You know where this story goes. It’s scary when it happens to you or your friends. Scarier than that Johnny Depp movie ‘The Ninth Gate’. And when I say that movie was scary, I mean it was scary bad. I hope Depp fired his agent after that one.
Currently, I’m looking at a poo-poo platter of players that would nearly break my draft strategy or my heart if I took them where they’re at in both standard and PPR drafts at yahoo at this point. The faint glimmer of hope would be that everyone goes big three RBs, big three QBs and Calvin Johnson which would leave me a shot at either Darren McFadden or Chris Johnson. I wouldn’t necessarily hate this but for the fact that I want a bit of security – or at least a sense of it – from my first round pick and with CJ2K’s 2011 and DMC’s injury history, I’m not getting that warm and fuzzy feeling with them. If those two are gone, chances are I am stuck with a quarterback such as Drew Brees. Now obviously there is security in that pick but is there value? In my mind, there’s not. I feel I can find a strong quarterback stat line later in the draft. Sure, Matt Ryan or Philip Rivers aren’t going to beat out Brees in rank by the end of the season but I’d still have a worthwhile quarterback stat line. Then I look and see Matt Forte. I want to like him with my 9th pick but his injury last year coupled with low touchdown production makes it hard for me to bite and I’m a Marv Albert fan. My final look shows Larry Fitzgerald and Jimmy Graham sitting on the second round bubble with the 12th and 11th spot, respectively. I’m going to be honest, the pick I’m making here (drum roll please) is Graham. Now before you start yelling at your computer in the faint hope that I’ll actually hear your anger, let me say this: I am a Brony. Wow, I feel much better. The truth really does set you free! Ok, now that I have that off my chest, lets poke around at some stats. Jimmy finished 7th in receiving yards last year, 3rd in receptions, and 5th in receiving touchdowns. There are a lot of top ten qualities in those numbers. My other argument for this is – unlike taking Brees – I’m actually getting a player who is considered either the top of his position or at least co-owns the crown with Rob Gronkowski. In essence, he should be the Calvin Johnson of Tight Ends this year. If we’re willing to take Calvin in the top five, doesn’t it make sense to take someone else who is the leader of their position in the top 10? I think there’s a good argument for it and I hope I provided it. But enough about me, let’s talk about you. You’re on the clock and you have the 9th pick. Who are you taking at the near turn towards the second round?