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Mock Draft I: Autumnal Equinox Edition

Saturday, September 27th, 2014


Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

The calendar has turned from summer to fall, so it’s probably time to put out the initial 2015 mock draft.

I’ve included many underclassmen but in the majority of the cases it’s simply speculation that these players will declare. At this point in the process there is still way too much to learn about the prospects to offer much more than guesswork. Consider this more for entertainment purposes than any real substantive prediction of what’s going to happen next May.

The draft order is based on my personal projection of how the NFL season will play out after watching three weeks of action. It will change, probably in dramatic fashion, before the next version comes out in another month or so. (more…)

Lions Draft Roadmap

Monday, May 5th, 2014


Jeff Risdon

The 2014 NFL Draft is nearly upon us after months of projecting, speculating, and wondering. All that ends very soon, when we will all know the names of the newest Detroit Lions.

In most draft seasons, I usually have a very strong idea of what the Lions are going to do. This year, not so much.

The way I see it, from culling sources within Allen Park, agents, and other informed folks, the Lions are going to follow one of four basic roads in the draft. There are some variations within each road, but the basic path remains true.

Here are the roads the Lions are looking at travelling in the draft’s first two days. They are listed in no particular order of likelihood. (more…)

Mock Draft V: Let’s Make a Deal

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Jeff Risdon

This version goes four full rounds. In the interest of time, I kept the commentary brief.

There are a handful of trades projected here. That’s what they are–projections. This is for edutainment, offering one idea as to how a completely unpredictable draft is going to play out.

The final mock draft will be seven full rounds and I will release that in two parts. The first three rounds will publish Wed. May 7th at 11 PM Eastern. The next four rounds will follow on Thurs. May 8th at 9 AM.

I will also do a “teamless” mock draft of the first 100 picks that will come out either that Wed. morning or possibly even Tuesday night. That one tends to be the most accurate projection of player to draft slot, which is always my overriding goal in any mock draft. (more…)

Mock Draft: Darren Page’s 3-rounder

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014


Darren Page @DarrenPage15

Here is a glance into my admittedly blurry (but clearing by day!) crystal ball.  Disclaimer: the written explanations are not my sole rationale for why these picks could happen.

First Round

1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina – The Watt/Clowney tandem is a terrifying proposition for the rest of the NFL.

2. St. Louis Rams: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn – Assuming Jake Long gets back into the lineup, the Rams can stick Robinson on the right side and have a formidable offensive line.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville – Are the rumors of Teddy Bridgewater falling for real?  I’m not so sure.

4. Cleveland Browns: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M – Cleveland has reinforced their wide receiver corps through free agency, but lining Evans up opposite Josh Gordon will put pressure on coverage schemes.

5. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson – If you go to war with Matt Schaub, you better have a sharp sword for him. (more…)

Mock Draft IV: Delirium Trigger Edition

Friday, March 28th, 2014

This mock draft is best enjoyed listening to Coheed and Cambria


Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

It’s Friday, March 28th. Most of the significant pro days are done, and private workouts are in full swing. I’ve got a full pot of coffee, a Spotify playlist devoted exclusively to Coheed & Cambria, and about six hours until my kids are done with school…

It’s go time. Man your battle stations!

This one goes four full rounds, including the recently awarded compensatory picks. Limited commentary, and some of the comments will not make a lot of sense to those who are not Children of the Fence.

I did sprinkle in a handful of trades. They are marked with an asterisk (*). (more…)

Mock Draft III: The Fall of the Quarterbacks

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Jeff Risdon

It’s still before free agency and most pro days, so things are still bound to change quite a bit.

This edition features just two QBs in the top 20, a riff on what happened a year ago when the quarterbacks all fell much further than anticipated. No trades in this version; wait until the next one. The comments here are brief as well; if you have a specific question about a pick let me know on Twitter @JeffRisdon

As always, these picks represent what decision I think the teams could make in the given situation. It does not necessarily reflect the decision I would make in the same situation.

Round 1
1. Houston Texans: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida–They hired a QB guru as the head coach for a reason, and Bortles offers tantalizing potential

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