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@Indy! "Look what THE NFL thinks about Ansah..." Your words, not mine.Maybe you shouldn't be criticizing the work others have done when you all you have to offer is copying and pasting analysis that is not your own, and making assertions like "I would never draft a player from BYU, they need SEC players!" An old saying comes to mind. Something about people who live in glass houses throwing stones...
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Raiders 7 round mock draft
@Indy! That's not what "the NFL" thinks about Ansah. That's what the person who wrote the report thinks of Ansah. The NFL Network website is not the end-all be-all of draft analysis - hate to break it to you. There are different opinions out there - including the opinions of all 32 teams which differ greatly.
I'm familiar with his strengths. I do my own analysis, thank you. I have watched him play at length. I do the work, and I put my name on it. There are plenty of people whose opinion I respect who are not high on Ansah. That doesn't mean they're right, nor does it mean I'm right. It means we have opposing viewpoints based on the research we've done. But if all you're going to do is copy and paste someone else's analysis behind a comment section screen name, and assert that he can't play specifically because he went to BYU - that isn't analysis. So don't waste my time with it.
@Indy! You're copying and pasting NFL Network analysis? And deliberately leaving out the strengths? Yeah man, sorry, don't even bother.
@Indy! "Strength of opponents is one single part of the scouting equation. Using it as the determining factor is foolish. That's how teams whiff on good players." That's what I said 3 days ago. The point is, it's ONE factor. You're using it as the determining factor. You're also asserting that you heavily factor the school they come from because of "the odds" which is how no one in the NFL thinks. You scout the player - not the school. You weigh every attribute of the player. You don't rate a player highly and then say "Oh, but because he goes to ______ he only has X% chance of panning out, so we won't pick him" because that's a ludicrous thing to do. The Raiders are in no way whatsoever set at WR. Even if they were, what surefire impact player would have you drafted in the 5th round? You're seriously complaining about the Juron Criner pick? Or the results of a draft where the Raiders' first pick was at #97? Don't waste my time.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on 1st round mock, by Brad Bordyn
@Indy! Right - key word there is "everything". Not just one thing. Level of competition one single part of a much bigger picture.
You evaluate the specific traits of the player - not the "odds".
If you don't like it, you probably won't like many of Reggie McKenzie's draft picks. Or my 7-round Raiders mock that was just posted, for that matter.
@nilbymouth Yeah the main reason Jordan and Kelce weren't the picks is that I'm not entirely convinced they'll be available there (although I'm more convinced Jordan will - I think the Jags go Geno). I would certainly not be mad with Jordan over Geno as I think Jordan has a rare skill set. At this point I think Ansah better fills a hole on the Raiders roster - can play 4-3 DE as well as occasional OLB, whereas Jordan is almost strictly an OLB but may be able to put his hand in the dirt on 3rd down. But if the Raiders want their hybrid defense to emphasize 3-4 looks, Dion would make the most sense.
@dondiraider Hardest part of this one was not including an OL. Honestly, I think that's high on their list of priorities, but I tried to stick to BPA for this mock. I fully expect them to collect more picks one way or another - and if they do, I expect Kyle Long to be a target for them in the 2nd. Terron Armstead might be an option, too. Jordan Mills could interest them in the 4th. Brennan Williams and Reid Fragel are two other names they might look into.
@Indy! That's not how scouting works. You don't scout the school. You're not playing the odds. You're looking at the specific traits of an actual player. Anything else is simply not legitimate analysis.
@Indy! Players from the SEC, eh? You mean like Rolando McClain? Strength of opponents is one single part of the scouting equation. Using it as the determining factor is foolish. That's how teams whiff on good players.
@nilbymouth @JackChadic Within the next week I'll have a mock draft that contains a hypothetical trade down with Miami.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on 1st round mock, by Brad Bordyn
@JackChadic I definitely agree, but I don't see any "can't miss" prospects. Generally, I think "safe" prospects tend to be a mirage. And in the top 5, finding a solid-if-unspectacular player is, in my opinion, the same as whiffing on the pick. I'd rather the Raiders swing for the fences on an impact player. And I realize I differ from many people here, but I see a pretty high floor for Ansah.
@JackChadic I agree - that's why I went with a pass-rushing DE who is also strong against the run. Ansah overpowers OTs at the point of attack - he's spectacular at sealing the edge. As good as Dion Jordan is against the run as an OLB, Ansah is a little better in that department and offers just as much (if not more) upside as a pass rusher. Considering the Raiders look to be sticking with a base 4-3 (although they certainly will be more multiple on defense this year), Ansah is a perfect fit and will help fill a huge need. The Raiders can use him much the way the 49ers use Aldon Smith.
@RichardRamos If I need advice on stopping a runny asshole, I guess I know who to ask. Thanks, Richard.
11 months ago on 1st round mock, by Brad Bordyn