Written and Edited by: Robert Jäger, Reporter for DIE FAUSCHLAG NACHRICTEN
Draft League Europe’s fourteenth ever draft has successfully concluded, so we can now go back to look at each team’s selections to see who performed the best at one of DLE’s marquee events. But before we start, please note: These grades are based on the players selected by each team in a vacuum. These grades do not take into account each team’s roster before and after the draft, nor will it consider each trade that led to these selections. These grades only consider the individual players selected, how strong they are as players straight out of the draft, and how much potential they have to develop in the following seasons.
Isaiah Johnson, Catcher with +MA / +AG
Austin Bryant, Lineman with Wrestle / Sidestep
With only two picks, the Manitcores went with a fast, developmental catcher and a respectable blocking specialist. Neither of these players look amazing straight out of the draft, but time will tell if this small draft haul will develop into anything special.
Jace Sternberger, Lineman with Block / Dodge / Sidestep / Fend
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Catcher with +AV / +ST / Block / Tackle
Charles Omenihu, Lineman with Wrestle / Grab
Sternberger is an amazing Blocker who can take a push and reposition as necessary, and Arcega-Whiteside is one of the most skilled Blitzer/Catcher hybrids in the draft class. And while Omenihu is just an ok Blocker, the two earlier selections make this a small but strong draft class for Aldente.
Greg Little, Lineman with Block / Guard / Stand Firm
Tytus Howard, Ogre with Block / Guard / Stand Firm
Kris Boyd, Catcher with +AG / Wrestle / Strip Ball / Leap
Andres Andrew, Catcher with Wrestle / +ST
The Thunderbolts held their ground in Draft 14, simply using all of thier four natural picks and landing four solid players. Howard is a great Ogre, Little is a solid Blocker, Boyd is an amazingly skills, albeit weak, safety, and Andrew is a great project Safety.
Averheim River Bandits
Christian Wilkins, Lineman with +AV / Block / Mighty Blow
Ben Powers, Lineman with Block / Dodge / Fend
Mack Wilson, Lineman with Block / Dodge
Clifton Lovemore, Lineman with Block / Dodge
Passed on Pick #107
Despite electing not to take their fifth pick, the River Bandits had an interesting and intriguing draft class. Wilkins is a tough blocker who can deliver retaliation, followed by three tough Lineman who can be a pain to bring down.
Bel Aliad Griffins
Josh Oliver, Blitzer with Dodge / Guard
Gary Guemmill, Lineman with Guard
Marquise Blair, Lineman with +MA / Wrestle / Dauntless
Morton Weighorst, Lineman with Block
No one is ever going to complain with bringing in a dificult to bring down Blitzer who supports his teammates well, a Lineman who also is a great support piece, and a Lineman skilled in hunting down larger players. Even with a somewhat boring pick in Weighorst, each pick is respectable and make sense, although no one here sticks out as amazing.
Porter Gustin, Lineman with +ST / Dirty Player / Pile Driver
Oshane Ximines, Lineman with Guard
Snorri Haldorson, Blitzer with +MA / +AG
Will Harris, Blitzer with +MA / +AG
Beau Benzschawel, Lineman with Block
Gustin is a massive player with a dirty style of play. Ximines is there to support the team. Haldorson and Harris are two swift Blitzers poised to take down anyone that is left unprotected. And Benzschawel is … a player who is better than a random walk-on. This is an amazing Class with tons of potential if they can all stay healthy.
Arcayn’s Imaginary Friends
The Bruisers took a daring route by not making any selections in Draft 14. Bold move Cotton, let’s see if it pays off. Sadly for coach Arcayn, a draft class with no players is, by default, the worst draft class this offseason.
Ed Oliver, Lineman with +ST / Block / Mighty Blow
Bobby Okereke, Blitzer with Guard / Mighty Blow
Felton Davis, Catcher with +ST
Trey Pipkins, Lineman with Mighty Blow
The Eagles continue their hoarding of massive players by picking up Ed Oliver, then taking Okereke who is a supporter to help make all the big guys harder to take down, and even Pipkins has a strong hit for being one of the smaller Eagles. Davis stands out as a development case that will need some time to see how he turns out, but this is a strong draft class for a strong team.
Carroburg Crimson Cascade
Yodny Cajuste, Lineman with +ST / Brawler
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Blitzer with +MA / Frenzy / Sidestep
Foster Moreau, Lineman with Dodge / Sidestep
Bisi Johnson, Catcher with +AG / Leap
The CCC take a big but clunky player in Cajuste, a swift and wild Blitzer in Gardner-Johnson, an elusive Moreau, and an athletic Bisi Johnson. Cajuste is the odd man out in this draft class of mobile players, but each has their strengths and can potentially support this team in wrecking havoc in the SHC North.
David Edwards, Lineman with Block / Stand Firm
At least the Vikings selected somebody , taking a player early in the third round. Edwards is a skilled player to land with pick #72, but he doesn’t stand out to be a player to develop swiftly, instead only coming in as a good blocker.
Jeffery Simmons, Lineman with +ST / Block / Defensive
Miles Sanders, Blitzer with +MA / +AG / Mighty Blow
Rashad Fenton, Catcher with Dirty Player / Sneaky Git
P.J. Johnson, Lineman with Block / Fend
Jordan Brailford, Lineman with Leader / Block
A massive blocker, a fast Blitzer with a powerful hit, a swift fouling machine, an okay Blocker, and a natural leader who can help hold a team together. The Universe put together a beautiful draft class is a wide range of talent, ready to support their team form the ground up.
Fools Point Rangers
Chic Charnley, Ogre with Block / Diving Tackle / Sidestep / Guard
Gunnhild Steinsdottir, Thrower with Leader / Accurate / Hail Mary Pass
Justice Hill, Blitzer with +MA / Mighty Blow / Brawler
Byron Murphy, Catcher with Block / Sidestep / Diving Tackle
An aggressive Ogre in Charnley was a great start for the Rangers. Steinsdottir is a great passer, for the teams that actually want a dedicated passer. Hill is a solid Blitzer, and Murphy is an interesting Safety option. None of these players should be underestimated, but the Rangers shouldn’t overestimate them either. The Rangers will need to deploy a well thought out game plan to make the best use of these players.
Kaleb McGary, Lineman with +AV / Wrestle / Defensive
Dwayne Haskins, Thrower with +AV / Block / Running Pass
Paul Adams, Lineman with +AV / Tackle / Brawler
Hunter Renfrow, Catcher with +AG / Sprint / Sure Hands
The Greenskins seem to love tough players. McGary and Adams are tough blockers, and Adams has some talent is fighting back. Haskins is one of the toughest throwers in the draft and is surprisingly swift when passing. The only outlier is Renfrow, who is a fast runner that can extend for a score with proper blocking to lead the way. The only concern is the lack of blocking ability in McGary and Adams, who may struggle to stay standing.
Jezail dan Luthar, Blitzer with Mighty Blow / Tackle / Guard
Trevon Wesco, Lineman with Wrestle / Mighty Blow
Jalen Jelks, Lineman with Mighty Blow / Frenzy / Dauntless
Vosean Joesph, Lineman with Block
Jezail dan Luthar is a model Blitzer that any DLE team would love to have. Wesco is an interesting pick that is able to hit hard but also pull opponents to the turf. Jelks is an aggressive player able to take down bigger players but lacking fundamentals, and Joesph is the exact opposite having solid fundamentals but to uniquie talent to speak of. In all, this is a decent and aggressive draft class.
Josh Allen, Blitzer with +AV / Mighty Blow / Guard
Matt Redfeld, Thrower with Wrestle / Guard
Michael Dogbe, Lineman with Kick / Block
Passed on Pick #124
Allen is a tough fighting Blitzer able to lead in an attack, Redfield is a multi-talented player able to assist, take down, and run the ball. Dobge rounds off this trio with a kicking talent and is able to hold his own when blocking. But then following that all up with a passed late pick? It’s an understandable choice, but the draft class is thinner because of it.
Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Catcher with +AG / Block / Leap
A.J. Brown, Catcher with +MA / +AG / +ST
Anthony Nelson, Block / Pro
Darryl Johnson, Block / Jump Up
Hollywood is a swift, talented receiver able to be a solid scoring threat. A.J. Brown also complements him with a fast, strong prototype build. Finally you have Nelson and Johnson who can help bring flair to this team, despite being less promising. This results in a respectable draft class.
Los Cabos Marauders
Devin White, Blitzer with +MA / +AG / Tackle / Mighty Blow
Dexter Lawrence, Ogre with +ST / +AV / Block
Jonah Williams, Lineman with Block / Guard / Fend
Jake Bailey, Thrower with Dirty Player / Sneaky Git
Khari Willis, Blitzer with Mighty Blow / Pile Driver / Dirty Player
Now this is how you draft a team! Devin White will be a menace assaulting whomever he set his eyes on and Lawrence is a monster of an Ogre. Add on Williams as a skilled Blocking and Supporting player, Bailey as a talented fouler, and Willis who excels at targeted removal and you have an amazing draft class all other teams would be jealous of.
Renell Wren, Lineman with +ST / +AV / Arm Bar
Taylor Rapp, Blitzer with +AG / Mighty Blow
Clayton Thorson, Thrower with Block / Dodge / Cannoneer
Donovan Wilson, Lineman with Block / Tackle / Strip Ball
Nick Scott, Lineman with Wrestle / Strip Ball
Chris Slayton, Lineman with Kick / Block
Dakota Allen, Lineman with Leader / Block
The Patriots seems to be prioritizing quantity over quality. Wren is a big, tough guy with little talent outside of his size, Rapp is a slippery Blitzer able to hit like a brick, Thorson is a promising runner who has a talent for passing deep, and Wilson is promising Blitzer who can force a ball out of the hands of less skill players. But between Scott, Slayton, and Allen, you have players who could potentially develop into stars, but they will require a lot of effort to succeed.
L.J. Collier, Lineman with Block / Mighty Blow / Frenzy
Dre’Mont Jones, Lineman with Wrestle / Mighty Blow
Christian Miller, Lineman with Wrestle / Jump Up
Joejuan Williams, Catcher with Block / Sidestep / Diving Tackle / On The Ball
Jaylon Ferguson, Blitzer with Frenzy / Mighty Blow
This is another exciting draft class to see. Collier and Ferguson are aggressive players able to assault anywhere they are required. Jones and Miller are good at blocking up opponents. But Williams is the potential star here, able to get on the ball quickly and slip his way up field, or work his way onto a ball carrier and draw attention away from advancing the ball.
Jawaan Taylor, Lineman with Block / Guard / Defensive
Johnathan Abram, Blitzer with +MA / Mighty Blow / Frenzy / Tackle
Rosco P. Coltrane, Lineman with Wrestle
Jonathan Ledbetter, Lineman with Wrestle
Abram is clearly meant to be the Superb Owl Champions’ upcoming star Blitzer, with Taylor as a strong supporter. After that, you just have Coltrane and Ledbetter who have a unique playstyle in DLE. Could this be the start of a new shift in game plans across the league, or an risky experiment by the Classics?
Edric Artair, Thrower with Accurate / Cannoneer / Block / Dump-Off
Tommy Turner, Blitzer with +MA / Mighty Blow / Tackle / Juggernaut
Ryan Davis, Catcher with Dirty Player
Darius Slayton, Catcher with +MA / +AG / Fumblerooski
Artair is an interesting selection so early on in the draft that makes you question if the Legion could have waited to pick him later on at #43. Instead, they use the pick to rectify the decision by selecting one of the most promising players on the board in Turner. While Turner is the most promising player in this draft class, Artair has the potential to produce amazing plays. Davis is a clear attempt at building a fouler, but Slayton is a strange pick. His has the speed, but with the weird talent of purposely fumbling the ball when making plays.
Dalton Risner, Lineman with Block / Guard / Sidestep
Blake Cashman, Blitzer with +AG
John Cominsky, Lineman with Dodge / Sidestep / Fend
Sutton Smith, Lineman with Wrestle / Sidestep / Dauntless
Passed on Pick #105
Risner and Cominsky are clearly players intended to block, but Risner lacks the agility and Cominsky lacks the grit and support. Add on Cashman who is a purely developmental Blitzer, Smith with a strange set of skills, and an unused early fourth round pick and you have a strange draft class that seems more destined to go on the Line of Slaughter rather than develop.
Teresa Benelli, Lineman with Brawler / +ST / +ST
Jahlani Tavai, Blitzer with +AV / Mighty Blow
Cece Jefferson, Lineman with Mighty Blow / Brawler / Pro
Aleksy Krôll, Catcher with Guard / Block / Sidestep
Since the draft began, war rooms across the league wondered where Benelli’s monstrous frame would be picked. The Grizzles answered that question by picking her at #6. But after, we see the Grizzlies follow her selecting with a tough and hard hitting Tavai, another hard hitter lacking the basics in Jefferson, and a surprisingly amazing support player in Krôll (who some hoe managed to slip into the fourth round). The Grizzles took a calculated risk early on and backed it up with great value picks later in the draft.
Kyler Murray, Thrower with +AG / +MA / Block / Dodge
Ross Pierschbacher, Lineman with Block / Defensive
Dontavius Russell, Lineman with Block / Thick Skull / +AV / Pile Driver
Damien Harris, Blitzer with Dodge / Guard
Jalen Hurd, Catcher with +ST / +AV
A generation runner draft talent in Murray. The thick skinned Russell, and the Blocking specialists Pierschbacher and Harris. Finally, the prototype Hurd able to develop into a future talent. Some of these talents may be lacking some key skills, but five promising players means this class has the potential to build up the Wreckers for the future.
San Luis 49ers
Darnell Savage, Lineman with +MA / +AG / Block / Tackle
Bobby Evans, Lineman with Guard
Cole Holcomb, Lineman with Block / Tackle / Strip Ball
Klein ‘Haze’ Damias, Catcher with Block / Dauntless / Tackle
Sheldrick Redwine, Lineman with +MA / +AG
Savage is a Lineman who has the talent to rival some Blitzers, Redwine has the potential to become just as talented, if not more, then Savage. The take into account Evans as a prototype support man, Holcomb’s talents at sacking ball carriers, and Damias as a potential talented safety and you have anther draft class with immediate talent and lots of future potential.
Skar Bay Sharks
Acwel Rinc, Blitzer with +ST / Tackle / Thick Skull
Zach Allen, Lineman with Block / Mighty Blow / Pro
Rich Gannon, Thrower with Block / +AV / Accurate / On The Ball
Jaquan Johnson, Lineman with Dirty Player / Block
Jordan Jones, Lineman with +MA / Frenzy / Juggernaut
Trace McSorely, Thrower with +MA / Block / FumbleRooski
The Skarks draft started strong with Rinc and Allen as talented assaulters and Gannon as a great Passer. But after, there is Johnson with the basis but also chooses to play dirty, Jones who is fast, aggressive, but lacks discipline, and McSorely who is a fast runner with that weird knack of purposely fumbling the ball. This Draft class has some immediate impact, but the future development is questionable and depends completely on the coaching.
Ben Banogu, Blitzer with +AV / Mighty Blow / Frenzy
Ulysees Gilbert, Lineman with Block / Tackle / Leader
Gerri Green, Lineman with +MA / Block / Frenzy
Iman Lewis-Marshall, Catcher with Block / Sidestep / Diving Tackle
It was Round 2, Pick 47 overall when the Sluggers finally began their draft. They started with a bang, committing to Banogu’s talents as a respected Blitzer. Gilbert followed as a natural Leader with the ability to attack, then Green as a more aggressive attacker, and ended with Lewis-Marshall as an aggressive safety build.
Thomas Leboucher, Blitzer with +ST / Tackle / Mighty Blow / Frenzy
Juan Thornhill, Blitzer with +MA / Mighty Blow / Frenzy
Sean Bunting, Catcher with +MA / Sprint / Sure Feet
The Unicorns had very little draft capital when they declared a restructure. And despite this, they ended up with two amazing Blitzers is the number one selection huge Leboucher and the faster Thornhill and a blazing fast receiver and one turn touchdown specialist Bunting.
Albert Huggins, Lineman with +ST / Shadowing / Arm Bar
Israel Trever, Lineman with +AG / Wrestle
Parris Campbell, Catcher with +MA / +AG / Safe Pair of Hands
Max Scharping, Ogre with Block / Guard / Break Tackle
Being the last team to pick a big Lineman or Blitzer has its drawbacks. In the Razorbacks’ case, it’s Huggins, whose massive frame comes with shaky talent and a large price tag. Beyond the questionable round 1 pick, Trever is a strange prototype that we will have to see how he turns out, Campbell who is fast and swift, and a great late pick Ogre in Scharping. But the awkward picks in Huggins and Trever makes this draft class just weird.
Volksgrad White Wolves
Chase Winovich, Blitzer with +AG / +AV / Tackle
Demarcus Christmas, Lineman with Dirty Player / Sneaky Git
Two pick. The White Wolves only had two picks and made them count. Winovich is a talented Blitzer to help supplement the Wolves, and Christmas is highly skilled as gifting kicks to players on the ground. While Winovich needs time to prove his worth, this is a respectable draft class with only two picks.
Mike Edwards, Blitzer with Dodge / Guard / Sidestep
Ho Smith Jr., Catcher with Dirty Player / Sneaky Git / Shadowing
Andrew Wingard, Blitzer with Wrestle / Tackle
Joe Jackson, Lineman with Wrestle / Dauntless
An amazing Support Blocker? Check. A fast fouler with upside? Check. A talented player who excels at taking opponents down? Check. A stoic lineman willing to take down large bodies? Check. The Thunder probably has the most well rounded draft class this offseason with tons of potential.
Quinnen Williams, Lineman with Block / Guard / Mighty Blow
David Montgomery, Blitzer with Guard / Mighty Blow
Lamont Gaillard, Lineman with Dirty Player / Sure Feet / Block
Azeez Al-Shaair, Lineman with Diving Tackle
It is clear the Wolfskins’ plan is to mix proven talent with unique talents. Williams and Montgomery present as Blitzer/Support Blocker hybrids who can work in tandem to take out thier foes. But moving into the third and fourth rounds, we saw the Wolfskins take semi-talented foot specialist Gailard and the raw Al-Shaair. The first two selections make this class respectable, and allow the wiggle room to experiemnt with taking Gailard and Al’Shaair.