Good day all, in the last 3 years (God has it been 3 years already?) that I have been on this web site; I have been mostly just a lurker. A few comments here and there, with a full 3 posts to my name, with 23, 3, and 4 recs on my wall of fame (shame?). Anyways, I find myself in the position that requires me to go back and further my education. As it has been far too long since I have written a research paper, and given the non-graded atmosphere of Arrowhead Pride and the knowledge of "practice makes perfect", I have decided to waste time practice the art of turning 100 words into 10,000 here with all of you as my audience. With some helpful nudging from an onsite educator who famously tried to pretend he was his brother last year, I have centered on a seven part project that should take up my time, and hopefully yours.
And so, without further ado, I present to you my masterpiece of practice. I will be searching through all of the drivel on this blessed internet to find one seemingly hidden fact, who with Scott Pioli draft with the #11 pick. After searching several sites (Rotoworld, PFF, nfl.com, and of course our very own AP) I have chosen five, count ‘em five, scenarios, one of which will occur. Mr. Pioli will choose an offensive lineman, a quarterback, a linebacker, a defensive tackle, or he will trade back. Notice that last one is specific to moving back in the draft. If he moves forward it will be to grab one the other four. I am also hoping to choose specific players, but we shall see how that goes as my research progresses.
The reasons I chose these four scenarios are fairly simple. The biggest one is that I don’t really have the time to research 24 different positions, and honestly I don’t want to either. Mr. Pioli has shown through his actions and his words (I just discovered that the library here has War Room, so that baby is on hold and hopefully on its way to my local branch before you even read this!) that first round picks are for the best fit player that fills the highest need for the team. As such, I believe depth or getting ready for next year (looking at a defensive end) is not in the cards at our current pick. I do understand, and will concede the fact that there are some players who will be dominant at his respective position, but just because you can doesn’t mean you should. These four positions are the ones that most need the upgrade.
In order to give some practicality to my guess, I have devised a plan to judge these positions, and the player who will fit it. As I go through each position, the first thing I will be looking at recent history to see how draft picks have affected their teams. Statistics will primarily be used, with a focus on the only one that truly matters, the win column. Bonuses will not be given to those who generate the most fantasy football points. I will touch on where each position is usually picked, as I’m sure that is a factor in our front office’s thinking. A little bit of added fun is that I am committing the novice writer’s sin of not doing my research and knowing my conclusion before I write the introduction. My excuse for doing so is that it allows all of you to get some weight in my final decision.
Well the espn.com draft countdown clock reads 11 days, 5 hours, 22 minutes, and 31 seconds, so my race is on. Please keep in mind that this is for me to get back into the flow of writing well, so comment on writing style and any other proofreading problems you might have noticed. Normal football comments are also welcome, of course. Sit back and enjoy!