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EFL Season 14 Mock Draft

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EFL Season 14 Mock Draft

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PigSnout | @PigSnout

07.06.19

 

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The EFL offseason is just beginning and it is time for teams to shift their focus to the draft as they look to build for the future.

 

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:kraken:

#1 - Jax Byrd - CB

 

The Kraken have started to fill their team out with some good young talent, however they still have some holes to fill on defense. One of the holes they need to fill is to add another cornerback who can play next to Brandon Blade in their defensive backfield. This is a strong cornerback class and they'll get the chance to take one off the board before anybody else. Byrd showed big potential with 10 interceptions and 19 passes defended in his final college season and he has the chance to be a big playmaker at the EFL level as well. The Kraken continue to build up an impressive young core by adding a top defensive prospect. 

 

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:brigade:

#2 - TJ Hendrix - WR

 

With the retirement of Mantis Toboggan, the Brigade have a big opening to fill at wide receiver. Theremin McCracken will be their #1 receiver, but they don't have much other receiver talent next to him. This pick will give them a great opportunity to add a young playmaker to their offense so that they can keep Trent Taggert surrounded with weapons as he reaches his prime. TJ Hendrix recorded 1438 receiving yards on an average of 17.5 yards per catch at Texas this year along with 9 receiving touchdowns. He has the potential to be an explosive playmaker in the passing game and would be a nice addition to the Brigade's offense going forward. 

 

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:SA:

#3 - JJ Hendrix - CB

 

The Wolfpack could look to add some youth on offense, but they have some more pressing needs defensively. In particular, cornerback is a big need for them as Jackson Hothands is the only cornerback on their roster right now and he has already entered regression. This is a key defensive position and the Wolfpack will look to address it both for the present and the future by selecting a cornerback prospect here. JJ Hendrix didn't put up huge numbers in his final season at Notre Dame, but played a key role in the NCAA's second best defense and he has the athletic potential to be a great quarterback at the EFL level. Hendrix would be a big help to the Wolfpack's defense and is a great fit for them at this pick. 

 

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:mamba:

#4 - Mr. Cornholio - WR

 

The Mambas could use some youth in their wide receiver corps. While they don't have an immediate need at receiver, DeAnderson Sabathia Jr. is in his third season of regression and Terrence Fitzgerald-Cruz's progression has stalled out. They need a young receiver to be their top pass catcher of the future. Mr. Cornholio is coming off an impressive senior season at Michigan that saw him lead the NCAA in both yardage and touchdowns with 1502 receiving yards and 13 receiving touchdowns. Cornholio could work himself into the Mamba's #2 receiver spot by the end of his rookie season and would be poised to take over as their #1 receiver in a few years. 

 

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:SEA:

#5 - Boaty McBoatface - RB

 

The Predators have a good roster already but have a big need at wide receiver. Unfortunately, the draft's two top receiver prospects already went off the board ahead of them. However, in the past there have been several college running backs who made the transition to wide receiver at the EFL level. I think the Predators will attempt to perform this same transition with Boaty McBoatface to give them a solution at receiver. McBoatface showed himself to be an excellent playmaker at Alabama last season as he went off for 2203 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns. His 43 receptions were the most by any running back in the NCAA last season, so he has already shown some potential as a receiver and could immediately become an important part of the Predators' offense. 

 

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:NY:

#6 - Casey Archer - CB

 

The Herd's pick is already set due to the player's connections with their general manager. However, Casey Archer looks like a perfect fit for the Herd at this pick and may be the steal of the draft. The Herd's secondary is looking thin after the retirement of Hudson Abbot, especially at the cornerback position. Drafting Archer will allow them to not only add the top cornerback in the draft, but to add the top overall player in the draft. Archer dominated in his final college season with 17 interceptions and 29 pass deflections and he looks like he is ready to go up against professional competition right away. Archer will make immediate contributions to the Herd's secondary and grow into one of the leaders of their defense. 

 

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:MIA:

#7 - Lester McCorn - CB

 

The Neptune come in to the draft with a well rounded roster without any immediate needs to fill. Because of this, they can focus more on taking the best player available rather than looking for a specific need. Lester McCorn is still on the board due to the depth of cornerback prospects in this draft class, but is the type of player who would have gone much higher in a normal draft. McCorn put up good numbers last season with 13 passes defended and 6 interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. This isn't an immediate fit as the Neptune already have two young cornerbacks on the roster, but they only have one safety on the roster so they could look into moving one of the cornerbacks back to play safety and have a very well rounded secondary.  

 

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:mamba:

#8 - Diana Gunner - K

 

There are some interesting defensive back prospects on the board at this pick, but the Mambas already have a very strong secondary and wouldn't have much playing time to offer a young player. Instead, they will opt to address a position where they started a bot player last season. The Mambas had two 1 point losses last season in games where their kicker missed an extra point. Having a good kicker can be a game changer in close games and so the Mambas will look to use this pick to upgrade at the kicker position. Diana Gunner was the only kicker to finish the regular season without a miss in the NCAA last year which is the type of accuracy and consistency EFL teams are looking for. The Mambas will be able to have a human kicker on their roster next season and will be able to fill the position with a prospect who will be able to continue developing and improving. 

 

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nice mock up, hopefully some big changes to it but regardless a good read. 

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