The Team-less Mock Draft

April 28th, 2015


Jeff Risdon

I learned this exercise from a few years ago when my second-to-last mock draft wound up being more accurate than my final mock. I had a lot more players slotted correctly but the teams didn’t match. So I figured, why not strip the team component out of the equation? After all, nearly 1/3 of all picks have been traded in the last four drafts.

This is not reflective of my draft rankings but rather trying to predict the way the draft actually unfolds. The goal is to be within 1 slot in the first 10, within 2 slots in the first 20, within 3 slots from 21-60 and within 4 slots thereafter. Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Draft Thoughts

April 26th, 2015



Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon)

The 2015 NFL Draft is four excruciatingly long days away. As I sat down to start writing my final 7-round mock draft (available at RealGM on Wed. night), I had a bunch of thoughts running through my head. Some are Lions-related, others are more general. Without further ado…

I strongly believe the Lions are taking a lineman in the first round
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Tight End Rankings

April 25th, 2015

Jeff Heuerman, from Twitter

Jeff Heuerman, from Twitter

Josh Keatley, @Keatdawg27

The 2015 NFL Draft class should be a notch better than the 2014 class based on the assumption that the top of this class has less boom or bust potential. Last year’s class featured more athletic receiving ends that will have to develop technically to be effective, but the top of the 2015 class features a few prospects that should provide the full package for an offense. The problem this year is the lack of depth, because after the top two we see a major drop off. That does not mean there is not talent after the first couple of rounds, but development will be needed. Read the rest of this entry »

Center Big Board

April 22nd, 2015

Updated 4/22

Not the best of classes, but Erving projects as an immediate impact starter after moving from left tackle late in his final season. Mancz, Jasperse, Mason and Smith also have draftable grades at other OL positions, highlighting their versatility. Mason is the only one who grades higher at another spot, a full point higher at guard than center.

Defensive Tackle Big Board

April 22nd, 2015

Updated 4/21

A quick notes:
The rankings do not necessarily coordinate with the grades. Consider that as variability with some of the more developmental players like Leterrius Walton and Xavier Williams.

First-Round CB Prospects: Pros and Cons

April 20th, 2015

Jeff Risdon

Earlier we looked at the offensive tackles the Detroit Lions might consider with the #23 pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. This time the focus is on the other most likely position for Detroit to look with the pick, cornerback.

As with the tackles, there are a wide variety of choices. Each has his own positives and negatives. Here they are, in alphabetical order. Read the rest of this entry »

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