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  1. Any NFL player ranking that has Mahomes at #4 is a joke. You could argue Lamar had an excellent regular season while Mahomes was injured for the most part. Yet even when considering the injury, Mahomes should be no lower than #2.
  2. At first glance I thought football. But imo it's a rhetoric question. Can't be answered correctly. Just like there are people who excel in mathematics or learning a new language, there are people who grasp football easily and for some it's too complex. I played soccer and football at ambitious amateur level. Anybody with the necessary physical tools can become a good football player, even make it in the NFL. We see it all the time, kids from Africa with no knowledge of the game turn into NFL stars within a few years. Or kids from Europe who haven't heard of football until high school. As for lower level football, if you are very fast or very big/strong, you can make an immediate impact when it comes to amateur play. Hand the ball to a very fast guy who doesn't even know how to hold it and has no vision, but because he's fast as lightning he may still score. Put some big strong ox on the OL/DL and let him bury his opponent, even if he has no clue about hand placement and other technique. Soccer seems easier when you watch it. Just run around and kick the ball lol. But it's so much more complex to the point that pro soccer players have classroom meetings just as much as in football. Especially in countries like Italy where it's all about tactics. There is more freelancing in soccer of course, but lots of players movement when in possession is drawn up. Basically the whole defensive phase/movement when out of possession is schemed. I lived in Italy for some time and I can tell you even the lowest amateur teams practice tactics way more intense than your average park football team. Ideally you attack and defend as one unit in soccer. Nowadays in soccer, you have to be really dominant in attack to be able to afford not contributing in the defending phase. Maybe you can have 2 or 3 defenders who stay back all the time if you have good attackers. Then there is that: you can't become good at soccer if you start later than at child's age, even if you have worldclass athletic traits. Controlling and passing the ball is an art that requires lots of natural talent and lifelong practice. If you are weak with the ball at your feet, you have no place in soccer. Even goalkeepers these days need to be decent with the ball at their feet. In football you can take a physical freak, scheme him some touches and let his speed take over. He will understand his job in no time. But in soccer, regardless of position, you need the feel for the game and tactical knowledge in both attack and defense, as well as in counter and transition. There is no time in between plays that a coach can tell you what exactly to do. Each situation is different. You will identify a soccer player that's totally lost on the field much easier than in football. That's obviously only true for the competitive game, be it amateur or pro. You can play 5 vs 5 soccer or casual football in the park just at any age, size and next to none knowledge of the game.
  3. I like Hodgins over Gabriel Davis fwiw.
  4. Opinions on Delpit are all over the place. I think he can be great, but he could bust if put into a bad spot. What scheme do the Browns run and what would be the most likely role of Delpit?
  5. Kirk Merritt has a good shot to see the field as far as UDFA Rookies go. The Dolphins aren't deep at WR to begin with, yet they didn't draft a WR. Merritt is a SPARQ freak and actually has good hands. If not for a couple of nudist incidents, we'd be talking about a day 2 talent out of a major programme. Adrian Killins is my 2nd adopted UDFA. He is what the Eagles envisioned when they picked Pumphrey. They have some backs behind Miles Sanders, but the pecking order is tbd. None of their backs have the Electric speed of Killins. Could immediately step in as their return guy and get some change of pace work.
  6. Another KJ is the polar opposite: KJ Hamler has UDFA hands and late round size, but elite 1st round burst, agility and speed to burn.
  7. Throw in Josiah Scott alongside Amik Robertson. Scott might actually be even stickier in coverage and athletically more gifted. Both should be among the best nickels in the NFL by year 2. Idk why teams in a league dominated by slot WRs and nickel being the main defense - still undervalue that position. It's much more important than your 3rd LB or IDL, yet it doesn't show in the draft process.
  8. What happened to Isaiah Hodgins? He was my sleeper and should've been a mid round pick. He almost fell out of the 6th! He has arguably the best hands and body control in the draft class. The 4.6 flat wasn't shocking, and for the type of WR he is, it's not the worst time. His agility and jump/explosion numbers were really good and much better than most expected. He can run some really advanced routes for a guy this tall. Long arms as well, natural late hands to make incredible catches look like routine. Needs a bit more strength, but he is just 21 years old. He doesn't win with brute power anyway, he is a sophisticated WR, jump ball artist and RZ threat. I just have good vibes about him. Not sure about the Bills landing him, but he might become Josh Allen's best friend when he realizes that Hodgins can save him on those errant throws he makes.
  9. You could absolutely be right. We see it each and every year. Where was Burrow a year ago? Surefire 1st rounders take nosedives, borderline draftable prospects vault themselves into high 1st round territory. Fields could put up a bigger show than Lawrence, who could stagnate, struggle with injuries, or just be dissected under the microscope. I can already hear the critics that he is a throw it up for grabs QB rather than a sophisticated passer. Lance could put up a season for the ages and if Lawrence doesn't improve on his stats, we might already have a discussion. Don't forget about Fields who could break records and take another leap as well and make a run for that top spot.
  10. This is the same smoke and mirrors as all the predraft chatter. Team officials and sources will always try to appease the fanbase, underlining how big of a steal all their picks were. I can't remember the last time when Steve Keim of the Cardinals didn't come out after the draft claiming they had a 1st round grade on their 3rd round pick. Actually this year he may be right with Josh Jones. So basically all teams in the 1st are on record that they got a top 5 or top 10 prospect. You hear it each and every year. And in the mid and late rounds, you always hear how this player stood out from the rest of the pool, and how nobody could believe he is available. Please do yourself a favor don't buy that stuff anymore lol. Boards are different, no doubt. But don't believe things like Ayiuk, who i like, was the 1st WR on the 49ers board, or that each team that drafted a 1st round OT (or at least the top 4 OTs) magically got exactly the OT they had ranked highest. Smoke and mirrors!
  11. Without offseason on-field practice but also in general, I believe it's wise that they don't overload him. He is a freakish athlete and very smart, but regardless it's a big jump in play speed and scheme complexity. Flip flopping between positions could hurt his development. Reddick and Bucannon were two recent 1st round picks by the Cards - nowhere near as talented as Simmons - that were hurt by switching between positions early on in their careers. Reddick looked more natural at 3-4 OLB last year, he was lost in space off the ball. Bucannon was drafted to be a forceful SS, then jumped in at LB and had early success, before opponents took advantage of his small size at LB. Simmons should learn the LB Position next to Hicks. He can actually rush the QB, spy on the QB, drop back into coverage, cover the slot, use his sideline to sideline range, and match up with TEs that have killed the Cardinals in recent years. All from the LB spot. Eventually we could see him off the edge or Shadowing Kittle no matter where the 49ers move him. He will for sure spy on Russell Wilson. In the end, it's all coaches speak that shouldn't have any weight. Considering the Cardinals have been killed by TEs and especially Kittle, the deadly outside zone run schemes of the Rams and 49ers, and how many times Russell Wilson torched them outside the pocket - I've never seen an elite prospect that matched need + BPA + being a perfect fit to counter the biggest threats in the division.
  12. As I take pride in lead blockers, kudos to James Develin on a great career! A serious neck injury at a position where forceful collisions are your bread and butter, so it was a wise decision by him. Apparently he could've toughed it out but after the 2 opening games he knew that he couldn't play at his desired level anymore. At that point he made up his mind to hang em up. Tbh Develin was lucky to get picked up by the Pats who love Fullbacks and know how to use them. Strong as an ox and mentally tough, Develin hardly ever missed one of his targets when paving the way for his RB and when possible he dished out big blows. Legendary and never forgotten will be their 2018 Superbowl winning season in which he had a career high 6 carries for 4 TDs! Hats off to the last true lead blocker who couldn't be denied once you were in his strike zone!
  13. Came here to write about him. I didn't really know him until I watched tape today and I'm impressed. All I knew from various scouting reports that he had long arms and one of the most reliable hands in the draft. But what me actually impressed me most are his feet. I love his feet! He makes amazing ballerina tip-toe Santonio catches look effortless. It's no coincidence he makes them regularly and makes them look routine. His routes are delicious! Idk why this hasn't been brought up yet. Maybe it's bias because WRs with his body type are usually clumsy route runners. The sharpness of his cuts is nothing short of incredible for a tall WR like him, and he is very advanced in setting up his routes. I studied all the top WRs closely and Hodgins' route variety is the best in the class. Dominated against bigger programmes. So with excellent hands, body control, toe drag swag and route running, I can't agree that he is a jack of all trades/master of none. He doesn't offer anything after the catch as evidenced by his 4.6 40. But his jump and agility drills are very good. Plays stronger than he looks, especially at the catch point, but for a guy like him adding strength is important. If he finds his way on the field for the Bills, his catch radius and late adjustment ability to poor passes will be a blessing for Josh Allen. John Brown and Diggs will open up the offense and Hodgins could take advantage of it. I like him much more than the Bills first WR drafted Gabriel Davis. In many other classes or if he clocks in the 4.5 range, Hodgins is a no-brainer 2nd day pick.
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    UDFA mega thread

    Kirk Merritt will be a steal for the Dolphins and make some plays on his freakish athletcism alone. It's not like their WR unit is stacked or consistent at all. If he finds his way on the field watch out! Note that the Dolphins didn't select any WRs in this stacked class and they certainly needed a WR or two. Finally, don't underestimate Merritt developing good chemistry with Tua. Not so much that they are in the same rookie class, which helps though, but because they will get plenty reps together as they will run behind starters. For those who don't know Merritt: He played his freshman season at Oregon, then had some nudist incidents at Texas A&M. Dominated at mighty Arkansas State in the last 2 seasons. His pro day numbers at 6'0" 215, verified by well-known former pro scout Josh Cox: 4.33 in the 40, 4.05 shuttle, 23 BP reps, 45.5 vertical!
  15. It feels like in recent drafts including this one, there was a clear top tier of less than 20 players* and then at least 50 or 60 fairly equal prospects. Things like scheme fit and age are the deciding factor in those cases. E.g. Baun is a questionable scheme fit for most teams and on the older side of prospects (plus durability concerns). I could easily name 10 players selected in the 3rd that could have gone in the 1st without anybody questioning the selection. Especially if the scheme fit and/or need was right. The vast majority of 2nd rounders fit that description as well. But to me it's even more impressive how many great prospects fell to the 3rd and I'm sure quite a few of them will make a 1st round impact. If I'm a GM of a team picking in the bottom third, unless a gem falls to me, I'd trade down to stockpile 2nd and 3rd rounders all day long! The 5th year option in the 1st is nice, but then again who knows what happens in 4 years? That said, the teams that are most known for this approach, SEA and NE, draft even more scheme specific than the other 30 teams. So what they get out of this usually doesn't look like a "steal" on paper, but you get my point. And then imo late 1st round selections are as likely to bust as a prospects who fell into the 2nd. Higgins and Pittman are gonna be really good pros, while some of the 1st round WRs will bust. Seems that nobody needed a WR late in the 1st, so the Bengals and Colts got nice steals. My love for stockpiling day 2 selections, 5th year option be damned, is underlined when you look at so-called projects players in any round. As a GM you can't get into thinking too far down the road. 2 bad drafts and you are basically done unless you got great reputation already, which only a handful of GMs have. Even projects should be ready to contribute in year 2 imo, if they don't contribute by year 3 the pick has failed and that's true 95% of the time. *As for the top tier of less than 20 players, you could divide them into further tiers to seperate the elite blue chippers from the solid mid 1st round prospects.
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