Surveying the Field: Players That Fit Where the Pack Picks

With all the prognostication and mock drafting these days, I think we've all established our own biases towards and against certain players. Instead of relying on simulations that vary endlessly or simply trusting one particular draftnik over another, I decided to look at a number of big boards and come up with a composite field of players that could potentially be available for us to select.

Due to teams reaching and having wildly differing opinions on some players I've given at least a two-player cushion before and after the projected picks, so we have approximately 5 players at each pick from each big board (asterisks denote a player that was agreed upon on multiple boards, one per repitition) that are either a cheap trade away, spot on, or would net us a low 7th-rounder. There are also a few notable players that are a little outside these target ranges that I've included because I think they are potentially a good fit for us and wouldn't be outlandish to move for. The information I've gathered has come from Walter Football, Rotoworld's Josh Norris, CBS Sports, and Draft Insider in case anyone was interested in what asses I've pulled these out of. Unfortunately these don't cover our entire draft, but rather only the first five picks (our sixth pick is strictly from Rotoworld's board)

I thought it would be fun for everyone to pick what combo of these players they think would serve us best and whatever reasoning they may have for so doing, and spark a lively debate for this last 9 days before TT proves just how futile an exercise is predicting his movements. And I, for one, can't wait for someone to pick Donte Moncrief three times.... just like Rick Spielman TT would do.

R1, 21: WRs Marquise Lee, Brandin Cooks*, Odell Beckham Jr* OL Zack Martin

ILBs CJ Mosley, Ryan Shazier DL/OLBs Louis Nix*, Kony Ealy, Dee Ford, Anthony Barr

QB Teddy Bridgewater TE Eric Ebron*

DBs Kyle Fuller*, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix*, Jason Verrett, Calvin Pryor

Slightly Outside: Darqueze Dennard (25th overall, Walter Football)

R2, 53: DBs Lamarcus Joyner, Bradley Roby, Marcus Roberson, Jimmie Ward

WRs Jarvis Landry*, Jordan Matthews, Paul Richardson, Donte Moncrief

TE Troy Niklas* QB Zach Mettenberger RBs Bishop Sankey, Tre Mason, Devonta Freeman

OL Weston Richburg*, Morgan Moses, Cyrus Kouandijo

DL/OLBs Will Sutton, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Kyle Van Noy, Dominique Easley

Slightly Outside: Austin Seferian-Jenkins (57th overall, CBS Sports)

R3, 85: WRs Josh Huff, Paul Richardson, Allen Robinson, Donte Moncrief

DBs Jason Verrett, Bashaud Breeland, Keith McGill, Lamarcus Joyner, Deonne Bucannon

ILB Chris Borland* QB Zach Mettenberger OL Antonio Richardson, Marcus Martin*

DL/OLBs Trent Murphy, Anthony Johnson, Will Clarke, Christian Kirksey, DaQuan Jones

Slightly Outside: Telvin Smith (88th overall, CBS), CJ Fiedorowicz (89th overall, CBS)

R3, 98: DBs Deonne Bucannon, Ed Reynolds, Rashaad Reynolds, Keith McGill

RBs Terrance West**, Kapri Bibbs, Andre Williams, Tre Mason

WRs Brandon Coleman, Martavis Bryant QBs Tom Savage, Logan Thomas, AJ McCarron

DL/OLBs DaQuan Jones, Ego Ferguson, Jeremiah Attaochu ILB Shayne Skov

OL David Yankey, Seantrel Henderson

Slightly Outside: Donte Moncrief (95th overall, Walter Football)

R4, 121: QBs Logan Thomas, AJ McCarron, Bryn Renner, David Fales OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

TE Colt Lyerla ILB Jordan Zumwalt, Christian Jones* WR Robert Herron

DBs Shaq Richardson, Walt Aikens, Demetri Goodson, Ross Cockrell, Dez Southward

DL/OLBs Justin Ellis, Jordan Tripp

Slightly Outside: Technically the * for Christian Jones was at 126th overall, Rotoworld


DB Dez Southward RB Lache Seastrunk TE Blake Annen

OL Spencer Long, Donald Hawkins, Trey Hopkins, Corey Linsley

Obviously there's a lot of both choices and repetition, but picking a guy earlier might actually be better if the rest of the field in a later round is considered particularly weak by you. And it just goes to show that opinions on players' respective values are nothing if not unpredictable. I hope you guys enjoy the fruits of this research, and I look forward to seeing what rookie classes you assemble! GO PACK GO!

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