Good afternoon! Let's talk some football!
Would you worry about Gronk if you had to decide to keep him in a league? Other options are Dez and Capernick....
With the dearth of quality FFB prospects at tight end, Gronk would not be high on the worry list. Would probably take him over Dez or Kaepernick.
What were your thoughts on Wrestlemania?! Best match? Biggest surprise? Biggest letdown?!
It had one great match (Punk-Taker), two good matches (Rock-Cena, HHH-Lesnar) and pretty much everything else was so-so. Not the best Mania, sad to say.
Who has the biggest boom/bust potential in this draft?
With the way his workout reportedly went today, Eddie Lacy is moving up quickly on this list.
Here is a mock draft for the steelers if sanders leaves: round 1: Tavon Austin, round 2: Justin Hunter, Round 3: montee ball and best pass rusher available, round 4: Jordan Reed and Round 5: Best safety available. what do you think?
Not sure that the first three picks need to be on the offensive side, as the Steelers D needs just as many upgrades as the O. Do like the Austin pick, might switch the pass rusher for Hunter.
Megatron > Wallace
Always good to see that Megatron's backers have long memories.
do u think that the lions will pick a cb with their 5th pick?
Not sure they should, as the drop-off from Milliner to the rest of the top-end CBs is not that great. Having said that, Detroit does need secondary upgrades so they could very well take Milliner.
What do the metrics say on Emmanuel Sanders? I say the Steelers go, take the pick, replace Sanders short term with someone like Breaston, and use the pick on one of the positions they need to building depth (WR, RB, DB, LB)? I know it seems counter-intuitive to let go of a WR when you need one, but seems like you're getting 2 for the price of one with this move.
This draft has a very good amount of WR depth (something that will be covered in a TFS ESPN Insider WR Draft review article that should be posted tomorrow). Letting Sanders go and then using the pick elsewhere is a very good idea.
what do you make of Stedman bailey?
In many ways he is better than Tavon Austin. Got Bailey tagged as one of the underrated WR prospects in this draft.
do you consider michael crabtree a true number one wideout ? even perhaps top ten ? and where do you rank crabtree and boldin among the top duos ? thank you
From a pure football sense he's a No. 1 wideout. He might not quite qualify for that level in the fantasy football world, however. Crabtree/Boldin would have to be pushing for top 5, although they might not quite make it there since SF doesn't pass the ball as often as some other teams.
Hi KC - do teams factor in whether a QB can play in colder climates before drafting them or is it expected that any top tier QB prospect should be able to perform under any conditions?
It is certainly a factor, especially if the QB has shown he is hindered by bad weather. Having said that, many QBs won't see really bad weather in their college career and Troy Aikman was a great NFL QB despite being a terrible passer when it rained (by his own admission).
Is Dez capable of 2000/20?
From a physical perspective, sure. But his long history of injuries says he just isn't durable enough to get it done.
Where do you see eddie lacy going in the draft after his pro day?
His GBYPA figures (a metric that gauges productivity on plays with good blocking) were about equal to the other Alabama RBs, so there is the idea that he might be a system guy. Add that to today and it would not be a shock to see him fall out of the first round.
KC, who do you see available when Green Bay picks at 26?
Lots of players who can help them. RB would seem to be the top pick (I think Johnathan Franklin would be a perfect fit for them) but they may wait until the next round to address that position.
Is there even a remote chance that neither the Falcons or 49ers end up as the NFC representative in the Super Bowl next year?
Injuries could always prevent that from happening. Green Bay could also upgrade their run game and learn how to call the proper defense against a read-option QB. Add that to the chance the Cowboys could finally play to their talent level and it isn't a given those teams will be in the Super Bowl next year.
do you see deandre Hopkins falling to the middle of round 2?
Probably but his metric case is such that he could be considered a first-round prospect. Just don't think that teams are going to go for WRs at that point in the draft, though.
Will Austin Collie and Dwight Freeney be signed? And by who? Thank you.
Hard to see a scenario where they will not be signed. Once the draft is over, teams will have a better idea of where they need to upgrade via FA. That's when guys like Collie and Freeney will start to be valued more.
Should Cruz follow Wallace's example and play out this year on his RFA tender in hopes of a huge contract next year, or should he heed the Steve Smith lesson and not risk an injury?
Play out the RFA. If he gets hurt, there is no reason he cannot sign another one-year deal and play for the big contract the next year. Play for the upside, in other words.
Marcus Lattimore to the Giants in the third round? Dare I dream?
Hate to say it but I'm not sold on Lattimore. His GBYPA figures were quite low last year and that was only the latest in a string of so-so metrics for him.
Is durability and fear of one big hit a factor in teams shying away from a game changing player like Tavon Austin?
That's part of it. His being a slot WR doesn't help, either, as slot WRs just aren't valued as highly as outside WRs (just ask Wes Welker).
Who do you see as being the best QB prospect in the draft? And is that different than the most NFL ready prospect? Thanks KC!
I'm more sold on Barkley than most. E.J. Manuel is also someone with Colin Kaepernick-level upside, but that would depend on his going to the right situation. CK ending up with a team coach by Harbaugh was a huge and highly overlooked aspect as to why he had his success last year.
Do you agree that guys like Christine Michael, Da'Rick Rogers, and Marquess Wilson are 1st/2nd round talents with 5th round character issues?
I may not be quite as sold on their overall talent levels. Wilson's college metrics weren't great, Michael's were so-so and Rogers was good but not great.
Which of the 2nd tier safeties do you like the most - guys like Elam, Swearinger, Shamarko Thomas,Cyprien...
Elam has been tops on the TFS safety list. Not sure he can be a dominant NFL S but his wide ranging skill set is something a creative DC will be able to utilize to great effect.
As the rosters are set right now, is there a team that could make the playoffs with their No 2 quarterback at the reins?
Minnesota made to the playoffs last year with subpar QB play and they can certainly get that level of production out of Matt Cassel.
Who will the Kansas City Chiefs select with the First Pick Overall in the 2013 NFL Draft?
As it looks right now, that would be Luke Joeckel.
Hey, hate to cut it short but just had something come up on the home front and have to hit the road. Quick note before heading out - the TFS material is always posted on Twitter @KCJoynerTFS. Thanks for the questions and hope to see you all here next week!