With draft day on its way later today I decided to take a look at the best players drafted by the NFC so far in Madden 17. Instead of just looking at statistics, I like Jimmy decided to take attributes into account avoiding bringing the user into the equation.
Let’s start with the big uglies – the offensive line. Arguably the best team in the NFC – the Chicago Bears- are built around the strength of their offensive line. Two of the stand-outs on their OL, RG Katzenmoyer and RT Swilling make this team and both are arguably among the best OL in the league with their top run blocking skills. Over in Detroit, C Mixon may not have the blocking skills of the two Bears but he has blocking smarts unmatched by any other player on this OL. The weakest link on this OL but by no means a slouch is LG Weeks from Seattle, his blocking skills are above average but he is still learning the nuances of his position; still not bad for a late second round pick. Finally we have the man who keeps Jameis Winston up-right while he’s throwing WR screen after screen – Turner Dekker. Not as good in the run game as the Bears lot but is comparable in pass blocking.
LT – T Dekker, drafted 7th/1rnd ATL http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/11267953
LG – D Weeks, drafted 20th /2rnd SEA http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/11268760
RG – C Katzenmoyer, drafted 10th/1rnd CHI http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/13001275
C – J Mixon, drafted 33rd/1rnd DET http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/11268198
RT – E Swilling, drafted 15th/1rnd CHI http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/11267332
Just like on the AFC side there is only one real stand-out at TE and that is AJ Wiegmann from TB. Not the biggest or the most physical TE, Wiegmann is a fast guy with fantastic hands. On the other hand there is plenty to choose from when it comes to the WR. The most obvious place to start is in the receivers dream world of Atlanta where speedster and late THIRD round pick Lakarius Thurman put’s up huge numbers year on year. His partner Davis has come out of nowhere to have an even bigger year but I decided to have a big guy on the outside opposite in Weathers from Carolina. Despite not being the fastest, Weathers gets open with his route running and can catch the ball easily even when well covered and is clutch as we saw in the superbowl this season! In the slot I decided to go with another burner but one with the hands to match the speed in McCallister from LA, a guy who has been consistently good in his three years in the league.
WR1 – Eric Weathers, drafted 12th/1rnd CAR http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/11268333
WR2 – Lakarius Thurman, drafted 26th/3rnd ATL http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/11267956
WR3 – Lyndell McAllister drafted 17th/1rnd LA http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/13002055
TE – AJ Wiegmann, drafted 30th/1rnd TB http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/11267644
Throwing the ball to these guys I have Alex Crockett from NO, although he’s not put up outstanding numbers to date he is has everything you want in a franchise QB and has made the playoffs in his short time in the league. Crockett won’t have much to do in this side though with the best RB in the league in Breon Adkins in the backfield. Adkins isn’t going to run through anyone but has the speed and moves to run around anyone and to the endzone on any play.
QB – Alex Crockett, drafted 21st/1rnd by NO http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/13002079
HB – Breon Adkins, drafted 13th/1rnd by CHI http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/13001277
On the real man’s side of the ball we have some absolutely outstanding young players particularly in the secondary in comparison to the AFC. Starting with those underrated guys who stop the big plays – the safeties we have the best value draft pick of this team – FS Evan Bird. Drafted 25th in the fourth round of season two, this guy flies to the ball on every single play and is the mouthpiece of coach Moose on defence. Over in Arizona we have SS Blake Oakley a 2nd round pick out of Oregon. While not as good in coverage in Bird, Oakley is a guided missile designed to blow up opponents’ running games and loves to hit opponents hard. As a corner connoisseur I was spoilt for choice here, I decided to go for two long and superfast guys on the outside in 6″2 Lions CB Naquan Carswell and 6″4 49ers CB Charlton Kidd. Not only are these guys tall, but they are among the fastest corners in the league and have the leap of basketball players. Neither are prolific ball-hawks but let’s face it that’s probably because no-one wants to throw at these Frankensteins of the corner position.
FS – Evan Bird, drafted 25th/4rnd DET http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/11268202
SS – Blake Oakley, drafted 2nd/2rnd ARI http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/13001803
CB1 – Naquan Carswell, drafted 16th/1rnd DET http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/11268197
CB2 – Charlton Kidd, drafted 4th/1rnd 49ERS http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/11267643
I wasn’t as impressed with the potential defensive front for this team but hopefully the MLBs can be the difference makers here. The first MLB I have chosen is in my opinions the best in the league bar none – a true Monster of Midway – Sedrick Strahan of the Bears. Fast, strong and tall with the instincts and brains of Bear’s greats like Urlacher and Singletary, what’s not to like here? Next to him I have a first year guy in Marquise Florence of the Lions; another 6″3 guy Florence is quick and strong both against the run and in coverage. These guys are so good they should be on the field every down. In our OLBs we have two guys who can really do it all in Atlanta’s George Bogle and Seattle’s Ivory Kelley. Both are very similar players, very fast off the snap, play the run reasonably well, can drop into coverage and match-up with the quicker receivers in the league and have a nasty swim and spin move.
MLB 1 – Sedrick Strahan, drafted 10th/2rnd CHI http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/13001279
MLB 2 – Marquise Florence, drafted 8th/1rnd DET http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/11269257
OLB1 – George Bogle, drafted 7th/1rnd ATL http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/13001981
OLB2 – Ivory Kelley, drafted 16th/1rnd SEA http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/13002081
As for the big uglies up front I decided to go with Green Bay’s Deonte Luke as the nose tackle. 6″3 and 320 pounds this guy is one of the biggest and strongest guys in the league, the only way you can move this guy out the way is to chuck a doughnut onto the field. Next to him I picked Brendon Whitley of the Seahawks, a smaller guy but one who can do it all and has a non-stop motor along with Dyron Felix of the Redskins another big strong and rather large around the waist DE who likes the run for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
DE1 – Dyron Felix, drafted 5th/1rnd WAS http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/13002069
DE2 – Brendon Whitley, drafted 31st /1rnd SEA http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/11269172
DT – Deonte Luke, drafted 6th/2rnd GB http://www.daddyleagues.com/OOHORIGINALS/player/11268271