Welcome to the
NBFL Season XXV Draft Grade Roundtable!
Part 1: AFC West vs NFC South
I asked several NBFL and other coaches to go over the recent NBFL draft
and give grades to the teams. I asked them to focus on value and fit, with survivability as a tertiary concern. I also got former NBFL Commissioner Jeffro
to do color commentary. (There were places I had to tone down the color to make it FUMBBL-appropriate.) The teams covered first two parts will largely play each other, as will those in the second two parts.
Races: Chaos Renegades, Dark Elves, Humans, Lizardmen.
Series 1: NFC South. Series 2: AFC North.
San Dogo Chompers
Last Season: 2-6-6.
Assets: great Thrower, great Catcher, two good Blitzers good but damaged Catcher and Blitzer, 2 good Linemen. 2 Super Stars, 1 Legend.
Needs: Blitzer, Catcher, Ogre, possibly a defensive Thrower.
Draft Capital: #6, #37.
#6 Alexander Teich II [NAVY], Blitzer with +ST, Tackle, 25 SPP.
#37 Phil Asack [DUKE], Ogre with Block, Guard, 28 SPP.
The Chompers added two sorely needed pieces in the draft, a +St blitzer who's very close to a third skill, and an ogre with Block later on. If they can finally keep their team healthy, maybe the Dogos will finally have some bite to them again.
Adding a ST hitter and a block guard ogre gives the humans what they lack, strength to fight. I foresee a solid drive to the playoffs this season.
Fills up two key positions with guys close to leveling that will have an immediate impact on the field.
Can't go wrong with ST blitzer, and Block on the Ogre is a must.
Solid picks for an underperforming franchise that needs to find a theme soaked in beer if they are to reclaim glory.
Kansas City Thiefs
Chaos Renegade, Arktoris.
Last Season: 5-3-6.
Assets: Lots of good Humans, an Elf, an Ogre, a Troll, and a damaged but solid Minotaur. 5 Super Stars.
Needs: Maybe a great Minotaur. Only has room for one Marauder, Skaven, Goblin, or Orc.
Draft Capital: #14, #44.
#14 Eric Kettani II [NAVY], Lineman with Block, +ST, 16 SPP.
Sure, with a full roster of 16 players, the Thief's didn't technically need a whole lot, unless they wanted to replace injured players. But after their record hasn't improved a ton over the past few seasons, this was an opportunity to add more diversity to their toolkit. Instead, they added a solid st4+block lineman, then voided their 2nd round pick.
having played several seasons with Chaos renegades in Miami gave me some perspective of how a diverse team should work and work well... This is not that team. The ST lineman will be helpful, but a utility pick could have been helpful.
You could do worst than adding a third ST4 lineman to your team. This team has one plan and it is to send you to an early grave.
Team is so bloat picked up a nice ST+ development plan, and skipped a picked which they could have gotten a goblin to chuck around.
We all wish we could be the asshole that waits until his pick to snub it and say pshaw! Jealousy. We are all green with envy and jealous like [expletive].
Las Vegas Sinners
Dark Elf, Doofr.
Last Season: 5-7-2, 0-1 playoffs.
Assets: two very good Witch Elves, very good Runner, three decent or better Blitzers, a couple Linemen. 3 Super Stars, 2 Legends.
Needs: More Guard, perhaps another Blitzer, Runner, or Assassin.
Draft Capital: #21, #52.
#21 Randall Camp [UW], Blitzer with Guard, Stand Firm, Tackle, 46 SPP.
#52 A. “Farmer” James [CLEM], Lineman with Block, Guard, 16 SPP.
Truth be told, I was very bummed when coach Doofr took this SF/G/T blitzer, as I was hoping he would somehow fall to me early in the second round. Adding a useful block/guard lineman in that 2nd round was a smart move as well.
Adding a pair of skilled Guard to a Delf roster is magic. Having palyed against Las Vegas in the past, this is an excellent pair of picks.
Another elf team loading up on guards. This is a true and trusted method I can get behind.
Defensive minded Dark Elf picks, you can never have enough guard on Dark Elves, and Stand Firm will be nice for sideline control.
Forgive Doofr for being lured by what appears at first glance to be a cool name for a player... but Randall Camp is a [weak] ploy by a MN Viking fan to poke fun at the professional drinking school, the University of Wisconsin. So he's doomed.... SORRY!
Last Season: 8-4-2, 0-1 playoffs.
Assets: Kroxigor, five good Saurus Blockers including a slowed-up one, a few quality Skinks including a Chameleon. 3 Super Stars.
Needs: a Saurus, maybe two. A Dirty Player maybe.
Draft Capital: #27, #59.
#27: Morgan Trailor [FSU], Saurus with Dodge, Mighty Blow, Tackle, Side Stpep, 60 SPP.
#59: Belta Bantah [BUFF], Skink with Dirty Player, Block, 23 SPP.
Yet another dodge/SS Saurus for the Brontos, though this one is 16 spp away from block. Personally I might have preferred a more normal-skill based saurus, but coach Jmon seems to desire having blodgestep saurii line, so this was a good fit. Adding a skink with two doubles in the second is expensive, but could be a useful tool while he lives.
The weakness of Lizards is in the survivability of the Saurii. Getting some Dodgestep on a dodgestep line helps that. a double double skink plays to a blodge surehands stunty, a valuable asset to a Lizard team.
Fills up the Saurus spot quite effectively and gives his team the ability to tactically foul when needed with the DP.
Not crazy about Side Step on Saurus but once he has BT will be a menace of positioning. Block/DP skink nice for double doubles.
Say Belta Bantah twelve times fast 45 minutes after dosing 100mg of a sativa edible and then punch yourself in the face.
Races: Chaos Renegades, Lizardmen, Necromantic, Nurgle.
Series 1: AFC West. Series 2: NFC East.
Last Season: 1-3-10.
Assets: One top-notch Ghoul, a good Werewolf, good Flesh Golems, fair Wights. 1 Super Star (the Ghoul).
Needs: Werewolf, possibly a Ghoul. A Kick Zombie would be nice.
Draft Capital: #1, #33.
#1 Zac Stacey [VAMP], Werewolf with Block, Dodge, +ST, 35 SPP.
#33 Caleb “Garganey” Ball [O], Zombie with Dodge, Mighty Blow, Wrestle, Tackle, 51 SPP.
Here's the first pick! It's not Klazam's fault there are no demigod werewolves in the pool this time. +ST and blodge to protect it is about the cleanest starting point you could ask for for a franchise player. Could Klaz have gotten much more out of trading down a little for Alexander Teich II or Stan Jones? Hard to say.
At this spot in the draft, you should be getting exactly what you want at I feel that's just what happened. That first pick is not questionable and is just perfect for a monster wolf with immediate impact. Wise choice to get a developed zombie, rather than a ghoul that can be more quickly skilled up.
Zac Stacey ain’t no Herger, but that may be a good thing. Stacey was probably the best player to take, and Caleb Ball was a pretty good follow-up if you like Wrestle on your Zombies.
Outside of trading down, this was the move Carolin' had to make (and no one seemed eager to move up that high, as the earliest trade was for #7), taking a +ST/blodge wolf and hoping it grows into something fierce. Taking a four-skill zombie with two doubles in the 2nd round though...? Granted, there weren't a ton of clear upgrades available (maybe a slightly better wight or golem), but that's a lot of TV for a very slow player.
b]Jeffro: Well... the #1 pick that wasn't cheekily passed up, as it was as Blue Chip as they get. This actually makes me think more of how much people will drool over Jett Bender when he graduates.
Nawlins Lost Saints
Chaos Renegades, Bill Brasky.
Last Season: 1-4-9.
Assets: Troll, Skaven, Dark Elf, Goblin, a few Humans, a once-good but now damaged Orc, a high-level but mediocre Ogre.
Needs: Ogre, Minotaur, Human, Orc.
Draft Capital: #3, #34.
#3 Andrews [AF], Human with Mighty Blow, Tackle, [skill], [skill], 52 SPP.
#34 Bobkat [TX], Human with Block, Tackle, [skill], 34 SPP.
I will be this panel's grumpy granny. Yes, this pick is the fast forward button on the ideal core for a chaos renegade hitter. Yes, Bill's team has less than the ideal number of those. But Renegades are all about the big guys, even if you run less than all of them, and Joseph Broadnax Jr. was a major upgrade for the very lackluster Dews. With [skill] in the mix it had the potential to go from great to godly.
Passing on fancy stats increase to add more claw/mb? If there's a more BillBrasky thing to do, let me know what it is. If you say trade potential, to Brasky that sounds just like the lamentation of women and he loves it.
The players were fine picks, and Bobkat represented fair-ish value. But Brasky needed to trade down to get a decent grade from the #3 pick: he could have made a swap with any of several teams in the top 10 and still been pretty sure to get his boy, plus a pick in the later 30s. That would have been an A.
While the Saints were an option for the aforementioned Broadnax, or a tradedown opportunity, the two players they did end up taking were very good marauder candidates, with a combined three [skill] rolls between them.
I didn't look up what skills were taken... I'm kinda half-assing this research.
Decay Bay Bloateneers
Last Season: 7-2-5.
Assets: Three excellent Bloaters and a good one, three good Pestigors, good but damaged Rotspawn. 6 Super Stars.
Needs: Pestigor, Rotspawn.
Draft Capital: #20, #51.
#20 Jawuan Johnson (LB) #1 [TCU], Pestigor with Mighty Blow, Tackle, +AV, [skill], 71 SPP.
#51 Zendae Johnson [CAL], Rotter with Sure Hands, Sure Feet, [skill], 38 SPP.
Love the pesti, it fits the roll of the hitter pesti and also the nurgle theme of hard to hurt. Rotter pick might as well have been a pass though, I'm not sure why the kicker wants sise step or sure hands.
Did a good job picking in his spot. I like the idea of developping a more mobile rotter than can help with handling the ball, something Nurgle can definitely struggle with.
Johnson & Johnson look ready to fill in as secondary hitter and backup baller (plus kicker, apparently, though I’m not considering that in the draft grade). Good but not great players, ready to rumble.
The front office must have had scouts at the legendary season 33 NCBB championship game, as they ended up drafting a player from both schools that played in the game. In fact, their first round picked actually played in that very contest! That pestigor is a solid player, while the rotter they picked up in the second round is...a little strange of a fit? Still, I appreciate one of my graduates being selected.
Are these guys brothers?!? Cuz that won't turn out well. One of them will watch the other one die. Then you'll have to give the living one the day off to attend the funeral and all of a sudden you're baking cookies for the wake. Kill them both now.
Last Season: 7-3-4, 0-1 playoffs.
Assets: Kroxigor, three good Saurus Blockers and two fair ones, enough star power at Skink. 1 Super Star.
Needs: Saurus, maybe a Sure Hands Skink.
Draft Capital: #22, #53.
#15 Yannick Ngakoue [MD], Saurus with Block, Mighty Blow, Guard, Tackle, 53 SPP.
Yep! Clean trade up to make sure he got what he needed which was a well skilled saurus. Its not sexy, but it's good.
Trading up to get the guy he wanted was not a bad choice. Strength players were at a premium in this draft, so it made sense not to risk it.
Ngakoue fills the core need nicely, but there were a few of those on board who would certainly have been around at #22, and the 53rd pick could have been a Blodge/SH/SS skink in this draft. The trade-up did the team no favors, if you ask me.
The Machetes traded up aggressively from 22 to 15, as they saw a player they coveted still available. And while he is a good saurus, lizard teams are built on the backs of their saurii, as in, the correct way to say multiple sauruses. However, it is likely they could have stayed put and taken the same or a slightly worse player at 22, and taken another saurus late in the 2nd round (no less than two of my saurii graduates went undrated for no reason! they are perfectly fine three-skill players for the back end of the draft!). Replacing the stripball saurus, for example, wouldn't have been a bad idea.
Nobody can pronounce that name.