The PML inaugural draft has come and gone. There were many teams that prevailed during the draft and were able to improve their teams. Some coaches took fliers in the early rounds on players who they hope will develop into cornerstones for their team. The first ten picks in the draft always shape up the rest of the first round, especially when there is a run on one particular position and in the PML draft, there was a run on quarterbacks more so than any other position. In the mock draft that I released prior to the PML draft, I had each team selecting based on need and talent available at the time. The PML draft is and was unpredictable and I was 3/10 on the players that I had each team selecting.
10. Philadelphia Eagles – WR Rondale Moore (MLB Dylan Moses)
* Bold signifies the actual selection.
Best Value Pick In Each Round –
First Round –
The Jacksonville Jaguars struck gold by selecting 79 overall Trevor Lawrence with the second selection in the first round. The Carolina Panthers passed on Lawrence and selected Justin Fields. The Jaguars offensive attack gets a new leader who is almost certainly going to have superstar abilities. The Jaguars brought in a lot of offensive talent this off-season and Lawrence should be able to thrive.
Projected Stat Line – Completions/Attempts – 285/415, 4,285 yards, 42 touchdowns, and 32 interceptions.
Second Round –
Chubba Hubbard (Chiefs), KJ Britt(Chargers), and DaMarcus Fields(Dolphins) were all rated 74 overall. The Miami Dolphins were able to select Fields with the twenty-fifth pick in the second round. They were able to get the best value out of their pick despite the two other teams also selecting a player that was rated at a 74. The Dolphins have six cornerbacks on their roster currently and Fields is tied for the slowest among them. I think that the Dolphins will use Fields as a sub package corner and allow him to develop in case they are unable to re-sign one of their better corners in the coming seasons.
Projected Stat Line – 15 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 1 touchdown.
Third Round –
The Houston Texans were able to acquire first round talent in the third round when they drafted Kenneth Gainwell with the eleventh overall selection and it also happened to be their first pick of the draft. Gainwell presumably dropped in the draft due to how he ran at the combine, he was clocked with a 4.51 40 time. The percentages provided to be in Gainwell’s favour as he has a solid 91 speed and acceleration. Gainwell excels in the pass game and this is where he will compliment the Texan’s offense the most.
Projected Stat Line – 288 attempts, 1550 rushing yards, 1010 receiving yards, and 15 touchdowns.
The New York Giants drafted 71 overall Kylin Hill with the eighteenth selection. Hill adds solid depth behind their star halfback Saquan Barkley. Hill won’t start over Barkley but he can be used as his change of pace back. The Giants have three halfbacks on their roster, so finding Hill on a cheap contract will help offset the massive contract Barkley is in store for. The Giants were accepting trades for Barkley, but they wanted a king’s ransom for him, as they should. Hill is a solid pass blocker and is able to catch the ball out of the backfield, but his 89 speed will keep him from being able to run away from defenders.
Projected Stat Line – 75 carries, 300 rushing yards, 150 receiving yards, and 3 touchdowns.
Fifth Round –
Trey Ragas out of UL Lafayette will have his work cut out for him. He was drafted by the Vikings with the twenty-second selection, but the Vikings are already sporting four halfbacks on their roster. Ragas is a 71 overall and is the slowest among the group but he does have the edge over the rest when stiff arming and trucking. Ragas was coveted by the Vikings for his physical prowess, at 230 pounds, he was able to run through defenders at the collegiate level and the Vikings are hoping that translates to PML. Ragas will have to perform well in the pre-season but it’s more likely that Josh Adams is on the bubble more so than Ragas.
Projected Stat Line – 55 carries, 280 rushing yards, 300 receiving yards, and 2 touchdowns.
Sixth Round –
We have our first kicker sighting! The 49ers drafted kicker Blake Haubell with the second to last pick in the sixth round but he is primed to be their starting kicker. Haubell is a 71 overall and has a powerful leg but he has a tendency to drive the ball wide right. He doesn’t have any competition in the pre-season, so he will field all of the kicks. Haubell is not expected to take part in special teams, but he should make the team as the primary kicker barring a complete meltdown in his first couple games as a pro.
Projected Stat Line – Field Goals (17/20), extra points (44/48), and longest – 55.
Seventh Round –
Tyler Vaughns out of USC was drafted into one of the best scenarios to become a starter. The Cowboys selected the USC product with the twenty-sixth selection and they only have five wide receivers on the roster. Vaughns is projected to see a lot of playing time in the pre-season and with the Cowboys needing to resign Michael Gallup in the off-season, they may try to accelerate the progression of Vaughns. The Cowboys cap space is near negative and it worsens heading into season 3, so this late pick may turn out to be a sleeper of a pick. Vaughns height makes him a possible redzone target to rack up touchdowns, but this season may be more of a learning opportunity for him.
Projected Stat Line – 25 catches, 400 yards, and 2 touchdowns.