Posted by tarheel1991 on 2/10/2014 8:24:00 PM (view original):
Briefly, my thinking on draft strategy (explaining why I, like others at the back of the draft, went DEF/O-line with my first two picks):
I was mainly thinking about positional scarcity. By definition, there are only about 30-35 (not sure how all the franchise continuity stuff works out) teams available for DEF/O-line, while there are many more options at QB/RB/etc. Plus a lot of the best defenses/O-line are from the same franchise. Not saying there isn't some quality drop-off there, but I'd much rather be the 24th guy taking a QB or RB than the 24th guy taking a DEF or O-Line.
As for my specific picks, the '54 Eagles D is one of only 7 with 80+ run and pass D. Add in a huge 97 sack rating, solid 85 drive rating, and for $33 mil I think it's a pretty good deal (especially because people seem to think INT and Red Zone are the most overpriced defensive ratings).
I was really hoping to add either the Rams or Browns O-line, too, which I thought were definitely the two best. I didn't have much preference among the next group - I thought Packers/Titans/Texans were all about even - so I went with Packers because they have a few really good OL to give me some salary flexibility (although I'll admit I didn't know Texans/Chiefs was the same franchise, or I might have gone with them instead). But I have a good, balanced OL, which should allow me to go multiple directions in building my offense.
My thinking was almost exactly the same as tarheel's EXCEPT that Calvin Johnson and Crazy Legs Hirsch are such unique players that I was gonna take one of them (if they were available) with my 1st pick.
Lol, I have only played one SIM season since the 2012 Megatron became available. I sitemailed Amerk, Genco and Tom Hanrahan to take Crazy Legs with my 1st pick, but I did a second look at wrs and saw that 2012 'Tron was even more expensive (i.e. better?) than 1951 'Legs. I then changed my mind and took 'Tron.
I'm beginning to get a little buyers' remorse though because I'm second guessing myself for not taking the 51 Rams O Line first.
My next pick is probably gonna be my most important because it'll determine kind of offense I'm gonna roll with. But Tarheel's right. The talent pool at the skill positions is very deep and I decided to wait until round 4 to start getting individual players. But 'Tron and 'Legs ('82 Wes Chandler's phenominal too, but I didn't want to deal with his 89% durability)are so unique that I had to get one of them.
2/12/2014 2:00 PM (edited)