News Fabrication: The Freshman Fantasy Draft
As is clear with Andrew’s extended absence*, mine and Daniel’s extensive posts and pods about the NBA Playoffs, and Jason’s breakdown of the SEC Network videos, it’s a slow period for football news. If we were an Alabama or Auburn site, we could Roll Tide and War Eagle our way through Spring Game crowd comparisons, or talk about how our walk-on 6th string left guard could start for 9 SEC teams.
* Andrew is very busy and sends his regards, I think.
While we’re not in the business of turning BS into breaking news (that’s why you watch ESPN), I figured I would fabricate some news, courtesy of the staff of SBNation.com. Some of their esteemed football writers
have too much free time on their hands had a fantasy draft for incoming freshmen, and I thought it would be fun to see where Georgia’s signees were picked.
Team 1: Bud Elliott, SBNation: No Dawgs. He’s hated us for years. With two Bammers, two (LSU, duh) Tigers, and an Arkansas Razorback (I sometimes forget about them), he shows a clear SEC West bias. Terrible squad.
Team 2: Cam Underwood, Miami site: (31) RB Sony Michel, (163) WR Isaiah McKenzie. At 31, I agree with Underwood that Michel is a steal. Interestingly, all but 4 of his picks come from the ACC and SEC. Speed kills.
Team 3: Derrell Warren: (162) QB Jacob Park. Warren started a run of Dawgs with Park’s battery mate McKenzie up next. He also took Raekown McMillan, who was apparently almost a Dawg, and who ushers in the era of recruits being named after members of the Wu-Tang Clan. A welcome era, indeed.
Team 4: Jason Kirk, SBNation: No Dawgs, and he’s from right here in Atlanta! Two of his top 3 picks were more LSU guys, including all-everything back Leonard Fournette. He was also the second person to take a UVA guy with a second round pick, because Mike London will go broke going 0-8 in the ACC while paying the whole 757 for recruits.
Team 5: Luke Zimmermann, SBNation: No Dawgs again, because all of the SBNation national staff HATES us. First pick, QB Sean White of Auburn, who I guess we should watch out for. Or maybe we shouldn’t, since no successful Auburn QB starts his career at Auburn (putting you on notice, Jacob Park).
Team 6: Miles Joseph, OSU site: No Dawgs, but another SEC QB #1 with Kyle Allen of Texas A&M. Poor guy has to live up to ‘next Manziel’ hype. Pick 2, Bo Scarborough, Alabama RB. BAMA: WHERE GOOD RUNNING BACKS GO AND DON’T GET INJURED!
Team 7: Nam Le, Cal blog: Yeah, I know, he has even less credibility than me because he runs the Cal site. He took a Harvard recruit, but his name is Larry Allen, an offensive guard. NFL Hall of Famer in the 21st round is what you call a steal.
Team 8: Nick Polak, Penn State blog: An enlightened cat, who built around his front 7 AND took a pair of UGA commits! (82) CB Malkolm Parrish and (117) OG Isaiah Wynn. Judging from my noting of the Wu-Tang trend earlier, it appears UGA recruits are following in Cro’s footsteps as we have two Isaiahs. #ANALYSIS
Team 9: Paul Crewe, LSU blog: Not the Paul Crewe from The Longest Yard, I believe. (23) DE Lorenzo Carter, whom he bookends with #1 overall pick Myles Garrett of Texas A&M. He also took UNC’s two highest-rated commits in OT Bentley Spain and RB Elijah Hood, so Crewe is good in my book.
Team 10: Pete Volk, Maryland blog: (insert B1G joke here) (54) RB Nick Chubb and (145) OT Dyshon Sims. He must be heavy in upperclassman running backs, because one has to assume Chubb will not be playing in 2014 (NOTE: totally irrelevant to this draft!) Another Bama commit with another first-round pick. Ugh.
Team 11: Wescott Eberts, SBNation: Bucks the SBNation home staffer trend of shunning Dawgs with (65) DT Lamont Gaillard and (109) TE Jeb Blazevich. At this point, I’m starting to fall in love with the balance of Georgia’s class. A QB, two RB, a WR, a TE, 2 OL, 2 DL, and a CB.
On balance: What does this tell us? Nothing really, except the SEC dominated recruiting rankings again. Find the biggest fan bases, and pander to them. Florida State, Ohio State, and Notre Dame round out the top 10 teams in draftees.
20 of the top 33 picks were SEC commits. Someone please remind me of this when we do #100daysofSECdominance again this year.
For people who like their Georgia commits in one place, they came in as follows:
23. DE Lorenzo Carter
31. RB Sony Michel
54. RB Nick Chubb
65. DT Lamont Gaillard
82. CB Malkolm Parrish
109. TE Jeb Blazevich
117. OG Isaiah Wynn
145. OT Dyshon Sims
162. QB Jacob Park
163. WR Isaiah McKenzie