This week on the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast, Trevor, Ben and 16 of the TDN Premium Slack channel's boldest and brightest minds re-drafted the entire league from players to coaches fantasy draft style.
As you listen to the episode, you can follow along by viewing the Google sheet below where all the draft info was logged. In the link, you'll see the results of the players' draft, the coaches' draft, grades for each of the owners ' draft hauls as well as depth charts for all 16 teams.
For the players and coaches draft, on the Google sheet they read like a fantasy football snake draft starting at the top from left to right and then reverse coming back for the next round.
Huge shoutout to Jack, Justin, Luke, Drew, Owen, Zack D., Rahoul, Nick, Huddle, Brandon, Zac, Michael, Paul, Masher, Tyler and Matt for putting this together and making it as in-depth as we could have imagined. These guys are true football fanatics.
The combination of team building was fascinating. As you would expect, four quarterbacks went in the first four selections of the draft, but not in the order I expected them to go in. Patrick Mahomes was the obvious first choice, but after him, the quarterback selections were made with some of the new coaches in mind.
Lamar Jackson went No. 2. In a vacuum, I said on the podcast I would have taken Russell Wilson, who went third. However, after seeing how Michael paired the Jackson selection with Bill Belichick as his head coach and Kliff Kingsbury as his offensive coordinator, Jackson was the obvious pick here with such a high ceiling — part of what made this so much fun.
The first defensive player we saw go off the board was Aaron Donald, which was expected, but the second defensive player taken was a big surprise; Chase Young was selected No. 7 in front of the likes of Myles Garrett, both the Bosa brothers and Khalil Mack. There were a handful of owners here who were definitely building towards the future.
Speaking of defensive linemen, my goodness was there some killer lines formed throughout this league.
Huddle formed a 3-4 pocket pushing unit of DeForest Buckner, Leonard Williams, Jerry Tillery, Jadeveon Clowney and Preston Smith. Jack had an odd-front box of Stephon Tuitt, Dalvin Tomlinson and Akiem Hicks on the line with Chandler Jones, T.J. Watt, Bobby Wagner and Eric Kendricks as the linebackers. Finally, Michael gave us a gift of imagination with Mack, Quinnen Williams, Da'Ron Payne and Brian Burns on the same defensive line.
As for the offenses, outside of Michael's Jackson-led team, which featured an amazing run game and so much speed at wide receiver, including Henry Ruggs III, John Ross III, Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and Will Fuller, there were two offenses that, on paper, would be impossible to stop.
Picture this: Aaron Rodgers with Saquon Barkley in the backfield and Julio Jones, A.J. Green and JuJu Smith-Schuster at receiver. The offensive line has Lane Johnson, Ronnie Stanley, Brandon Scherff, Brandon Brooks and Brandon Linder. Matt didn't have to picture it; he drafted it. Who scores more than that?
The only one would be Zack D.'s team of Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, Mike Evans, T.Y. Hilton, Michael Pittman Jr. and Zach Ertz. I do have to say though, Zac drafting Drew Brees and Kyler Murray as a win-now, win-later quarterback combo with Chris Godwin, Davante Adams, Curtis Samuel and George Kittle is an offense that will be at the top of the league for years to come. I love the thought behind drafting Murray early and snagging a good veteran quarterback late.
As for the coaching pairings, there were some fun ones. We already went over how Michael drafted Belichick and Kingsbury to the same staff; he also had Brian Flores as his defensive coordinator. Huddle went full future with Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley as head coach, Wisconsin's Jim Leonhard as defensive coordinator and Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy as offensive coordinator. Zack finally got Clemson's Brent Venables into the pros by making him the defensive coordinator under Frank Reich. My sleeper pick for the best coaching staff is Owen's. He drafted Anthony Lynn as his head coach with Kevin Stefanski as his offensive coordinator and Robert Saleh as his defensive coordinator.
All of that and so much more in the Google sheet, in the podcast episode and in the premium slack channel every single day.
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