Pick It Apart; Marquise Brown

The Draft is in the books and the dust has settled. But how well did your team do in the first round?


We are taking a look back at every selection in the first round and giving you the lowdown on the pick; Was it a reach? Was it a steal? We’ll tell you and give you the impact for fantasy football….


Pick: #25


Player: Marquise “Hollywood” Brown


Drafted by: Baltimore Ravens


Grade: B+


Analysis:

The Oklahoma WR was the first one off the board at his position.

What does this mean? In general, not a lot but it says a lot about the team’s opinions and value on the player when the team selecting them decide to choose them over everyone else available in the draft.

Considering the Ravens are a heavy run first team, some were surprised at this pick.

I was not.

Baltimore just had to get some Wide Receivers in order to try and make defences honest; Marquise Brown was my favourite WR coming in to the draft and loves YACing it up like a 19 year old on their birthday in a nightclub. Marquise Brown can do all the routes and will provide an instant option from day 1 on all the short and intermediate plays with the occasional 9 route to keep it interesting.

In his 2 seasons with the Sooners, Brown posted over 1000 yards in both seasons (he did have Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray throwing him the ball) including a Oklahoma  single game record of 265 receiving yards against Oklahoma State.

These numbers meant he was a First Team All American and All-Big12 selection.

“Hollywood decided to forego his final year to declare for this year’s draft.

He isn’t the biggest at 166lbs and didn’t appear at the combine due to a Lisfranc injury (which may still niggle him for a few months yet) so there are questions marks about whether he’ll be able to take on the big boys. But he is a speedster, who will create separation and will get open, perfect for his new QB. He isn’t a guy who will win your typical 50-50 balls, which is good because Lamar Jackson will not throw into tight windows in this type of offence.


Fantasy Football Impact:

A lot of people will be turned off by the offence he is in, a lot of people will be turned off by the Quarterback that is throwing him the ball. This will mean that a lot of leagues will see him undrafted in redraft leagues in 2019. He’ll be a waiver wire pickup for sure if that is the case.

However as with all rookie WR, they are always seen as shiny new toys so there will no doubt be people taking him with a last round pick (dont pick up kickers, kids). Added in to that, the fact that he’ll have big games here and there means he is perfect for Bestball leagues. He can run every route and he’ll be open a helluva lot. I like Brown as a sleeper this year.

What can you expect from Brown in year one?

Well, certainly not anything near his cousins numbers (yes, even in Oakland). Anything around the 50 receptions mark can be expected along with anything around 600 yards and a couple of TDs. A lot will depend on his ability to get YAC, something he excelled in at College. Much more of an exciting dynasty prospect and usually goes in around the early part of round 2.

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Pick it Apart; Kyler Murray

The Draft is in the books and the dust has settled. But how well did your team do in the first round?

We are taking a look back at every selection in the first round and giving you the lowdown on the pick; Was it a reach? Was it a steal? We’ll tell you and give you the impact for fantasy football….

Pick: #1

Player: Kyler Murray, QB Oklahoma

Drafted by: Arizona Cardinals

Grade: B

Analysis: Arizona’s Front office were at a crossroad (or a roundabout, we are the UK afterall); Do they go one way and take Kyler Murray or do they go the opposite way and stick with Josh Rosen.

The Cardinals decided to go all in on Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offence and get the guy that would be more suited to the type of offence that Arizona want to run under their new head coach.

You can debate until the cows come home whether or not the way they handled Josh Rosen’s situation was the best way (*Spoiler*: it wasn’t) but alas, he is now in the South East of America and no longer a Cardinal. One thing Kyler Murray is an upgrade on is mobility, and with the porous offensive line that wasn’t really addressed this offseason, Kyler Murray will be able to get loose and use his wheels to help alleviate the pressures coming at him. He is a guy who is good on the run with both accuracy and vision and furthermore, he has a few more pieces on the offence in Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler to throw to too. Steve Keim’s ass is on the line with this pick too and he’ll be a guy that will continue to split opinion until we see him on the field. Is he an upgrade on Rosen overall? Probably. Is he worth the sacrifice at taking #1 overall instead of their other needs? Probably not.

All in all, a big risk taken here by the Cardinals to take a mulligan on last year for a guy who only has one year of production in College, nearly opted for baseball and wore a pink suit to the draft and had to use a stepladder to pose with Roger on stage (that was real, right?). As a Kyler Murray hater (please tune in throughout the offseason and beyond to hear the hate flow through me) and guy that feels a bit sorry for Josh Rosen, I hope the Cardinals pick in the top 5 again next season.

Grass isn’t always greener folks, especially in Arizona…

Fantasy Football Impact:

I have already heard the comparisons between him and Lamar Jackson, with some saying he is a better fantasy prospect. We all know the cheatcode in most fantasy leagues is the Quarterbacks that can run. Look at Lamar, Josh Allen and Dak Prescott. So in Superflex leagues there will be most rookie drafts with Kyler going the 1.01. I think you’ll see Kyler struggle in year 1 (to be expected) but you’ll see flashes and will most certainly be a worthy streamer in redraft leagues. I don’t see him going drafted, even in the later rounds, mainly due to the depth at the position, but anyone that rushes for over 1000 yards in college with 12 rushing TDs has to be taken seriously for fantasy purposes. He has the offence to suit, the pieces around him and wont actually need a lot of time to throw the ball because I think Kliff will give him a quick read and throw type of offence and if it’s not there, run. That will negate a lot of deficiencies with the O line and it will all be then in the hands of Murray to make a play, which he can do. Kyler will look to emulate what former #1 overall pick Baker Mayfield did last year and also join the long list of decent QBs to be taken at number 1 in terms of prestige and accolades. Whilst he’s more Cam Newton or Mike Vick than Andrew Luck or Jared Goff, I don’t think Arizona fans or even some fantasy football players will mind so much as to how he does it, as long as he does.

Tomorrow:  #2 Nick Bosa – San Francisco

Draft Recap

Tim, Lee and Rob take a look back at the draft and give their thought on who had a good draft and those not so good.
We recap picks 1-16 in the first round and for every team that picked, how their drafts as a whole went.
We catch up on the latest news away from the NFL and Rich King joins us for the quiz and we redraw the winner again for the April competition.
Enjoy!

Draft Week – Take or Trade part 1

On the first of 2 episodes this week, we break down picks 1-16 looking at every team’s needs and players they could target or if they may perhaps trade back or even trade up!
1st down covers a few interesting snippets from the schedule release including a team playing alternate home and away games for all 16 games this year!
On 2nd down, Charlie from IceTheKickerPodcast joins us and tries to beat Adam Walford’s score of 7 in the Full10Questions.
3rd down is the 1st part of Take or Trade.
Slight delay from intro to my voice. Apologies for that!

Tim’s Mock Draft 1.0

I feel like I have to make a stand against 99% of all the other mock drafts. I am by no means an expert, but I can’t be having Kyler Murray to the Cardinals at #1 overall. More importantly, I hate to see people taking the easy way out for the first 2 picks in the draft.

Going straight in at the deep end with trades too because let’s face it, it is actually quite pointless to do a mock draft with everyone selecting from their current positions. It’s more likely that a Brexit deal gets through parliament than no trades happening in the first round of the 2019 draft.

Here is my uneducated opinion on what the draft can look like outside the narrow-visioned experts.

#1 – *TRADE* – Giants (from Cardinals) – KYLER MURRAY (QB) – Oklahoma

Although I did say that the Murray to Arizona was boring, I didn’t say that I thought both Murray and the Cardinals wouldn’t be at the #1 spot. I think come draft night, the Giants could give up pick 6 and Browns pick (17) from the OBJ trade. Considering 2nd round picks are being discussed at the moment for Rosen, I can’t see the Cardinals pulling the trigger on that one and it pays off as on the eve of the draft, one team comes in with a decent offer to trade back. From the Cardinals point of view, dropping to 6 is a perfect back stop. The only other team I can see doing something similar is the Raiders from the pick 4, but that can be for another time.

#2 – San Francisco – NICK BOSA (EDGE) – Ohio State

Unfortunately, I revert to the general consensus type here. Obvious, yes. One of the best talents in the draft, yes. So why wouldn’t San Francisco take Bosa? If Raiders are to take a QB, they wont need to give up much to move up 2 spots. San Francisco would be very open to offers too I think.

#3 – New York Jets – JOSH ALLEN (EDGE) – Kentucky

Jets need a pass rush and whilst like San Francisco, would like to trade back to make up for last years sacrifice, in this mock I have them taking the SEC Defensive Player of the year in Josh Allen.

#4 – Oakland Raiders – QUINNEN WILLIAMS (DT) – Alabama

Arguably one of the more surer talents in the draft, Oakland begin their Draft war by starting on defence and picking up DT Williams.

#5 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DEVIN WHITE (LB) – LSU

After seeing Kwon Alexander head for the exit door, another Louisiana State Linebacker joins the team to help elevate this defence that played under itself last year.

#6 – Arizona Cardinals (from NYG) – JAWAAN TAYLOR (OT) – Florida

Seeing as though the Cardinals made more moves in FA on the defence, I think they’ll use their 1st of 2 1st rounders to patch up the offensive line that gave Rosen absolutely no time at all in 2018.

#7 – *TRADE* – Denver Broncos (from Jaguars) – DREW LOCK (QB) – Missouri

John Elway will get itchy feet as their pick approaches and I can see them giving up 1.10 and 2.09 to move up 3 spots to get another Quarterback.

#8 – Detroit Lions – RASHAAN GARY (DE) – Michigan

Rashaan Gary stays in the state he played for in college. Arguably the rusher in the class with the biggest upside will help cover the void either through injury or otherwise of Ziggy Ansah

#9 – Buffalo Bills – ANDRE DILLARD (OT) – Washington St.

Buffalo still need to repair the holes on the offensive line. Especially more so now that Josh Allen has some people to throw to.

#10 – Jacksonville Jaguars (from Denver) – TJ HOCKENSON (TE) -Iowa

Jacksonville give Nick Foles someone in the mould of Zach Ertz to be a go to guy on the field.

He can also pass block effectively, which will help add to what they tried to implement last year in terms of the running game.

#11 – *TRADE* Miami Dolphins (from Cincinatti Bengals) – DWAYNE HASKINS (QB) – Ohio St.

Bit of a curveball here, with Cincinatti arguably needing a QB trade out of the position and allow Miami to take their quarterback and give up 13, 78 and a 2020 4th Rounder.

#12 – Green Bay Packers – ED OLIVER (DT) – Houston

Green Bay beef up their interior defensive line with the rest of the defence covered by Free agency acquisitions.

#13 – Cincinatti Bengals (from Miami) – JONAH WILLIAMS (G) – Alabama

Zac Taylor will look to tighten up the offensive line to add to the pick of Billy Price last year and fill one of many holes in the roster. Williams can play Tackle or Guard and that versatility is the reason why the Bengals take him.

#14 – Atlanta Falcons – MONTEZ SWEAT (DE) – Mississippi

Atlanta add depth to their roster which was decimated with injury last year. Touted as a top 5 talent before medical history information came to the surface, Atlanta gamble on that not being an issue.

#15 – Washington Redskins – MARQISE BROWN (WR) – Oklahoma

Brown is the first WR off the board and not DK Metcalf. After losing Crowder in FA and only having Doctson, Jordan Reed as their pass catching options, Brown can fill both slot and outside the hash roles.

#16 – Carolina Panthers – CLELIN FERRELL (EDGE) – Clemson

After losing Peppers this offseason, edge rush becomes a top priority and they fill it with the guy from Clemson.

#17 – Arizona Cardinals (from NYG) – DEVIN BUSH (LB) – Michigan

Arizona start to fill out their roster on defence in the draft, getting Bush gives them a good start to that.

#18 – Minnesota Vikings – GARRETT BRADBURY (C) – N.C. State

Minnesota need to protect their $84m guaranteed quarterback. Bradbury can start anywhere on the line and is solid in both run blocking and pass protection.

#19 – Tennessee Titans – NOAH FANT (TE) – Iowa

It doesn’t take too long for the other Iowa Tight End to find a home. Delanie Walker can’t be trusted health wise and Arthur Smith (a former TE coach) goes with a pick on a position he knows very well.

#20 – Pittsburgh Steelers – BYRON MURPHY (CB) – Washington

Arguably the best CB in the class, Murphy bolsters the back end of the Pittsburgh defence after an impressive combine.

#21 – Seattle Seahawks – BRIAN BURNS (EDGE) – Florida St.

Burns brings explosiveness, which is what the Seattle D is all about. Another that had a good combine.

#22 – Baltimore Ravens – DK METCALF (WR) – Mississippi

Baltimore take a flier on a potential big play guy. Yes, this is a run heavy offence in 2019, but that could give Metcalf 1 on 1 looks fairly often. Baltimore aren’t afraid to take WR in the first round with the most recent (failure) being Breshad Perriman

#23 – Houston Texans – GREG LITTLE (T) – Mississippi

Houston could trade back here to accumulate picks, something they’ve not had too many of comparatively to most teams over the last few years. Left Tackle is a gaping hole though and Little plugs in that need.

#24 Oakland Raiders (from Chicago) – DEANDRE BAKER (CB) – Georgia

The Raiders use their second pick of the 1st round to help the back end of the defence who can contribute from day 1.

#25 – Philadelphia Eagles – CODY FORD (G) – Oklahoma

Prior to the Jordan Howard trade, everyone thought that this is where Josh Jacobs ended up.

Very surprised if that is the case now and therefore the Eagles turn their attention to offensive line.

#26 – Indianapolis Colts – DEXTER LAWRENCE (DT) – Clemson

Chris Ballard and Frank Reich have turned everything they touch into gold so far and Lawrence can be a powerhouse up the middle.

#27 Oakland Raiders (from Dallas) – DALTON RISNER (OT) – Kansas St.

It could be easy to put in N’Keal Harry or a WR here as it’s the pick traded to them for Amari Cooper. I think they’ll address offensive line with this pick seeing as though Kolton Miller has struggle thus far. Risner could potentially play both sides of Center.

#28 *TRADE* Washington Redskins (from LA Chargers) – DANIEL JONES (QB) – Duke

Washington give up pick 46, 96 and a 2020 2nd rounder to the Chargers to take Daniel Jones. Whilst they could try and get Rosen for pick 46 in real life, that wouldn’t be happening here with the Cardinals not going for Murray so Washington try and trade up for a QB.

#29 – Kansas City Chiefs – GREEDY WILLIAMS (CB) – LSU

Kansas immediately get a playmaker on defence for a team that have lost a few pieces in free agency including Eric Berry and Justin Houston. They could trade back and get a few more picks to fill all the holes on defence.

#30 – Green Bay (from New Orleans) – AJ BROWN (WR) – MIssissipi

After Randall Cobb left for Dallas, Green Bay uses it’s extra 1st rounder to replace him. AJ Brown could be a great fit for Aaron Rodgers in the slot.

#31 – Los Angeles Rams – CHRISTIAN WILKINS (DT)

Not too many holes to fill for Los Angeles but the void left from Suh can be filled by Wilkins, who is the type Wade Phillips likes: a guy that can get through the gaps.

#32 – New England Patriots – D’ANDRE WALKER (EDGE) – Georgia

New England could do anything from trade out of the first round to either side of the ball. Jachai Polite was another option, but seeing as though Belichick seems to like Georgia, why fix something that isn’t broken?

Free Agency Bonanza

A bonanza episode needs a bonanza cast and that’s what we have with Charlie from Ice the Kicker along with Murf and Stocks from 5yardrush.
We chat about the news including Gronk’s retirement before we get into the meat on the bone of Free Agency.
Differing opinions on Nick Foles but Murf and Tim share their opinion on breakfast cereals in Put The Mockers On It.
We go through all the big Free Agency Deals and ask the big questions before Ste from Cover2TV tackles the quiz!
We round off by letting you know the exciting things coming your way in the next week!

Head Coach Shuffle, New Alliances.

Tim and Lee are back to go through all the head coaching changes in depth. Which ones are good fits and which ones….not so much.
Before that, we go through what we’ve done over the last week and who we would take in the biscuit draft at #1 overall.
We bring you up to speed on all the latest NFL news including Kyler Murray’s decision to go Football over Baseball.
Adam Foxcroft reverses his usual role is setting quiz questions and puts his knowledge to the test in the quiz. Can we get a new leader atop of the mountain?
We round off with a bit off Alliance football chatter and whether it’s worth the time investment to watch. We give a Patton the back to some players who you may be familiar with from the NFL…
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