Well, came out of the early rounds of the draft mainly unscathed. Rookie QB with 41/96 rating and 0 volatility. 3rd year CB 55/93, with 20 volatility, 3rd year SS 57/92 with 14 volatility. Rounds 4-10 completely solidified my O-line, nabbing a fast RB in the middle of them.
44/99 Rookie LT
50/93 3rd year LG
52/87 2nd year C
62/88 3rd year C
39/96 3rd year RG
42/98 2nd year RT
One of the C's will be up for trade after training camp, once I place whichever one is better at the starting spot, in exchange for a WR, DE, LB, or CB with a rating of 80+ (only if it's a CB) or 85+ (for the rest), unless you want to give two, in which case I'll take any of the positions listed with ratings of 75+.
Got an 80 RB who can play WR at 86 if I can find an upgrade at RB through trade or the draft next year. Have an 80 WR as it is, but my second-best is a 70. Decent output.
Hate to break it to ya, but I don't think your team is as good as you seem to believe it is. A slow QB, poor defense, below average WR corps... Your OLine is good though :) maybe taken a bit too early... but still good
Oh, no worries, I don't think it's a great team. There was one 81 QB that looked like a complete prospect, but A) he's not the best passer in the league B) he had high volatility. But he did have decent scrambling and good speed/acceleration. Also, there was no guarantee I would get him at the end of round 2, with QBs going like crazy in the first two rounds, and I wouldn't reach for him at the 6th overall pick with no other QBs off the board. Plus, my QB could have been considered the "safest" pick in the draft with a mid 90s future rating and 0 volatility. I DID reach for linemen in the top 10 rounds, when by round 15 there were still plenty of fullbacks and tight ends that could be converted to 90+ linemen and only take two seasons or so before they became proficient. Also, in round 40+ I got 70 rated backups. So yes. I reached. It was a learning experience, but it was also solid. In MFN-73 (where I participated in allocation and am still an owner) I drafted a QB late in the draft and didn't draft a defensive player until round twenty-something. That team got four 90s in the following draft (and an 81 second round SS in the most recent draft [I had no first rounder in that draft]), three on defense, but suffers from a weak secondary and an O-line that is missing some key pieces. It has gotten tremendous value from drafting skill position players later, or drafting lower valued ones that are high in athleticism, so that if they improved, they would be really high rated. Kenneth Price and whatshisface Woodbridge-woolridge-something that starts with a w and has two Os in his name... my RB1 and WR1. I think a WR with 100 speed improving from 79 catch to have 89 catch is better than a WR with 70 speed improving from 85 catch to 95 catch.
I didn't expect to pull any greatness from the allocation draft. I grabbed a franchise QB, who may be slow, but can still sling the rock. He won't need to scramble as much due to my O-line's talent (there will still be guys that sack him, it'll just be less frequent, which I am willing to deal with), so his speed shouldn't hurt him greatly. I got a great offensive line, with the weakest spot having an understudy so that I can trade whoever doesn't come out on top during training camp for a WR or RB. If I get an RB I can move Price to WR, where he is an 86, and then maybe get two upgrades out of one. I had a similar situation with Samuel Hartwell (my WR1) in MFN-73. I managed to get a better RB talent, so I switched Hartwell to WR to become the leader of the group.
There are two things that I've been able to do with every team that I've taken over. I've improved the WR corps greatly, and I've improved the offense overall. In Cust-21 I tooka team with a WR group where the WR1 was a 100 speed, 100 acceleration, 100 strength, 100 intelligence, 100 discipline guy who also only had 80 catch (Joe Anderson. I think he was a 93/95). The WR2 was a 41/73 rookie. I went and added Joe Pal (a speedy, instant contributor rookie that was a 65/87 after the first training camp) and Thomas Cummings (a blocking slot receiver with 95 catch, who was also an instant contributor and a 61/88 after the first training camp). In MFN-65 (Where I instantly improved the team from 4-12 (a result of the last owner) to 14-2 and a trip to the AFC Championship. I got a franchise QB, world-beater RB, WR1 and WR2, and a starting FS in the offseason where I took it over. The WR1 is James Sanders, the WR2 is Frederick Carver, who both were 1,000 plus yard receivers in their first season with the team. Willie Rozensweig is the RB, who was a 1,000 yard rusher last season. The QB is Gregory Hodgins, who is in a sophomore slump, but he was one of the top QBs in the league last year. I'm on my second season with the team, and have suffered from Rosenzweig being hurt, but my team is finally getting healthy after having my WR2, RB1, and sack leader LDE suffer "10 weeks" injuries. In MFN-73, I have a 87/89 WR1, 91/100 WR2, 83/91 WR3, and 80/82 WR4. I also have a 86/91 RB, 94/97/92/100 TE/FB hybrid, and 84/88 FB.
So, needless to say, I wanted to focus on the positions that I haven't had success improving in this draft. That means offensive line, secondary, and with the exception of Hodgins, quarterback. I'm confident that my team can be a contender in a couple seasons. That's why I got a bunch of young talent early on. I'm keeping the youngsters, building the franchise around them, and letting the older guys go after season 2 in this league.
All in all, not a great draft, but a promising one. I won't have to worry about offensive line for five seasons, and I won't have to worry about using a 1st round pick on secondary for a while, too. I can focus on skill positions and D-line in the next draft, and hopefully build a good team.