we may see happen at the end of April. That being said, I’d love to hear your opinion on it, so hit us up on facebook, twitter or email.

Anyway lets get started.

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