RuthlessBurgher

04-15-2011, 12:40 PM

I put all positions (except for QB or C...with Ben, Byron, Charlie, Dennis, Maurkice, and Bronko on the roster, we are not drafting a QB or C this year) in a hat, and simply picked them out of a hat one by one to determine which positions we would be using our 7 draft picks on. Completely random.

The only position that I put in the hat twice was corner, because I can legitimately see us taking 2 corners in this draft. It is also possible that we take two o-lineman (but if we did, it would be 1 OT and 1 OG), we could take 2 d-linemen (but if we did, it would be 1 DE and 1 NT), and we might even select 2 linebackers (but if we did, it would be 1 OLB and 1 ILB). Therefore, CB was the only repeat (and as it turns out, I did end up picking CB from the hat twice!).

I put in WR, RB, TE, OT, OG, DE, NT, OLB, ILB, S, CB, CB. I added a slip for kicker after the 3rd round was completed (since we would only consider taking a kicker on day 3 of the draft), and it turns out that the kicker slip did, in fact, rear its ugly head right off the bat in its first opportunity in the 4th round. Go figure.

Here is how the positions came out of the hat (again...completely random):

1. NT

2. TE

3. CB

4. K

5. ILB

6. RB

7. CB

From here, I used NFLDraftScout as a reference to see what prospects they had ranked at those positions in those rounds to see who we might take.

There was no debate in the first two rounds. Phil Taylor is only legit 1st round 3-4 NT prospect in this draft, so he gets the nod. Among TE's, I was looking for guys with a round 2 or round 2-3 grade. NFLDraftScout's top TE, Kyle Rudolph, was listed as a 1-2 prospect, so he wouldn't last until #63. Their #2 TE, Luke Stocker, was listed as a 2-3 prospect. The next guy after him, Lance Kendricks was listed as a round 3 prospect. The nod goes to Stocker as the only guy with a round 2 or 2-3 grade according to their site (sorry Bruce Arians and other Kendricks fans).

For the 3rd round, there were 5 CB's listed with either round 3 or 3-4 grades (Shareece Wright and Marcus Gilbert with a 3, and Johnny Patrick, Jalil Brown, and Curtis Marsh with a 3-4). To continue with the random names out of a hat theme, I put each of those guy's names in a hat, and Curtis Marsh came out the winner here.

Alex Henery of Nebraska is the only kicker with a 4th round grade. He's our guy.

In the 5th and 6th rounds, there were two eligible players at each position (ILB's: Jeremy Beal 5 and Josh Bynes 5-6 RB's: Evan Royster 6 and Dion Lewis 6-7). The names that I pulled out of the hat here were Josh Bynes and Dion Lewis.

In the 7th and final round, I had 6 possibilities (Loyce Means and Korey Lindsey with a 7 and Kevin Rutland, Devon Torrence, Ryan Hill, and Darrin Walls with a 7-FA). The name Kevin Rutland came out of my hat.

So here is my complete random names out of a hat mock draft:

1. Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor, 6'3" 334 lbs.

2. Luke Stocker, TE, Tennessee, 6'5" 258 lbs.

3. Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah State, 6'1" 197 lbs.

4. Alex Henery, K, Nebraska, 6'2" 177 lbs.

5. Josh Bynes, ILB, Auburn, 6'1" 240 lbs.

6. Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh, 5'7" 193 lbs.

7. Kevin Rutland, CB, Missouri, 6'0" 190 lbs.

Is this randomness any worse than something that you might see from Mel Kiper or Todd McShay? Probably not.

The only position that I put in the hat twice was corner, because I can legitimately see us taking 2 corners in this draft. It is also possible that we take two o-lineman (but if we did, it would be 1 OT and 1 OG), we could take 2 d-linemen (but if we did, it would be 1 DE and 1 NT), and we might even select 2 linebackers (but if we did, it would be 1 OLB and 1 ILB). Therefore, CB was the only repeat (and as it turns out, I did end up picking CB from the hat twice!).

I put in WR, RB, TE, OT, OG, DE, NT, OLB, ILB, S, CB, CB. I added a slip for kicker after the 3rd round was completed (since we would only consider taking a kicker on day 3 of the draft), and it turns out that the kicker slip did, in fact, rear its ugly head right off the bat in its first opportunity in the 4th round. Go figure.

Here is how the positions came out of the hat (again...completely random):

1. NT

2. TE

3. CB

4. K

5. ILB

6. RB

7. CB

From here, I used NFLDraftScout as a reference to see what prospects they had ranked at those positions in those rounds to see who we might take.

There was no debate in the first two rounds. Phil Taylor is only legit 1st round 3-4 NT prospect in this draft, so he gets the nod. Among TE's, I was looking for guys with a round 2 or round 2-3 grade. NFLDraftScout's top TE, Kyle Rudolph, was listed as a 1-2 prospect, so he wouldn't last until #63. Their #2 TE, Luke Stocker, was listed as a 2-3 prospect. The next guy after him, Lance Kendricks was listed as a round 3 prospect. The nod goes to Stocker as the only guy with a round 2 or 2-3 grade according to their site (sorry Bruce Arians and other Kendricks fans).

For the 3rd round, there were 5 CB's listed with either round 3 or 3-4 grades (Shareece Wright and Marcus Gilbert with a 3, and Johnny Patrick, Jalil Brown, and Curtis Marsh with a 3-4). To continue with the random names out of a hat theme, I put each of those guy's names in a hat, and Curtis Marsh came out the winner here.

Alex Henery of Nebraska is the only kicker with a 4th round grade. He's our guy.

In the 5th and 6th rounds, there were two eligible players at each position (ILB's: Jeremy Beal 5 and Josh Bynes 5-6 RB's: Evan Royster 6 and Dion Lewis 6-7). The names that I pulled out of the hat here were Josh Bynes and Dion Lewis.

In the 7th and final round, I had 6 possibilities (Loyce Means and Korey Lindsey with a 7 and Kevin Rutland, Devon Torrence, Ryan Hill, and Darrin Walls with a 7-FA). The name Kevin Rutland came out of my hat.

So here is my complete random names out of a hat mock draft:

1. Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor, 6'3" 334 lbs.

2. Luke Stocker, TE, Tennessee, 6'5" 258 lbs.

3. Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah State, 6'1" 197 lbs.

4. Alex Henery, K, Nebraska, 6'2" 177 lbs.

5. Josh Bynes, ILB, Auburn, 6'1" 240 lbs.

6. Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh, 5'7" 193 lbs.

7. Kevin Rutland, CB, Missouri, 6'0" 190 lbs.

Is this randomness any worse than something that you might see from Mel Kiper or Todd McShay? Probably not.