WR - Arizona State - 6' 0" - 192 lbs
1st Round. Pick #1-5. #5 Overall
Pre-Draft Grade: 6.90
Pre-Draft Adjusted Grade: 6.90
Key Combine Scores: Solecismic 33, 40 Time 4.31, Agility 6.77, Position Drill 59
When the draft class was released, ACI targeted 4 players with their pick at #5. This included 3 wide receivers (Oakes, Patten and McLaurin) and a safety (Mahoney). With DE Stokley selected #1 overall, the Phantoms were guaranteed to get one of their targeted players. Oakes and Patten were the top 2 receivers on the board and were selected at the #2 and #3 slots. When Tucson selected DE Gray at #4, ACI was left with a tough choice.
Safety Mahoney was a combine beast, while also clocking a 4.32 40 time. With excellent size and the previously noted speed, he could be left at safety or moved to cornerback. Either way, Mahoney could be an all-pro for many years to come. The one problem was a possible conflict with defensive leaders on the Phantoms roster.
McLaurin is rated a bit below Mahoney, and almost a full point below the top 2 receivers, but still looks like a big time receiver. He clocked a 4.31 40 time at the combine while also excelling in agility, solecismic and position drill.
In the end, McLaurin was the pick. ACI has been looking for a big time receiver for the last 10 years and hope they finally found one. If nothing else, they add some much needed speed and big play ability to the two-te offense that has been struggling for the past season or two.
To register, go to the link above and select the register tab. Your username is your teams full city name. For example, my username is Omaha.
As always, you must register before the draft clock starts or your picks will be autopicked for you.
Draft time limits (clock runs from 8am to midnight, Eastern):
Round 1: 4 hours
Round 2: 3 hours
Round 3: 2 hours
Round 4: 2 hours
Round 5: 1 hour
Round 6: 1 hour
Round 7: 1 hour
If you miss a pick then your time is reduced for the remaining rounds.
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*** We are going to slow roll the Draft, it will officially start on Nov 30th 6 am MST.
Take your time and have a good time this holiday week.
Instructions for the LIVE Staff Draft:
Time\Date: Nov 14th @ 10 am MST
Using Ventrillo and Twitch.tv.
Open the Retain Staff window and when you click on "Finished with Renegotiations" the Set Staff Draft window will appear.
This is where you will set your preferences for your coaches and the computer will draft them for you if you don't get any of the coaches on your list.
Export and then PM me your Live Draft Preference list;
Owner - JJSmitty
Team - Omaha
Going to keep him
Name - Age
1. Johnny Rogers - 43
2. Tommy Thomas - 54
3. Reggie Riley - 61
4. Rich Rod - 34
5. Bill Smith - 54
Going to keep him
and so on with the other coaches.
Also, remember to PM me your list.
***Joining the Live Draft, I'm running the Draft Live on that saturday Nov 14th @ 10 am MST and I'll have my Ventrillo Server up if any owner wants to join. You'll actually have the option to draft Live.. PM me if you'd like to join and I'll send you my sever IP and password.
*** New option this year, you can use the draft chat to draft if you can't get onto vent.
*** I'm using Twitch.tv to stream the draft live so you can see the updated coach available in real time. This is a game changer....
Thanks guys and lets have some fun with this.
What if I told you... that sometimes the toughest foes to block are the ones in your head.
Since the day he could walk it was clear young Alvin Teraway was born to do one thing- play backup Fullback in the CFL.
Even as an 8 year old kid in pop warner football, coaches raved about his above average play.
We interviewed his Middle School football coach Mike Hawk and he had this to say... "never in all my years have I see a full back as good as Riley Gains, it's about time someone did a documentary on him." "What do you mean...?" "this isn't about Riley?" "Alvin?" "Yeah I guess he was alright; he never saw the field much..." "I mean if we lost a guy or two I'd put him right in..." "Probably..."
All those years of somewhat dedicated work didn't go un-noticed by College scouts who ranked him as the 293'rd best fullback in his recruiting class.
After 5 reasonably uneventful years at several junior colleges he saw his draft potential sky-rocket into the mid to late 7th round after he adequately backed up the first Heisman contender at fullback Zach Wheeler during part of the 2039 Season.
Death Valley reluctantly snapped at the chance to draft him in the late 7th round and he's been pretty good ever since. That was until tragicty struck at the end of the 2042 season. Veteran Journeyman full-back Dean Nixon was lost to free agency or something... I kinda forget. Suddenly Alvin was in the position he'd dreaded since childhood; Starter.
Sometimes when a volcano builds up for long enough it explodes... Other times it just kinda oozes downhill. Alvin's condition slowly deteriorated to the point where he couldn't leave his modest duplex with out paralyzing fear of being counted on by someone. Maybe it would be his team, or friend, or family- he just couldn't risk it. Heck I just asked him to move his car and he didn't come out of his house for a month.
During late free agency Alvin dropped his announcement like a bombshell; in a well worded email to the assistant coach. He would be stepping away from the team for an indefinite period to work on his anxiety which was described by his team doctor as "Severe".
Right away the outpouring of support was about what was expected. With literally dozens of letters of support and a quickly funded $178 Go Fund Me to pay for the insurance co-pays for his treatment. He was even given the nickname Alvin "Positive Thoughts" Tearaway by his somewhat concerned owner, Jander.
Just when it seemed the 2043 season would be a complete loss something magical happened. I don't know if you believe in miracles and I don't know if I do either, but after what happened at the end of the 2043 season can only be described as one thing- moderately convenient.
After 13 games of backing up for embattled full back Alvin Teraway, replacement fullback Mike Pearce was promoted to interim starting fullback. The weight was lifted, Alvin was ready he was a slightly changed man. It was time to get back his dream his destiny.
Some men fold under pressure and some soar. But some rare men like Alvin do the former and then kinda the second- sorta.
HC Jared York gets the credit for lighting a fire under the young Outlaws; since publicly calling his squad out after a brutal 1-4 start to the season, his team has responded by playing some inspired football.
"Am I coaching for my job--uhh yeah", exclaims York when pressed on the matter. "Mr. Stallion put together a fine football team and was gracious enough to retain me when he had a chance to pull the plug on this thing -- I respect that, so to give him a 1-4 start was just demoralizing and I took it out on these guys."
Well the Outlaws no longer look like that perennial dog--they smell 'fresh' with an a aerial attack that is soundly rooted in running the football and a read-react defense that's starting to ascend. Fans are slowly starting to show up at the new stadium! Outlaws players are excited about the prospect of playing to 25K fans and can't imagine what a sold-out 40k crowd would feel like. Things have been that bad here.
Can Archie continue his fine rookie campaign? Could the Outlaws be headed for a fall? It'll be interesting to see how they fare in the closing stanza.