ESPN – Well, let’s find out. We hit reset on NFL contracts and released every player to the open market. Then we gave our NFL Nation reporters the GM job, allowing them to re-draft the foundations for their teams. Here are the rules:
- Every current NFL player is available, and salary caps don’t matter here. But we only drafted four rounds.
- In those four picks, each pretend GM had to select a quarterback, a non-QB offensive player and a defensive player. The fourth pick was a wild card, open to anything.
- We used the 2020 NFL draft order, with traded picks reversed, and a snaking format.
- What about the other 20 starters for each team? The rest of the roster is made up of average-level NFL talent. Our analytics team identifies that as someone such as OT Donovan Smith, edge rusher Harold Landry III or CB Malcolm Butler.
- Each GM was asked to draft with intentions of winning a Super Bowl within five years. Some took a harder line, while others built a base that might still need a year or two.
You can always count on ESPN writers to set the world on fire with on a slow content Monday. What the fuck is going on here? I’m fine with the top-7 even though it’s hilarious a Chargers writer took an OT to build the franchise around with the goal to win a Super Bowl in the next 5 years. 6th Overall pick and he thought “Nah.” Ronnie Stanley is going to anchor that line for the next seven QB’s that start in the next seven years. He’s going to be Joe Thomas trying to name all of the QBs he played with.
I would say he had the Chargers tanking for Trevor Lawrence, but he took Daniel Jones in the 3rd round soooo. I love Brandon Brooks, but taking two OL’s in the first four rounds? Is Kevin Seifert’s running the Wishbone all year?
The Chargers didn’t even have the worst draft. Take Josh Weinfuss’ credential away. This dude had one job. To build for the future. He took Drew Brees, a 41 year old QB who’s shoulder is basically falling off at 8! Then he took Chandler Jones (30), AJ Green (31) and Patrick Peterson (29). He drafted a retirement community. These guys aren’t even going to be on the team in Year 5. He had Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott, Rodgers, Brady, Murray, even Joe Burrow at 8. This guy has the awareness of Drew Brees discussing ideological views on flags.
You want to do Dak vs. Wentz? Not falling for it. Dak Prescott was drafted at #9 and Carson Wentz at #11 which I don’t think is absurd. I don’t think Dak gets as fair of a shake as he’s deserved, especially in Philly, but he’s a legit QB. Do I want the Cowboys to pay him $40 mil a year? Absolutely! But let’s be honest every Wentz vs. Dak argument can be pro-Wentz or pro-Dak based on where you live and who you follow on Twitter.
The worst part of this whole draft is the blatant bias Denver Bronco’s writer, Jeff Legwold has for John Elway.
Elway’s not going to fuck you Jeff. There’s no doubt though Elway’s camp has floated Legwold some solid scoops and he’s just bending the knee to stay in his good graces. I love Drew Lock, but I love Drew Lock because he raps Young Jeezy word for word. Not because I think he’s going to have a better 5 years than Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield, Jimmy G, or Tua.
I mean Legwold getting on his knees to blow Elway is hilarious. Where has John Elway ever shown he could evaluate QB talent. Swag Kelly ended up in jail.
Brock Osweiler’s most memorable Broncos moment was the gif when Peyton Manning cucked him up 41-10 in garbage time.
Trevor Siemian got meme’d to death after John Elway tried to flex on this guy 16 months after he criticized Elway taking Siemian in the draft.
Thank god we have Tim McManus. I don’t think that’s mentioned enough. Tim McManus consistently puts out awesome stuff for the Eagles that I feel like is glossed over because ESPN has become House Of Highlights since they signed Omar and instead of highlighting writers or on air personalities they just show dogs and former NBA players that “WERE. A. PROBLEM. 💀💀👀👀☀️🔥🔥🔥”. If he was writing for The Athletic with Bo Wulf, Zach Berman, and Sheil then Tim McManus WOULD. BE. A. PROBLEM!! 💀💀👀👀☀️🔥🔥🔥.
Tremendous upside in Chase Young, Baker Mayfield, and AJ Brown while Lane solidifies the line. Get Tim McManus a role in the Eagles front office.