ZRagone

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  1. ZRagone

    Official 2018 Redskins Training Camp/Preseason Thread

    Been watching NFL Network today to see some glimpses of our camp, but I couldn't help but chuckle hearing Speilmen up in Minnesota every time he'd talk about Cousins would say "KirK" with more emphasis on the K then I've ever heard. Just kind of made me laugh given all our years of "Is bruce saying Kirk or Kurt". Thankfully there's not a lot of ways you can screw up "Alex". I'm liking what I've seen/heard out of Doctson so far. Really hoping he has a breakout season. And loving everything about Guice so far.
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    Official 2018 Redskins Training Camp/Preseason Thread

    Morris didn't necessarily impress in shorts. To the contrary, it was his play with the pads on during the preseason that solidified it for him. The preseason game against the Bears where he was trucking people with I think the 1st team really drove it home.
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    2018 ES GMs Mock Draft is complete!

    Direct Hits: The Bears with Anthony Miller The Bengals with Davontae Harris The Steelers with Jaylen Samuels The Vikings with Daniel Carlson The Patriots with Braxtos Berriors and finally, The Redskins with Derrius Guice, Tim Settle, and Shaun Dion Hamilton. I'm going to go back and check, but that may be the most hits for a team since we started doing this.
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    2018 ES GMs Mock Draft is complete!

    2015: Arik Armstead, Alex Carter, Ben Heeney, Tyler Kroft, Jeff Luc, Nick Marshall, Corey Robinson, Xavier Williams, Amarlo Herrera 2016: Darron Lee, Artie Burns, Austin Hooper, Josh Ferguson, Kyle Murphy, Jacoby Brissett, Nile Lawrence-Stample, Stephen Weatherly 2017: Chidobe Awuzie, Jordan Willis, Kareem Hunt, Daeshon Hall, Jermaine Eluemunor, Jon Toth, DJ Jones, Samson Ebukam Still annoyed you snagged Hunt a handful of picks before I was going to grab him with the Chiefs 2017: Sidney Jones, Will Holden, Tarik Cohen, Jonnu Smith, Devonte Fields, Jimmie Gilbert 2016: Derrick Henry, Javon Hargrave, Jerald Hawkins, Charles Tapper, DJ White, Glenn Gronkowski, Marquez North, Justin Zimmer, Roger Lewis, Elandon Roberts
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    2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    I'd be dancing if we grabbed both of them and added two Hoos to this team both at spots I think it'd be smart for us to draft too
  6. Love the pick. And props to the person who posted the tweet considering Scot; won't lie, that made me happy to see.
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    2018 ES GMs Mock Draft is complete!

    So interesting... I picked Donte Jackson 1 pick early, and I picked Rasheem Green 1 pick early. Breeland Speaks was someone I had targeted for the third, but Rasheem Green was someone I rated higher and took earlier so I passed on him. I had the positional need idea right, but the value wrong apaprently Got DJ Chark a good bit later than he went. Definitely felt like a value pick at the time of our draft, so was happy to see him go higher.
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    2018 ES GMs Mock Draft is complete!

    Because if the skipped person still plans to participate, it allows the person with actual research and more in depth knowledge of that teams needs, and who is ultimately being tied to the draft overall, to actually be the one to make the pick. Where as I'm not sure I see a benefit for someone else picking a random player for that person's team. You could say it's less "realistic" for a skip to happen, but having a GM picking for a team they have little to know information about is also rather unrealistic as well. I just don't really see what the value is in having other people make a person's picks for then
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    2018 ES GMs Mock Draft is complete!

    As someone who has been a part of this since the start (including juggling two teams to help fill), and also has experienced the realities of missing pick form both sides, I’ll give my 2 cents. I 100% agree with 8 hours for every round. If someone misses their 8 hour window, they’re skipped. I agreee with the notion that they are able to come back in immediately following the person on the clock once they make their presence known. The exception to this would be if they show up within ~15 minutes of their time. I also agree, they should provide a short list of at least three picks to someone present (perhaps even the person who is currently on the clock). If someone is skipped, and their turn comes up again, they should simply be instantly skipped. I think this may already happen, but if not This fixes any issues of someone who’s missing for a long time causing more than one picks worth of “lag” time. Personally, I see ZERO reason to go through the trouble of soliciting replacements. I see no harm at all with simply skipping those picks. If that player doesn’t show back up, so be it; no true harm has been done to the draft. If they return, then they’re properly penalized already by having a smaller swath of players to pick from for their missed picks. I’ve yet to see a compelling reason why it’s so imperative to replace a GM if the multiple skip lag is handled by auto-skipping all their future picks until they show back up. As far as using/trading in the 8 hours go, if you don’t want people to take the full 8 hours then it should be less. I have significant disagreement with forcing individual participants preferred methods of operating as mandated operations. If someone wants to take their draft time to find a trade partner, so be it. I’m not personally a fan of waiting more than an hour or so after making it known I may be interested in a trade, but I’ve never had an issue or felt negative towards those who use all of their time. If we don’t want them to take the time, then we shouldn’t be giving that much. If we are giving that much, we should treat a pick going the full 8 hours as the norm and consider anything other than that a happy bonus. Definitely not opposed to the set draft times as opposed to a time span, though have to look at the numbers more to see if I feel it’d actually be better. My views regarding skips with that method remains the same.
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    2018 ES GMs Mock Draft is complete!

    La'el Collins Jaelen STrong Stephone Anthony Michael Bennett Jaquiski Tartt Senquez Golson Jarvis Harrison ZACH ZENNER (How did you forget about ZACH ZENNER!?!?!!) Vince Mayle Blake Bell
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    2018 ES GMs Mock Draft is complete!

    So long as people remember their teams, I have every draft in spreadsheet form and can pull them as needed. I'll grab yours tomorrow.
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    2018 ES GMs Mock Draft is complete!

    Definitely agree with GHH, we're now finally at that "3 years out" phase with the 2015 draft. I have to say, overall I'm exceptionally happy. I ended up drafting 17 players across 2 teams (Kansas City and Detroit). Out of that, twelve (71%) of the players I drafted were still in the league by the end of last year. Of those 12, half of them were starters including one all-pro player in David Johnson. So 1 all-pro, 5 solid starters, 5 rotational/depth guys, and a practice squad guy. All and all, I'd say that's a pretty good haul. Taken seperately... Kansas City had 10 picks. They got 2 starters, 4 depth guys, a practice squad guy, and 3 busts. The Lions had 7 picks. They got an All-Pro, 3 starters, a depth player, and two busts. That's on top of capturing a 3rd and 5th the following year for the Chiefs, and basically swapping a 6th for a 4th the following year for the Lions. My 2016 draft is looking pretty good going into its 3rd year as well. Only one bust, along with two solid starters, a pro bowler, and two depth guys. Will have to see how that holds up after this year. Every guy from my 2017 draft is still in the league, with 3 starters. But it's WAY too early to read anything into that draft.
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    2018 ES GMs Mock Draft is complete!

    The portion of the draft where there were the best "value" appeared was the early 5th around and the early 2nd round. The worst "value" came in the late 3rd and late 4th. Controlling for abnormally low/high scores, the four picks with the "worst" value were: Darious Williams Charvarius Ward Tarvarius Moore Justin Watson The four highest value picks were: Derwin James Harold Landry Jerome Baker Marcus Allen (big ups to the Patriots, who had two of those). Looking at just pure value (where they were taken compared to where they were ranked), without any controls, the four biggest "steals" were: Tarvarus Mcfadden (121 spots lower) Sean Welsh (114 spots lower) Josh Adams (97 spots lower) Kentavius Street (91 spots lower) Packers managed to grab two of them. Also, can I just say...who stole GHH and replaced him this year? In 2015, Dallas had one of the lowest rated individual players and was #30 in adjusted value and #32 in Talent average . I believe he had the Redskins in 2016? And again had one of the lowest rated picks along with being #29 in adj. value. 2017, once more he had a lowest rated player and was #25 in adj. value along with #32 in terms of talent average (albiet largely due to trading away a ton of picks). This year? None of the lowest rated picks belonged to him, he was in the top 15 for adjusted value, and into the top 20 for talent average. I think someone either stole GHH or at least his big board Also, as a quick snapshot. Patriots were the top team in terms of adjusted value. The Giants were #1 in terms of the average value of the talent they acquired. The raiders were the winner in terms of the total amount of talent they added. Finally, the Bills, Colts, and Browns were tied with the highest amount of 3rd round or better talent they added (6 each).
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    2018 ES GMs Mock Draft is complete!

    So just looking at the actual drafted guys, here are the players left from my aggregate top 200. Davin Bellamy Justin Jackson Brandon Facyson So 3 total. For comparison... 2017 - 24 out of my aggregate top 200 didn't get drafted 2016 - 6 of the top 200 didn't get drafted 2015 - 5 of the top 200 didn't get drafted So 2017 seemed a bit of an outlier, with this year being much closer to the first two in terms of our draft matching up with my aggregate top 200. For reference, here were my aggregate sources this year. CBS Draft Countdown Drafttek NFL Draft Scout Walterfootball* DraftGeek* Matt Millar (Bleacher Report)* Sports Illustrated Daniel Jeremiah (NFL.com)* SBNation* Draftwire* * - Weighted slightly less due to source or the low volume of players on their big board. Additional quick snapshot metrics inbound. For those that don't know/remember from previous years, my process is basically a notion of crowd sourcing. I scour the net looking for big boards and plug that information into a spreadsheet, creating an aggregate score across all the various sources to formulate a combined big board. The theory being that numerous different peoples views on a player helps to zero in on their actual value better than trusting any single evaluator or persons reading of them.
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    2018 ES GMs Mock Draft is complete!

    For Kansas City, outside of Cornerback, this draft was about acquiring talented depth for the future at positions that were somewhat bare as opposed to needing to get immediate starters. We definitely feel like we've managed to do that in spades. Despite not having a pick until half way through round 2, we feel confident we've gotten ourselves a starter on the outside with Donte Jackson. A talented corner, his exceptional speed will be what separates him. Rasheem Green and DJ Chark are two players taken for similar reasons. Both players with good value propositions that, at worst, should provide solid depth with the potential for future regular contributions. DeShon Elliot in the 4th is viewed by KC as an absolute steal and someone who could line up in the back line of the defense day one. A 6-1 ballhawk with good instincts, he pairs perfectly with Eric Berry. At 160, Marquis Haynes was yet another value pick. A skilled edge rusher with experience in the 3-4, he helps provide additional help in replacing the production from Tamba Hali. With Alex Smith being traded and Mahomes taking over as the projected starter, Kansas City needed to look at a capable and solid backup of the future. Chad Henne works as a steward at the moment, but not long term. Benkert is the kind of steady handed student of the game, ala perhaps the man Alex Smith replaced, that should work wonderfully as a guy to groom as a solid and effective backup to your new franchise QB. in the 6th, Coleman Shelton provides not only needed center depth, but versatility. Having played literally every position along the line, Coleman is the perfect utility backup lineman. At 210, Tavarus Mcfadden was just too great of value to pass up. A 3rd round talent picked over 100 spaces lower than where he was on our big board, his raw potential as a big press corner is evident. While he's a raw prospect, with a little time to develop he could pay off big for such a late round pick. Finally, to round out the draft, Christian Sam is the perfect kind of scrappy, hard nosed, ILB that every team should want to have. He'll provide some depth after the loss of Justin Houston, and fits the mold for the type of ILB that can slide into the starting spot and surprise when needed. The only position of need that KC failed to get ahold of from their list was a backup all around TE for Jason Kelce, but the potential of Tavarus Mcfadden so deep in the draft was more valuable in the long term. Overall, we're extremely happy with this draft, especially given our handicap of not having a 1st round selection thanks to the trade for Mahomes last year.