Friday, March 30, 2012

Thoughts on the NFL Draft, the Lions, and Everything Else Ever (Part Two)

When we left off, the Eagles had just picked Fletcher Cox, and the first 15 picks looked like this, with my grade of the pick in parentheses:

  1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford – Colts (A)
  2. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor – Redskins (C)
  3. Matt Kalil, LT, USC – Vikings (A)
  4. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M – Browns (D)
  5. Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU – Bucs (A-)
  6. Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis – Rams (B+)
  7. David DeCastro, OG, Stanford – Jaguars (B)
  8. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama – Dolphins (A)
  9. Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College – Panthers (C)
  10. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State – Bills (B+)
  11. Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina – Chiefs (B)
  12. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama – Seahawks (C+)
  13. Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa – Cardinals (B-)
  14. Mark Barron, S, Alabama – Cowboys (A-)
  15. Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State – Eagles (B)

The Jets are on the clock, and there are seven picks remaining until Detroit. My Best Available Board looks like this, with my brief Youtube scouting report in parentheses:

1. Donta Hightower, MLB, Alabama (A man among boys)
2. Andre Branch, DE, Clemson (Love him in the 3-4 or 4-3)
3. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame (Great talent, great size, but a potential diva)
4. Michael Brockers, DT, LSU (Definitely a pro, probably not a stud)
5. Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama (Not overly fast, but always in the right place)
6. Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford (Sometimes looks like Jimmy Graham, other times Tony Scheffler)
7. David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech (Not a three-down back yet, but a natural downhill runner)
8. Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford (Good but not amazing; maybe the next Backus)
9. Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia (Guards are not sexy, but this guy is NFL material; will be a great pass blocker for years)
10. Devon Still, DT, Penn State (Huge run-stuffer, not fast at all)
11. Janoris Jenkins, CB, Colorado (Too many red flags – injuries, marijuana suspension, undersized)
12. Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State (Gets the job done but doesn’t dominate)
13. Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina (#9 on Kiper’s Board, but looks like a bust to me; gets pushed around a lot)
14. Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State (I’m not that impressed)
15. Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia (Getting overlooked because this is a deep CB class, but he can cover, return kicks, and tackle. Only downside is his size. Makes a great nickel CB though)
16. Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina (Big for a CB; great tackler; not amazing in coverage and not very fast)

A lot of other prospects were left off the list, including a long list of receivers, notably Baylor’s Kendall Wright and Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill, both considered possible first rounders. But to me, both guys look like Titus Young; dominant in college, nothing special in the NFL. I also left off a few DEs and DTs because the Lions probably won’t be going in that direction, now that Avril is retained.

So, back to the Jets. Aside from adding Tebow, it hasn’t been a good offseason for them. They finished the year on a three-game losing streak to miss the playoffs, with Santonio Holmes quitting on the team and then third-string QB Greg McElroy saying the locker room was a dysfunctional hell hole, which led to ‘anonymous’ players saying that Sanchez is not a good leader, which led to the teams best players defending Sanchez … and just when the issue was resolved and Sanchez got a contract extension, they brought in Tebow and ensured a hyperactive media circus for the next two years.

Now, the Jets haven’t done anything whatsoever in free agency other than re-sign their nosetackle, add LaRon Landry who may or may not ever be healthy again, and swap Drew Stanton for Tebow. The pass rush is not very good anymore, Sanchez is regressing, Plaxico is gone, Holmes and Cromartie are two of the biggest douche bags in the NFL, and the running game seems to have disappeared. Add in the fact that Buffalo and Miami have built great defenses (albeit lousy offenses), and everything is going wrong for the Jets. This is probably Rex Ryan’s last season if they don’t make the playoffs. Then, we’ll have to see him on the NFL Network for a year while he waits out his next head coaching job, because there’s no way in hell he would ever take a coordinator job again.

So, while I have Donta Hightower atop my list of best players available, I’m thinking the Jets need to either upgrade the pass rush or bring in a receiver. Since Floyd is still available and he’s a big target who could replace Plaxico, I guess he makes sense.

Next up is the Bengals, picking in place of Oakland, who stupidly gave up this pick for Carson Palmer. Cincy went 9-7 last year, including a predictable 6-2 against the NFC West and AFC South, with the two losses coming to the only good teams from those divisions. They went 0-4 against Pittsburgh and Baltimore, and 2-0 against Cleveland. In other words, Cincy beat all the bad teams and lost to all the good teams. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I don’t see it happening again. It takes me at least two seasons to fully trust a red-haired quarterback.

They’ve made a few shrewd moves in free agency (CB Jason Allen, OG Travelle Wharton, RB Green-Ellis) and set themselves up pretty nicely to be compete. But the biggest concern is CB Leon Hall, probably their best defensive player. He ruptured his Achilles late last season and could miss all of 2012. Cornerback has to be their biggest are of need in the draft, along with running back and offensive line.

They’ve been rumored as a team that wants to trade up for Trent Richardson, and having the #17 and #21 pick makes that a good possibility. But it makes more sense for Cincy to get two prospects with the two picks: possibly two CBs, or a CB and an offensive lineman.

A guy that I’m falling in love with is Georgia guard Cordy Glenn, who could protect Matthew Stafford for the next decade, and could eventually play tackle and replace Backus. Unfortunately, he makes tons of sense for Cincinnati, and could be selected with either one of their picks. The Bengals are Detroit’s biggest nuisance in this draft; they have the same needs, and pick right in front of us twice. We can only hope that they either trade up for Richardson, or make idiotic picks. Maybe they’ll take Jenkins so we don’t have to. A pothead going to Cincinnati wouldn’t exactly be a new story.

San Diego, at pick #18, has had a rough offseason. Missing the playoffs was embarrassing enough in the putrid AFC West, but then they lost Vincent Jackson and woefully overpaid Robert Meachem to replace him. Then they gave Eddie Royal 3 years and 14 million to basically be a kick returner, all while hoping that Antonio Gates (foot) will somehow be able to play like it’s 2004. Oh, and they lost Mike Tolbert too. The offense is disintegrating, and Norv Turner will be the first coach fired if the Bolts start out slow.

The Charger defense is actually improving; they’ve got a nice cadre of linebackers, and a decent secondary with Weddle, Cason and Jammer. Last year’s first round pick, DE Corey Liuget, only amassed 11 tackles last year, playing out of position in the 3-4. They need to continue to build the defensive line, but they’ll also be in the market for a corner. And despite the bad contracts they just gave to Meachem and Royal, it wouldn’t hurt to bring a new receiver – maybe Wright or Hill, but I doubt it. My hunch is a big body on the D-line, so Brockers makes the most sense.

The Bears are another team with similar interests to Detroit: secondary, offensive line. They’ve beefed up the offense with Michael Bush and Brandon Marshall, and made a huge upgrade by signing Jason Campbell to backup Cutler. The defense still has studs in Briggs and Peppers, but was 28th against the pass last year and allowed more completions than any defenses except New England and Green Bay, who were always playing with big leads. The main weakness for Chicago, other than having Rod Marinelli as a coordinator, is the safety and DT positions. They certainly need help on the O-line, and drafting another receiver is also a possibility. They’ll be hoping Mark Barron falls to them, and he won’t, so they might go for Devon Still, the best DT on the board.

At pick #20 is the Titans, fresh off the heartbreaking news that they didn’t get Peyton Manning. The good news: the AFC South is wide open. Mario Williams is gone, Matt Schaub is recovering from a major injury, and Houston has to play a first-place schedule that includes Baltimore and Manning’s Broncos. So presumably, you might be able to win this division with only 8 or 9 wins, unless Andrew Luck is amazing enough to overcome a talentless Colts team, which he might be.

Tennessee did add Steve Hutchinson (one of the best guards ever) and Kamerion Wimbley (42 sacks in 6 seasons, no slouch) to fill two of their biggest needs, but they still have major question marks, beginning at the most important position. In fact, according to my calculations, they will be the only team in the NFL who uses the preseason to determine their week one starting quarterback: Hasselbeck or Locker.

The always delusional Titans fans think they’ll trade this pick to the Colts for Dwight Freeney, or somehow Luke Kuechly will fall to them. Neither will happen. Despite adding Wimbley, they’ll probably go after another pass rusher. They’ll be super excited if Coples falls to them.

That brings up Cincy again, who will be torn between Martin, Glenn, or RB David Wilson. For the Lions sake, I hope it’s Wilson, although Cincy can probably find a comparable RB in the 2nd or 3rd round. Maybe they’ll go BPA and take Donta Hightower, who really should be off the board by now.

Next up is Cleveland, picking in place of Atlanta who gave up this selection for the right to take Julio Jones. As of a few days ago, the Browns were almost definitely going to take Ryan Tannehill with the 4th pick, but the certainty of that pick seems to be dwindling. Browns fans are adamant that this pick be used on either Claiborne or Blackmon or Richardson, and the team’s front office might eventually listen. I don’t know how Tannehill was ever considered top 5 pick material.

If the 4th pick is Tannehill, they’ve got to use the 22nd pick on a receiver or an offensive lineman; if they pass on Tannehill, they can hope that he falls to them at pick 22, exactly like when they famously passed on Brady Quinn with the 3rd pick in 2007 (instead they took Joe Thomas; I wonder how that worked out?), and then Quinn ended up on the Browns with the 22nd pick. Then, 200 picks later, Tyler Thigpen went to the Vikings, and Thiggy has thrown twice as many TD passes as Quinn in the last 5 years. Go figure.

It’s very possible that Tannehill will be exposed as John Navarre 2.0 in the next several weeks, and he’ll fall from the likely #4 pick to the likely #8 pick to the possible #22 pick. As a Lions fan, I just hope he goes in the top 22, because that’s one less quality prospect taken off of board.

For now, I’ll say Cleveland takes RB David Wilson from Virginia Tech; they have absolutely nothing at the running back spot. So to finish off the top 22, it looks like this:

  1. Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State – Eagles (B)
  2. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame – Jets (B)
  3. Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama – Bengals (C-)
  4. Michael Brockers, DT, LSU – Chargers (B+)
  5. Devin Still, DT, Penn State – Bears (B)
  6. Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina – Titans (B-)
  7. Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama – Bengals (A+)
  8. David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech – Browns (C+)

And that brings up the Lions. But before we analyze the available options, let’s clear some things up.

Firstly, there’s a 0% chance that the 22 players in my mock draft so far will actually be the 22 players picked ahead of Detroit. Someone from that list WILL be available. Luck, Griffin, Kalil, and Claiborne are the only ones who will absolutely, positively be gone. Of the 22 player I have gone in this mock, realistically, at least 5 of them will be available for Detroit.

Second, lots of teams are looking to trade down this year, especially teams in the 4-7 range. Specifically, Cleveland and Jacksonville have been linked in tons of trade rumors. The difficult part will be finding someone who is willing to trade up. As mentioned, I like the chances of Cincinnati zooming up into the top 8 to grab Richardson. This could potentially lead to Cleveland picking 17, 21, and 22, which would be hilarious. Then they could Belichick all those picks and draft 25 times in the second round in 2017.

Third, the Lions might actually be the most perplexing team in terms of drafting since Jim Schwartz took over. Picks that came out of no where and were complete surprises even to the most prepared and diehard fan include: Pettigrew, Delmas, Best, Fairley, Titus … pretty much everybody that wasn’t picked in the top 3.

Of the dozens and dozens of players I considered the Lions picking last year, Titus Young never even crossed my mind. Neither did Mikel LeShoure. We had actually needs, and couldn’t afford to spend early-round picks on skill positions. And yet, we picked Titus ahead of CB Brandon Harris, who was in discussions for Detroit’s 1st round pick; we also passed on potential stud linemen like OT Ben Ijalana and C Stefen Wisniewski. Then, we traded UP for a running back with Harris still on the board.

I don’t have a problem with Detroit’s love of the BPA approach. I just don’t think they do a very good job figuring out the “best” part of the BPA equation. For instance, trading up to draft a RB would have been brilliant if that RB had been DeMarco Murray, who went 14 picks after LeShoure. Murray is probably going to be the best running back in the NFL this year, so be prepared for that.

Lastly, you have to consider the personalities and egos of each person involved in the decision-making process. Jim Schwartz, Martin Mayhew, Tom Lewand, William Clay Jr., Gunther Cunningham, Scott Linehan, and to some extent, Stafford, Suh, and Calvin. Fans have always found it incredibly easy to speculate the Lions pick simply by identifying needs and matching up prospects.

“Let’s see … we need a CB … so we’ll take Kirkpatrick or Jenkins… Done”

But it’s not that easy with Detroit. Schwartz wants to find Hall of Fame talent, a great teammate, and somebody who meets all of the team’s needs simultaneously. He is pretty damn cocky when it comes to draft. He’ll trade up, but he’ll never trade down. He thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room, which is a tragically false misconception, as he proved when he chased Jim Harbaugh around like a lunatic.

Schwartz doesn’t believe in the slow, methodical, Parcells-ian building process; he thinks he can outsmart the room and find the magic prospect who fixes all our problems at once. That’s why he took Pettigrew instead of something logical like a tackle (Michael Oher), a cornerback (Vontae Davis) or a linebacker (Clay Matthews) in 2009. He claimed that Pettigrew would fix our running game AND give us an elite receiver. Instead, we got a mediocre tight end with lousy hands, hermit crab speed, but pretty good blocking ability. I don’t hate Brandon Pettigrew, but Vontae and Clay are among the best players in the league at their positions; Pettigrew was taken 70 picks ahead of Jared Cook, who is essentially the same player.

For whatever reason, the Lions will continue to ignore the fans, ignore common sense, and take the best available player on their board. So instead of analyzing Detroit’s needs from my perspective, I’m going to look at this 23rd pick BPA style, with my analysis of what the Lions will be looking for.

First, let’s cross off the players who definitely won’t be available.

Luck, Griffin, Kalil, Blackmon and Claiborne are 100% gone.

Richardson, Poe, Ingram, and Kuechly, are 99% gone. If any of these guys falls to #23, Detroit won’t hesitate to take them. Even Richardson.

Reiff, DeCastro, Kirkpatrick and Coples will 90% be gone; even if they’re available, I honestly don’t know if Detroit likes any of these guys. Kirkpatrick falling to 23 is the “dream situation” for most fans, but that’s exactly what we thought about Amukamara last year, and Detroit didn’t even consider him. My gut feeling is that Detroit will not take a corner in the first round, unless we traded up for Claiborne. The difference between Kirkpatrick and Jenkins (1st rounders) and Boykin, Gilmore, and Dennard (2nd rounders) doesn’t seem to be vast. In fact, Detroit might fall in love with Jayron Hosley or Josh Robinson or Trumaine Johnson, all guys projected to go in the 2nd or 3rd round, and if they do, that pretty much eliminates Kirkpatrick and Jenkins from the discussion. As for Reiff, DeCastro and Coples, if they fall to 23, it probably means they have some secret red flag, so Detroit could very possibly pass on them as well.

However, let’s reflect on the 2011 draft for a minute. In early April, Nick Fairley was a certain top 10 pick. Then he refused to meet with Miami (pick 15), because he was so sure he would be gone before then. His actions said “I am a pompous, entitled douche” and he already carried a reputation as both lazy and dirty. So, he fell out of the top 10, and would have kept falling, but Jim Schwartz jumped in and basically said “Talent trumps all those red flags, let’s get him!” So, what I’m saying is, we could see history repeat itself if a guy like Kirkpatrick (pot possession) or Coples (laziness) falls to Detroit.

To clarify – Jim Schwartz will overlook red flags that are off-field issues , but he will not overlook talent concerns. For instance, the knock on Riley Reiff at the Combine was that his arms are too short and he can’t get proper position against massive pass-rushers. That could be the kind of red flag that causes him to drop to 23, and if it does, I expect Detroit to let him keep falling.

There’s three positions in this draft that are very deep, and I expect Detroit to omit all of these players from their draft board. I’m talking about DT, RB, and WR, because those are the positions of the least need for Detroit right now. Detroit definitely adheres to a BPA strategy, but they have to draw the line somewhere, and drafting a DT in the 1st round 3 consecutive years would be Millenism. You can obviously add QB to the list of positions that won’t be considered in the 1st round, though I do think Detroit will draft a QB in the 3rd or 4th round, as insurance for Shaun Hill.

If you’ve been paying super close attention, this leaves a list of 5-6 prospects that could be available and that Detroit will undoubtedly consider. To recap:

Mark Barron, S, Alabama – Chances he’s gone – 80%
Andre Branch, DE, Clemson - Chances he’s gone – 60%
Donta Hightower, LB, Alabama - Chances he’s gone – 60%
Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford - Chances he’s gone – 60%
Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia - Chances he’s gone – 60%
Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama - Chances he’s gone – 70%

If you visit Mlive or, you’ll see that the most common names thrown around for the 23rd pick are CB Stephon Gilmore, DE Nick Perry, and OT Mike Adams. While none of those players would infuriate me, I think Detroit can do significantly better. I’m not sure any of those guys are future studs. They’re probably serviceable starters.

But of the above 6 prospects, at least one of them will be available. And even though we need a CB more than a MLB (especially with Tulloch re-signed for 5 years), I’d love to see Donta Hightower. Heck, play him at OLB; he’s an upgrade over Justin Durant. I’d also love to see Glenn, Martin, Upshaw, or Barron. Of the six players I mentioned above, you’ll notice three of them come from Alabama. I was encouraged to hear that Martin Mayhew was in Tuscaloosa from Alabama’s Pro Day, scouting not only Hightower, Barron and Upshaw, but also Kirkpatrick and Richardson.

For the sake of moving the draft along I’m going to mock somebody to the Lions, although I won’t have a good inclination until much closer to April 25. But based on the players who are gone so far, I’ll say Detroit selects either Upshaw, Martin, or Cordy Glenn. Martin makes a billion pounds of sense, but for whatever reason, the Lions are being stubborn on Backus, and lately, I’m okay with that. He held his own pretty well last year against a brutal schedule in which he faced Peppers twice, Jared Allen twice, DeMarcus Ware, and Von Miller. Backus can’t be Stafford’s LT for much longer, but if we give him one more season in order to add a potential stud player, that’s great. Glenn would also be a great addition to the O-line, and would immediately be an upgrade over Stephen Peterman. But I’m going to say Courtney Upshaw falls to Detroit, and Gunther and Schwartz can’t resist the potential of bolstering the defense with a sure tackling OLB who can add some complexity to the blitz packages.

Next up is the Steelers, who, like I said earlier, never miss a pick. They could take Branch to play OLB, but with Harrison and Woodley that wouldn’t be very smart; they could also add TE Coby Fleener or a receiver in case they lose Mike Wallace. But my guess is Cordy Glenn. That offensive line is a huge mess.

Next up is Denver, who has revamped the offense with WR Andre Caldwell and TEs Jacob Tamme and Joel Dressen. They also added a solid CB in Tracy Porter (the guy who picked off Peyton in the Super Bowl to clinch the title for the Saints). Eddie Royal is gone, but Peyton has Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker to work with, along with three new weapons. Everybody expects Denver to add an offensive player, especially if one of the Stanford linemen falls to pick 25, but I think it’ll be a DT. With Still, Brockers and Cox off the board, they’ll go with Jerel Worthy – they need to replace Brodrick Bunkley in the middle of the defense.

Next up, the perennial sleeper team known as the Houston Texans. Coming off their first postseason berth ever, expectations are through the roof. Unfortunately, Houston lost more than just Mario Williams in free agency. They lost RT Eric Winston, a great run blocker; they traded stud MLB DeMecco Ryans to Philly just to save cap space; they lost RG Mike Brisiel to Oakland; they lost Dressen to Denver; they gave $43 million to Arian Foster who has already been injured twice in his short career. They also have to hope that Matt Schaub recovers from foot surgery, Andre Johnson actually stays healthy, and that 2010 1st round pick CB Kareem Jackson pans out, because so far he’s been extremely disappointing, and the only highlight of his career is when he got in trouble for Tweeting a picture of a cockfight in the Dominican Republic. All that to say, I’m not sold on the Texans as a 11 or 12 win team. They might be able to win their division at 10-6, but I wouldn’t pencil them into the Super Bowl just yet.

This pick will probably be a receiver. Both Kendall Wright and Stephen Hill are available, so let’s say Houston takes Hill from Georgia Tech. I think he’s the better prospect.

At #27 is New England (got this pick from New Orleans last year when the Saints moved up to take Mark Ingram). It’s not even worth guessing what Belichick might do. He’ll probably trade this pick to Oakland for Al Davis’s casket. But I’ll just give them Andre Branch because he’s the BPA on my board. And he can work in the 3-4 where they need pass rushers like crazy.

Next is Green Bay, who also needs to upgrade defensively. How about DE Whitney Mercilus from Illinois. Then let’s give Baltimore an interior offensive lineman – best available is center Peter Konz, who can temporarily slide in to LG and replace Grubbs and take over at center when Matt Birk retires. San Fran is next, and it’ll be hard for Harbaugh to resist the Stanford prospects – Fleener and Martin could both be available. There’s actually the two best available on my board right now. But Harbaugh doesn’t want to be a cliché clown, so he’ll pass on the Stanford guys and take OT Mike Adams from Ohio State. They desperately need a right guard, and could put Adams at RT and slide Anthony Davis over to RG.

The last two picks are the Pats and the Giants. New England will presumably add another defensive player. How about Stephon Gilmore. Then the Giants will take the BPA as they always do. Let’s give them Coby Fleener. Eli could use a new target with Manningham gone.

That’s all I got for now. The first round looks like this:

  1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford – Colts (A)
  2. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor – Redskins (C)
  3. Matt Kalil, LT, USC – Vikings (A)
  4. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M – Browns (D)
  5. Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU – Bucs (A-)
  6. Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis – Rams (B+)
  7. David DeCastro, OG, Stanford – Jaguars (B)
  8. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama – Dolphins (A)
  9. Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College – Panthers (C)
  10. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State – Bills (B+)
  11. Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina – Chiefs (B)
  12. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama – Seahawks (C+)
  13. Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa – Cardinals (B-)
  14. Mark Barron, S, Alabama – Cowboys (A-)
  15. Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State – Eagles (B)
  16. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame – Jets (B)
  17. Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama – Bengals (C-)
  18. Michael Brockers, DT, LSU – Chargers (B+)
  19. Devin Still, DT, Penn State – Bears (B)
  20. Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina – Titans (B-)
  21. Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama – Bengals (A+)
  22. David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech – Browns (C+)
  23. Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama – Lions (A-)
  24. Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia – Steelers (A-)
  25. Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State – Broncos (C)
  26. Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech – Texans (B+)
  27. Andre Branch, DE, Clemson – Patriots (A-)
  28. Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois – Packers (B-)
  29. Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin – Ravens (B+)
  30. Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State – 49ers (C)
  31. Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina – Patriots (B+)
  32. Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford – Giants (C+)

Go Lions.

PS. Doing fantasy baseball for the first time ever. Had the draft last night. Got Verlander in the 1st round, Prince Fielder in the 2nd, Fister and Boesch later on, and my sleeper pick, Neil Walker of the Pirates. I'm gonna be unstoppable.

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