I’ve added prospect ratings from Draft Ace to the TPR system. Again, the idea is to get as many reasonable ratings as possible and derive a “consensus” rating for each prospect. That measure then gets adjusted for positional risk and impact to give us a final prospect ranking. I’m not too familiar with Draft Ace, but they’ve performed well over the past 5 years (according to the Huddle Report), so in they go.
I’m not going to go through the entire list again (I’ll update the TPR Tab above though), but here are the major takeaways:
– Lane Johnson improved 1 spot, moving from #9 overall to #8. Not a meaningful change, but still.
– Matt Barkley falls from the #15 overall prospect to #34, a very big drop considering it’s due to the addition of just one ranking. However, given where the Eagles drafted him (#98), he still qualifies as a great value pick.
– Zach Ertz falls, but just 3 spots, from #50 to #53. This is a pick to keep a close eye one. Seems like a bit of a reach (not a huge one), but also fits the Eagles very well (for what we think they want to do). It’s safe to assume he was ranked much higher than #53 on the team’s board; let’s hope that ranking was accurate.
– Bennie Logan, unfortunately, does not benefit greatly from the update. He does improve by 4 spots, but remains a definite “reach”, taken almost a full round early (29 spots). I’m most disappointed by this pick, and nothing I’ve heard or seen since draft day has changed that. If the team really liked him, then fine, but it’s very likely they could have slid down to draft him more in line with his value.
I understand that there might have been another team interested in him, but Logan doesn’t appear to be the type of player for whom the risk of losing outweighs the benefit of trading down and trying to take him lower.
– Jordan Poyer, picked #218 in the draft, rates as the #75 prospect overall on the TPR board. He hasn’t practiced yet (graduations rules), but he’s the guy to watch from the late rounders.
– Ryan Nassib jumps 8 spots and becomes the top QB and the #13 overall prospect.
– Geno Smith falls 8 spots to become the #19 overall prospect. I (along with the rest of the universe), am bearish on Geno Smith, not least because he landed in a terrible spot. The Jets have a miserable recent history with Quarterbacks. If Smith does fail, we won’t know if he was just overrated to begin with or if he wasn’t developed correctly. unfortunately for him, the chances of the second possibility are relatively high.
– John Cyprien and Kenny Vaccaro both fall, to become the #32 and #33 prospects. While Vaccaro was taken earlier, it means even if Cyprien had been available for the Eagles at #35, he would not have been as big a “value” pick as initially indicated. That makes me feel a bit better, given that I really wanted him going into round two.
– The biggest “reaches” of the first round haven’t changed much, and our current bust watch-list is as follows:
Kyle Long, EJ Manuel, DJ Hayden, Justin Pugh, Matt Elam, Travis Frederick, Eric Reid
That’s all for now. Check the TPR Tab for the updated list if you’re interested (I’ll update it within 10 minutes of this post).