0307 – Feb 07 – A special guest

First let’s make a rather brief trip to the mailbag before enjoying something wonderful from a very good friend of the FFL Blog.

Mailbag

Dennis, Louvain-la-Neuve

“I don’t understand why the LFFAB board don’t want to play an all star game.”

Me either, perhaps you could ask them, I’m sure that they have their reasons.

The 2013 FFL Draft – by Klaas Allosserie

It’s that time of the year again: get ready for the 2013 FFL Draft! The season will be underway soon, and teams now have the chance to get better where they came up short last year. This is based on the standings at the end of the regular season in the BFL, not the FFL.

Round 1

And with the first pick in the 2013 FFL Draft, the Puurs Titans select…Damontre Moore, Defensive end/Outside linebacker, Texas A&M

Puurs had 184 points against, that’s 70 points more than Ghent Gators, who were second to last. They need a playmaker in front of Ken Meersmans. Moore is an outstanding player who had 12,5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss. He can play both positions too. Johnny Football wasn’t the only reason A&M had a great season last year. But he was pretty good too.

With the second pick in the 2013 FFL Draft, the Leuven Lions select…Luke Joeckel, Offensive tackle, Texas A&M

Fact: only three times in the history of the NFL Draft, two players out of the same college have been chosen as the number 1 and 2. And yes, Hightower was part of one of those pairs. Anyways, this is a solid pick for the Lions. They didn’t rush enough last season, and quarterback Bram Baeté was running for his life too much. Joeckel is force of nature who doesn’t seem to be using any energy at all while holding of whoever is in front of him. If he decides not to play in the FFL, he might be the first pick overall in the NFL.

With the third pick in the 2013 FFL Draft, the Ghent Gators select…Star Lotulelei, Defensive tackle, Utah Utes

Ghent needs some extra weight on offensive – and defensive line. The latter needs it faster, as the offense did pretty well last season. Lotulelei had 10 tackles for loss, 5 sacks and three forced fumbles last year. He is extremely powerful, but also quick for a man of his size (1m93, 145 kg). It’s very tough to block this guy with one player.

With the fourth pick in the 2013 FFL Draft, the Brussels Black Angels select…Keenan Allen, Wide receiver, California Golden Bears

The Angels have no need for defense, as they only had 37 points against last year. Problem is they only scored 77. Allen is a playmaker with the ability to break away from his defender and explode to the endzone. His height (1m90) also makes him a dangerous threat in the redzone. He has great hands because of the quarterbacks he had at Cal. The last guy who could throw a decent ball at Berkeley was Aaron Rodgers, who now makes a nice living in a small American city named Green Bay.

With the fifth pick in the 2013 FFL Draft, the Izegem Tribes select…Chance Warmack, Offensive Guard, Alabama Crimson Tide

What? A guard in the top 5? Yep, he is that good. “It’s very tough to block Star Lotulelei with one player,” a lonely and sad boy once said. Well, if I had to pick one player to do it, it would be him. Or D.J. Fluker, that guy is freaking hulkish. Izegem will have to give their new quarterback some time and trust, so the running game will be very important. Warmack will be a star at the next level, and hopefully some people will notice the hogs perform at their best every week.

With the sixth pick in the 2013 FFL Draft, the Brussels Bulls select…Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama Crimson Tide

Fact: I have no idea how many pairs of players out of the same college have been chosen number 5 and 6 in the history of the NFL Draft. What I do know is that the cornerbacks of the Bulls were often burned during the season, good thing Brussels had good pressure on the quarterback. Milliner’s stats aren’t that impressive, but that’s because they didn’t throw in his direction that much. The only cornerback worthy of a first round pick. Unless you want the Honey badger… and he don’t care what you want.

With the seventh pick in the 2013 FFL Draft, the Antwerp Diamonds select…Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia Mountaineers

Antwerp was second best in points against last season, but they had an inconsistent offense. Sergio Borra did well at quarterback when he played, but they need a fresh starter with Keymolen in the States. Smith completed 71 percent of his passes for 4201 yards, 42 touchdowns and six interceptions. Not bad at all if you ask me. With Smith at the helm, the Diamonds can once again get into the play-offs.

Round 2

With the eighth pick in the 2013 FFL Draft, the Puurs Titans select…Eric Fisher, Offensive tackle, Central Michigan Chippewas

First of all: stop laughing with Central Michigan! Ray Bentley and Novo Bojovic played there…show some respect. No, this is one tough and big guy. He started at left and right tackle and even at guard in college. Puurs needs to score more points, and they have some weapons on offense to do that. But the QB needs more time and the running backs need some running room. Fisher is the right man for that job. And his name is Eric, so they can call him ‘Den Eric’. He will fit right in.

With the ninth pick in the 2013 FFL Draft, the Leuven Lions select…Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle, Missouri Tigers

As mentioned in round 1, they need some more weight on both sides of the line. Richardson is a disruptive force who had four sacks and 10,5 tackles for loss last season. He even returned a fumble 60 yards against Kentucky, not bad for a guy who weighs 130 kg. There is one flaw: he was committed to Missouri coming out of junior college, changed to USC Trojans, then changed again. With all the teams in the Leuven area, watch out with this guy.

With the tenth pick in the 2013 FFL Draft, the Ghent Gators select…D.J. Fluker, Offensive Tackle, Alabama Crimson Tide

Bart Killens is a very good quarterback when he gets some time. Fluker can block anybody he wants, because he weighs 150 kg and is able to eat any Belgian defensive lineman. In his first year in college they hadn’t any gloves that were big enough for his hand. In Alabama that is. Mount Cody also went there, must I remind you. He is very strong, but maybe not so nimble on his feet. But he will no doubt upgrade the offensive line.

With the eleventh pick in the 2013 FFL Draft, the Brussels Black Angels select…Tyler Eifert, Tight End, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Notre Dame made it to the National Championship Game, but not because of their offense or sublime quarterback play. Eifert was a victim of that, as he is a very good player with random stats: only four touchdowns. Another threat in the end zone for Brussels will be much needed, and the man can do it. The Angels will be able to score a lot more points with two new stars on offense.

With the twelfth pick in the 2013 FFL Draft, the Izegem Tribes select…Terrance Williams, Wide Receiver, Baylor Bears

The new quarterback needs weapons now Goncharov and Laleman are no longer on the roster. A big and deep threat on the outside that can really burn offenses with his amazing speed. Williams had 1832 yards receiving with 12 touchdowns, and RG3 wasn’t even feeding him the ball.

With the thirteenth pick in the 2013 FFL Draft, the Brussels Bulls select…Bjoern Werner, Defensive End, Florida State Seminoles

They can afford it to draft the best player on the board, and that is athletic freak Bjoern Werner out of Berlin, Germany. Jawohl, Werner had 13 sacks and 18 tackles for loss and was a vital part of a very good Seminole defense. When your pass rush is good, you can take some pressure of the defensive backs.

With the fourteenth pick in the 2013 FFL Draft, the Antwerp Diamonds select…DeAndre Hopkins, Wide Receiver, Clemson Tigers

The Diamonds are in need of weapons on offense, and Hopkins is a good start. He totalled 1405 yards on 82 catches with 18 touchdowns; all while Sammy Watkins was also on the field (not in the first couple of games). They could’ve easily taken a good wide receiver in the next rounds, but a – there are only two rounds, and b – I would have given them a USC Trojan (Robert Woods) and Sergio would have killed me.

Next year the Ostend Pirates have the first pick in the draft as the league’s expansion team. I really hope they don’t pick a guy that is named Carr.

Outro

Thankyou Klaas! I hope we can all look forward to Klaas contributing once in a while this season, that way there’s something written in the FFL Blog by an actual journalist! Until next time

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