Anyone who plays fantasy football games where you have a 55 man roster always licks their chops at the start of a rookie draft, and I for one am no exception.
I run two 20 team leagues through the use of Action PC 2009 software, and each team has a full 55 man live roster.
The BBFL (Britball Football League) is entering its 4th season in September 2009. Prior to the start of season 4 we have just completed our rookie draft, using only players that were drafted in the 2009 NFL draft.
The rookies drafted will not play in the 2009 BBFL as they need to wait until they have finished the 2009 NFL season and given ratings.
The draft is 100 total picks, and due to some savvy trading I ended up with 9 picks (everyone starts with 5).
I did trade my 1st round pick away just before the start of the rookie draft – but I did end up with Big Ol Albert Haynesworth the $100m defensive tackle.
So here are the 9 picks I made, the position I drafted in the BBFL draft is first and the number in brackets (?) is the place that the player actually got drafted in by their NFL team, and then my reason for drafting….
Pick 34) Shonn Greene RB Iowa (65) Jets
With Thomas Jones looking to either slow down, or even get traded, and Leon Washington making a living as a dynamic 3rd down back/change of pace back/returner Greene could end up the feature back of the Jets for many years to come. Ideally I was looking for Donald Brown but he went at pick #30. Greene has just fallen off the pace in the last week or so and may find it hard to get playing time in September and October. I do think that Greene will get around 70-90 carries in 2009 and catch about 20 passes. One for the future for sure, but in a league full of smart owners I had to grab Greene early.
Pick 36) Alex Mack C California (21) Browns
This was a tougher decision, and one I may come to regret. With 35 picks already made I was nearing to selecting Evander Ziggy Hood, but as I always track all the picks taken I looked to see who had been overlooked. That is where I found Alex Mack. I love drafting offensive linemen as I find it easier to pick up people like WRs as free agent or waiver wire picks. Mack was the first C drafted in the NFL and has a legitimate shot at starting very early on with the Cleveland Browns. No way near a sexy pick but you build teams through offensive and defensive lines.
Pick 39) Sean Smith CB Utah (61) Dolphins
I wanted to upgrade my secondary and get someone who can be my 2010 nickel back. Sean Smith had had very high ratings throughout camp and he could end up week 1 as a starter. The Dolphins are a team that are to be respected, and with Jason Taylor looking to give it one last push his defensive colleagues will want to play extra hard. Plenty was on offer at pick #39 but this is one of those gut instinct picks that I will be keeping a keen eye on. Lets hope Smith is over his bout of flu too!
Pick 54) Eben Britton OT Arizona (39) Jaguars
We all know that Dennis Hopper got found out when he noticed Sandra Bullock had an Arizona Wildcat t-shirt on in the only good Speed film, lets hope I dont get found out after drafting Britton. Again I went offensive line, but this time grabbing an offensive tackle that should start from day one with fellow rookie Eugene Monroe. The Jags need Britton and Monroe to perform if they are to help Maurice Jones-Drew live up to the unbelievable amount of hype given to him as the 2nd best fantasy running back available in the whole of the NFL. I dont think MJD will be as good as everyone thinks and this thought will be explored later in this draft.
Pick 59) Michael Johnson DE Georgia Tech (70) Bengals
Anytime you draft a player selected by the Bengals you do have to take a long hard look at the guy’s criminal record. The Bengals love to select people who have a bit of and edge (even if that means being outside the law). At 6ft 7 Johnson is a beast, who played TE and was a basketball stud too. Either Marvin Lewis is a genius or maybe there is a genuine reason Johnson did not get selected by an NFL team until round 3. Johnson could make a big impression early but it takes an exceptionally talented DE to make an impact as a rookie.
Pick 76) Al Afalava S Oregon State (190) Bears
I had two owners Instant Message me about 5 minutes after this pick, cursing my name under their breath, so I knew I had done something right. Afalava is competing against Daniel Manning for a significant role in the Bears secondary. Shows I do my homework. Too many people in my league try to pick players that are in the same pick area as their NFL counterpart, so to see me dip down 114 picks must have been somewhat of a shock. Reading Bears fans forums they like Afalava and think he can lay the wood. Not sure he is the best coverage guy but then again he is a safety and not a cornerback. Check out Afalava cleaning an opponents clock in his college days.
Pick 83) Rashad Jennings RB Liberty (250) Jaguars
Have to admit I had my eye on Jennings throughout the entire draft as I just love this guy. Having already drafted a Jags offensive lineman this makes me look like a Jacksonville fan I know. Jennings is the original ‘dark horse’ and providing he stays fit he could get 300-400 yards on the ground. Someone has to pick up the carries that Fred Taylor has taken to New England and who the hell is Chauncey Washington anyway? Yes Greg Jones will get some work but Jennings is the ace up Jack Del Rio’s sleeve.
Pick 84) Brian Hartline WR Ohio State (108) Dolphins
Around this time it does start becoming a bit of a crapshoot, and you tend to either hit gold or a big lump of worthless rock. Hartline is projected to end up anywhere from #2 WR to #5WR and this spectrum of possibilities in a team that does not have a mega star wr makes Hartline a worthwhile bet. Pennington wants reliable hands and accurate rout running wideouts, and this is what Hartline provides. As a guy who has played in a BCS title game he has the pedigree to be a success.
Pick 94) Sebastian Vollmer OT Houston (58) Patriots
Call it a bit of European favouritism if you like but the German born Vollmer landed in a great situation when he was drafted in the 2nd round by the Pats. This is why I was very surprised to find him on the board at pick 94 in my league draft. Vollmer is a converted tight end who played in Germany in this decade. Here in England we generally root against any sort of German athlete, but in this instance I will have to make an exception. Vollmer is one injury away from blocking for God – oops I mean Tom Brady.
Here is the full 2009 BBFL rookie draft (with 3 picks still to be made);
1) 2.00pm Cleveland Aaron Curry OLB (4)
2) 2.15pm Oakland BJ Raji DT (9)
3) 2.30pm Buffalo Jason Smith OT (2)
4) 2.45pm Carolina Brian Orakpo LB (13)
5) 3.00pm Tampa Bay Matt Stafford QB (1)
6) 3.15pm Carolina Percy Harvin WR (22)
7) 3.30pm Buffalo Mark Sanchez QB (5)
8) 3.45pm Denver Michael Crabtree WR (10)
9) 4.00pm KC Michael Oher OT (23)
10) 4.15pm Detroit LB Ray Maualuga (38)
11) 4.30pm Miami James Laurinitis (35)
12) 4.45pm Tenn DE Aaron Maybin (11)
13) 5.00pm Green Bay Patrick Chung S (34)
14) 5.15pm Buffalo Malcolm Jenkins CB (14)
15) 5.30pm St Louis Lesean Shady McCoy RB (53)
16) 5.45pm Dallas Peria Jerry DT (from list) (24)
17) 6.00pm Carolina Tyson Jackson DE (3)
18) 6.15pm NYG Eugene Monroe OT (8)
19) 6.30pm Buffalo Brian Cushing OLB (15)
20) 6.45pm Tenn Andre Smith OT (6)
1) 2.00pm Cleveland Chris “Beanie” Wells RB (31)
2) 2.15pm Oakland Darius Heyward-Bey (7)
3) 2.30pm Buffalo Vontae Davis CB (25)
4) 2.45pm Baltimore Jeremy Maclin WR (19)
5) 3.00pm Tampa Bay Hakeem Nicks WR (30)
6) 3.15pm Jacksonville Phil Loadholt OT (54)
7) 3.30pm Minnesota Eric Wood (28)
8) 3.45pm Denver Aphonso Smith CB (38)
9) 4.00pm Kansas City Robert Ayres DE (29)
10) 4.15pm New England Donald Brown RB (27)
11) 4.30pm Miami Larry English LB (16)
12) 4.45pm Tennessee Clay Matthews (26)
13) 5.00pm Green Bay Knowshon Moreno RB (12)
14) 5.15pm Washington Shonn Greene RB (65)
15) 5.30pm Indianapolis Clint Sintim OLB
16) 5.45pm Washington Alex Mack C (21)
17) 6.00pm Carolina Glen Coffee RB
18) 6.15pm NY Giants Josh Freeman QB
19) 6.30pm Tennessee Evander Ziggy Hood DL
20) 6.45pm Kansas City Louis Delmas S
1) 200pm Cleveland Kenny Britt WR
2) 215pm Oakland Ron Brace DT
3) 230pm Buffalo Darius Butler CB
4) 245pm Baltimore Mohammed Massaquoi WR
5) 300pm St Louis Everette Brown DE
6) 315pm Tennessee William Moore S
7) 330pm Minnesota Pat White QB
8) 345pm Denver Connor Barwin DE
9) 400pm Washington Sean Smith CB
10) 415pm New England Paul Kruger DE
11) 430pm Miami Max Unger C
12) 445pm Tenn Jared Cook TE
13) 500pm Green Bay Brian Robiskie WR
14) 515pm Washington Eben Britten OT
15) 530pm Indianapolis Fili Moala DT
16) 545pm Indianapolis Austin Collie WR
17) 600pm Carolina Brandon Pettigrew TE
18) 615pm NYG Jarius Byrd S
19) 630pm Washington Michael Johnson DE
20) 645pm St Louis Jarron Gibert DT
1) 200pm Cleveland Roy Miller DT
2) 215pm St Louis Chase Coffman TE
3) 230pm Minnesota Kraig Urbik OT
4) 245pm Baltimore Ramses Barden WR
5) 300pm St Louis Deon Butler WR
6) 315pm Jax Sherrod Marton S
7) 330pm Minnesota Darcel McBath CB
8) 345pm St Louis James Davis RB
9) 400pm Miami Juaqin Inglesias WR
10) 415pm New England
11) 430pm Miami Patrick Turner WR
12) 445pm Tenn Andy Levitre OG
13) 500pm Green Bay Lawrence Sidbury DE
14) 515pm St Louis Javon Ringer RB
15) 530pm Indianapolis Kaluka Maiava LB
16) 545pm Washington Al Afalava S
17) 600pm Carolina Mike Wallace WR
18) 615pm NY Giants Louis Vasquez OG
19) 630pm Philadelphia Mike Mitchell S
20) 645pm Tampa Bay Jarrett Dillard WR
1) 200pm Tennessee Rashad Johnson S
2) 215pm St Louis Mike Thomas WR
3) 230pm Washington Rashad Jennings RB
4) 245pm Washington Brian Hartline WR
5) 300pm St Louis List Ladarius Webb CB
6) 315pm New York Giants Sen’Derrick Marks DT
7) 330pm Minnesota Mike Goodson RB
8) 345pm Denver Nick Reed DE
9) 400pm Kansas City Nate Davis QB
10) 415pm New England
11) 430pm Miami Johnny Knox WR
12) 445pm Tampa Bay Derek Cox CB
13) 500pm Green Bay Seth Olsen OL
14) 515pm Washington Sebastian Vollmer OT
15) 530pm Indianapolis William Beatty OT
16) 545pm Dallas Stephen Hodge S
17) 600pm Carolina Terrence Knighton DT
18) 615pm New York Giants Jasper Brinkley MLB
19) 630pm Philadelphia David Veikune LB
20) 645pm Indianapolis
Any thoughts on my picks???