Each year I, Vershelstradomous, have certain prospects that I like significantly more than Big Draft. While national media coverage and certain draft analysts minimize their deviation from the common perceptions, I luckily have the freedom to delve into and project players as higher than most of my peers. The All-Vershel team contains players that are not necessarily the best of their positions, but each player on this team is a guy I would pound the table for as a GM. Look for these players to be drafted higher than where they are currently slotted. Lets review the 2017 All-Vershel team 1 year after.
Starter: Deshone Kizer
Kizer ended up playing the most snaps of any rookie QB.
Starter: Dalvin Cook
After an underwhelming combine, Dalvin Cook looked to be the best rookie RB before an unfortunate injury.
Starter: Evan Engram
This was an obvious hit for me. I hyped Evan Engram all throughout the draft process after he blew up at the combine. Engram will be quite good for a long time.
Starters: Chris Godwin, Zay Jones, Curtis Samuel
Backup: Jehu Chesson
Godwin and Samuel both assumed the slot reciever roles for their teams and performed better than average. I would call those two a hit. While Zay Jones was near the top of the league in rookie WR snaps, he was historically ineffecient. Jones, whom I hyped for his hands and potential as a slot reciever, struggled against faster corners and had many drops.
OT: Zach Banner, Antonio Garcia
OG: Forrest Lamp, Isaac Asiata
OC: Pat Elfein
Swing Reserve: Dion Dawkins
We will call this section an "Incomplete". Garcia, Lamp, and Elflein combined to play in 4 regular season games as they all were quickly put onto injured reserve. Zach Banner was cut outright and is clearly a bust. Dion Dawkins, my reserve, played the best out of this group and excelled at both left and right tackle for the Bills.
Starters: Malik McDowell, Chris Wormley
Backups: Dalvin Tomlinson, Larry Ogunjobi
This is tough to evaluate because McDowell missed the entire season due to injury and Wormley did not have a clear path to snaps. However, Dalvin Tomlinson and Larry Ogunobi both outperformed their draft slots and proved themselves to be building blocks for the foundation of their respective d lines.
Starters: Derek Barnett, Jordan Willis
Backups: Taco Charlton, Derek Rivers, Daeshon Hall
Derek Barnett was an obvious hit, as he made the biggest play of the Super Bowl by strip sacking Tom Brady in the 4th Quarter. Willis, along with Engram, Zay Jones, Haason Reddick, were some of my favorite prospects due to their athletic profiles. The 2017 Draft class featured Marshon Lattimore, the most athletic CB ever per RAS, and Jordan Willis, the most athletic EDGE ever per RAS. Marshon Lattimore took the NFL by storm, and won DROY. Jordan Willis, on the other hand, logged only 25 tackles all season as he was unable to see the field due to the veterans in front on him. Taco Charlton was a dissapointment, Derek Rivers tore his ACL and Hall barely saw the field.
Starters: Haason Reddick, Raekwon McMillan, Jarrad Davis
Backups: Alex Anzalone
Haason Reddick has a great athletic profile, but it did not translate to the field. Reddick lost his spot as middle linebacker and was relegated to OLB situational duty. He struggled in his first year. McMillan missed the entire season to a torn ACL. Jarrad Davis played every snap for the Lions his rookie year, save for the sole game he missed due to a concussion. The Lions havent had an LB with this much talent since Chris Speilman. Anzalone missed the entire season to injury.
Starters: Marlon Humphrey, Adoree’ Jackson, Fabian Moreau
Backups: Jourdan Lewis, Corn Elder
This was an obvious hit for me. Marlon Humphrey, Adoree Jackson, and Jourdan Lewis were all tremendous upgrades to their teams secondarys. Jackson specifically had a great year and it looks like he will be one of the best in this class. Fabian Moreau gets an incomplete, as he failed to see the field much during his rookie season.
Starters: Obi Melifonwu, Jabrill Peppers
Backup: Desmond King
Melifonwu missed most of the season to injury. Jabrill Peppers eventually cracked the starting lineup for the Browns and was an instant upgrade. He will be a heck of a player once the Browns surround him with more talented D backs. Desmond King was terrific for the chargers at the nickel back postion, grading in the top 10 for the season at slot corner.
|Kyle Kunert||Pat Elflein was a hit he started 14 games and was pretty good until his ankle injury. Also, just because he had the most snaps doesn't mean Kizer was a hit.|
|Austin Vershel||Outside of Deshaun Watson, who else could I have picked at the QB position that was more underrated?|
|Kyle Kunert||Don't know just making sure you know it wasn't a success lol. Maybe C.J. Beathard idk|