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Without further ado, I bring to you, Gang Green Nation’s Highlight Reel for the past week:
GGN Thread About Nothing #213: Failure to Lunch
fly14 posts another GGN Thread About Nothing
Two Soldiers Outside the Walls
Broadway Jose writes an article that leaves me puzzled
Which AFC East rival has the best outlook over the next 10 years?
This poll is closed
On whether or not we can predict a breakout year for Trevon Wesco:
Wesco doesn’t do breakout years. Wesco breaks years. And opponents. And wills. He’s that good.
On the pick of Edoga:
Not in my opinion. This is the best OT prospect we’ve drafted since Brick. He has he natural athleticism and movement skills for an OT. Develop him as an OT. Let him be an OT. I don’t even like the Macc quote where he says he could also play Guard. Not seeing it.
On whether or not Darnold will have a sophomore slump:
That usually applies when you come out and have an outstanding rookie year, Darnold had a pretty bad year and conjured up some hope with a good home stretch. Mayfield I could see having a sophomore year slump but Darnold should be progressing and building off a strong finish, or else he better be otherwise a lot of people will be losing their jobs.
On why Darnold will improve this year:
I think Darnold takes a huge step this year.
He showed great improvement the last 4 games against some tough teams. He got a couple shiny new toys on offense. And most importantly, now he’ got some competent offensive coaches.
On why you can’t draft for need:
Past the 2nd round, you cannot realistically expect to address a need, period. And I think the pool of positions that can be reasonably expected to fill a need in the 2nd is limited. Packaging up our 3rds was a bad idea. We need more, not fewer picks. Harrison is anything but an ideal center, but I doubt any center available in the 3rd or even the 2nd is going to be NFL ready this year. It’s possible, but unlikely enough that ignoring your board on that basis is silly. Corner is a position that even highly rated 1st rounders struggle in their first year in most cases. The reason drafting for need is mostly silly is because if you find a legit first year starter in outside of the 1st or 2nd round, it’s luck. Free agency is where immediate needs have to be addressed and, depending on your draft position, maybe your first pick. (For instance, I think gambling on using Williams to fill a need would have been a reasonable risk to take.) You just cannot approach the Draft with need in mind. It makes no sense. You can’t know who is available. You can’t rely on most draftees to be day 1 starters. They Draft is there to stockpile and develop long-term talent, which is why BPA is the only way to go. System, coaching staff, current talent levels, and other variables help define BPAto some extend but at the end of the day it boils down to: “Who is currently available that appears to have the highest chance of becoming a star or starter in the future?” If you have two guys that you feel roughly even about, immediate needs/current talent levels/positional value all play a part but… I doubt that’s a common issue, especially in the first two rounds. Our GM is certainly to blame for our problems at C and CB, but how and who we drafted has NOTHING to do with those issues.
On a bold prediction for the rest of the AFC East:
BREAK OUT YEAR FOR THE REST OF THE AFC EAST TEAMS!!!!!!!
On the Jets trading down for Trevon Wesco:
Hey, look at the bright side. He could have traded up to get him.
On Maccagnan’s BPA strategy:
Best Player Available
Mike Maccagnan is like a poor guy stranded in the middle of the Sahara dying of hunger and thirst. A caravan shows up offering him a choice between: 1) a 3-course meal including a 10 gallon tub of ice-cold drinking water (or one of those gigantic barrel-sized 7-11 Slurpees, if that’s your thing) 2) the title and keys to a BMW on the other side of the world Maccagnan: Thanks, I’ll take the beamer. The value is just too good to pass up.
So there you have it, Gang Green Nation’s Highlight Reel. Want to be featured next week? Just keep doing what you do, and more importantly, keep being who you are—after all, YOU’RE what makes Gang Green Nation so great!