For the past 10 days, I have been playing around on the website First-Pick.com and I must forewarn you that it is very addictive. It takes a good hour or so to get through a 7 round draft. A little longer at first as you will spend more time learning about the players who are available.
How it works: You sign up on their free site.
Click on the purple PLAY NFL DRAFT GAME 2014
Then chose NEW DRAFT
Next you pick a team so hit the scroll down arrow next to Arizona and select Miami Dolphins THEN click on SELECT TEAM
You will now be thrust into your own little War Room for the draft
Moving Through the draft:
You can chose to move one pick at a time by clicking on Continue, or the next five picks or the ever present why screw around all day and go directly to your next pick
When you finish your last pick THEN click on Finish Draft otherwise you won't get a score for Draft Ability, Player Value and Future Draft Picks
The Screen will highlight 3 positions of need and BEST AVAILABLE VALUE so you can click on a position, highlighted or not, to see available players at that position and what DAY in the draft this website predicts them to go in. If you click on a players name you will be directed either to a Pre-Combine review of the player or a google page with other choices.
Keep in mind that this site's player rankings differ from Mayock's or Davis' or Kiper's rankings and predictions of where they should be picked so the grade you get here is based on this website's values for players. Some players are viewed here to be picked a lot earlier or later than the talking head NFL draft gurus. Also, I am not sure when they updated our needs since we signed Knowshon Moreno and RB gets highlighted fairly early in the draft. So decide if you want to draft based on their score or your own.
UP: You can trade up by clicking on Propose Trade. When you offer a trade keep in mind that there is no negotiating and you have no idea if another team is offering a trade as well. You can chose what picks that you have including 1st Rounders for 2015 and 2016 as bait and click the Propose Trade
DOWN: Each time your pick comes up you should see some trade offers listed from other teams until you get into the later rounds. They are listed by best value from top to bottom but not all trades are alike. Some are only moving back a couple spots while others into another round. You cannot propose your own trade downs to other teams, either accept one of theirs or make your pick. I trade down quite a bit.
As you play the game a few times and begin to understand the players, you will see what rounds these guys should go in and when they will or should be available. You can snoop around before having to pick a player or accept a trade offer as there is no CLOCK ticking for your picks.
In the upper right hand corner they list the last five picks so you can see who you just missed out on.
After each of your picks you will get a Grade for that pick which is based on a combination of THEIR Players Value and THEIR suggestion for your needs. So if you Draft according to THEIR PLAYER VALUES and THEIR HIGHLIGHTED POSITIONS you can grade higher. I think you will wind up like me and not give a rat's ass what they think and just try to get what you believe we need and see how it goes.
Now you may not be destined for a front office job but you will be destined for your favorite guy going right before your pick so get ready for it.
When you finish, you can see your Grades and how you ranked as a Dolphins GM and how you graded out against the other NFL teams in the draft you just completed. You are drafting against a computer so the picks can go fast if you want them to.
Below is my best draft according to their grades when I earned a 4544 prior to us signing Knowshon Moreno. The highest score listed for a Dolphins GM was from last week and "brandies" scored a 6407 so he probably has a better shot at working for Dennis Hickey than I do. Hell, for all we know, that could have been Hickey.
For now, fantasy will just have to suffice!
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
Round One Pick 19: Notre Dame OT Zack Martin Grade A (in this draft he was remarkably still available but in 90% of them he is gone leaving us with choices of ILB Mosley, TE Ebron, FS Pryor, CB Fuller depending on how that draft is going)
I was offered 3 different trade options but if Martin is there at 19, we absolutely have to grab him to play right tackle
Round Two Pick 18: There are plenty of value picks here but none directly connected to our immediate needs so I traded our Pick to Houston for their 3rd Round Picks #1 and #12 and 4th Round #1. I then traded a few more times with these picks. Usually down one or two picks to pick up one other pick later when two or three guys were sitting there that I may have liked so I figured I would at least get one of them plus a later pick.
Round Three Pick 1: Tennessee OT Antonio Richardson with the plan to move him to play guard instead. Grade A-
Round Three Pick 12: Washington SS Deone Bucannon Grade A
Round Three Pick 17: Penn State DT DaQuan Jones Grade A
Round Four Pick 3: West Virginia RB Charles Sims Grade A
Round Four Pick 11: Southern Cal FS Dion Bailey Grade B+
Round Four Pick 16: LSU RB Jeremy Hill Grade A
Round 5 Pick 18: Rutgers WR Brandon Coleman Grade A
Round 5 Pick 25: Wisconsin OG Ryan Groy Grade D-
Round 6 Pick 32: Oklahoma CB Aaron Colvin Grade C
Round 7 Pick 19: Fresno State TE Marcel Jensen Grade B-
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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Posted by Carl Leone