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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Fake Draft 2010 II

Using the Scout.com Overall Player Rankings I assumed that all players prior to the overall position of the Buccaneers pick were already selected.  For example, when it was time to make the second pick of the second round, I could only pick from the players listed from Position 42 on (i.e. 1-41 were already off the board).  I tried to find good value at each pick (talent on par with the selection) as well as meet the prioritized needs I have laid out in prior posts this week.

Here is how my Fake Draft played out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Round 1, #3 (3rd overall) - Gerald McCoy, DL (6'4", 295lbs), Oklahoma (#3 player overall by Scout.com)
Round 2, #3 (35th overall) - Patrick Robinson, CB (5'11", 190 lbs), Florida State (#36)
Round 2, #10 (42nd overall) - Brandon LaFell, WR (6'3", 211 lbs), LSU (#46)
Round 3, #3 (67th overall) - Major Wright, S (6'0", 204 lbs), Florida (#67)
Round 4, #3 (101st overall) - Eric Decker, WR (6'2", 220 lbs), Minnesota (#108)
Round 5, #22 (153rd overall) - Dexter Davis, OLB (6'2", 255 lbs), Arizona State (#154)
Round 6, #3 (172nd overall) - Clay Harbor, TE (6'3", 240 lbs), Missouri State (#174)
Round 7, #3 (210th overall) - Travis Ivy, DL (6'4", 341 lbs), Maryland (#218)
Round 7, #10 (217th overall) - Chris Hall, C (6'4", 300 lbs), Texas (#226)
Round 7, #25 (232nd overall) - Nathan Overbay (6'5", 270 lbs), TE, Eastern Washington (#243)
Round 7, #46 (253rd overall) - Joe Pawelek, MLB (6'2", 225 lbs), Baylor (#268)

There is a very important element here which cannot be factored in: face to face knowledge of the players.  And there is no guarantee that the Buccaneers rate these players in anywhere near the same overall order.

Again, it's a very interesting exercise.  There are players available at or near what I consider the top positional needs for the Buccaneers going into the 2010 season.  The first four selections dropped into place and if the first part of the draft plays out this way for Tampa Bay there will be great new talent at positions of need.

Then the same thing happened as in the first Fake Draft -- things got tough.

There was not a great positional need player in Round 4 so I took a wide receiver.  I did manage to get a linebacker in the middle rounds, but a tight end was a better value in the 6th round.  And I did not get a second defensive lineman until the seventh round.

This is fun!  So, again, I make the following offer:  If anyone else would like to go through the same process and then write a short paragraph about why you made the selections you made (and you aren't silly, like picking a quarterback first because you think Freeman is a bust), I'll post as many as I get all the way until the start of the draft on April 22nd so we can compare and contrast.  Interested?  Open your favorite word processor, notepad, or text program, grab the draft order and check out the Scout.com rankings and have at it.

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME/NICKNAME AND YOUR CITY and STATE (or country if you're outside the US).   Put your draft in the comments with this information and submit it.

If you're a real diehard, give yourself 10 minutes to make your first round pick, seven minutes to make each of your second round picks, and just five minutes to make each pick after that.

Best of Luck!!

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