Had to put this one up.
First I traded down two spots with KC to get a 6th. Was not much compensation, but both Mosley and Pryor were still on board, so figured it was no-lose since at least one would still be there at 23.
Oops. Both were gone. Starting with a mistake.
But then the idiot Vikings bailed me out, offering early picks in 2nd, 3rd and 4th plus a late third, leaving me with a total of 8 picks in the top 104.
Missed out on second DL I wanted (either Ed Stinson/Brett Urban in 5th or Ryan Carrethers in 6th) and didn't get my late round favorite Whitloe at FS, but this may be my favorite iteration so far even if it trails my highest "score" by over 500 points.
Any thoughts? The more I play with this, the more I think this is a trade-down kind of draft. Even you don't share my belief in a need to upgrade OL, or spending two picks on WRs, there is a *lot* of good talent that is going to be there between picks 50 and 100. In a year when the Packers have more holes than usual to fill, this may be one of those drafts where 2nd/3rd/early 4th can fill more than usual.
Your score is: 4294 (GRADE: B+)
Round 2 Pick 21: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame (A-) At worst, will be solid #2; at best, will challenge Quarless to improve and yield 1A and 1B results.
Round 2 Pick 22 (PHI): Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech (B+) Instant upgrade IMO. If Perry responds to challenge, great; if not, still an improvement. Competition is good.
Round 3 Pick 8 (MINN): Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU (A). Okay, maybe I'll get over James Jones' departure sooner rather than later.
Round 3 Pick 21: Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee (B+). Everyone knows what I think about Raji. The only way he holds McCullers off is if he plays up to what y'all think he is capable of. Maybe my favorite pick of the draft.
Round 3 Pick 22 (PHI): Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut (B+). Instant upgrade from Brad Jones.
Round 3 Pick 32 (MINN): JaWuan James, OT, Tennessee (B-). IMO he is good enough to beat out either Bahktiari or Bulaga. But at the very least this is a major improvement in OL depth.
Round 3 Pick 34 (COMP): Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State (B+). Can't have enough good corners.
Round 4 Pick 8 (MINN): Anthony Steen, OG, Alabama (C). Potential for upgrading from Lang, if not immediately, within a year or two. At worst, improvement in OL depth.
Round 4 Pick 21: Ahmad Dixon, SS, Baylor (B) My second favorite pick. I know we need FS more, but IMO offers more upside than Loston, the only FS possibly still available here.
Round 5 Pick 21: TJ Jones, WR, Notre Dame (A-) Too good to pass up. I wanted Stinson or Urban or Christian Jones (ILB) here but were all gone.
Round 5 Pick 36 (COMP): Nat Berhe, SS, San Diego State (B+) Thought of him at 21 but hoped he'd fall. Great tacklers. Plays both SS and FS well (and can be extra CB in emergency).
Round 6 Pick 21: Max Bullough, ILB, Michigan State (D). It's the sixth round. Another ILB for competition.
Round 6 Pick 24 (K.C.): Rajion Neal, RB, Tennessee (B-). Great hands/receiving ability. And its the sixth round.
Round 7 Pick 21: Pierre Warren, FS, Jacksonville State (D-). Another body at a position of need. And its the seventh round. Tried to ID a FA that would get more competition from other teams.
Key after-draft free agents: C (Ikard?), QB (Gilbert?), speed demon RB/WR/KR/PR (Thomas?)