August 29, 2010
The season is upon us - the fantasy football season. I'm sure, like me, you're excited and you've prepared by doing lots of mock drafts. How many leagues are you in, and who's on your sleeper list? Wait, before I revert to further adolescent behavior, let me put on my mock Eagles jersey. They don't call it a mock draft for nothing. Come on, Fitz, it's 2010. It's easier to identify those who don't play fantasy football than count those who do. Lots of people are into it now. It's mainstream.
June 22, 2015 |
Most NBA draft classes have them: the cautionary tale, the European bust, the college all-American who couldn't cut it, the late first-rounders who outperformed their draft order. The 2011 draft has all that in multiples. Now that it can be judged a little more fairly, if not completely, the 2011 draft is a reminder that mock drafts sometimes need to be mocked and day-after report cards need to be graded later. Looking back at 2011, you can see how a team of the players selected between 11 and 20 might beat a team of those drafted one through 10. That's without one of the best players in that class who was selected 30th, the final pick of the first round.
June 30, 2007 |
Ed Snider, the chairman of the 76ers, doesn't pay attention to mock drafts, which is why he gave his team a high grade for Thursday's selections. The Sixers took Georgia Tech small forward Thaddeus Young and Colorado State power forward Jason Smith with the 12th and 20th picks (after flip-flopping with Miami for No. 21) in the first round. They got Vanderbilt swingman Derrick Byars and Providence forward-center Herbert Hill in the second with picks 42 and 55. "I'm thrilled with our draft and thought we did extremely well," Snider said yesterday by phone.
June 22, 2012 |
WHO'S AVAILABLE? Here's who some of the experts have the Flyers picking in their mock drafts: Ilya Bryzgalov (@bryzgoalie30) on Twitter: flyers first round pick, powerfull defensman (sic).? Blended mock drafts (most likely player from 5 sources): Slater Koekkoek HockeysFuture.com: Slater Koekkoek, D, Peterborough (OHL).?Koekkoek was sidelined with a torn labrum this season but that will not scare many teams away. He can eat up minutes, he has size, he can skate very well, and he is a smart defensive player.?
April 29, 2011
Danny Watkins Position: Tackle/Guard College: Baylor Size: 6-foot-3, 310 pounds Hometown: Kelowna, British Columbia The skinny: A former firefighter in Canada, the 26-year-old was rated in many mock drafts as second only to Florida's Mike Pouncey among the available guards. He started 13 games at left tackle last season because of Baylor's need at the position and was named all-Big Twelve by the Associated Press. He played hockey as a youngster but switched to football after going to junior college in California.
April 22, 2010 |
A sampling of whom several mock drafts have the Eagles selecting with the 24th overall pick: Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers Clark Judge, CBSSports.com: Mike Iupati, G/C, Idaho Chad Reuter, CBSSports.com: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise St. Chris Steuber, Scout.com: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers Matt McGuire, Walterfootball.com: Earl Thomas, S, Texas Scott Wright, NFLdraftcountdown.com: Earl Thomas, S, Texas NFLdraftblitz.com: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise St. Wes Bunting, National Football Post: Everson Griffen, DE, USC Newnfldraft.
June 21, 2007 |
The Chicago Blackhawks are leaning toward keeping the No. 1 pick in tomorrow's NHL draft, general manager Dave Tallon said. He also told reporters that they have narrowed their list to three. Of course, the question is which one of the three - believed to be right winger Patrick Kane, left winger James vanRiemsdyk and center Kyle Turris - will they select. "It's just down to the order," Tallon told the Chicago Tribune. "We'll have them meet with a sports psychologist and decide for sure [tonight]
June 25, 2008
Position: Shooting guard Age: 22 Height/weight: 6-5, 210 High school: Simon Gratz Relevant stats: Tyndale posted 15.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists. He also shot 48.8 percent from the floor. Breakdown: Few players helped themselves at the predraft camps more than Tyndale, who won the most inspiring player award at Portsmouth . . . He doesn't have a very fluid outside shot, but he is capable of using size and strength to get to the basket . . . Most impressive is his willingness to play strong defense . . . His versatility is what had observers raving about him during workouts.
June 22, 2007
PATRICK KANE, Kyle Turris, James vanRiemsdyk. Get used to the names because one of them will be a Flyer by tonight. There is little chance the Flyers would trade down in the draft unless a team is willing to part with a quality, established player who will not only have an immediate impact this season, but for years to come. Just who they pick is going to depend on Chicago. The Blackhawks, as of last word, are still said to be leaning toward Kane, a smallish forward with a lot of skill.
May 6, 2014 |
HERE'S THE thing about mock drafts: There's a site, thehuddlereport.com, that goes back and tallies the accuracy of experts' picks. They aren't very accurate at all. Last year, a guy named Reginald Brooks from "Fantasy Football 1on1" took top honors in the Huddle Report ranking, by correctly matching player with team 12 times in the NFL draft's first round. That's 12 out of 32, slightly better than one-third right. A couple people, including the NFL Network's Mike Mayock, matched up 11 players with the teams that drafted them.