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thunderspirit wrote: Thu Mar 17, 2022 7:42 pm
Moriarty wrote: Thu Mar 17, 2022 4:42 pm Superstars of Combine edition
Most of these are nice choices.

I will say, there's next to no chance the Bears draft Sam Williams, or anyone else with his kind of history. But the idea is worthwhile.
I never found a single detail about it. Just very bare bones "allegation", "dropped", "reinstated" stuff. So I've been leaning to it not being a stopper. They are sticking by Mario Edwards, for example. (Did that ever get resolved?)

Do you know any more about it?
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Moriarty wrote: Thu Mar 17, 2022 8:22 pm
Ditka’s dictaphone wrote: Thu Mar 17, 2022 5:35 pm We definitely need 2 offensive tackles in my opinion and I think that’s how Poles will strategise. Build through the draft suggests to me he wants 2 or 3 genuine starters from the draft so I’d say one WR and 2 OTs.
In theory, I would be fine with that.
The difficulty is - there are very few guys in the draft that I would say are:

very likely to stay at T
very likely to become starters
going to be there at 39 or later


There's plenty of interesting candidates if you want a "maybe he'll be a tackle, maybe he'll have to move inside, but he's a good bet to start somewhere" type.
But we already have 2 maybe T maybe G guys. Take 2 more and you're liable to end up with 3-4 Gs and 1 or 0 tackles.
I’m looking at Petit-Frere and Lucas to be tackles available at 39 onwards.
Petit-Frere knows how to protect Fields :thumbsup:
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Todays version :D

Trades:
Eagles receive 48 - Bears receive 124 and 51
Broncos receive 51 - Bears receive 64 and 96

Picks:
39 - Tyler Smith OT
64 - Christian Watson WR
71 - Nicholas Petit-Frere OT
96 - Kerby Joseph S
124 - Troy Anderson LB
148 - Tariq Castro-Fields CB
150 - Tyreke Smith DE
186 - Danny Gray WR

WR x 2, OT x 2, S, LB, CB, DE
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Sim 1no trades

39 George PickensWR | Georgia LogoGeorgia
48Christian WatsonWR | North Dakota State LogoNorth Dakota State
71Sean RhyanOT | UCLA LogoUCLA
148 Zyon McCollumCB | Sam Houston State LogoSam Houston State
150 Terrel BernardLB | Baylor LogoBaylor
186 Matt AraizaP

Sim 2 trade down with SF

48 Christian WatsonWR | North Dakota State LogoNorth Dakota State
55 Tyler SmithOT | Tulsa LogoTulsaTRADE
71 David BellWR | Purdue LogoPurdue
87 Damone ClarkLB | LSU LogoLSUTRADE
148 DeAngelo MaloneEDGE | Western Kentucky LogoWestern Kentucky
150 Kalon BarnesCB | Baylor LogoBaylor
186 Matt AraizaP
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So I had the most unrealistic draft of all time with all sort of trades. At the end of the day I drafted the following:

47 Tyler Smith OT Tulsa
56 Christian Watson WR NDS
86 Chad Muma LB Wyoming
99 Jayln Armour-Davis CB Bama
129 Cole Strange iOL Chattanooga
148 Dave Rosenthal OT Kentucky

I thought that was decent draft, but we are set up to go crazy in the 2023 draft adding the following picks
AZ - 3rd
Cle - 4th
LAC -4th
Was - 4th
LV - 5h
NO - 7th
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This draft went great in terms of landing talent that fits needs. But the positions that I was most after - T and WR - didn't fall right early on.

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48
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66, 97, 177, 181, 217, 234
(actually comes out slightly in their favor on the chart I'm looking at!)

2-39 Perrion Winfrey 3T | Oklahoma Oklahoma
6036 290 4.89
3-66 Troy Anderson MLB | Montana State Montana State
6034 243 4.42
3-71 Zyon McCollum CB | Sam Houston State Sam Houston State
6020 199 4.33 He destroyed the vertical, broad, and cone, too.
3-97 Zach Tom C | Wake Forest Wake Forest
6037 304 4.94
5-148 Markquese Bell SS | Florida A&M Florida A&M
6021 201 4.41
5-150 JT Woods FS | Baylor Baylor
6016 195 4.36
5-177 Jelani Woods TE | Oklahoma State Virginia
6071 253 4.61
6-181 Tyquan Thornton WR | Baylor Baylor
6020 181 4.28
6-186 Isaiah Weston WR | Northern Iowa Northern Iowa
6037 214 4.42
6-217 Matt Araiza P | San Diego State San Diego State
7-234 Tyler Vrabel T | Boston College Boston College
6046* 5.05* 305*
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Using PFF. GMs from other teams were in a trading mood and virtual Poles was listening.

60: Christian Watson, WR, NDSU
64: Abraham Lucas, OT, Wazoo
71: Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama
75: Coby Bryant, CB, Cincy
91: Kerby Joseph, S, Illinois
115: Zach Tom, OT/C, Wake Forest
148: John Ridgeway, DT, Arkansas
150: Terrel Bernard, LB, Baylor
186: Thayer Munford, OG, Ohio State
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Very funny to see the high degree of variability from differeing sites.
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Played with the sliders on PFF a little to try and swap up the routine a bit.

*Double Trade Down*
39 to ATL for 43, 114, 2023 4th
43 to WAS for 47, 113, 2023 4th

47: Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama
6'1" 194
Silky smooth athlete who has morphed into a monster over the last two seasons. Tolbert is a high-character prospect with skill elements that are dripping with NFL potential. He gave work to everyone he faced, including SEC cover corners at Tennessee. His three-sport background offers unique perspective to pull from at his position, and his route-running gives him a leg up in camp battles early on. His traits, talent and production should push him up the board, and dialing up the competitive spirit could turn him into a top-flight WR2.
48: Darian Kinnard, OG, Kentucky
6'5" 322
Three-year starter at right tackle with a right guard projection, Kinnard possesses a thick-boned frame that is very girthy but well proportioned. He's not a bad athlete but faces limitations with lateral and recovery movements. A transition inside should allow for more advantageous positioning as both a drive blocker and in pass protection. Kinnard is an all-day mauler relying heavily upon a nasty demeanor and physical advantages to overwhelm opponents. However, he could see a substantial downturn in success rate at the pro level unless he spends more time and energy improving his hand usage, footwork and overall technique.
71: Kerby Joseph, CB, Illinois
6'1" 203
Free safety with average size and speed, good athleticism and only one season as a full-time starter at Illinois. Joseph worked for all five of his interceptions in 2021, using both his length and range over the top. He lacks prototypical instincts as a single-high safety but that might be due to a lack of experience. He's fluid in space but needs to play with better anticipation. Joseph is missing the demeanor and tackle strength for the box and is likely to be viewed as less versatile than some other safeties in the class, but he has potential in single-high and split-safety alignments.
113: Dameron Pierce, HB, Florida
5'10" 218
It's a fun afternoon of tape study watching Pierce play the game like a coiled spring ready to explode on each snap. He's an urgent runner with twitchy downfield burst, tackle-breaking leg drive and outstanding balance through contact. He reads and reacts to block development quickly and creates additional yardage with both power and subtle shiftiness. Pierce was highly productive (16 total touchdowns) in 2021 despite an embarrassingly low usage rate by the coaching staff. He has plenty of tread left on the tires and fits into any run-blocking scheme as a quality future starter or member of a RB tandem.
114: Zach Tom, OG/C, Wake Forest
6'4" 304
Center prospect who spent the last two seasons at left tackle. Tom was extremely impressive in pass protection at tackle despite a lack of desired size or length, but he's likely headed back to center in the pros. He plays with technique and plus body control, but his aggression level is a little lacking in the run game and his mass is below average. Tom could be a priority for teams with leaky interior protection. He has Day 3 value as an above-average backup with eventual starting potential.
148: Jack Sanborn, LB, Wisconsin
6'2" 234
Average inside linebacker between the tackles and much more limited when the play flows out into space. Sanborn lacks the length and athleticism desired of an NFL linebacker, but he's technically sound and in his element as a face-up tackler when the action flows downhill at him. He's tough and plays with good recognition of run-scheme design to help him play faster, but he's unlikely to out-muscle or out-athlete NFL competition. Sanborn has the potential to land a backup role at inside linebacker.
150: Jaivon Heiligh, WR, Coastal Carolina
6'2", 200
Heiligh has a good blend of size, length, and short-area quickness to play multiple receiver roles in an offense. Indeed, he was used all over the formation in CCU’s spread-option offense, playing the X, Flanker, and Slot roles.

Heiligh wastes little movement in his releases against off-man or zone coverage, accelerating into his stems almost immediately upon the snap of the ball. While CCU’s offense doesn’t ask Heiligh to run a wide variety of routes, he is a savvy and nuanced route runner. He does a good job making all of his vertical stems look the same and pressing them down the field, allowing him to convince DBs to flip their hips to defend the deep pass. Heiligh shows good timing in his route running, consistently waiting until the moment the CB commits to defending the deep pass to make his cut on curl, stick, or come-back routes. He has a particular instinct for finding, and settling, in zone coverage voids.
186: Tycen Anderson, CB, Toledo
6'2" 209
Three-year starter who aligned as a big nickel and box add-on at Toledo and will likely be targeted in that same capacity by pro teams. Anderson's size, length and speed stand out on tape. He's a determined run supporter who plays with adequate block take-on and play strength near the line of scrimmage. He's a rangy, long tackler with the ability to short-circuit outside runners. Anderson has the potential to handle coverage underneath but might not have the instincts or ball skills to handle additional coverage duties. He has the ability to fit as backup down safety with upside.
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The Cooler King wrote: Tue Mar 22, 2022 11:39 pm Played with the sliders on PFF a little to try and swap up the routine a bit.

*Double Trade Down*
39 to ATL for 43, 114, 2023 4th
43 to WAS for 47, 113, 2023 4th

47: Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama
6'1" 194
Silky smooth athlete who has morphed into a monster over the last two seasons. Tolbert is a high-character prospect with skill elements that are dripping with NFL potential. He gave work to everyone he faced, including SEC cover corners at Tennessee. His three-sport background offers unique perspective to pull from at his position, and his route-running gives him a leg up in camp battles early on. His traits, talent and production should push him up the board, and dialing up the competitive spirit could turn him into a top-flight WR2.
48: Darian Kinnard, OG, Kentucky
6'5" 322
Three-year starter at right tackle with a right guard projection, Kinnard possesses a thick-boned frame that is very girthy but well proportioned. He's not a bad athlete but faces limitations with lateral and recovery movements. A transition inside should allow for more advantageous positioning as both a drive blocker and in pass protection. Kinnard is an all-day mauler relying heavily upon a nasty demeanor and physical advantages to overwhelm opponents. However, he could see a substantial downturn in success rate at the pro level unless he spends more time and energy improving his hand usage, footwork and overall technique.
71: Kerby Joseph, CB, Illinois
6'1" 203
Free safety with average size and speed, good athleticism and only one season as a full-time starter at Illinois. Joseph worked for all five of his interceptions in 2021, using both his length and range over the top. He lacks prototypical instincts as a single-high safety but that might be due to a lack of experience. He's fluid in space but needs to play with better anticipation. Joseph is missing the demeanor and tackle strength for the box and is likely to be viewed as less versatile than some other safeties in the class, but he has potential in single-high and split-safety alignments.
113: Dameron Pierce, HB, Florida
5'10" 218
It's a fun afternoon of tape study watching Pierce play the game like a coiled spring ready to explode on each snap. He's an urgent runner with twitchy downfield burst, tackle-breaking leg drive and outstanding balance through contact. He reads and reacts to block development quickly and creates additional yardage with both power and subtle shiftiness. Pierce was highly productive (16 total touchdowns) in 2021 despite an embarrassingly low usage rate by the coaching staff. He has plenty of tread left on the tires and fits into any run-blocking scheme as a quality future starter or member of a RB tandem.
114: Zach Tom, OG/C, Wake Forest
6'4" 304
Center prospect who spent the last two seasons at left tackle. Tom was extremely impressive in pass protection at tackle despite a lack of desired size or length, but he's likely headed back to center in the pros. He plays with technique and plus body control, but his aggression level is a little lacking in the run game and his mass is below average. Tom could be a priority for teams with leaky interior protection. He has Day 3 value as an above-average backup with eventual starting potential.
148: Jack Sanborn, LB, Wisconsin
6'2" 234
Average inside linebacker between the tackles and much more limited when the play flows out into space. Sanborn lacks the length and athleticism desired of an NFL linebacker, but he's technically sound and in his element as a face-up tackler when the action flows downhill at him. He's tough and plays with good recognition of run-scheme design to help him play faster, but he's unlikely to out-muscle or out-athlete NFL competition. Sanborn has the potential to land a backup role at inside linebacker.
150: Jaivon Heiligh, WR, Coastal Carolina
6'2", 200
Heiligh has a good blend of size, length, and short-area quickness to play multiple receiver roles in an offense. Indeed, he was used all over the formation in CCU’s spread-option offense, playing the X, Flanker, and Slot roles.

Heiligh wastes little movement in his releases against off-man or zone coverage, accelerating into his stems almost immediately upon the snap of the ball. While CCU’s offense doesn’t ask Heiligh to run a wide variety of routes, he is a savvy and nuanced route runner. He does a good job making all of his vertical stems look the same and pressing them down the field, allowing him to convince DBs to flip their hips to defend the deep pass. Heiligh shows good timing in his route running, consistently waiting until the moment the CB commits to defending the deep pass to make his cut on curl, stick, or come-back routes. He has a particular instinct for finding, and settling, in zone coverage voids.
186: Tycen Anderson, CB, Toledo
6'2" 209
Three-year starter who aligned as a big nickel and box add-on at Toledo and will likely be targeted in that same capacity by pro teams. Anderson's size, length and speed stand out on tape. He's a determined run supporter who plays with adequate block take-on and play strength near the line of scrimmage. He's a rangy, long tackler with the ability to short-circuit outside runners. Anderson has the potential to handle coverage underneath but might not have the instincts or ball skills to handle additional coverage duties. He has the ability to fit as backup down safety with upside.
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Alright same slider settings on PFF. Basically all settings midway. Ups the variability so you get a look at new names. This was a pretty needs based draft and I focused on trying to draft new players who I hadn't mocked much before (if at all)

Trade: 39 to TB for 60, 91, 133, and 2023 Rd 3

48: Kenyon Green, OG, Texas A&M
6'4" 323
Guard prospect with NFL-ready frame who plays with an impressive level of consistency as a run blocker. Green moves defenders from Point A to Boint B against their will, using hand technique and road-grading leg drive. He possesses adequate foot quickness to operate in a variety of run schemes, but needs to eliminate his tendency to grab when his opponent is slipping away from the block. He has pop and anchor in pass protection, but lacks recognition and mirror technique needed to be at his best against athletic interior rushers. While green has some areas to improve, his run blocking can be dominant, which gives him a chance to become a good starter very quickly.
60: Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
6'4" 208
A receiver prospect with intriguing measurables and a strong belief in the team aspect of the game, Watson possesses an alluring combination of size and speed. He showed off improved route running and catch strength in 2021. He is much more gifted than his opposition was at NDSU and needs to prove he can elevate his game against bigger, faster players at the next level. He plays hard and fast but needs to add a few more pounds and learn to impose his frame on the coverage. He's a field-stretching option requiring a linear route tree and projects as a capable WR3/4 with more work.
71: MJ Emerson, CB, Miss St
6'2" 201
Long, finesse cornerback with traits and talent to compete in full-field, press-man coverage. Emerson has patient feet to maintain positioning against the release and uses length and positioning for catch disruptions. He's indecisive in his angles to the throw, missing out on interception opportunities. His run support issues will most certainly hurt his draft standing with some teams. Emerson isn't well-rounded but he has enough cover talent to make a team.
91: Kellen Diesch, OT, Arizona St
6'7" 301
Diesch is highly athletic with the initial quickness and fluidity to stand out on reach blocks, second-level cut-offs and long pulls in space. He's scheme-dependent, lacking strength to generate movement as a drive blocker. He lacks functional length and the anchor needed to keep NFL speed-to-power rushers from ruining his day. If he can add the necessary strength and mass, he'll have a chance to find snaps in a heavily move-oriented offense.
133: Michah McFadden, LB, Indiana
6'1" 240
Undersized inside linebacker with adequate diagnose quickness and downhill trigger. His passivity and indecisiveness against Iowa and Ohio State, in particular, seemed out of place relative to the rest of his tape. He's very average in the athleticism and speed departments but is well-prepared and exploits soft spots in blocking schemes to make impact tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He's unable to challenge blocks and constrict gaps as a thumper, but he's tough. McFadden has Day 3 value as a backup inside linebacker with core special teams potential.
148: Neil Farrell Jr, DT, LSU
6'4" 330
Nose tackle prospect with a well-earned reputation for making it hard on blockers to do their job in the run game. Farrell has seen personal maturity and development in his play that allowed him to consistently bully opponents as a physical force in the middle in 2021, but he tested poorly at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine. He will be somewhat tethered to home base but could help in upgrading a leaky run defense. Farrell is a two-gapping nose with Day 3 value.
150: Markquese Bell, S, Florida A&M
6'2" 212
Active, lanky safety with run support flashes but a need for better technique and body control as a tackler. Bell has experience at a variety of alignments but is too tight-hipped to be cast in heavy-duty coverage assignments. His movements are unorthodox and lack desired fluidity, but he plays with a burst to close that helps him do his job. He could use a more clearly defined skill set to flash enough to make a practice squad or back-end of a roster.
186: Zonavon "Bam" Knight, RB, NC State
5'11" 209
Runner with adequate size, below-average cut quickness and impressive contact balance. Knight has spent most of his time handling zone carries at North Carolina State but might be a better fit in gap and power schemes. He lacks creativity and isn't aggressive enough as a run finisher but does absorb contact well while carrying forward for additional yardage. The running back profile isn't that exciting but his pass-catching potential and kick-return ability could improve his chances.
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PFN mock draft simulator:
Lots of trades:

•Brown receive 39, Bears receive 44 and 118
•Saints receive 44, Bears receive 49 and 101
•Cowboys receive 48, Bears receive 56 and 129

Picks

49 - Tyler Smith OT Tulsa
56 - Christian Watson WR North Dakota
71 - Jalon Pitre S Baylor
101 - Marquis Hayes OG Oklahoma
118 - Troy Anderson LB Montana State
129 - Tyreke Smith Edge Ohio State
148 - Tariq Castro-Fields CB Penn State
150 - Tyquan Thornton WR Baylor
186 - Matt Arazia Punter San Diego State
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Moved up and down in this mock. And netted 5 future picks including 2 2nds and a 3rd 8-)

Trade: 39 to GB for 53 and 2023 2nd
Trade: 48 to Sea for 72, 229, and 2023 2nd
Trade: 53 to Hou for 68, 107, and 2023 3rd
Trade: 71 and 2023 4th to BUF for 57

Takes breath

57: Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama, 6'1", 194
Silky smooth athlete who has morphed into a monster over the last two seasons. Tolbert is a high-character prospect with skill elements that are dripping with NFL potential. He gave work to everyone he faced, including SEC cover corners at Tennessee. His three-sport background offers unique perspective to pull from at his position, and his route-running gives him a leg up in camp battles early on. His traits, talent and production should push him up the board, and dialing up the competitive spirit could turn him into a top-flight WR2.
68: Dylan Parham, G, Memphis, 6'3", 311
Highly experienced guard prospect who helped open running lanes for backs who went on to play in the NFL. Parham falls below NFL size standards for the position but is very densely layered and plays with sound technique and above-average body control into and through contact. He's a task-oriented blocker who is much better at firing out than playing on the move and his success could be linked to the rushing scheme he lands in. Below-average mirror quickness and overall length are exploitable holes in his pass protection and could cause up-and-down play in that area. Parham can step in as a backup at both guard spots and has a shot to become a starter within his first three years.
72: Kellen Kiesch, OT, Arizona St, 6'7", 301
Diesch is highly athletic with the initial quickness and fluidity to stand out on reach blocks, second-level cut-offs and long pulls in space. He's scheme-dependent, lacking strength to generate movement as a drive blocker. He lacks functional length and the anchor needed to keep NFL speed-to-power rushers from ruining his day. If he can add the necessary strength and mass, he'll have a chance to find snaps in a heavily move-oriented offense.
*TRADE* 107 to KC for 121, 233, and 2023 4th

121: Tariq Castro-Fields, Penn St, CB, 6'1", 197
Perimeter cornerback with appealing size and traits for press-man, but confidence and consistency were missing from his 2021 tape. Castro-Fields' length, strength and athleticism are likely to be viewed as moldable features by defensive back coaches. However, he is missing the desired stickiness to the route and lacks spatial awareness and ball-hawking instincts from zone. His run support commitment is a bit disappointing relative to his size. Castro-Fields possesses the tools and versatility to operate as a backup in a variety of coverage schemes and is a middle-round value with upside traits.
148: Otito Ogbonnia, DT, UCLA, 6'4", 324
Interior lineman who plays with heavy hands to pop and separate for an early advantage, but heavy feet that prevent him from doing enough with it. He can handle some of the heavy lifting, but not all. Ogbonnia will flash as a one-technique or tilted nose but lacks the pad level and parking brake to hold it down as a 3-4 nose. He has very average quickness and does not profile as a mismatch defender. He is not an NFL pass-rush threat. He had splashy moments at the Senior Bowl and has a shot as a backup 4-3 nose but could offer some position flexibility for teams running varied fronts.
*TRADE* 150 to Jax for 157 and 2023 + 2024 7th

157: Pierre Strong Jr, RB, South Dakota St, 5'11", 207
Instinctive running back with NFL traits and talent to find a home as a committee back or an eventual RB1. Hyper-focused vision provides him a variety of cut options and rush paths but also causes him to overthink his approach at times. Strong is more reactive than manipulative but is quite impressive with his spatial awareness and ability to slalom around bodies on a smooth, linear pathway without slowing his roll. He struggles when forced to slow his feet and make early cuts. He needs a north/south run scheme where he can square his pads and find his rhythm quickly. Strong lacks third-down value at this time, but has shown enough to believe it could be in his future.
186: JT Woods, S, Baylor, 6'2", 195
Long-levered safety with excellent top-end speed and the potential to become a rangy playmaker if he can learn to play with better overall discipline. Woods has too many busted assignments to be trusted in single-high alignments at this time, but offers teams the coverage versatility to be deployed in a variety of spots. If he can play with better decisiveness, he has the length, burst and striking power to impact catch tries and take the ball away. Woods' tools are likely to make him a Day 2 pick, but he'll need to prove that his run support and tackle finishing are on a functional level for the pro game.
229: Doug Kramer, C, Illinois, 6'2", 305
Anchors well and plays with the low center of gravity and natural bend to seal the inside lanes. Has violent hands with hustle to close off bubble screens and lead to flatten linebackers. Nasty demeanor and highly coachable. Finesse blocker with average arm length who doesn't use his hands well to win at the point of attack.
233: Decobie Durant, CB, South Carolina St, 5'9", 175
Another positive aspect of Durant’s game is his willingness to do the dirty work. He flies off corner blitzes, lays a hit coming downhill, and secures tackles in the open field. Durant rarely takes bad tackling angles and wraps up with consistent technique, culminating in few misses. All of these traits are necessary to line up in the slot at the next level. Durant can be a bit grabby in coverage and has already been penalized in college. He will need to reign in his technique at the catch point and battling with receivers downfield.
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I approached this sim with the idea that draft picks this year would be more valuable than next year, as we're building to compete next year. I didn't want to accept trades just for the sake of accepting, and I had to make a couple offers to get trades done, but I like the idea of accumulating picks for this year. Wanted multiple chances at a couple key areas like O line and Secondary.

Traded 39 to Cle for 44, 99
Traded 44 and 2023 5th to KC for 62, 94
Traded 48 and 2023 4th to NE for 54, 85
Traded 94 and 2023 7th to LAR for 104 , 142
Traded 148 and 2023 6th to SF for 172, 187, 220
(still have picks 1-3 for 2023)

CHI
54.Christian Watson, WR North Dakota State

CHI
62. Lecitus Smith, OG Virginia Tech

CHI
71. Skyy Moore, WR Western Michigan

CHI
85. Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT Ohio State

CHI
99. Alec Lindstrom, OC Boston College

CHI
104. Nick Cross, S Maryland

CHI
142. Tariq Castro-Fields, CB Penn State

CHI
150. Cole Turner, TE Nevada

CHI
172. Marcus Jones, CB Houston (Read that he projects as a S)

CHI
186. Josh Jobe, CB Alabama

CHI
187. Jerrion Ealy, RB Mississippi

CHI
220. Obinna Eze, OT TCU
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Trade Recap

Houston Receives:
2022: Round 2, Pick 48
Chicago Receives:
2022: Round 3, Pick 68
+2022: Round 4, Pick 107
+2022: Round 4, Pick 108
+2022: Round 6, Pick 205
+2022: Round 7, Pick 245

10 picks and a tremendous haul, IMO. At the same time, I could have another 10 and still find roster spots for them all, but what are you going to do? Maybe next year the roster won't be Swiss cheese.


My Selections
* 2-39 DeMarvin Leal 3T | Texas A&M Texas A&M
6037 283 5.00
First time selection - first time he's slid far enough in rankings to be a consideration.
* 3-68 Troy Andersen MLB | Montana State Montana StateTRADE
6034 243 4.42
Just a perfect fit for this defense.
* 3-71 Breece Hall RB | Iowa State Iowa State
5112 217 4.39
Again, not a high priority, but when he slides like crazy (ranked reasonably at 40), I'm not letting this go twice.
* 4-107 Cole Strange G | Chattanooga ChattanoogaTRADE
6043 307 5.03
* 4-108 Zyon McCollum CB | Sam Houston State Sam Houston StateTRADE
6020 199 4.33 He destroyed the vertical, broad, and cone, too.
* 5-148 Zach Tom C/G | Wake Forest Wake Forest
6037 304 4.94
* 5-150 Matt Waletzko OT | North Dakota North Dakota
6067 312 5.03
* 6-186 Kevin Austin Jr WR | Notre Dame Notre Dame
6023 200 4.43
* 6-205 Isaiah Weston WR | Northern Iowa Northern IowaTRADE
6037 214 4.42
* 7-245 Dane Belton S | Iowa IowaTRADE
6005 205 4.43
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DeMarvin Leal has been slipping down most draft boards, starting to see him available more often than not on all sites.
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Z Bear wrote: Mon Mar 28, 2022 9:46 am DeMarvin Leal has been slipping down most draft boards, starting to see him available more often than not on all sites.

You really can't say he had a disappointing Combine, but I guess people were so impressed by Wyatt that they've flipped them.
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54.Christian Watson
WR North Dakota State
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CHI

64.George Pickens
WR Georgia
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CHI

71.Kyler Gordon
CB Washington
CHI

75.Nicholas Petit-Frere
OT Ohio State
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CHI

85.Cameron Thomas
EDGE San Diego State
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CHI

127.Zachary Carter
DT Florida
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CHI

148.Yusuf Corker
S Kentucky
CHI

150.Pierre Strong Jr.
RB South Dakota State
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186.John Ridgeway
DT Arkansas
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206.Justin Shaffer
OG Georgia
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Didn’t get a linebacker like I wanted, but was tickled after the trade down on the WR’s available and Petit.
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PFF now allows you to include PLAYERS in your trade, using historical models to grade/value them. Game. Changer.

Had to make a big splash with that new feature.

39: Jalen Pitre, CB/S, Baylor
Pitre is a coach's dream with exceptional competitive drive and desired intangibles for teams where locker room culture matters. He became an impact player in Baylor coach Dave Aranda's "Star" position but he might not have the physical tools to stay in a similar role as a pro. He's tight in his lowers, lacking the fluidity needed to prevent getting lost in coverage duties and would benefit from a scheme that allows him to play with more linear pursuit. He's carried as much as 212 pounds, which we could see again if teams decide to make him a nickel linebacker or pure box safety.
Uh sound like a HITS guy much?

Trade 48 to New York Jets for 69 and 2023 Rd 2
Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama
Uh I've drafted and posted his profile enough by this point. Scroll up lol

71: Dylan Parham, OG, Memphis
Uh same. Posted him enough

Okay here's the big one.

TRADE David Montgomery to Arizona for 87, 201, and a 2023 4th and 6th

Look guys, reupping DM in a year prob isn't a good bet. Get the comp for him now. His replacement gets drafted at 87, to tandem with Herbert

87: Dameon Pierce, RB, Florida
It's a fun afternoon of tape study watching Pierce play the game like a coiled spring ready to explode on each snap. He's an urgent runner with twitchy downfield burst, tackle-breaking leg drive and outstanding balance through contact. He reads and reacts to block development quickly and creates additional yardage with both power and subtle shiftiness. Pierce was highly productive (16 total touchdowns) in 2021 despite an embarrassingly low usage rate by the coaching staff. He has plenty of tread left on the tires and fits into any run-blocking scheme as a quality future starter or member of a RB tandem.
148: Thayer Munford, OT/OG, Ohio State
Munford managed his bump inside to guard in 2021, but a move back to tackle is in his best interest. He is a limited athlete and scheme-dependent in the run game. Coaches will fret over his lack of body control and footwork but he has some upper-body pop to work with if a coach can get his hand placement corrected. On his 2020 tape, he is usually first in with his hands and has the ability to derail the rush when he closes the distance properly. His heavy feet prevent fluid change of direction or sustained mirroring so matchup-based struggles are likely. He's a below-average run blocker who can look unorthodox in pass protection, but he's long and understands how to use his length to make blocks. He'll eventually be a starting tackle with guard flexibility.
No issues with adding another hog up front. Maybe they'll even have good depth in 22.

150: D'Marco Jackson, LB, Appalchain State
Jackson's freestyling, downhill approach produced a spike in overall production in 2021, but also led to missed run fits and big plays for the running game. He has some talent at slipping blocks but it is usually lights out once blockers get their hands on him. His pursuit speed, combined with a lack of desired instincts, could necessitate a move to 4-3 Will linebacker, where his coverage potential and special-teams ability might land him a backup gig.
Great backup for Smith or depending how things work with Morrow, maybe allows Smith to bump inside?

186: Tycen Anderson, CB/S, Toledo
Three-year starter who aligned as a big nickel and box add-on at Toledo and will likely be targeted in that same capacity by pro teams. Anderson's size, length and speed stand out on tape. He's a determined run supporter who plays with adequate block take-on and play strength near the line of scrimmage. He's a rangy, long tackler with the ability to short-circuit outside runners. Anderson has the potential to handle coverage underneath but might not have the instincts or ball skills to handle additional coverage duties. He has the ability to fit as backup down safety with upside.
Yea, I'm throwing bodies at DB.

201: Bubba Bolden, S, Miami
Athletic free safety with NFL traits and adequate pattern recognition but wildly inconsistent results relative to his potential. Bolden is fluid in space with a smooth pedal and loose hips. He has cover talent, but lacks on-ball production and will allow for yards after the catch due to mistakes with tackle angles. He played through a shoulder injury for much of last season, which may have had some impact on his run support, but the 2020 tape had issues in the same area. He's likely to test well and should get a shot to prove himself as a backup safety with special teams value, but the tackling inconsistencies will be hard to overcome.
Yea, I'm throwing bodies at DB.

Trade: Nick Foles to Jacksonville for 222.

222: Matt Araiza, San Diego State

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I'll have to check out PFF with that new wrinkle.

For now, here's a PFN dealie that I really like. Held fire on any trades until I saw the whites of their eyes, but that's just because guys I liked kept falling. Different approach than I've been taking, and that's what these are all about IMSO: thinking about various ways that the draft can fall, and how each would serve a broader roster-building strategy.

Trade:

148 (Cam Jurgens) for 175, 211, 212, 253

39. Lewis Cine, S, Georgia - Super-versatile, sets a great tone, and should influence a huge range of territory right up to the LOS. No one else at any position of greater need had that kind of upside.

48. George Pickens, WR, Georgia - I like him a lot as a true-blue go-to WR1. Let the rest of the passing game grow around Fields to Pickens.

71. Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan - Unlikely? Maybe, but GMs can't afford to get too carried away with a player's backstory and upside (well, not now that Ryan Pace is gone). He'll need some time to ramp up, but he's a serious long-term LT prospect.

150. Jamaree Salyer, OG, Georgia - Another one of yer super-smart tough-guy linemen, and one of my favorite tackle-to-guard prospects in the draft. Seems like exactly the kind of player Poles is after.

175. Zakoby McClain, LB, Auburn - For the coach of a thousand acronyms, a LB nicknamed Ricochet Rabbit. Yeah, he's smallish, but that's the direction we're headed. Could be a deadly STer, too.

186. Marcus Jones, CB, Houston - His insane return ability will buy him some time to prove himself in the CB rotation. Not exactly the kind of CB I was hoping for, but he's got all the tools except for size.

211. Thomas Booker, DT, Stanford - Another jibtastic pick (I think that word started going around when John Paxon was floundering around as the Bulls' GM, so maybe I'm way off-base here). If he's too light to play 3-tech, we'll find out soon enough. But I wouldn't put it past him to find a way to make an impact.

212. Jalen Wydermyer, TE, Texas A&M - It was either him or Gerrit Prince, and I chose the guy with better upside as an all-around TE. His blocking needs work, but he's got the athleticism that Pace somehow convinced himself Kmet and the Stiff From Ashland had.

253. Jequez Ezzard, WR, Sam Houston State - He gets a lot of Steve Smith comparisons, but he's taller with a similar build. Like a rocked-up version of...well, watch him in the open field, seemingly watching every player at once and making waterbug-quick, ultra-efficient changes of direction without losing speed, and tell me who he reminds you of. It's sacrilege, I know, and unfair to everyone, but Ezzard really looks like Devin Hester with a bigger frame and a refined WR game including decisive route-running and fantastic ball skills. Does his game translate from the FBS to the NFL? I dunno. But he's dripping with traits that say it can.
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This may be the most perfect draft sim to ever happen to me...I doubt it is even remotely realistic though...

Opening day starters at SS, RG, and WR with the first 3 picks. Potential future starting LT at 148. Potential future starting corner at 150. Potential opening day starter at MLB at 186.


39. Jaquan Brisker
S Penn State

48. Tyler Smith
OT Tulsa

71. George Pickens
WR Georgia

148. Dare Rosenthal
OT Kentucky

150. Damarri Mathis
CB Pittsburgh

186. Olakunle Fatukasi
LB Rutgers
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PFN. Would of liked to added a LB somewhere, but none I Iiked better than the guys available where there. Filled about all other needs though.

46. DeMarvin Leal DT Texas A&M trade icon

48. Christian Watson WR North Dakota State

74. Kyler Gordon CB Washington trade icon

133. Jelani Woods TE Virginia trade icon

148. Sterling Weatherford S Miami-Oh

150. Micheal Clemons EDGE Texas A&M

156. Myron Cunningham OT Arkansas trade icon

186. Dohnovan West OG Arizona State
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39. Leo Chenal Wisconsin LB (Flus gets his Mike)
73. Kerby Joseph Illinois FS
148. Zach Tom Wake Forest IOL
150. Cordale Flott LSU CB
186. Cordell Volson NDSU OT
240. Punt God
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wab wrote: Wed Mar 30, 2022 12:54 pm This may be the most perfect draft sim to ever happen to me...I doubt it is even remotely realistic though...

Opening day starters at SS, RG, and WR with the first 3 picks. Potential future starting LT at 148. Potential future starting corner at 150. Potential opening day starter at MLB at 186.


39. Jaquan Brisker
S Penn State

48. Tyler Smith
OT Tulsa

71. George Pickens
WR Georgia

148. Dare Rosenthal
OT Kentucky

150. Damarri Mathis
CB Pittsburgh

186. Olakunle Fatukasi
LB Rutgers
Oh I had one waaaayyy better than that.


Then I found out I had pulled the randomness bar all the way to the right on PFF by mistake.
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Okay trading down is too passe. What will it look like if Poles agressive and trades up?

Trade 39 and 186 to Jags for 33.

33: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
Big, smooth and natural, Burks possesses the versatility to operate from wherever you want and get to wherever you need no matter the competition. He's a mismatch receiver combining size, strength and competitiveness similar to the Titans' A.J. Brown, but his speed testing at the NFL Scouting Combine did not meet expectations. Arkansas benefitted by putting the ball in his hands from a variety of alignments and there is no reason to believe NFL play-callers won't benefit from doing the same. The tape is extremely exciting with real NFL skills jumping off the screen, but his potential to become a high-volume, three-level target is a little more cloudy after a relatively disappointing showing at the combine.
A true X, alpha receiver prospect

Okay, time to recoup picks lol
Trade 48 to Denver for 64, 96, 115, and 2023 4th
Trade 64 to Indianapolis for 73, 122 and 2023 4th
71: Dylan Parham, G, Memphis
Parham is a little on the smaller side for a guard, but his 33″ arms and low pad level help him maintain leverage. His frame is proportional and well-built, which should hold up to NFL defensive tackles. Parham’s pass sets are nice and wide, and his feet are balanced and quick.

Additionally, his hands are locked and loaded, ready to strike his opponent’s chest. The Tiger star’s ankles, knees, and hips are extremely flexible, allowing him to get stellar depth in his stance and underneath defenders. In space, Parham is easy-moving, and his core strength allows him to drive defenders on angle blocks. His feet rarely stop driving, and even when he is beaten, he can recover and redirect his opponent around the quarterback.
A perfect zone scheme fit on interior

73: Darian Beavers, LB, Cincinnati
Physicality doesn’t always translate to success, especially at the NFL level. However, Beavers also possesses the length to disengage from blockers at multiple levels of the defense. It isn’t easy for offensive linemen to keep him at bay, especially when he combines his length and strength to shock at the point of attack.

Beavers began his college career as a pass-rush specialist. He then transitioned to defensive end before returning to linebacker. His experience at DE is apparent, with Beavers possessing some impressive pass-rush moves and ability to win off the edge. He can also set the edge in the ground game.
Role: Sam backer who bumps down on some pass rush sets.

96: Dameon Pierce, RB, Florida
Pierce has a squatty, energetic style as a runner. His fast feet allow him to be somewhat adaptable. The Florida RB has good overall creative capacity. He flashes solid vision and can stick cuts well for his frame. He possesses smooth footwork in the backfield and is composed and rhythmic when approaching holes. Pierce has shown to improvise in spurts. He extends runs with his footwork and instincts, and he’s a physical finisher as well. He consistently lowers his shoulder and finishes forward.
DMs farewell season will be bittersweet. Let's prepare though.

115: Tariq Castro-Fields, CB, Penn State
While his speed and length allow him to thrive in man coverage, Castro-Fields has experience in zone as well. Combined with playing outside or in the slot, this gives him some valuable versatility as he heads to the NFL Draft.

Finally, Castro-Fields plays the game with physicality. This is evident in both coverages and against the run. He’s physical in coverage at the line of scrimmage and the catch point. Against the run, he shows fearlessness to crash into the box and overcome blockers to fight to the ball. This physicality could help him carve out an early role on special teams, in the same manner as his first season with Penn State.
Need a CB

Honestly after this, who cares, drafted some Defensive depth, etc etc
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So what happens when you go for value with your first pick and the next two don't fall the way you'd like?

PFF, saw a bunch of OL go between 48 and 71, so bailed out.

Trades:
71 and 186 for 75, 116, and 206
75 and 206 for 78 and 118
116 and 150 for 100

39: Jalen Pitre, DB, Baylor. Five safeties could go in the first 20 picks this year, and I'm not sure anyone would bat an eye. Each one's a bit different, and Pitre's a coverage specialist who reads plays super-well and can peel off creatively to support (and blitz) like a box safety.

48: Christian Watson, WR, NDSU. The last of my second-round WRs left. I worry about his lack of polish, but man, he's got a lot to work with. I also worry about his hands, with no qualification. But he's a good project to bring in with a new coaching staff and a QB who's sort of a rookie plus rather than a second-year veteran. And at least a half-dozen OL I like are still there.

75 and 78: Well, darn. All those linemen went. Trade down!

78: Darrian Beavers, LB, Cincinnati. Not what I expected here, but we really do need LBs, and I like the idea of a bigger (and blitzier) guy next to Smith. I especially like that Beavers could be our other three-down LB, and that he's got high-level stuff as a Sam or a MIke.

100: Zyon McCollum, CB, Sam Houston St. This seemed far enough for him to fall, so I traded up. Four picks and only one on offense, but with this kind of back seven, the defense is going to give up points very grudgingly. That's the next-best thing to a world-class line in front of Fields.

118: Matt Waletzko, OT, North Dakota. He's going to need some work, sure, but you don't need to squint to picture him as a LT. In this draft, whaddya want: a RT who'll try for a few years to be a LT until he joins the logjam at his real position, or a LT you need to wait a year for? Also, Слава Україні.

148: Zach Tom, G, Wake Forest. Terrific college tackle who was also all-conference as a center. A younger, cheaper Joel Bitonio or a more athletic John Urschel. If he's not ready to step up right now and replace James Daniels, give him a year to put some sand in his pants and replace Cody Whitehair.

URFA: Jequez Ezzard, WR, Sam Houston St. Can't have too many Bearkats. Ezzard is my Carthago delenda est.
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Traded #39 to Colts for #42 & #122
Traded #42 to Commanders for #47 and #113

47. Bernhard Raimann, t, C Michigan
48. Christian Watson, wr, North Dakota St (I do think he'll be gone in the top 32, but he's pretty raw, so who knows?)

Traded #71 to Broncos for #75 and #145
Traded #75 to Browns for #78, #202, and a 2023 CLE 6th

78. Martin Emerson Jr, cb, Mississippi St
113. Cam Jurgens, c, Nebraska (Still think he's a Day 2 pick, but I'll certainly take him here.)

Traded #122 & #202 to Bills for #130, #185, and a 2023 BUF 6th

130. Troy Andersen, lb, Montana St (Think he's a textbook top of Day 3 pick, but I'll take him here too.)
145. Tyquan Thornton, wr, Baylor
148. Sterling Weatherford, s/lb/hybrid defender, Miami (OH)
150. Daniel Bellinger, te, San Diego St
185. Jaylen Watson, cb, Washington St
186. Kevin Harris Jr, rb, South Carolina
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It looks like just about all of us are targeting Christian Watson now, pretty funny.
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Z Bear wrote: Thu Mar 31, 2022 4:36 pm It looks like just about all of us are targeting Christian Watson now, pretty funny.
Yet there's rumors of his stock rising into round 1 , but the simulation models haven't caught up.
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