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Old 08-27-2010, 08:07 PM   #1
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Draft Path Rankings

I'm grading each path by what draft paths are are the strongest and weakest at each position. 10 points for first place. 7 points for 2nd place in a position. 3 points for 3rd place and 0 points for last place in a position.

Quarterbacks
Jack English Draft Path 10 points. The Jack English path seems like the strongest path at quarterbacks. Even if you don't get English, James, or Morrow you can make a move at Cooper Reno or Darius Pryor in 2010. 2012 features Marcus Morris QB UCLA while 2013 features Guy Richart QB Florida and Jake Price QB Florida State. 2015 features Kaven Duncan QB Nevada. While the Zazzali draft has more depth at the quarterback position as your career progresses there are simply too many hall of fame caliber quarterbacks in the Jack English draft.

Mike Zazzali Draft Path 7 points Besides Zazzali there is an array of quarterbacks after Mike Zazzali. Drew Thompson, John Scotland, Mark Huckabee, Wade Appling, and Cal McGuire are all 2010 NFL prospects in this draft path. 2011 features Jared Sundquist of Florida State. 2012 has Taylor Tannenbaum of Hawaii and Trent Stanton of Ohio State. 2013 has Logan Axelrod QB Notre Dame. 2014 features Will Swecker QB UCLA. The 2018 draft has Trent Rakestraw QB Oklahoma compared to Carson Palmer. I had the #1 overall pick with the Buccaneers and took Rakestraw. He's really good. 2019 features Johnny Pheonix a Louisville quarterback compared to Peyton Manning and the 2020 draft features Travis Ridge QB Penn State who is compared to Dan Fouts. Also this draft has the Milbank brothers who play at Florida schools Florida and Florida State.

Ozzie Jones Draft Path 3 Points The Ozzie Jones Draft has Joe Kain QB Florida State, Alex Hurst QB Alabama, and Tristian Riley draft which features 5 quarterbacks worthy of being drafted in round 1.

Maceo Sweetney Draft Path 0 Points Besides Luke Rambis there are no elite quarterbacks until 2018 when JJ Sunday and Rob Holloway enter the draft after being 4 year starters at their respective schools. Victor Mouton the dual threat from Iowa State who is compared to Kurt Warner and Mitch Rendell QB Pittsburgh who's Pitt Panthers were #1 in the country entering his senior year are some of the studs in this weak quarterback draft path. Future 50 player Chad Gunn is okay, but is a bust in the eyes of most scouts. 2013 features Will Hawkins QB Florida State and Andrew Zito QB Nevada compared to Fran Tarkenton.

Runningbacks
Ozzie Jones Draft Path 10 Points The Ozzie Jones draft is filled with running backs on a yearly basis. This draft is so deep at runningback every time you get a running back with an expiring contract let his deal run out and draft a new guy for youth.

Maceo Sweetney Draft Path 7 Points This draft features Sweetney, CC Beachum, and Phillip Okafor the Sweetney draft is the strongest runningback draft after the Ozzie Jones draft.

Jack English Draft Path 3 Points Besides Leron James there is Corey Nero RB Oregon in 2011, Luke Jones RB LSU in 2012 who is compared to Reggie Bush, Jamil Trese RB Ole Miss, and Dante Griffey RB Texas. This is a good draft with depth. One of the draft paths features two Pac 10 studs in Kyren Burns RB USC and Willie Stewart RB Oregon. Another draft features two UCLA running backs.


Mike Zazzali Draft Path 0 points There is some talent in the Zazzali draft path, but there isn't enough talent at runningback in this path to surpass the talent of the 3 other draft paths.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Jack English Draft Path 10 points With 2 wide receivers of the 5 on this game in the future 50 in Bellows and Flash Gordon this path gets the edge. Plus there are an array of elite tight ends in this draft path like Drew Goldman, Karron Cousins, and Storm Stewart.

Ozzie Jones Draft Path 7 Points Jermail Rucker is the only future 50 tight end in this game and this draft path has Kammerion Walker and Dravanti Jordan along with some other good receivers.

Maceo Sweetney Draft Path 3 Points The Sweetney Draft Path is loaded with prospects in the Maceo Sweetney Draft. The Chad Gunn Draft features Joker Jones and Jeehu Bacon.

Mike Zazzali Draft Path 0 Points The Zazzali path is strong at receivers with the Zazzali path. This path also has Durrant Boulware who I drafted and Aundray Bender of Georgia.

Offensive Line
Mike Zazzali Draft Path 10 Points Enoka Oshinowo is the best offensive lineman in the game at 7 ft 370 lbs. The Zazzali draft path gets 10 points just for that.

Jack English Draft Path 7 Points The English has Javon Jackson the Boma brothers and a variety of elite left tackles.

Ozzie Jones Draft Path 3 Points The Ozzie Jones path has Lee Claxton and Nick Erickson at left tackle along with the Onken Brothers. Spencer Anderson and Scott Burke are great draft prospects.

Maceo Sweetney Draft Path 0 Points Besides Travian Davis this draft doensn't have much to offer at the offensive line position.

Standings based on offensive talent
Jack English Draft Path 30 Points
Ozzie Jones Draft Path 20 Points
Mike Zazzali Draft Path 17 Points
Maceo Sweetney Draft Path 10 Points

Standings after evaluating offensive talent
Jack English Draft Path 30 Points
Ozzie Jones Draft Path 20 Points
Mike Zazzali Draft Path 17 Points
Maceo Sweetney Draft Path 10 Points

Defensive Line
Jack English Draft Path 10 Points The defensive line in the English path is the best with Xavier Cox, Devin Gilbert, and Quincy Simms.

Ozzie Jones Draft Path 7 Points The Ozzie Jones Draft has tons of talent on the defensive line and has JaMarcus Boone.

Mike Zazzali Draft Path 3 Points The Zazzali draft path and the Sweetney path are both mediocre when it comes to defensive line talent, but the Zazzali path has Vonteego Cross.

Maceo Sweetney Draft Path 0 Points The Sweetney draft Path has little to no defensive line talent.

Linebackers
Maceo Sweetney Draft Path 10 Points The Sweetney Path has Vince McGrady and a Georgia linebacker compared to Ray Lewis at middle linebacker.

Jack English Draft Path 7 Points This draft path has Mack Jackson, Tack Adams, and Tyson Dixon. The draft also features a Colorado LOLB.

Ozzie Jones Draft Path 3 Points JaMarcus Jackson is an elite left outside linebacker other top prospects include Ben Gray, Chief Sanders, and Rock Burnett at middle linebacker. Mister Wright and Freddie Bates are sleepers in this draft path.

Mike Zazzali Draft Path 0 Points Besides Gino King the West Virginia MLB this draft is a joke.

Defensive Backs
Mike Zazzali Draft Path 10 Points The Zazzali Path has DeMario Waddel and Tee Morgan.

Jack English Draft Path 7 Points The Jack English Draft Path has Juran Riley, Corey Taylor, Will Barkley, JJ Collins, and Egypt Jones. This draft path has great depth in my opinion. Thurmond Busey and Daron Knight are also in this draft path.

Maceo Sweetney Draft Path 3 Points Tyrod Darlin and Antonio Boxx make this draft what it is.

Ozzie Jones Draft Path 0 Points Besides Demetrius Grimes What else is there?

Standings based on defensive talent
Jack English Draft Path 24 Points
Maceo Sweetney Draft Path 13 Points
Mike Zazzali 13 Draft Path Points
Ozzie Jones Draft Path 10 Points

Standings after evaluating defensive talent
Jack English Draft Path 54 Points
Ozzie Jones Draft Path 30 Points
Mike Zazzali Draft Path 30 Points
Maceo Sweetney Draft Path 23 Points

It's obvious that the Sweetney path is the most difficult while the English path is the easiest. The Ozzie Jones and Zazzali draft paths are tied in difficulty.
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:08 PM   #2
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Re: Draft Path Rankings

My take on the Sweetney Path
Quarterbacks:
I think the Sweetney Path easily has better quarterbacks then the Jones Path. The beginning of the path is admittedly thin at the position with alot of vince young prospects, Luke Rambis is one of the best quarterbacks in the game. In 2012 Chad Gunn can be a very good quarterback, he has 93 balanced potential but has an 84 in Field General. If you use a vertical passing type of offense then Gunn is your man as he has the biggest arm in the game and very good accuracy. From this point on you get many probowl caliber qbs with potentials of 93 and 94 until 2015 when the next stud QB comes out by the name of Owen Paulus. The Harvard grad is just as good as Rambis and fits into any scheme. In 2018 this path picks up steam as year after year hall of fame caliber quarterbacks come out of college, Sunday and Holloway to start then a sleeper compared to Favre, two years later Norris and Stafford come out to very good quarterbacks and finally Paul Beaumont can be an instant impact rookie your last season.

Runningbacks: I agree on mainly but the real studs of the class either come out early or late and Okafor looks like a bust but his stats make him look much better (think of how Okoye looks bad in balanced but runs very well) Demps, Wagner, Prince are all superstar backs that will make a great addition near the end of your career and Sweetney is one of the top 5 backs in the game.

Recievers: I would argue that Zazzali should be much higher and that Sweetney isnt quite up to the others standards. Jervonte Johnson is a nice weapon to have with that size but without it is a very mediocre reciever, Duhon is one of the best but few recievers in this path come close to him, Dwayne Darby is inflated because of his learning but is still a stud. Other guys that pop up can be very good recievers but no real hall of fame guys after Duhon.

Defensive Line: This class is painful at D-Line, with the exception of a few good Defensive tackles and ends this class really dissapoints, even the Lee Roy Selmon comparison DE isnt as good as you'd think. Myron Campbell, Thaddeus Cheeks and Rondell Lee are good but when these guys are the highlights of the path you know its not very strong at the top.

Defensive Backs: This class is really split hear, cornerback is a very strong position in this class with guys like Darlin, Deandre Miles, Aundre Boldin being as good as any group in the game but the safety position is a huge shortcoming. Antonio Boxx isnt very good at all especially for being on the future top 50 he isnt worth his draft spot, I rarely find pro bowl caliber safeties in this however i found myself loaded with corners alot of which are man to man specialists. Aundre Boldin is a stud and i havent yet seen a corner with that kind of talent in the rest of the game, he can play man or zone aswell as cover the run.

In general this path isnt very deep, the 2011 draft is so bad i only found one player with a 90+ potential being TJ Nunn a great but not quite with the first overall pick wideout. The later classes give you plenty of talent across positions and the linebackers in the later years are probably the best ive seen in a short period of time, Leroy Hampton from Georgia being the best ive seen in the game.
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Old 09-04-2010, 03:59 AM   #3
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The cornerback class so far in my dynasty in the Zazzali path and they all suck. I'm only 3 years in but damn.
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The cornerback class so far in my dynasty in the Zazzali path and they all suck. I'm only 3 years in but damn.
The Zazzali draft path has the best two CB's in the entire game...Waddell and Arnez Soriano. Additionally, I think the Zazzali Path also has the best FS in the game...Darnell Dansby.

Also, for CB's Brandon Biggs, Tee Morgan, and Mike Best IMO also belong in the top 10 in the entire game.

I may be biased because the Zazzali Path is my favorite, but even so I do not think anyone can argue with the fact that Waddell and Soriano are the best two CB's you will come across in the entire game.

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Old 03-05-2011, 02:55 PM   #5
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The cornerback class so far in my dynasty in the Zazzali path and they all suck. I'm only 3 years in but damn.
I feel the same, at least in the first 2 years. It's hard to draft a shutdown corner if you don't have a Top 5 pick. I go by CB Balanced potential and Waddlle and Biggs are the only one I have seen with 90+ potential in the first 2 years. A lot of them are in the 83-89 range. I'll see how thing develop further down the path.

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I feel the same, at least in the first 2 years. It's hard to draft a shutdown corner if you don't have a Top 5 pick. I go by CB Balanced potential and Waddlle and Biggs are the only one I have seen with 90+ potential in the first 2 years. A lot of them are in the 83-89 range. I'll see how thing develop further down the path.
Waddell and Biggs are the only two real shutdown corners you will see in the first two years. However, Corey Bullock with motivator becomes a real force. He really is basically Antonio Cromartie, but IMO he plays better. The fact that he has great hands for a DB helps...I've had a year where on one side Waddell had 16 Int's and Bullock had 12. My point here is...there are players who may not have high potential, but have high ratings where it matters and outproduce the higher rated potential guys. Two other examples...two players that ratings wise really suck, but end up always being pro bowlers for me are Harvey Dahl and Geoffrey Schwartz, they are rookies the first year. I run a lot of sweeps, pitches, options, and off tackle running plays and generally have two guys pulling which is why they always kick *** for me...Dahl has a 90 spd rating and Schwartz has an 88. I usually will have them pull from the opposite side I am running because of their great speed and they clean house for me and open some serious running room. Both usually average 30-35 pancakes a year for me.

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Old 03-16-2011, 12:34 AM   #7
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I can pretty much agree with the final rankings, although Joker Jones is a HB in the Jones path.

Don't forget CC Beachum in the Sweetney path!
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