The 2014 BTB Community Draft continues!
This is our favorite opportunity to interact with our community and allow them some front-page limelight, while simultaneously getting our first in-depth look at several candidates for the draft's first round.
This will be much more than just one community member's idea of how to help out their assigned teams. After each selection is forwarded to me, I will gather all of the pertinent information about this prospect from some of the internet's best draft resources. We will try to highlight the profile's best and worst traits, so that our reader's are highly educated come May 8th when these guys names are called.
To keep things simple, no trades are allowed; I think for a one round exercise that does little to actually project how things are going to turn out. Three GMs, three teams, three picks. Let's get it on!
|23. Kansas City Chiefs||Ra'Shede Hageman||Trueblue122|
With the departure of Tyson Jackson to Atlanta, the Chiefs have a void to fill at the 5 tech. A mountain of a man, standing 6'6 and weighting 310 lbs, to put it simply, Hageman is a freak. Along with his athletic ability, he is seen a bit as an inspirational character, thanks to his very rough upbringing. Hageman has stayed clean at his time in Minnesota, earning 3rd-Team All-American honors and being voted team captain in 2013.
|24. Cincinnati Bengals||Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State||AirmanMedicFarmer|
The Bengals are a team with several needs as they try to move forward from their recent run of making the playoffs and not making much noise in them. Cincinnati has a desperate need at the cornerback position and stays in-state with the incredibly speedy Roby. He can play tight man and mirror his opponent all over the field; which is necessary in a division with Josh Gordon.
|25. San Diego Chargers||Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State||CoachGary|
The Chargers top 4 needs appear to be:
Since I am serving as the General Manager, I will say a few words as to my opinion of the Role the GM should play in the Draft. The GM's job is to be the facilitator for the Draft room team and he should have a philosophy that drives his vision of what it takes to win it all. For me that philosophy is as follows:
1. Championships are won first and foremost with dominate interior play, and that interior is built from the inside out.
2. Positional priority is built around that philosophy that you build from inside out, with the one exception being the Quarterback.
3. The value of the 22 positions in my opinion are: QB, LT/DT, LG/DT, C/LE, RG/RE, LG/CB, WR/CB, WR/MLB, TE/SLB, SLOT WR/WLB, FS/SS, RB
4. The draft pick will be a combination of highest draft position, Position priority, and need. Anyone who thinks BPA is the end-all/be-all is just not thinking clearly. Suppose you have a young Payton Manning and the top rated player on the board is Andrew Luck but the 2nd rated player is JJ Watt. Would anyone pick Luck over Watt since you already have Payton Manning?
5. Have a large number of defensive interior players that can be rotated to keep them fresh in the 4th quarter.
6. You have to be able to...run the ball and protect the passer (Offensive Line), then stop the run, and sack the passer (Defensive Line). This means the offensive line should be slightly favored over the defensive line.
The GM hires people who he can rely on to know more about their specialty or job than he does and then rely on them to fight for their position. The key people are the scouts and the Director of Scouting, the position coaches, the head coach, the director of player personnel, and possible others from the front office.
The scouts put together the draft board and then the draft room team will fight for their guys based upon "scheme fit", positional priority and needs until consensus is reached.
Now having said all that, the order of the Chargers needs was CB, DT, OLB, and WR, and the way this draft unfolded had Kyle Fuller as the highest rated Corner left at 27th BPA, it had Timmy Jernigan as the 19th BPA rated on the board for the DT position, it had Kyle Van Noy as the 44th BPA for the OLB position and Brandon Cooks as the 20th BPA for the WR position.
Jernigan was the 19th BPA, and even though CB was listed as the biggest need, the fact that as the GM my philosophy is to build the team by starting in the trenches and the DT is one of the highest priorities in that priority because it is from the inside-out in the trenches, the choice became clear to pick Jernigan.
|Prior Picks||Selections 1-22||Review|