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Draft Spotlight

Discussion in 'Hard At Work' started by akutozo, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. akutozo

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    Each week we'll be providing a draft spotlight on a top ranked player entering the HaW 2017 draft. We'll provide strengths and weaknesses and why we think you should be trading away everything or avoiding these top rated busts come time for offseason.
     
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    Player: CB J.T. Brent
    Age: 24
    School: Wisconsin

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    J.T. has been a man among children in his time at Wisconsin. 24 years old, he started playing college football when he was already 21 years old. At a staggering 6'2'' in the corner position, he has shown himself to be a top flight press corner with the ability to jam wide recievers at the line and wreak havoc on passing routes. A team with a strong pass rush is going to love the addition of this top tier player despite his age, and he will bring a savage tone to teams with a healthy pass rush who need that extra second to smash the quarterback.

    College Quarterbacks have a QBR of 62.6 when targeting receivers he is covering, allowing just 1 TD this season so far. Look for teams not intimidated by his age to trade up in the draft to get him, especially if he has a strong combine. He has the potential to move to the S position in certain schemes, but his natural position and draft value will place him at cornerback as a likely rookie starter and impact player.
     
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    Player: LT Trovon Mebane
    Age: 23
    School: Ohio State


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    Quite possibly the most polished lineman coming into the draft, the former teammate of NFL breakout star Ezekiel Elliot and younger brother of Brandon Mebane has declared for the NFL draft. Known for his exceptional Pass Blocking skills, Mebane has yet to allow a sack against a Buckeye QB this year. With NFL starter quality run blocking techniques, a solid O-Line coach could turn Mebane into a perennial all pro.

    Considered a can't miss prospect, many people wonder how far he will fall with some grading him out as the best player to declare for the draft so far. Mike Mayock was quoted as saying "The Seahawks should trade away the house, the cars in the garage and all the money in their wallet for this kid." If he falls in the draft, it's going to require an ill timed bong picture (here's to you Tunsil).
     
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    Player: QB Giovanni Watts
    Age: 21
    School: Auburn

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    Giovanni Watts is a revelation on the football field. Labelled as the more accurate version of Michael Vick he has been pure electricity on the football field. His combination of mobility, size and short field accuracy allow him to wreak havoc on unprepared defenses. At just 21 years old, the ceiling for Giovanni is as high as the coaching staff that will draft him.

    Scouts will be paying close attention to his combine to see if his speed can stand up to NFL levels, but make no mistake that he could be the fastest QB in the draft. Coaches will have their hands full adjusting him to staying in the pocket, but the investment is worth the price. He's already put up 7,000+ yards passing and 1500+ yards rushing in 2 and a half seasons at Auburn, leading Alabama coach Nick Saban to say he's the most NFL ready QB Auburn has ever had.
     
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    Player: SS Mike Youngblood
    Age: 23
    School: Penn State

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    The big hitting safety out of Penn State will have anyone looking to solidify their secondary salivating at what he can bring to the field. Clocking in at 6'0'' 207 pounds, he's been the linchpin of a versatile defense in college. With the skillset to punish receivers, stuff the run and drop back into coverage he brings an element to the highlight reels that leave fans saying filthy.

    According to analytic experts @ Daddyleagues, the only team to not have a SS ranked in the top 50 best safeties is the Cleveland Browns. That being said, starting caliber Safeties of this skill set are hard to come by. Draft experts are queuing potential landing spots as Pittsburgh to replace aging safety David Burton Jr (29 YO, 78 OVR), Carolina to replace Kurt Coleman (28 YO, 76 OVR), and Washington to replace Duke Ihenacho (27YO; 78 OVR).

    Teams with weak starting Safeties like San Francisco and the Jets both have promising developmental pieces who are only 24 years old, but could also be hungry to add an elite talent in the draft and trade away their current pieces. No matter what, look for Youngblood on the draft boards while you can. He won't be on them long.
     
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    Player: HB Kirkland McCardell
    Age: 22
    School: Georgia

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    Kirkland McCardell is what happens when Christan Okoye and Lawrence Taylor are crossbred into a rookie phenom with the ability to bulldoze, smash and wreak havoc on opposing defenses. Clocking in at 6'1'', 239 pounds he's a force of nature with the vision of an eagle on the playing field. Holes in the line? He'll hit 'em. LBers in the line? He'll hit 'em too.

    Todd Gurleys successor to Georgia's running back throne will have GMs salivating over the prospect of bringing in this yardage machine to wear out defenses and make game plans obsolete. The Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, New England Patriots and - inexplicably - the Atlanta Falcons round out the bottom 5 teams in rushing this year. Could one of them be desperate enough to draft this mountain man in the first? We'll find out in the draft.
     
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    Player: MLB B.J. Street
    Age: 22
    School: Baylor

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    No one wanted to talk about how Aesir Holt was nicknamed "B.J. Street" in college, and we want to know. $100 goes to the first person that can give us the exposé.
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    Also, he's good at football. Email us.
     
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    Player: LG Aaron Mclaughlin
    Age: 22
    School: Stanford

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    Aaron has seen himself become a season starter at Stanford despite inconsistent play. Early reports have him projected to go as high as the first round, but I'm expecting to see him fall mid 2nd to as far as early 3rd if GMs avoid reaching. He's an immovable object in the run game, so if your team needs a guard to just stand there he's your man. If you expect him to make plays up field than you should expect North Korea to reunite with South Korea.

    Whoever drafts him will need to have strong offensive line coach to improve his technical skills and allow him to grow. He could be a S1 starter on the worst olines or a season 3 starter who gets the time needed to develop into a top tier run blocker and overall mid tier starter.
     
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    Player: LB Howard White
    Age: 22
    School: Miami

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    Howard White has been blowing up quarterbacks since his freshman year and will be an impact player from the moment he lines up in the NFL. Sitting at a solid 250+ pounds, he's an expert at spinning around the edge against stronger lineman and overpowering undersized lineman with his bull rush technique. Look for White to be a top 10 pick, grading as the most complete edge rusher in this draft.

    Currently in need of a solid rusher: The New York Jets and Chicago Bears, both of which are on track for the 1st and 2nd overall pick. It wouldn't be a shock to see a team an AFC West team, who all have aging stars at the outside position, trade up to secure the future.
     
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