2019 Football Draft Kit

Picture yourself in a bizarro-world casino where the gin and tonics aren’t watered down and the roulette table has more black spaces than red. After counting a few times you’re certain there are more black spaces on the wheel. You notice other gamblers are getting normal payouts for bets on black, one-to-one. The odds of winning are greater but the risk is the same as betting red. So I ask you, hypothetical gambler: why would you ever bet on red?

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I marvel at Adam Schefter, Ian Rapoport, Charles Robinson, and all the other beat writers, analysts, and experts that are just getting absolutely bombarded with information during training camp. Just consuming the influx of updates and news around the league as every organization fields its players and prepares for the oncoming season is overwhelming. It’s exciting for sure. But it’s also a lot to sort through.

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Training camp is upon us and the NFL beat writers are heating up the twitter sphere with news. This article is an attempt to cut through the noise and figure out what if anything is most important. One vital component that needs to be pointed out is that we should never be relying on beat reporters, or on-lookers to evaluate the actual talent, or what is happening during practice. Writers do just that for a living, write. A few examples of opinions/misconceptions coming into play that were grossly misguided I’ve already seen in week 1:

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Once you get past the top 15, it is a mixed bag when it comes to running backs. There is no doubt that there is a lot of talent here and also a lot of opportunity. But, you and I both know that injuries, performance issues, and better performance by teammates will affect a handful of backs in this group. But, I have to do the best that I can to forecast these outcomes with the information that I have on hand.

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Heading into drafts, a lot of owners are going to be aggressive when drafting the tight end position. It’s clear that Kelce, Ertz and Kittle are in a tier of their own. If you draft one of those players, then you’ll be standing out from the rest of the league. However, some owners might not be comfortable with drafting a tight end in the 2nd or 3rd round, and for them, punting the position is a viable strategy as they load up on receivers and backs.

There are a lot of tight ends this season that have serious upside to finish in the top 10 of the position, and offer very cheap price tags past the 9th round, so let’s talk about a few.

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We made it, we finally made it, the first week of NFL training camp is in the books! Already in mid-season form with the amount of content that will be dissected from these first 7-days of camp. Keep an eye on all of the content coming out from Razzball. Your favorite writers and contributors will present you with their perspective on the risers-and-fallers over the course of training camp. Make sure you take advantage of our 7-day Razzball trial to help prepare yourself for draft domination.

Also, this time of year starts the beginning of the infamous camp-hype videos (CHV) that, sadly, have a weekly impact on ADP. Let me help perpetuate this by adding CHVs throughout my weekly previews. Enjoy!

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A friend and I were recently texting during a mock draft and he kept finding pockets of players with similar ADP and seemingly similar upside. We would go back and forth making points and counterpoints, but in the end, with the timer running out, it was just a gut call. I realized that may not be optimal and ventured to create a “checklist” of sorts to compare similar players alongside each other.

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We are entering the final week of my rankings extravaganza! Running back is my favorite position to speculate on and the position that I usually lean on in the first round of drafts. I always find myself wanting to build my fantasy teams around a running back that is going to be one of the league leaders in touches. Running back can get thin pretty early and drafts and the later round guys tend to be speculation picks. So here are the top guys to target. 

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