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2020-12-16

AFC Draft Grades S51

MBL Season 51 Draft Grades - AFC Analysis

 

Welcome to the Season 51 draft grades presented by the Draft Pros! Every season owners’ dreams live and die with the selection of new players, each owner hoping for that special player that will change the franchise for the better. Whether it's a top 10 pick or a late round gem, perhaps even a bust. The infusion of rookie talent is an exciting time for all. Without further ado, here are the criteria we use for grading:

 

Age - How young was your class, did you get guys that can grow quickly?

Talent - How good was your player, were you picking based on combine scores?

Value - Did you reach for your player or did you find a stud that fell in the draft?

Potential - Does this player have room to grow or are they pro-ready now?

Need - Was this a position of need or was it a best player available situation?


 

Bills-  Grade : B

 

The Bills were a team with few holes and found themselves in the enviable position of taking the best player available. They got things started late in the 1st with ASU C Leonard Way, this was a great spot to find a C in this draft and the Bills will like his pro-ready skillset. RB Jacoby Woodard was the next pick and frankly a luxury pick, the South Dakota product is known more for raw speed than RB skill set and he’ll be competing for snaps spot along with 4th rounder Doug Tatum. CB Zach Gay as the 3rd round pick and was very productive at CAL, he is a lock for the 3rd or 4th CB spot. The Bills rounded out the draft with some depth selections and overall had a very solid night.

 

Dolphins - Grade B-

 

The Dolphins came into this draft looking to add to a young team that continued its strong season last year. The Dolphins doubled down on safety the first two rounds selecting Mike Stephens and Manny Johnson. Stephhens looks the part but is a little raw technically. Many scouts think the Johnson pick was to provide a safety net in case things don’t work out , expect to see both played quite a bit. Defense was again the pick in the 2nd round, this time DE Charlie Booth. Nothing sexy here just a productive ACC player. He’ll provide nice depth and was solid value for a 2nd round selection. Moving to the 3rd the Fins picked up speedy AJ Woodard from Rice, again great value for the WR in the 3rd round. The Fins tripled down on Def picking OLB Jimmy Hayward and Harvard product John Harmon who will vie for spots on a shallow depth chart. The remainder of the draft was mostly depth and PS fodder. A solid effort, but nothing to get fans fired up.

 

Patriots - Grade : C-

 

The Patriots came into this draft down a 1st and weren’t really looking at a huge draft day. De Shaq Woods was the pick in the 2nd and not a guy that we’re very excited about, just a solid player. CB Cedric June of Clemson was their pick in the 3rd and our favorite pick of their draft by far. His speed will play in the NFL and scouts think he has some room to grow still. Much of the same can be said for teammate Jon Shepherd whom the Patriots also picked in the 5th. This wasn’t a strong effort overall and will be one the fans will want to forget. 

 

Jets - Grade: A

 

The Jets were armed with high picks in each round and they really made the most of them. Starting in the 1st the Jets nabbed CB Lonnie Perkins of Wisconsin whom scouts believe to be an elite man-to-man CB with smooth hips and great speed. Really nice pick. Somehow UGA DE Al Bond fell to the Jets in the 2nd and the space eating DE can play both inside and out with lots of room to grow. Great value to get him in the 2nd. Red Zone threat David Tate will be a nice target for Josh Rosen and was solid value in the late 1st. Some nice depth picks were made in the middle rounds but keep your eye on Oklahoma CB Alex Ramsay whom scouts believe was a huge steal in the 7th round. This was a very good draft for a Jets franchise in dire need of bigtime talent. 

 

 

Ravens-  Grade - B-

 

The Ravens had a lot to work with this draft in terms of capital. Baltimore did well to find DT Barry Hood out of Auburn in the 1st, Hood was the one of the highest rated DL in the draft and great value at the late 1st slot and he was very productive as a NT at AUB. He’ll slide into the DL rotation immediately. WR Lorenzo Fantl out of N Iowa was the pick in the 2nd and he’ll fight for snaps as the 3rd or 4th WR. Notre Dame WR Kendall Carr was a nice pickup based on potential alone in the 3rd and will provide another big target for Dwayne Haskins. OLB Jason Traynor of Penn State was the pick in the 2nd round and is pro-ready, he should see some run in nickel and dime packages as a pass rusher. The mid rounds were filled with depth selections and should help fill out the roster. This was a decent effort by Baltimore.

 

Bengals - Grade - D-

 

The Bengals were down multiple picks this draft and frankly it showed. The team punted on this years picks for proven talent and there isn’t much to say about this class. WR Clifton Stockton will try to work his way into a 4th WR role down the line but there is no impact player to watch from this class. Rough day for Cincy fans.

 

Browns - Grade - B+

 

CLE was armed with a few picks this draft and got things off to a great start in the 1st with MSU CB von Pryor, this was a great value pick and Pryor has a lot of room to grow scouts think. Texas G Elijah Walsh was a solid find in the 2nd and will move into a starting role for the Browns. In the 3rd DE Danny Shepherd was the pick out of Auburn and this was basically a best player available type scenario, Danny wont find much playing time but will have time to learn from some of the MBL’s best. Joshua Bates was a big CB out of Wake Forest and a solid zone CB that can’t really play well in man, so he’ll need to be used properly. Overall this was a great draft for CLE. 

 

Steelers - Grade - C+

 

The Steelers were down a 1st and were picking last, they certainly had their work ahead of them to win on draft night. They grabbed stud DT Gordon Kendricks with their 1st pick (64th) and he really showed how productive  he was at the MSU, he might be a starter and possible Pro Bowler. Frankly that was the best of the draft for Pitt and the remaining picks were depth and PS picks that will fight to make it on a SB winning roster. Not much else to say about this class. 

 




 

Broncos-  Grade - A-

 

Denver had a full complement of picks this draft and got things started in the 1st with DT Kion Alexander. Kion was one of the highest rated DTs in the draft and very solid value at #13 following a spectacular career at Texas Tech. Utes MLB Marlon Ware was the pick in the 2nd and scouts think that Marlon has only just begun to work at his untapped potential, despite being a little raw Denver will likely give him a chance to succeed right away. Continuing their run on LB OSU’s Brooks Mann was another guy that scouts think has lots of room to develop and getting him in the 3rd was a huge win for the Broncos. UGA safety Tyler Mack was the next pick and solid value in the 4th. The remaining picks were mainly depth selections and guys to round out the bottom end of the roster. Overall though, great draft by Denver. 

 

Chiefs-  Grade - A-

 

KC were poised to be major players this draft and would really have to bungle things to not come away happy on draft night. Armed with 3 1sts the first target was MLB Cordell Norris whom scouts had tabbed as the best MLB to come out of a draft in some time, arguably the best player on defense in the draft. He’ll be an instant success. OK St CB Derek McGee was the next selection and another guy that was a home run, with great speed and smooth hips look for McGee to the leader of that secondary in the near future. Huge OL Daniel Ramirez was the Chiefs 3rd pick in the 1st round and another solid value pick from NC. He’ll start from Day 1 and replace Mitchell Schwartz. Burner Kevin Dudley was the pick in the 2nd and he’ll create a deadly duo with Tyreek Hill on the outside. FS Randy Kitchens was the selection in the 3rd and another guy we thought was great value. This was a home run draft for KC. 

 

Chargers-  Grade - B+

 

LA got things started this draft night with Miami DE Dominick Vanover, this was a great value pick for the team and a sure starter. A great example of need and value merging as one for a home run. Speedy WR Cliff Cheeks was the pick in the 2nd and he’ll provide a much needed spark for the LA passing game. Ditto for 3rd rounder Connor Bowman out of UTEP. The Chargers doubled down on HBs in the mid rounds picking power backs Nick Cooks and Ezekial Williams to build an impressive backfield, it’ll be a fierce competition to see who makes the bigger impact. The mid rounds were then filled with OFF depth at multiple positions to round out a very strong draft in LA.

 

Raiders-  Grade - B

 

Vegas made a big offseason trade which netted them an extra 1st and 2nd round pick, they needed to replace departed RB Josh Jacobs and got things started with speedy RB, Tamani Lincoln whom the Raiders see as the next big thing. With their 2nd pick in the 1st round the LV made the safe pick of LT Jared Walker out of OSU to protect David Carr and open lanes for Lincoln. Both were solid and safe picks. In the 2nd round LV grabbed Gill Thurston as the newest toy to add to the collection which already boasts two speed demons. Nice value at the slot though. Scouts did believe that LV reached a bit on TE Crag Walker in the 3rd but learning from pro TE Darren Waller will help speed up his development. The mid rounds were largely filled with middling players that will round out the roster. This was a nice effort from the Raiders, nothing to be ashamed of. 

 

2020-12-11

MBL Season 51 Draft Grades - NFC

MBL Season 51 Draft Grades - Analysis

 

Welcome to the Season 51 draft grades presented by the Draft Pros! Every season owners’ dreams live and die with the selection of new players, each owner hoping for that special player that will change the franchise for the better. Whether it's a top 10 pick or a late round gem, perhaps even a bust. The infusion of rookie talent is an exciting time for all. Without further ado, here are the criteria we use for grading:

 

Age - How young was your class, did you get guys that can grow quickly?

Talent - How good was your player, were you picking based on combine scores?

Value - Did you reach for your player or did you find a stud that fell in the draft?

Potential - Does this player have room to grow or are they pro-ready now?

Need - Was this a position of need or was it a best player available situation?


 

49ers-  Grade  A-

 

The 49ers were poised to make a big selection this draft and they didn't disappoint. They snagged star RB Alton Meekins in the 1st to move vet Raheem Mostert into a backup, good move. They snagged a starter at FS in the late 1st as well with Dell Bush out of Clemson. Scouts loved his size and speed, nice upside pick here. They were very high on LT Tyson Bennett out of A&M who was very polished for a LT, getting him in the 2nd was a big win. They also grabbed an interesting TE prospect in the 3rd out of UGA, Brody Nickerson who will learn behind George Kittle for a couple seasons of growth. A very good draft all things considered. Look for Meekins to be in the mix for Rookie of the Year this season.

 

Seahawks - Grade  B

 

The Seahawks started off their night by grabbing the best DT in the draft, Thomas Douglas at pick 16, super value and a solid need pick as well. Douglas will easily be a quality starter this season with size and room to grow. The selection of CB Frank Lawry in the late 2nd was savvy as well and another guy with lots of room to develop. DE Dwight Whitworth was the selection in the 3rd and another high value pick for a Seahawks team that prioritizes the “best player available” mantra. Center Tyquan Peterson was a great depth pick in the 4th and rounds out a strong top half of a draft class for Seattle. This was a very solid draft night. 

 

Cardinals - Grade  C

 

The Cardinals came into this draft knowing they wanted to build on the defense. They did that grabbing 6 players with their picks. The guy we are watching out for is their first selection DT Zach Portis whom scouts believe has plenty of room to grow still. Also look out for MLB Gill Leach who the Cards made sure to grab in the 6th so that he wouldn’t be up for grabs among the UDFA hopefuls. Overall, we though the talent of this class was lacking overall and will mostly take some time before anyone proves any real use outside of Portis. 

 

Rams - Grade  B-

 

The Rams were not set to be major players in this draft with low picks in each round. Late in the 1st grabbed OLB Phillip Harris (Georgetown), who will likely find a starting role thi season. In the 2nd they snagged MLB Robert DiMarco (MSU) who will need some time on the bech for seasoning. In the 3rd they got DE Justin Freeman (Vandy) who might  move into a starting role on a depleted Rams defenisve squad. The team also snagged speedy TE Preston Reece  who shined at ND with QB Darius Robinson but fell due to concerns about his stiff hips, Reece is a guy who will likely figure into two TE sets in yr 1. Not a bad draft, just solid.

 

 

Eagles-  Grade - B+

 

The Eagles fans are probably still grumbling after a questionable start to the teams draft. The Eagles took OLB Jared Hill out of Texas A&M with their 17th pick, don’t get us wrong Hill is a fine player and a great OLB but the team reached for him in what was a very shallow draft on OLBs. The team did have a hole at TE and took Callum Burke in the 2nd, who figures to play a prominent role down the road after the Ertz era ends, this was good value. We like the value of FS Derrick Steele, another Texas A&M product, in the 5th. G Eric Mcdonald was also great value in the 7th round. The Eagles scouts did fine work in the late rounds adding solid depth to their draft.

 

Cowboys - Grade - B

 

The Cowboys were armed with two 1st rounders this year and had work to do on defense. The Cowboys made a splashy pick with their first pick grabbing WR Damarious Eddison of ND, the speedster put up huge numbers at the collegiate level. Just a bit of a puzzler with other more pressing needs to fill. They grabbed DE Kevin Vereen in the late 1st and he is about what you would expect at that position. They certainly made the most of their 2nd selecting talented OLB Henry Gardner out of CSU who fell farther than we anticipated, so great value there. He’ll step in as an immediate starter after losing Vander Ecsh. In the 6th the Boys selected interesting LB prospect Damion Brown, great value for the slot. This was a solid draft with a puzzler at the top for us. 

 

WFT - Grade - D+

 

The WFT were down a 1st this season and had to find value in the middle rounds to make things work. Things got off to a decent start in the 2nd as they picked CB Matt Hadley out of Duke, while productive as a CB, he basically impressed scouts in workouts more than his college film. Time will tell what the WFT was thinking here. The team did get back to work in the 3rd and 4th rounds picking up depth on the DL that was much needed after a shocking trade that sent Chase Young to BAL last season. The rest of the draft was not very interesting and many players might be ticketed for the practice squad. This wasn’t a very good draft, the career of Matt Hadley will define this one. 

 

Giants - Grade - C-

 

The Giants were able to grab LG Jalen Childs in the 1st this season and he easily slots in as the starter this season, not sexy but necessary.  The Giants then grabbed DT Sergio Terry out of Memphis and this was a very nice pick in the 2nd, we believe this was a real steal in this draft.  The rest of this draft wasn’t very interesting and many of the players will serve as depth on this rebuilding Giants team looking up at Dallas and WFT. This was an average draft, no pomp or frill just solid team building. 

 

 

Falcons-  Grade - D

 

The Falcons were down their top 2 picks which they packaged in a trade with HOU to get Deshaun Watson so the draft was not a big priority for the team. RBs Randy Newhouse and Javier Ross will serve as no more than depth and WR Freddie Wiggins will struggle to find playing time in the talented ATL wide receiver core. Do look for ATL to find creative ways to get Newhouse involved in some way as he had speed to burn in college. A paltry showing for the most part from ATL.

 

Panthers - Grade - B-

 

The Panthersstarted the draft with MLB Johnnie Barrett with the 18th pick, a selection many consider to be a reach. Barrett was productive at Texas A&M but scouts thought he might be available late in the 1st or 2nd. The 2nd and 3rd round picks were great however as the team grabbed pro-ready DT Marcell Willams out of Auburn and WR Elton Young of Buffalo who certainly feasted on lesser competition. This was a shallow but solid effort by Carolina but taking Johnnie Barrett that high in the 1st was a puzzler.

 

Saints - Grade - A

 

The Saints had all eyes on them as they selected stud QB Darius Robinson out of ND. QB was the teams biggest need and they nailed the pick here with Robinson who looks like a perennial pro bowl talent. They got to work in the 2nd and grabbed stud WR Ben Solomon (UF) who likely find his way into the Saints starting lineup.The Saints did select a FB in the 3rd which is considered a reach by almost all MBL scouts. We’ll see how it works out for them. The Saints doubled down on DE with their next two picks getting Mke Newman and Larry Reeves out of Clemson and OSU. The group will compete for a starting position or possible depth. The Saints are big believers in letting the cream rise to the top. This was a pretty good effort by the Saints, though a touch heavy on DEs. Getting their QB of the future makes the draft a success in and of itself.        

 

Bucs - Grade - B+

 

Tampa Bay started their draft in the 1st by grabbing SS James Pemberton who was the highest rated SS in this draft and a star at UW. With their 2nd 1st they selected big WR Sharod Henry out of Cal.  He will provide a nice change of pace to the speedy Chris Godwin and replace Mike Evans who was traded to PIT. Really nice value on these picks as both were picked much lower than expected. Lindsey Redd and Josh Cook were the next picks, both WRs, with an intriguing mix of youth and talent for new QB Sam Darnold. Lookout for these speedy rookies who figure to play a prominent role in Darnold’s 1st season with the team. This was a strong draft for a Tampa team looking to reload following a great season. 


 



 

Vikings-  Grade - C+

 

The Vikings came into this draft up against the wall with cap problems and really needed to make their picks count. They curiously went with MLB Ross Brockers with their first pick, with incumbent MLB Eric Kendricks in place this was a bit of a puzzling move. Brockers can really run for a MLB and maybe we will see the team shift to a more traditional 3-4 defense soon. They went DEF on the next two picks grabbing DT Cordell Dubose and FS Chis Kyle who will both likely play important roles as depth this season. All in all this was a decent draft but time will tell how the moves truly pan out. 

 

Bears - Grade - B-

 

Chicago was down 2 selections from offseason trades and had to do solid work with the picks they had. The Bears basically grabbed as much young talent as possible at CB and WR while adding depth across the team in other areas. Not much else to say here as the team just drafted some ST help in the 6th and 7th rounds. Getting youth was huge but this was a shallow draft to be sure. 

 

Lions - Grade - B+

 

Detroit had a full complement of selections and needed to add to a fairly old roster. In the first they went with a safe pick and QB Connor Wilson who will step right into a starting role at QB for departed Matt Stafford. They added two WRs next in the 2nd and 3rd when they grabbed Ezekial Fox and Craig Scott, both out of Michigan who many had tabbed as 1st round talents.  Detroit liked them all offseason and they’ll get a shot to start. The Lions also went ahead and took a flyer on RB Joey Wafford who put up a nice career at Indiana and will have a season to sit behind DeAndre Swift and learn the ropes. All in all this was a solid if unspectacular effort from Detroit.   

 

Packers - Grade - B+

 

The Packers came into this draft much like last season needing to hit on their picks as they suffer through Aaron Rodgers contract hit while filling holes on the Def. They got things started in the 1st with CB Shareef Mayweather who ran one of the fastest 40 times for a CB this draft. The sky is the limit for the former Alabama star. In the second they found a gem in LE Eric Mobley who many scouts had tabbed as 1st round talent, so great value here. Mobley will likely slot into a starting role on the defensive line. They also grabbed productive WRs JJ Adams and Jaylen Gilmore who are burners on the outside. This was a very good draft for Green Bay. 

 


 

Stay tuned for the AFC grades coming up!

 

2020-10-26

MBL Season 50 Draft Analysis AFC Edition

MBL Season 50 Draft Grades - Analysis

 

Welcome to the Season 50 draft grades presented by the Draft Pros! Every season owners’ dreams live and die with the selection of new players, each owner hoping for that special player that will change the franchise for the better. Whether it's a top 10 pick or a late round gem, perhaps even a bust. The infusion of rookie talent is an exciting time for all. Without further ado, here are the criteria we use for grading:

 

Age - How young was your class, did you get guys that can grow quickly?

Talent - How good was your player, were you picking based on combine scores?

Value - Did you reach for your player or did you find a stud that fell in the draft?

Potential - Does this player have room to grow or are they pro-ready now?

Need - Was this a position of need or was it a best player available situation?


 

Bills-  Grade 

 

The Bills were a team with few holes and found themselves in the enviable position of taking the best player available. They got things started late in the 1st with MIN CB Spencer Murphy, this was a great spot to find a CB in this draft and the Bills will like his pro-ready skillset. WR Maurice Cumberland was the next pick and frankly a luxury pick, the South Dakota product is known more for route running savvy than speed and he’ll be competing for the 5th WR spot along with 5th rounder Tyree Roberts. DT Jerry Burke as the second 2nd round pick and was very productive at Auburn, he is a lock for the 3rd DT spot. Jojo Kellum was the pick in the 3rd and another strong value pick, he’ll look to fight for the 4th safety position. The Bills rounded out the draft with some depth selections and took a flyer on QB Joey Howard in the 6th who was extremely productive in the WSU system but may be a bit small for the position.

 

Dolphins - Grade  

 

The Dolphins came into this draft looking to add to a young team that surprised many with its strong season last year. The pick of the whole draft might have been DT Justin Strickland who tore an ACL at Miami and missed all of his senior season, during his Junior season many had him tabbed as a Top 5 pick. If he is healthy he’ll step right into the mix as a starter at DT, he has Pro Bowl potential. This was major value for a 2nd round selection. Moving to the 3rd the Fins picked up speedy Justin Means from Michigan, again great value for the WR in the 3rd round. Speed was the motto for the Fins and they grabbed Lamarcus Ridley in the 4th who was a track star at Arkansas St as a JR/Sr. The Fins tripled down on WR picking Lamon Gray (Clemson) and Harvard product Gerald McMullen who will vie for the 5th and 6th WR spots on a shallow depth chart. The remainder of the draft was mostly depth and PS fodder. Despite a shallow draft high marks for grabbing Strickland in the 2nd.

 

Patriots - Grade  

 

The Patriots came into this draft in dire need of a youth infusion as they have one the oldest rosters in the MBL. They kicked things off in the 1st grabbing stud CB Ciante Gaffney who will have the luxury of stepping into a loaded DB room and the tutelage of one of the best CBs in the league. Gaffney will likely only see the field during dime and dollar packages as he gets ready for a bigger role next season. The Pats grabbed interesting DE Tyrone Hilliard in the 2nd who was very productive at small Western Michigan, scouts loved his hand usage. MLB Aaron Franklin was the pick in the 3rd and quite a reach on a player many scouts had an UDFA grade on, NE liked his speed and we’ll see what packages the Akron product finds himself in this season. Similar story on OLB Tracey Davenport in the 4th. Good teams find gems in the rough and in the 5th NE found DE Matthias Ramsay who is a prototypical 3T DE and a great fit in the the Pats 3-4 Def, look for a strong contribution this season. They also grabbed DE Duane polk in the 7th which was much later than scouts anticipated. A couple of reaches in this draft but they were at positions of need, a fine effort for a team with no other glaring holes outside the QB position.  

 

Jets - Grade 

 

The Jets were down a few selections in this draft and needed to do very solid work in the late rounds to salvage a good draft. Sending Jamal Adams did net them the 32nd pick in the 1st which they used on stud OSU RB Dudley Armstrong who was a Heisman runner-up, he’ll step right into a starting role and split carries with vet Duke Johnson, great value at the end of the 1st. The Jets were able to snag the 5th best T in the class in the 3rd, Oregon product Gordon Mitchell who will help shore up a very shaky Jets OL situation. Later in the 5th the pick was LE Collin Webster and another solid pickup for the draft slot, he’ll rotate in on early downs often this year. CB Avion Fielder was the pick in the 6th out of USF. Fielder is a guy to keep an eye on. USF had a bad season and the shutdown play of the young CB was obviously overlooked, scouts had little game tape on Fielder but Jets scouts say they see shutdown potential, especially in a zone defense scheme. All things considered, this was a good draft by New York. 

 

 

Ravens-  Grade - D+

 

The Ravens fans can’t be happy after this draft, armed with only a few selections this was a draft doomed to fail and it mostly lived up to that. Baltimore did well to find DT Taylor Trent in the 3rd and he was very productive as a NT at Clemson. He’ll slide into the DL rotation immediately. RB D’andre Goodwell out of UCLA was the pick in the 5th and he’ll fight just to make the roster as the 3rd or 4th RB. Notre Dame WR Julius Redmond was a nice pickup based on potential alone in the 6th. Not much else to say about this extremely shallow draft.    

 

Bengals - Grade - B+

 

The Bengals were down a 1st this draft but got things started in the 2nd with TE Henry Whitmore out of Miami. He was extremely productive and many considered him the most talented TE in the draft despite his 2nd round grade. Expect big things from him in the Bengals pass heavy offense. G Roman Durmham out of UGA was the next pick and will shore up a shaky Bengals OL and likely start. CIN doubled down on the OL grabbing UCLA G Brett Pizzo in the 3rd which was good value for the draft slot. The Bengals tripled up on OLB in the 4th and 5th selecting Conrad Nixon (UM), Edward Thompkins (W. Michigan), and Jon Becton (USF). The one to keep an eye on here is Becton who has the most room to grow in the defense. The Bengals have a shallow LB core so this unit will be very competitive. Solid draft for the Bengals.

 

Browns - Grade - A

 

CLE was another team down early picks looking to make a living in the middle rounds. The only real weaknesses were the LBs for a team that managed to add all time great, Aaron Donald. The Browns were somehow able to snag CB Isiah Boone in the 3rd, Boone had a late 1st round grade and had no business being available so late, huge pickup here. Similar story for RB Keary Vick out of Nebraska who had a 2nd round grade but had the prevalent character concerns this team is known for accepting. Great value either way. In the 4th they grabbed talented OLB Terrell Lockridge out of UF, another great value pick for the 4th and a likely starter. TE Joey Hoover out of UCLA was the 5th round pick and another good value, he’ll backup Austin Hooper. OLB Paul Staley was snagged in the 5th and he was another great value pick from small NDSU. Overall this was a great haul for a team with no 2nd or 1st round picks.    

 

Steelers - Grade - B+

 

The Steelers grabbed stud DT Brian Boone with their 1st pick and he really showed how strong he was at the combine, topping out as the strongest DT in the draft. Instant starter and possible Pro Bowler. Washington Cb Trumaine Cartwright was the next selection in the 3rd and a real steal, most scouts had an early 2nd round grade on the speedy DB. Great pick. USCarolina DE Chris Russel was a steal in the 4th and he’ll have the luxury of learning how to play from to potential HOFers. The pick of this draft might turn out to be QB Andrew Patterson out of Louisville whom the Steelers think is ready to start right away in place of Big Ben. We’ll see if they were right, Andrew was a solid athlete with a plus arm in the ACC. CB Amir Tarrant was a solid DB at UF and will provide good depth at CB. This was a solid draft for Pitt.

 

 

Texans-  Grade - B+

 

The Texans were primed to be big players in this draft with picks in every round and a lot of them. In the 1st HOU grabbed Louisville star OLB Daryl Lindley, he is pro-ready and will step right into a meaningful role. TE Gavin Jones was also the most NFL ready TE in the class and he’ll step into a great situation with a shallow Texan TE core, great pick here. DE Thad REynolds was the pick in the 2nd and like his other draft mates is ready for a big role day 1 and will compete to fill the spot vacated by HOFer JJ Watt. OLB John Montague was great value in the 4th and he dominated lesser competition at Florida A&M. Great athlete all around. Memphis Ramey was the pick in the 5th and he’ll slot into end of the DB rotation. DEs Larry McDowell (Clemson) and Brandon Michaels will fill out the rest of the DL rotation. Texas RB JR Collins fell a long way due to some trouble with the law in his senior year but could be a guy to watch out for. Really good draft for Houston.       

 

Colts - Grade - B+

 

The Colts are a deep team with few holes and could pick best player available this draft. In the 1st they started by grabbing a very good DT, George Dawson who will start next to Buckner day 1. He’ll provide some good inside pass rush. Late in the 2nd the pick was OSU De Trevor Blackwell who has a strong all around game and will learn from veteran Everson Griffen to get ready for a starting role next season or late this season. Great value pick. The Colts grabbed MIZZ star CB Lamar Taylor in the 3rd and this was another solid pick for the slot, Taylor will see the field during obvious passing downs from Day 1. WR David Cadet (4th, VT) joins a crowded WR room and will fight to make an impact this season, look for him next year to make his move. TE Brett Meadows Drake, 4th) will be a nice 3rd TE to set that position up nicely. FS Deon Black (6th, Idaho) was a late round flyer that always looked up to Colts HOFer Bob Sanders, while the position is set for this year Deon will be a name to watch down the line and might end up being a 6th round steal. A strong effort from IND overall.       

 

Jaguars - Grade - B+

 

To get things started the Jags took OSU star WR Bryce Hendricks, adding to a young talented WR core. Gardener Minshew will have no lack of talented targets to throw the ball to this season. Jacksonville added WVU CB Courtney Spikes with their second 1st round pick to setup what might be the secondary with the highest ceiling in the MBL with now 3 starting caliber CBs under age 24. Not a position of need but Spikes was the best player available, great athlete but fairly raw. With the 7th pick in the 2nd the Jags committed robbery getting DT Jermaine Brittinham out of Michigan who many scouts didn’t think would make it past the top 15. Huge value here and good pick preparing for the future after vet Geno Atkins leaves this offseason. Speedy MLB Spencer Rodger out of UGA was the next pick on the 2nd and boy can he run, he is a little raw but the way the game is evolving this kind of player is needed. A bit raw but very fast. Stanford RB was another big steal in the 3rd and a very talented RB who doesn’t seem to have a well defined role. RJ Jackson was the pick in the 4th and certainly a reach for a punter. Keep your eye on WR Levi Humphrey out of Illinois (5th) as scouts say he really has room to grow into his role. A vey interesting draft and one with lots of potential.        

 

Titans - Grade - B

 

Lets focus on the pros of this draft and not the cons. The Titans were armed with high picks in every round and they needed to nap multiple starting caliber players. The first pick in the draft was stud safety Trevon Lewis out of Michigan State, a little unconventional to pick a safety this high but Lewis fills a need and is very talented. We have to wonder if this is signaling the end of the line in TEN for vet Kevin Byaard though as the team also has young Amani Hooker on the roster. The pick of the draft might have been the 1st pick in the 2nd. Wisconsin missed a lot of time last season and fell as a result, but watch out for this guy. He might have the highest ceiling of any player in this draft. His frame still has plenty of room to grow. Incredible value here. RE Dillon Forbes was the next pick and the Titans will be depending on him to start day 1. RG Quan Moss was the pick in the 5th and he’ll provide solid depth on the OL. That is where we’ll stop with this draft but the 1st 3 picks were as talented of players as any team could ask for. 


 

 

2020-10-21

MBL Season 50 Draft Analysis

MBL Season 50 Draft Grades - Analysis

 

Welcome to the Season 50 draft grades presented by the Draft Pros! Every season owners’ dreams live and die with the selection of new players, each owner hoping for that special player that will change the franchise for the better. Whether it's a top 10 pick or a late round gem, perhaps even a bust. The infusion of rookie talent is an exciting time for all. Without further ado, here are the criteria we use for grading:

 

Age - How young was your class, did you get guys that can grow quickly?

Talent - How good was your player, were you picking based on combine scores?

Value - Did you reach for your player or did you find a stud that fell in the draft?

Potential - Does this player have room to grow or are they pro-ready now?

Need - Was this a position of need or was it a best player available situation?


 

49ers-  Grade  B+

 

The 49ers were poised to make a big selection this draft and they didn't disappoint. They snagged DT Kristain Bradham in the 1st to play opposite stud DT Javon Kinlaw, good move. They snagged a starter at RG in the 2nd with Pierce out of FSU. They were very high on CB Ziegler out of Memphis who can really run and got him in the 4th.. They also grabbed two interesting safety prospects in the 5th (Dom Smith) and 7th (Eddie Vickers) who will learn behind Jaquiski Tart for a couple seasons of growth. A very good draft all things considered. Look for Ziegler in blitz packages some this season.

 

Seahawks - Grade  C+

 

The Seahawks were down their 1st (Adams trade) and had to make their selections count, a difficult task picking 32nd in each round. They grabbed CB Roosevelt Pemberton out of ND in the 2nd, but he figures to be buried in the depth chart this season. In 3rd the team reached a bit on App St product Delvin Stallworh who won’t likely figure into many carries at the RB position this season. Their best pick of the draft was 5th rounder Cedric Whitehead who was a teammate of Pemberton at ND, the DT will learn for a year and liely be a major contributor on D next season. They did also grab 2 interesting prospects at DE in the 6th and 7th rounds but they will also enter a crowded field at the position and could be ticketed for the PS. Not a great draft from a Seahawks team that admittedly had few needs.

 

Cardinals - Grade  B

 

The Cardinals came into ths draft needing to fill out a roster with a few holes. The addressed their need on DL Notre Dame DT Tyler Cohen, younger brother of Tyrik Cohen. Tyler will move into a large role as a rookie this season. In the 2nd, picked up speedy RB Chris Dixon of Syracuse who will likely be used in a change of pace role with new starter Leveon Bell. TCU CB Vernon archer will likely see the field in nickel and dime packages and was a nice pickup in the 3rd. Shaq Candidate will probably not see much time at WR and will likely find himself on the PS. TE Kevin Faust might see some time next year and be given a chance to start after the team moves on from Jared Cook as the Cards like Faust athletic ability. 

 

Rams - Grade  B-

 

The Rams were not set to be major players in this draft down most of their picks, however a late trade with CLE netted the team some capital and they ended up with 3 late 1sts. They put them to good use grabbing OLB Rashard Harris (MSU), WR Brad Winslow (Clemson), and G Pete Mason (Missouri) who all figure to move into starting roles on a depleted Rams squad. The team all snagged speedy CB Matt Walls from Texas A&M in the 6th who fell due to concerns about his stiff hips, Walls will likely figure into nickel and dime packages in yr 1. Not a bad draft, though not very deep due to few selections. 

 

 

Eagles-  Grade - D+

 

The Eagles fans are probably still grumbling after a questionable start to the teams draft. The Eagles took RT Devin Widemer out of Auburn with their 16th pick, don’t get us wrong Widmer is a fine player and a great T but the team already has cornerstone T Lane Johnson and young Andre Dillard who was taken in the 1st a few years ago. The team did have a hole at C and perhaps there will be some cross training, this one was a head scratcher though. In the 2nd they picked up DT Dontae Rabb who figures to play a prominent role down the road after the Cox era ends, this was good value. North Texas product, Mike Cowan was the pick in the 3rd and was a pretty big reach in our eyes, the Eagles liked his speed though and we’ll see how he is used. The Eagles scouts did fine work in the late rounds adding DE Nate Meriweather, CB Gordon Fields, and TE Lance Shultz.

 

Cowboys - Grade - C+

 

The Cowboys didn't have a 1st to work with in this years draft so they had to do major work in the middle to late rounds to salvage a draft class. They certainly made the most of their 2nd selecting talented CB Jay Jones out of Wisconsin who fell farther than we anticipated, so great value there. He’ll step in as an immediate starter. In the 3rd the Boys selected LOLB Aaron Calhoun, while good value for the slot we wonder what his role on the team will be with newly acquired LB Harold Landry and star Jaylon Smith, time will tell. They grabbed TE Richard Brewer late in the 4th and that might prove to be one of the steals of the draft as Brewer was very productive at Missouri and he’ll step into a favorable situation in Dallas. They also snagged their punter in the 7th, Marvin Heck. A good draft based on needs situation.

 

WFT - Grade - B-

 

The WFT were down a 1st this season and had to find value in the middle rounds to make things work. Things got off to a poor start in the 2nd as they inexplicably picked Bubba Russel out of UF, while productive as a RB, he seems to have no role on a team with holes in other areas that needed addressed. We don’t know what the WFT was thinking here. The team did get back to work in the 3rd and 4th rounds picking up talent on the DL that was much needed after a shocking trade that sent Chase Young to BAL. They grabbed two big time players in Thomas Hall (OSU) and Marcus Demps (ALA) whose teams actually played each other in the National Championship game. Each had a great game. Very solid value here. As they will be competing for playing time and a starting role. The 5th and 6th rounds were back to confusion as the team quadrupled down on the DE and picked two more, each of which will be fighting for a roster spot in a crowded DL room. This was a strange draft for the WFT and one the fans won’t soon forget, the confusing 2nd round pick will resonate with many.

 

Giants - Grade - C-

 

The Giants were without their 1st so this draft was already an uphill battle. Lets not mince words here, this one was a doozy. The Giants spent two of their precious draft capital to add to one of the most crowded WR rooms in the MBL. Redzone target Donnell Tatum of Air Force might be the guy to stick here, but many considered him a guy that peaked in college against lesser competition. Similar story for BYU WR DeAndre Allen who had one of the poor combine performances this year. Not a good use of two high 2nd round picks in our estimation. RB James Cook was a redundant choice for a team that just signed speedy vet Tevin Coleman to backup Barkley. LSU TE Zach Batten was a fine pickup in the 6th and figures to be the #2 TE after the team moves on the Cameron Brate. This was a bad draft, no way around it. 

 

 

Falcons-  Grade - B

 

The Falcons were in need of a youth infusion this draft, particularly in the skill position groups. As such its no surprise they took two safeties and two CBs. They did well to nab FS Niles Kelly in the 1st, who was the 2nd highest rated safety and grabbed FS REggie Melton in the 2nd for depth . Both have high ceilings and are a good fit in the Atlanta defensive scheme which needs good safeties. OL was also a huge need for ATL and they addressed that as well taking maulers at G Tim Skinner (UGA) and Sean Graves (Miss) both of which figure to start on the OL.  TE JR Lewis out of Auburn was good value in the 5th and figures to be the nominal #2 and blocking TE and will see the field some in jumbo packages.  Overall a solid draft for the Falcons. ATL did great work in the 4th round grabbing two very useful players in MLB Anthony Massey (UCLA) who will learn from a great and might one day replace Deion Jones. CB Julius Scroggins had speed to burn playing for the Rams of CSU and he’ll be a strong addition to the DB room. WR Luke Mitchell (3rd) will likely see the field extensively out of the slot this season. This draft was basically a home run for a Falcons team in dire need of a youth infusion.   

 

Panthers - Grade - B

 

The Panthers had plenty to work with in terms of picks this draft. They were able to and the top signal caller this draft in Alexander Moorman, who many thought was a second rounder at best, but getting him late in the 1st wasn’t great value. The 2nd and 3rd round picks weren’t great as the team reached on a FB and WR Dakota Platt of Mid Tenn St who certainly feasted on lesser competition. They did grab polished DT JD Holliday in the 4th who will play some big snaps this season for CAR. A similar story for RB Quincy Kelly (5th round) from LSU who will give CMC a much needed break at times. Keep and eye on WR Jaron Smallwood who has sneaky athleticism. This was a solid effort by Carolina but taking a FB in the 3rd was a real head scratcher. 

 

Saints - Grade - B

 

The Saints had work to do this draft no donut about it, up against the cap and down a Hall of Fame QB they needed to hit big this draft. Down a 1st in a big draft they got to work in the 2nd and grabbed stud OLB Cordell Calhoun (BYU) who likely find his way into the Saints starting lineup. Calhoun was known for his spin move at BYU. They doubled down on the position grabbing LOLB Dom Walton out of Boise Stl in the 3rd,  Luke Wells (MIA) in the 4th, and Frank Orr (CAL) in the 5th, and Trent Banks (Syracuse). The group will compete for a starting position across from Calhoun. The Saints are big believers in letting the cream rise to the top. The Saints also nabbed CBS Dell Forbes (VT) in the 3rd who was a straight steal of a pick and Glen Rattler (LSU) in the 7th who many had labeled with a 2nd-3rd round grade. They also grabbed young C Colin Shepphard from UF in the 6th who will get a year of seasoning on a strong NO offensive line. This was a pretty good effort by the Saints, thought a touch heavy on OLBs. The absence of a QB is troubling though.        

 

Bucs - Grade - C+

 

Tampa Bay started their draft in the 1st by grabbing OLB Derrick Hardison who was the highest rated OLB in this draft and a star at UGA. With their 2nd 1st they selected big power back Nate Westbrook out of Boston College, power back U basically. He will provide a nice change of pace to the speedy RoJo. Really nice value on these picks as both were picked much lower than expected. Without any 2nd or 3rd round picks the Bucs managed to still get WR Linsey Hayward out of KSU whom they nearly took with their late 1st. Lookout for this speedy rookie who figures to play a prominent role in what could be TB12’s last season. Huge pickup for Tampa here. In the 5th Tampa found more speed when they added WR Juwan Rudd from Auburn who will handle kickoff duties from day one. The team found a speedy CB Stephen Bowles from Mizzou late in the 7th and he’ll have a year to get ready for a bigger role next season. Ditton for talented DE Quincey Harvey from Purdue. This was a very strong draft for a Tampa team down a few selections. 


 



 

Vikings-  Grade - C

 

The Vikings were down a few picks from previous deals so they were really up against it to salvage a useful draft class. Sadly for Vikings fans there isn’t much to be excited about here. The Vikings had 5 picks between the 4-6th and they grabbed a myriad of depth players on a roster struggling with cap concerns. CB Vernon McLaughlin out of Illinois figures to see the field a little in dollar/quarter packages and FS Tevin Brooks will fight to lock down the 4th safety spot. Southern Utah WR Joseph Malone figures to find himself on the PS unless MIN opts to carry 6 WRs. Not much to say about this class filled with depth players. 

 

Bears - Grade - B-

 

Chicago was down 3 selections from offseason trades and had to do solid work with the picks they had. The Bears lucked out when Heisman Winning SS Forrest Kemp fell to them at 20 which was a huge boon after Teshaun Gipson left in the offseason. Kemp will battle it out with vet Ricardo Allen for the starting SS role. The next Bears pick wasn’t until the 5th where the team just needed to fill the roster out, but LE Jaren Hurts will have a starting role on the team. Not much else to say here as the team just drafted some depth in the 6th and 7th rounds. Getting Kemp was huge but this was a shallow draft to be sure. 

 

Lions - Grade - B-

 

Detroit had a full complement of selections and needed to add to a fairly old roster. In the first they went with a safe pick and grabbed LG Artie Black who will step right into a starting role. They reached in the 2nd when they grabbed Laron Craver out of Hawaii who many had tabbed as a 4t round talent, but Detroit liked him all offseason and he’ll get his shot to start. The Lions also went ahead and took a flyer on QB Shaun Hill who put up a nice career at Tulane and will have a season to sit behind Matt Stafford and learn the ropes. Scouts really like Hill’s arm. MLB Kevin Smith was a solid pickup in the 4th and he’ll fight for the backup MLB job. Devante Shields was a surprise pick in the 5th but the value was just too good to pass up as many scouts had a 2nd round grade on the big TE from FAU. Detroit finished the draft with raw RT Tyrique Freeman. All in all this was a solid if unspectacular effort from Detroit.   

 

Packers - Grade - A

 

The Packers came into this draft needing to hit on their picks as they suffer through Aaron Rodgers contract hit while filling holes on the Def. They got things started in the 1st with MLB Manny Thomas who ran one of the fastest 40 times for a linebacker in MBL history. The sky is the limit for the former Vanderbuilt star. In the second they found a gem in LE Joe Nails who many scouts had tabbed as 1st round talent, so great value here. Nails will likely slot into a starting role on the defensive line. Following a run on OL the Packers were left scrambling in the 3rd as they reached on LG Ricky Sharp who many scouts didn’t think would even be selected, rough value in the 3rd to be sure. Armed with two additional 3rds the Pack did hit on a great pick with Wilie Craver who was very productive as a 3 technique DT at Maryland. They also grabbed productive ND WR DAnny Rutledge who likely peaked in college. The team found another gem in the 4th though with LE Jalen Cowan who should never have been available so late, and he’ll compete for a starting job as well. Cowan is one to keep an eye on the next few years, injuries held him back in is Junior season and some thought he might be a 1st round talent. UGA WR and return specialist, Daniel Redmond, was the pick in the 6th and he’ll handle return duties. This was a very good draft for Green Bay. 

 


 

Stay tuned for the AFC grades coming up!

 

2020-06-16

Season 48 Draft Grades

MBL Season 48 Draft Grades - Analysis

 

Welcome to the Season 48 draft grades presented by the Draft Pros! Every season owners’ dreams live and die with the selection of new players, each owner hoping for that special player that will change the franchise for the better. Whether it's a top 10 pick or a late round gem, perhaps even a bust. The infusion of rookie talent is an exciting time for all. Without further ado, here are the criteria we use for grading:

 

Age - How young was your class, did you get guys that can grow quickly?

Talent - How good was your player, were you picking based on combine scores?

Value - Did you reach for your player or did you find a stud that fell in the draft?

Potential - Does this player have room to grow or are they pro-ready now?

Need - Was this a position of need or was it a best player available situation?


 

49ers-  Grade - B+

 

The 49ers were poised to make a big selection this draft and they didn't disappoint. Safety Randall Sermons was one of the safest picks in this draft and filled a huge need for the 49ers in their secondary which needed talent at the Strong Safety position. They took a talented young WR, Jameson Cherry in the 2nd, who figures to see significant playing time this season. They filled out the rest of the draft with solid defensive talent to groom for the future.

 

Seahawks - Grade - A-

 

The Seahawks were armed with some serious draft ammunition with a total of 9 selections in the draft. Though they picked late they managed to come away with solid talent in every round. I believe they did their best work in the mid rounds this season picking up a slew of very promising defensive players and two solid OL. The two names to watch from this draft and DT Greg Alden and FS Shannon Arrignton. The Seahawks brass was very high on these players and couldn't believe they fell in their laps in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. A very good draft for the Seahawks.

 

Cardinals - Grade - B

 

The Cardinals went very heavy on the OL to try and protect franchise QB Kyler Murray. The head scratching aspect of that move was that is debatable how much they needed an improvement from their in house talent. Regardless of need it's never bad to be deep on the OL. The Cards front brass also invested 3 picks into the DEs and the name to watch there is LE JaMichael Britt who is looking at strong chance of playing time this season at DE.

 

Rams - Grade - C-

 

The Rams were not major players in this draft down their 1st and 2nd round picks. They added a depth guard in the 3rd round in Justin Gruber who could figure into the rotation as early as next season. The rest of the draft was filled with depth players who don't figure to see much playing time. This was a draft to forget and move on to next season.

 

 

Eagles-  Grade - D+

 

The Eagles fans can't be happy after this draft. Armed with a Top 10 selection in the 1st 3 rounds the Eagles were poised to bring home some real talent. Instead they left the fans and pundits scratching their heads. They took solid DT Rashard Rowe in the first, only problem was that he was viewed by many as a late 1st early second round talent. This was a major reach. In the second they added speedy TE Kendall Jordan. While he was good at Oklahoma he never really developed the polish needed to succeed quickly at the next level. Expect growing pains as he learns from legend, Zach Ertz. They didn't find much talent in the mid to late rounds and most players will struggle to make the team. These weren't the draft results many envisioned here.

 

Cowboys - Grade - C+

 

The Cowboys didn't have a 1st to work with in this years draft so they had to do major work in the middle to late rounds to salvage a draft class. They added a solid guard in Potts in the 3rd and some nice speed at RB and WR in the 2nd and 4th rounds. They did however find some nice raw talent in the 5th round with CB Roland Rose and Mixon at TE in the 6th, though these two won't find much playing time this season the Cowboys front office was very pleased that "their guys" were still available so late. This was a solid if unspectacular class that might look better in a few years.

 

Redskins - Grade - B-

 

The Redskins took a solid approach to this draft mixing need and potential between picks. Their best pick of the class was clearly young Nebraska CB Alex McMillan. The Washington secondary is only getting older and was in great need of a youth infusion, so they hit a home run here. They found a solid DE waiting for them in the 2nd round with LE Alex Chamberlin, who will have a small role on the defense this season. They did arguably reach a bit in the 3rd and 4th on a WR and FB but they liked the measurables. The rest of the class was depth and practice squad fodder mostly. This was a solid draft class for Washington.

 

Giants - Grade - C-

 

The Giants were without their 1st so this draft was already an uphill battle. They certainly reached with their 2nd taking Amari Randle who scouts believe peaked in college and figures to be a 3rd or 4th WR at best in the MBL. Armed with a pair of 3rd they did add a solid DE in Jordan Ramsay who will fight for a starting role but then took a QB late in the 3rd which they had no need for. The rest of the draft picks will struggle to make the roster and are likely ticketed to the practice squad this season. This was a subpar effort from New York.

 

 

Falcons-  Grade - B

 

The Falcons were in need of a youth infusion this draft, particulary in the skill position groups. As such its no suprise they took two WRs and two CBs. They did well to nab WR Deon Griffin in the late 1st and grabbed CBs McGriff and Dell in the 2nd and 4th rounds. Both have high cielings and are a good fit in the Atlanta defensive scheme. TE Malcom Anderson figures to be the team's 3rd TE and will see the field some in jumbo packages. Overall a soild draft for the Falcons.

 

Panthers - Grade - B

 

The Panthers had to work hard this draft, armed with the 32 pick of each round the best talent it typically gone. The front office did a nice job of basically taking the best player available and the team came away with some solid picks. They went heavy on the OL in rounds 2 and 3 with the clear goal of investing in their young franchise QB Barry Everett. The selection of Rashard Whitehead in the 1st gives the Defense some added speed as the Panthers love to send their DBs on exoctic blitz packages. This was solid work from Carolina.

 

Saints - Grade - B

 

The Saints traded out of the number 2 selection and still came away with one of the most talented defenders in the draft, DE Sheldon Flowers. The LSU product was a home run pick in a position of need and figures to make an immediate impact on D. In the 2nd round they selected LT Matthias Gage who will be tasked with holding down the RT position or filling in as swing tackle, either way it was good value. The grade for the Saints would be higher if they had managed to find any other talent in the mid to late rounds which the mainly did not. However, by getting their guy after trading down this was a big win for the Saints.

 

Bucs - Grade - C+

 

Tampa Bay really did a great job picking safety Tyrell Tyler, who was tabbed by many as the most athletic player in this draft. Everyone knew he was a top 10 pick and Tampa did well to pick him there. However, their selection DE Rashad Tyson late in the 1st was a major reach givne that scouts had a late 2nd to mid 3rd round grade on him. Time will tell if it was the right pick but it wasn't a great look on draft day. The team went offense in the 2nd adding WR Marquan Price and speedster RB Thurman Maybin, both figure to find some time on the field based on physical ability alone. The Bucs did well in the late rounds picking some guys who will likely make the team as depth. Overall this was a solid draft that could look much better down the road.  




 

 

Vikings-  Grade - B

 

The Vikings had a strange draft. They took Heisman winning QB Eric Gomez late in the 1st, extremely good value for the pick but the big question is why? They have Emmett Dwyer who is solid and has played well for years, perhaps this is a money move but either way its a head scratcher. In the 2nd they selected LT Heath Slauson who was an absolute steal for that late in the 2nd and will certainly see the field this season. Then in the 3rd they nabbed the best power back in the draft Darrell Monroe who will give star RB Julius Choice a breather, especially on short yardage. The rest of the draft was pretty ordinary with depth and PS fodder mainly.

 

Bears - Grade - B+

 

The primary goal for the Bears in this draft was to try and replace retired DT Fletcher Cox, with no 1st that was a tall order. As it happens they were extremely fortunate to have DT Benjamin Judge drop to them late in the second, Judge was given a 1st round grade by most scouts. They took RB Andrew Livingston in the 3rd to give Alvi Kamara a much needed breather. The score would be higher but they were down some picks and basically landed depth players for the remainder of the draft.

 

Lions - Grade - A-

 

The Lions made a huge investment in the trenches in this draft. Wielding 3 (!!) 1st round picks they were armed to add much needed talent to the defensive line to rush the passer and the protection their young QB Jean Cain needs and to open holes for their emerging star at RB. DT Perry Dickerson was one of the safest picks in the draft and will make an immediate impact at on D working in tandem with new addition Shaquille Merrit. LG Elliot Hollister was a very solid pick late in the 1st. The final addition to their front seven remake was DT Conor Hunt in the 3rd, which was great value there. Overall this was a nice haul for Detroit.

 

Packers - Grade - B+

 

The Packers had a lot of picks and made the most of them for the most part. Armed with 2 first round picks they added stud OL Brian Brackins and DE Troy Henderson. Their young QB Jamario Hendricks will very much appreciate the addition of Brackins as well as their 2nd round pick Austin Boykin who was great value in the late 2nd. They rounded out the 3rd and 4th with some solid defenders from Delaware State's Tripp Craft and Jonathan McKenzie. Keep an eye on McKenzie who had a proclivity for playing well in the box as a hybrid linebacker.

 

 

Stay tuned for the AFC grades coming up!

 

2020-03-10

Season 45 NFC Draft Grades

MBL Season 44 Draft Grades - Analysis

 

Teams were graded by the following metrics:

 

Age - How young was your class, did you get guys that can grow quickly?

Talent - How good was your player, were you picking based on combine scores?

Value - Did you reach for your player or did you find a stud that fell in the draft?

Potential - Does this player have room to grow or are they pro-ready now?

Need - Was this a position of need or was it a best player available situation?






 

Eagles-  Grade - A

 

The Eagles armed themselves with two Top 15 selections and didn't disappoint. They came away with the best LT and LE prospects in the draft shoring up a huge need on both sides of the trenches. They did solid work in the middle rounds as well snagging RG Issac Cantwell who fell due to character concerns. Another name to watch is LOLB Jayden Burse who fell to the 3rd due to an injury suffered in his senior season. Overall this was a very strong draft for Philadelphia.

 

Cowboys - Grade - B

 

Dallas turned a few heads, including incumbent QB Dak Prescott when the selected QB Will Varga with their 1st. Varga was the top QB on the board and his selection might spell the end of the Prescott era in Dallas. The draft was defense heavy and in rounds 2-3 Dallas snagged a few useful players. I think you will see CB Vernon Pierce on the field on Sundays in the MBL and LOLB Robert Shaw is a raw prospect with a high ceiling. This was a solid draft for Dallas.

 

Redskins - Grade - C

 

The Redskins draft has a lot of question marks to be quite frank. They selected LE Lonnie Woody in the 1st who figures to compete in a logjam at DE. With their second 1st they took C Lane Lacy who will likely sit behind the veteran Brandon Scherff this year. Then in the 2nd they picked a Punter that could easily have been taken in rounds 4-7. The other picks in this draft figure to fill in the roster as depth but I doubt any player picked sees the field this season or contributes in a meaningful way anytime soon.

 

Giants - Grade - C+

 

New York selected WR Ellis Morisson with the 12th pick which was confusing, given that they just traded for star WR Parris Campbell. They made a not so sexy pick with the 25th pick in the 1st on RT Mike Smart who figures to slot in at guard this season. They went DL heavy in the middle round and the one guy I like to see the field some is RE Brian Rogers who I believe has a higher ceiling than some anticipate. The rest of the class will figure into the latter end of the roster and fill out the PS. Overall, a pretty mediocre draft for the Giants.

 

49ers-  Grade - B

 

The 49ers once again found themselves with a high 1st round selection. This season they opted to shore up the defensive line with 3 of their 5 selections, taking DT Paul Smith at #14. Smith was a bit of a one-year wonder at FAU and some question the level of competition he faced there, how he reacts to MBL caliber defenses will be closely watched. Saunders was a solid safety prospect in the 3rd but he'll need some seasoning before he is ready. Nothing but potential depth after that.

 

Seahawks - Grade - B+

 

Seattle traded their 1st during the season to make a playoff push so they really were focused on the middle rounds. The Seahawks did their homework and really came away with some nice value in rnds 2-4. The guys to look out for from this draft are LOLB Nazir Beachum and RG Lakarius Buchanan who both might see the field some this season. Aside from those 2, Seattle found nice depth platers throughout the draft.

 

Cardinals - Grade - C

 

The Cardinals traded their 1st and essentially punted on this draft. They grabbed MLB Anthony Bishop in the 3rd who could potentially work his way into a backup role but most of the players picked in rounds 4-7 are likely ticketed to the PS or the end of the roster. There were more questions than answers this draft.

 

Rams - Grade - C+

 

The Rams grabbed raw DE DeAngelo Bishop out of SMU where he clearly excelled against lesser competition. He is undersized for the position and there are questions about how he'll hold to MBL OL size. The Rams grabbed some middling offensive talent in the mid-rounds but did snag CB LaMichael Slay, brother of Darius Slay in the 7th who might find his way on the active roster this season.

 

Falcons-  Grade - B-

 

The Falcons were down a couple selections this draft and did what the great Al Davis was known for, draft speed. Their 1st 3 selections were essentially combine warriors in the DB and WR groups. If there's one guy to keep an eye on, it’s WR MArcus Pleasants. Pleasants, from Grand Valley State, was a very adept with deep routes in the GLIAC Conference in Div II, the step up in talent is significant in the MBL but he finds himself playing with the NFC OROY QB Sam Mcoy. Look for the deep connection during training camp and preseason play.

 

Panthers - Grade - B

 

The Panthers had a nice run with their top two selections. RG Lyn Tate was a mauler at UNC and was a nice pickup at the end of the 1st. The Panthers did surprise everyone when they called CB Wesley Kelly out of Buffalo with their 2nd 1st round pick. Kelly is a CB with good size and speed and figures to see significant playing time in the slot for the Panthers who like to send a lot of corner blitzes. Solid work by Carolina.

 

Saints - Grade - B+

 

The Saints were armed with two 1sts this year so the pressure was on to replenish an aging roster. The snagged the blistering fast Bryson Drayton out of FAU at #6 and then grabbed the most pro-ready OG in the draft, LaMarcus Briscoe, at 25. Two very solid picks, though some scouts believe we have already seen the ceiling for Drayton. They found nice value at #57 in the 2nd with FS Cameron Garman out of Air Force Academy, he led the Mountain West Conference in tackles as a Junior. They then grabbed Luke Windsor's potential backup in the 3rd, Jorge Arellanes of a very talented Buffalo squad this season. Solid work by New Orleans. 

 

Bucs - Grade - B

 

The Bucs came into the draft in the enviable position of drafting the best player available, they did that for the most part. They found talented DT Eric Hudson out of Wake Forest with their 1st, Hudosn dominated the trenches at Wake and was routinely the best player on a bad team. Many scouts felt the Bucs reached a bit in the 2nd and 3rd with Knowles and Stanton but good OL play is hard to find these days. Time will tell if either figures into more than a rotational role during time of injury. The Bucs did find the best kicker in the draft, Jared Sylvan, in the 4th and given the teams difficulties at the position, this pick felt like a home run. Interestingly, Sylan was the 3rd player selected in the top 4 rounds out of Buffalo this draft. I like the value of the speedy Dionte Watts at CB in the 5th. A solid draft.

 

Vikings-  Grade - C

 

The Vikings essentially punted on the draft this season trading away both their 1st and 2nd round picks. They definitely reached grabbing punter Addison Howe in the 3rd, but they needed a punter. The rest of the draft was essentially roster filling as they are up against the cap after an offseason spending spree. Not a great effort by the Vikings but options were limited.

 

Bears - Grade - D+

 

The Bears didn't have much to work with and as a result there really isn't much to say about this class. The only guy that might make the active roster is QB Clay Wilson who will fight for the backup QB job. This was not a good draft for an aging Chicago Bears squad.

 

Lions - Grade - C+

 

The Lions traded their 1st for QB Jean Cain who the team hopes fills the revolving door at QB. This meant the Lions needed to do some solid work in the middle rounds and the results were middling. The Lions grabbed the draft's best talent at FB in the 4th but many GMs think that FB isn't a position heavily utilized in the MBL anymore so a 4th was likely a reach there. The best pick in their draft might actually turnout to be CB Jameson Xavier out of Alabama in the 6th. Xavier was buried under a deep depth chart of talented DBs at Alabama and was never really able to prove himself. Watch out for him maybe as early as next season. 

 

Packers - Grade - C

 

The Packer were all in on the draft this year, trading away star DT Kenny Clark for a 1st. I think they reached grabbing ROLB dashawn Dawkins who will struggle to find playing time behind incumbent Christian Miller. Their 2nd 1st was spent on a LG that many scouts had pegged for the late 2nd, so maybe a reach there. They went RE with each of their next two picks and I like the potential of Justin Bannister who showed flashes of promise at Texas. The mid to late rounds were mainly depth players who will figure in filling out the backend of the roster and PS.

 

Next will be the AFC, Stay Tuned!

 

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2020-02-19

MBL Season 44 Draft Grades

MBL Season 44 Draft Grades - Analysis

 

Teams were graded by the following metrics:

 

Age - How young was your class, did you get guys that can grow quickly?

Talent - How good was your player, were you picking based on combine scores?

Value - Did you reach for your player or did you find a stud that fell in the draft?

Potential - Does this player have room to grow or are they pro-ready now?

Need - Was this a position of need or was it a best player available situation?


 

Falcons-  Grade - A

 

The Falcons really hit a homerun this draft. They had a franchise QB fallin their lap late in the 1st. They snagged multiple valuable OL in the mid rounds and grabbed a few guys with really high ceilings with time to grow. One of the best drafts of the entire MBL.

 

Panthers - Grade - B

 

The Panthers draft is bolstered by the selection of stud DT Klay Randle, which was a position of need for Carolina. They grabbed a couple useful OLB in the 2nd and 3rd that might see playing time down the road as well. The rest of the picks will fight to just make the active roster however.

 

Saints - Grade - C+

 

The Saints didn't do very well with their early picks grabbing a number of players best classified as depth. This draft wasn't a total failure b'c they did find some very talented and raw players in the mid-late rounds. LT Gresham  and RE Rodney Perry might be names to watch later in their careers.

 

Bucs - Grade - C-

 

The Bucs basically punted this year's draft when they acquired star WR OBJ, there really isn't much to say about the few guys they drafted, it's likely most will find a home on the practice squad.

 

Eagles-  Grade - B

 

The Eagles were looking at a draft to fix the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. They did well to find the most pro-ready OL in the draft with LG Hatch. They also grabbed couple interesting lineman on both sides of the ball in rnds 2-5. I wouldn't look for these guys to make much of an impact this season however. 

 

Cowboys - Grade - B+

 

The Cowboys are in the middle of a youth movement. They grabbed stud TE David Richardson in the 1st, with their 2nd 1st they might have reached a bit on LE Brown, though he looks to have a promising career in Dallas. They mainly found depth in the later rounds, but they armed with 3 top 60 picks they were sure to succeed  to some degree.

 

Redskins - Grade - B-

 

The Redskins grabbed a position of need with their 1st in DE Fenner, he isn't sexy but he'll get the job done. The best pick of their draft though might have been when they snagged Kicker Jon Paul in the 4th though.

 

Giants - Grade - B

 

The Giants traded their 1-3 for a franchise QB so they were going to have to nail mid round picks. They did inexplicably take QB Cain with their 1st pick in the draft. However, they were able to snag a couple gems at MLB and RT in the mid rounds which really saved what would have been an awful draft night.

 

49ers-  Grade - B+

 

Armed with the #1 pick in the draft the 49ers took Hesiman Winning QB Freddie Felton, they also had the 9th pick that they used on a sidekick, WR Pearson Haynes. These were both major hits and moved this draft class near the top of the MBL rookie class. The 49ers didn't do much in the middle round and likely only have depth for the next few seasons.

 

Seahawks - Grade - C+

 

The Seahawks were armed with late round picks and did well to find a few solid contributions to future teams. Safety Rashaud Johnson looks to be the best of this class and will hold down the SS position for years to come. Keep an eye on OLB Abraham and LT Hubbard though, a couple of really talented players that fell due to character concerns.

 

Cardinals - Grade - C+

 

The Cards may have reached a bit on CB in the 1st but they did uncover a talented OLB in Gentry who fell due to injury concerns. It was a shallow draft for the Cards but they found solid talent in the middle rounds.

 

Rams - Grade - B

 

The Rams had a good draft. They came away with a franchise QB at pick #5 and added one of the best MLB in the draft in rnd 3. They took the talented, but raw, Michael White in the 2nd who was a 5* coming out of high school that just didn't put it together at UCF. 

 

Vikings-  Grade - B+

 

The Vikings hit on some key early picks, grabbing talented players at positions of need. The overall grade received a boost for grabbing Slate in the mid 1st. Although not a need, the Vikings grabbed stud RB Choice in the mid 2nd, preparing for the day when Dalvin Cook departs.

 

Bears - Grade - C+

 

The Bears had a draft headlined by TE Welsh who was a Top 10 talent that fell to the mid 1st round, they did not have a deep draft and this grade reflects that. The success of Welsh, who has the ability to be a top TE in the MBL, will decide the success of this draft class.

 

Lions - Grade - C+

 

The Lions went with a need at OL with Looney, not sexy but fine. They whiffed on Rooks in the 2nd who appears to be nothing more than a backup in comparison to the incumbent Matt Dye. They did well to find Titus Page in the 3rd. The rest of the draft was depth guys.

 

Packers - Grade - B

 

The Packers were down a 1st and they needed to hit on some later picks to make this a good draft. They grabbed a solid FS in the 2nd and found their future QB in the 7th, which is incredible value. A solid draft all things considered.

 

Next will be the AFC, stay tuned!

 

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2019-12-19

Season 42 Draft Grades

 

With another draft in the books let's see how each team did for themselves in the MBL Season 42 draft and hand out grades for each team. We start out with the East teams today. (writing provided by Gamemaster in association with BR and Draft Pros)

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys  Team Needs: S, DT, WR

 

Grade: B+

Steals: HB Dakota Johnson (4th)

Reaches: WR Devante Edgeton (4th) WR Kenan Turner (3rd)

The Cowboys had the most ammunition of any team. After trading multiple superstars and acquiring 4 (!!) 1st Rnd Picks the draft was set up for a rebuild around the young foundation already in place. The Cowboys hit their needs with John Brown and Javon Birmingham in the 1st. They added interesting young talent at CB in the 1st and 2nd rounds. They did reach in the middle rounds for raw WR talent with speed to burn. Time will tell how they pan out. Late Round flyers on QB and OLB are unlikely to pan out as both were not considered draft material.

 

Analysis: Look for Blake Gordon, Javon Birmingham, and John Brown to make immediate impacts as Day 1 starters with plenty of playing time for Konrad, Gutierrez and Posey. Dakota Johnson may find his niche on special teams and a change of pace back for Zeke. Expect to see Gordon and Brown in the Pro-bowl one day.



 

New York Giants   Team Needs: Depth

Grade: C

Steals: HB DeAndre Harris (2nd) Roland Perry (3rd) Grant Monty (5th)

Reaches: WR John Edwards (3rd)

The Giants are a team that prefers acquiring proven NFL talent as they have traded their 1st in consecutive years. This draft was mainly one targeted at building depth as the team had no glaring weaknesses heading into the draft. The Giants did their best and found a diamond in the rough in round 3 and a HB in Harris that should not have fallen to round 2. They filled out their roster in the middle rounds finding guys to groom for future roles. 

 

Analysis: Look for HB DeAndre Harris to make an immediate impact by spelling Barkley late in games. Time will tell if any of the other players prove to be anything more than general depth. 


 

Philadelphia Eagles   Team Needs: WR, DE, OL

 

Grade: B-

Steals: none

Reaches: C Jake Pearson (3rd)

The Eagles are an aging team in great need of an influx of young talent. They were down a 2nd Round pick due to a head scratching trade for backup RB Austin Eckler, hurting their chances of nailing this draft. However, they hit a homerun with their first pick, selecting talented WR Eddie Valentine who still has room to grow. They reached in the 3rd round for a need and selected C Pearson who is quite raw but has lots of untapped potential. There were no other picks in this draft that will likely serve as anything more than depth or practice squad bodies as all were players that were undraftable. 

 

Analysis: A very top heavy draft yielded a future star and a potential starter down the road. Look for WR Valentine to make a real impact this season and for C Pearson to go through some growing pains during his snaps this season, with the hope of better play in future years.


 

Washington Redskins Team Needs: CB, DE, OL

 

Grade: B-

Steals: none

Reaches: QB Jerry Asher (3rd) DT Chad Butler (4th)

The Redskins, much like the Eagles, are an aging team in need of young talent. After acquiring an additional 1st they were setup to grab two future or immediate starters. C Brooks Waddell and RE Von Kinney were a bit of a reach but they did well finding Josh McCain there at 26. Things unraveled in the middle rounds as the team seemingly saw something that no other did with the picks of Jerry Asher and Chad Butler. They reached on OLB Gabe Stuckey but liked his potential to develop over time. They picked up two very raw but physically gifted CBs late in the 6th and 7th rounds that might develop into contributors down the road. 

Analysis: With two decent picks late in the 1st, the draft automatically gets a passing grade. However, success in the middle rounds can really make a draft special, the Skins seemingly missed the mark here. Look for some of the late picks in this draft to develop into decent depth. The guy to watch this season is DT Josh McCain, who looks to get a number of meaningful snaps in a depleted DL. C Waddell will see playing time and is likely to go through some growing pains during his snaps this season, with the hope of better play in future years. 

 

2019-12-16

MBL Season 42 RB PFF

 


 

Season 42 Running back PFF Scores

 

Welcome to the RB version of the MBL BR/PFF positional analysis! I’m Gamemasterrke and today I’m focusing on the wheels of every offense, the running back. Like last week, the objective of this analysis is to look at more than just yards and tds (though they are very important) to determine who the best RBs in the league are. In this article we will look at the whole picture in order to see which RBs mean the most to their teams and what kinds of data we can use to separate them. This analysis will attempt to bring all factors into play when considering how effective each player is. We will look at the top 32 RBs (min of 500 rush yds) in the MBL this season and highlight some interesting points.

 

 AFC RB of the Year, Jets HB Harmon Bentley

       

Before we begin, it's important to explain what this is and how the rankings were calculated. A total of 6 parameters were used when calculating each RB’s PFF score. Each parameter was scored and weighted based on the PFF importance of that parameter to the overall success of a RB. Of the parameters used some were weighted much higher than others. Here are a couple examples of the stats used:

 




 


 

I believe the most important stat for RBs in the MBL is YPC, more specifically how efficient is a RB each time he touches the ball. Secondarily, I believe that broken tackles are a sign of how effective a RB is. A good offense depends on the RB to pick up those tough yards in clutch situations and that is taken into account in this analysis. Therefore stats such as yards and TDs are weighted equal in this analysis because of things like injuries and games played. YPC and Btk/Att were both weighted the highest in this analysis and all important stats were adjusted by the volume so all RBs can be compared based on sample size. In the MBL, RBs aren’t assessed by measurable traits alone, great RBs can come in many different packages. Much less heralded RBs, such as Melvin Shephard and Harmon Bentley can succeed at the same level as a proven stud such as Ezkeial Elliot. The way these players are used and the system they are in can bring out the best. In the end, each RB was given a PFF score based on all parameters, without any further ado here are the top 5:

 


 

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2019-12-12

Season 42 QB PFF Final Scores

 

Season 42 Quarterback Annual  (Full Season)

 

Welcome to the MBL BR PFF positional analysis! This week we will be focusing on the most important position on the field, the quarterback. Overall, QB play across the MBL has been much better than last cycle and the stats indicate this. Even marginal users can find success this game with the new coverage and Wide Receiver mechanics. This analysis will attempt to bring all factors into play when considering how effective each player is. We will look at the Top 32 (+2) QBs (min of 100 pass attempts) in the MBL Season 42 and highlight some interesting points.







 

     

Before we begin, it's important to explain what this is and how the rankings were calculated. A total of 7 parameters were used when calculating each QB’s PFF score. Each parameter was scored and weighted based on the PFF importance of that parameter to the overall success of a QB. Of the parameters used some were weighted much higher than others. Here are the stats used in the analysis:

 

 

 

 

 

I believe the most important stat for QBs in the MBL is turnovers, more specifically interceptions. This cycle fumbling for QBs on sacks has normalized while fumbles for other positions has increased. Therefore, the ability to take care of the football often separates the good users from the great and certainly shows who the bad are. Turnover differential is a direct reflection on how effective a QB is and was thus weighted the highest. In the above chart, the red trendline is a strong indicator of team winning percentage, as the line decreases so does winning %. Put simply, when you take care of the ball you win in the MBL. The second most important (tied) is QB Rating which takes into account the aggregate of all the major passing stats for QBs and is important for getting a quick idea of who is good and bad. Third most important were total TDS and Yards. Finishing out the formula was Sacks and Yards per attempt to see who was getting the most out of each play.  In the end, each quarterback was given a PFF score based on all parameters, without any further ado here are the Top 10 followed by the rest of the MBL in no particular order:

 


 



 

2019-11-01

MBL Season 41 QB PFF Final Scores

 

Season 41 Quarterback Annual  (Full Season)

 

Welcome to the MBL BR PFF positional analysis! I’m Gamemasterrke and I’m the author of the analyses with help from the stalwart MBL BR team. This week we will be focusing on the most important position on the field, the quarterback. Overall, QB play across the MBL has been much better than last cycle and the stats indicate this. Say what you will about the game but it has sort of leveled the playing field for QBs. Even marginal users can find success this game with the new coverage and Wide Reciever mechanics. This analysis will attempt to bring all factors into play when considering how effective each player is. We will look at the Top 32 QBs (min of 100 pass attempts) in the MBL Season 41 and highlight some interesting points.


 

     

Before we begin it's important to explain what this is and how the rankings were calculated. A total of 7 parameters were used when calculating each QB’s PFF score. Each parameter was scored and weighted based on the PFF importance of that parameter to the overall success of a QB. Of the parameters used some were weighted much higher than others. Here are the stats used in the analysis:

 

 

 

 

 

 

I believe the most important stat for QBs in the MBL is turnovers, more specifically interceptions. This cycle fumbling for QBs on sacks has normalized while fumbles for other positions has increased. Therefore, the ability to take care of the football often separates the good users from the great and certainly shows who the bad are. Turnover differential is a direct reflection on how effective a QB is and was thus weighted the highest. The second most important (tied) is QB Rating which takes into account the aggregate of all the major passing stats for QBs and is important for getting a quick idea of who is good and bad. Third most important were total TDS and Yards. Finishing out the formula was Sacks and Yards per attempt to see who was getting the most out of each play.  In the end, each quarterback was given a PFF score based on all parameters, without any further ado here are the Top 10 followed by 11-32:

 

 

 

 

2019-10-29

Season 41 Secondary PFF Scores

 


 

Season 41 PFF Secondary (CB/FS/SS) Scores 

 

Welcome to the Secondary version of the MBL BR/PFF positional analysis! I’m Gamemasterrke and today I’m focusing on the skill positions (CB/FS/SS) of the defense. Unlike previous editions this analysis will be the first to include more than just player stats into overall grades. This cycle of madden has introduced the value and exploitation of forced fumbles for Safeties and the emergence of man coverage as a viable option again, and hopefully the PFF will accurately capture the impact of members of the secondary as well as some useful stats we can use to distinguish them. At the end I’ll provide some commentary on what positions should be valued most moving forward.  


 

       

Before we begin, it's important to explain what this is and how the rankings were calculated. A total of 6 parameters were used when calculating each RB’s PFF score. Each parameter was scored and weighted based on the PFF importance of that parameter to the overall success of a RB. Of the parameters used some were weighted much higher than others. Here are a couple examples of the stats used:



 

 


 

I believe the most important stat for CBs is Pass Defense and INT, for SSs its pass deflections and FF, for FSs its pass deflections and tackles in the MBL. More specifically how much of an impact is that player having on the play. Secondarily, in this analysis we looked at overall Pass Defense as a factor in each score and graded each player on a curve as a result. For each stat category a specific weight was applied to the score and added together for the final grade. If you are curious how the weights were set, hit me with a DM or tag in chat. All things considered a great cover CB is still most important but different from previous years SSs seem to have more impact on the defense overall and should possibly be valued more than FS. More data is needed in this regard but its food for thought. In the end, each CB/SS/FS was given a PFF score based on all parameters, without any further ado here are the top 5 in each position:

 



 






 


 

Like last week, for those that didn’t make the top 5, dm or tag me in chat for where your player ranked!





















 

2019-09-16

MBL Season 40 Secondary PFF Scores

 


 

Season 40  PFF Secondary (CB/FS/SS) Scores 

 

Welcome to the Secondary version of the MBL BR/PFF positional analysis! I’m Gamemasterrke and today I’m focusing on the skill positions (CB/FS/SS) of the defense. Unlike previous editions this analysis will be the first to include more than just player stats into overall grades. This cycle of madden has introduced the value and exploitation of forced fumbles for Safeties and the emergence of man coverage as a viable option again, and hopefully the PFF will accurately capture the impact of members of the secondary as well as some useful stats we can use to distinguish them. At the end I’ll provide some commentary on what positions should be valued most moving forward.  


 

       

Before we begin, it's important to explain what this is and how the rankings were calculated. A total of 6 parameters were used when calculating each RB’s PFF score. Each parameter was scored and weighted based on the PFF importance of that parameter to the overall success of a RB. Of the parameters used some were weighted much higher than others. Here are a couple examples of the stats used:


 

 


 

I believe the most important stat for CBs is Pass Defense and INT, for SSs its pass deflections and FF, for FSs its pass deflections and tackles in the MBL. More specifically how much of an impact is that player having on the play. Secondarily, in this analysis we looked at overall Pass Defense (shoutout to XxXxXx for the suggestion) as a factor in each score and graded each player on a curve as a result. For each stat category a specific weight was applied to the score and added together for the final grade. If you are curious how the weights were set, hit me with a DM or tag in chat. All things considered a great cover CB is still most important but different from previous years SSs seem to have more impact on the defense overall and should possibly be valued more than FS. More data is needed in this regard but its food for thought. In the end, each CB/SS/FS was given a PFF score based on all parameters, check out the GIF on the tweet for the top scores!


 

Like last week, for those that didn’t make the top 5, dm or tag me in chat for where your player ranked!

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2019-09-12

PFF Scores RB Edition

 


 

Season 40 Running back Annual 1 st Edition

 

Welcome to the RB version of the MBL BR/PFF positional analysis! I’m Gamemasterrke and today I’m focusing on the wheels of every offense, the running back. Like last week, the objective of this analysis is to look at more than just yards and tds (though they are very important) to determine who the best RBs in the league are. In this article we will look at the whole picture in order to see which RBs mean the most to their teams and what kinds of data we can use to separate them. This analysis will attempt to bring all factors into play when considering how effective each player is. We will look at the top 25 RBs (min of 500 rush yds) in the MBL this season and highlight some interesting points.

 

       

Before we begin, it's important to explain what this is and how the rankings were calculated. A total of 6 parameters were used when calculating each RB’s PFF score. Each parameter was scored and weighted based on the PFF importance of that parameter to the overall success of a RB. Of the parameters used some were weighted much higher than others. Here are a couple examples of the stats used:

 


 

 


 

I believe the most important stat for RBs in the MBL is YPC, more specifically how efficient is a RB each time he touches the ball. Secondarily, I believe that broken tackles are a sign of how effective a RB is. A good offense depends on the RB to pick up those tough yards in clutch situations and that is taken into account in this analysis. Therefore stats such as yards and TDs are weighted equal in this analysis because of things like injuries and games played. YPC and Btk/Att were both weighted the highest in this analysis and all important stats were adjusted by the volume so all RBs can be compared based on sample size. In the end, each RB was given a PFF score based on all parameters, without any further ado here are the top 5:

 


 

Like last week, for those that didn’t make the top 5, dm or tag me in chat for where your player ranked!





















 

2019-09-11

Season 40 QB PFF Final Scores

 

Season 40 Quarterback Annual  (Full Season)

 

Welcome to the MBL BR PFF positional analysis! I’m Gamemasterrke and I’m the author of the analyses with help from the stalwart MBL BR team. This week we will be focusing on the most important position on the field, the quarterback. Overall, QB play across the MBL has been much better than last cycle and the stats indicate this. Say what you will about the game but it has sort of leveled the playing field for QBs. Even marginal users can find success this game with the new coverage mechanics. This analysis will attempt to bring all factors into play when considering how effective each player is. We will look at the Top 32 QBs (min of 100 pass attempts) in the MBL Season 40 and highlight some interesting points.









     

Before we begin it's important to explain what this is and how the rankings were calculated. A total of 7 parameters were used when calculating each QB’s PFF score. Each parameter was scored and weighted based on the PFF importance of that parameter to the overall success of a QB. Of the parameters used some were weighted much higher than others. Here are a couple examples of the stats used:

 


 

 

I believe the most important stat for QBs in the MBL is turnovers, more specifically interceptions. This cycle fumbling for QBs on sacks has normalized while fumbles for other positions has increased. Therefore, the ability to take care of the football often separates the good users from the great and certainly shows who the bad are. Turnover differential is a direct reflection on how effective a QB is and was thus weighted the highest. The second most important (tied) is QB Rating which takes into account the aggregate of all the major passing stats for QBs and is important for getting a quick idea of who is good and bad as well as total TDS.  In the end, each quarterback was given a PFF score based on all parameters, without any further ado here are the Top 10:

 

 

For those that didn’t make the Top 10, hit me in the DM or chat for how your QB did!