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The TST Big Board, 41-45 (The Closing)

The beginning of the end...

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Chugging along into the final 10 now, this has been everything I had hoped for in this series. Close votes, surprising results, lively discussion, Blake Lively discussion...ok, maybe not the last one. Still, this has been fun. Next year, I'll give us a prep post to work out some kinks and see how you guys think we can improve it.

For now, we've still got boarding to do! The final top 10 needs your votes, because we've wrapped up the top forty with this last group:


Joel Bitcoin, eh? Surprised me a bit. I was sure Roby or Beckham would take the top spot; with as many votes as Beckham got for that 36 spot, I wasn't too far off there. But hey, this was a very need-driven round with an O-lineman, two wideouts and two defensive backs. Look at how high Richburg got in what was the first opportunity we've had to vote on a center. At least Jace Amaro continues to JERNIGAN as requested.

Board update:

Slot By Score By Slot
1 Jadeveon Clowney, DE - South Carolina Clowney
2 Greg Robinson, OT - Auburn Robinson
3 Sammy Watkins, WR - Clemson Watkins
4 Jake Matthews, OT - Texas A&M Mack
5 Khalil Mack, OLB - Buffalo Matthews
6 Mike Evans, WR - Texas A&M Evans
7 Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, S - Alabama Gilbert
8 Justin Gilbert, CB - Oklahoma St. Dennard
9 Taylor Lewan, OT - Michigan Lewan
10 Darqueze Dennard, CB - Michigan St. Clinton-Dix
11 Aaron Donald, DT - Pitt Donald
12 Calvin Pryor, S - Louisville Barr
13 Anthony Barr, OLB - UCLA Pryor
14 Xavier Su'a-Filo, G - UCLA Su'a-Filo
15 Johnny Manziel, QB - Texas A&M Manziel
16 Zack Martin, OT - Notre Dame Bortles
17 Blake Bortles, QB - UCF Bridgewater
18 Jason Verrett, CB - TCU Martin
19 Teddy Bridgewater, QB - Louisville Mosley
20 C.J. Mosley, ILB - Alabama Verrett
21 Ryan Shazier, OLB - Ohio St. Ebron
22 Eric Ebron, TE - UNC Shazier
23 Derek Carr, QB - Fresno St. Hageman
24 Ra'Shede Hageman, DT - Minnesota Nix
25 Louis Nix, DT - Notre Dame Carr
26 Kyle Fuller, CB - Virginia Tech Fuller
27 Timmy Jernigan, DT - Florida St. Lee
28 Marqise Lee, WR - USC Jernigan
29 Jimmie Ward, S - Northern Illinois Ward
30 Tom Savage, QB - Pitt Savage
31 Jimmy Garoppolo, QB - Eastern Illinois Garoppolo
32 Cody Latimer, WR - Indiana Latimer
33 Zach Mettenberger, QB - LSU Mettenberger
34 Morgan Moses, OT - Virginia Moses
35 Kony Ealy, DE - Missouri Ealy
36 Joel Bitonio, G - Nevada Beckham
37 Odell Beckham, Jr., WR - LSU Bitonio
38 Bradley Roby, CB - Ohio St. Roby
39 Terrence Brooks, S - Florida St. Brooks (t)
40 Kelvin Benjamin, WR - Florida St. Benjamin (t)

Position breakdown:

7 0 6 1 5 2 0 4 2 3 1 5 4

Despite the early QB plugging, which after all I get to a degree, this is more in line with what I expected. Needs are needs in the end.

And let me just note, the player selection is really, really hard. Early on, I was picking five options out of maybe a half dozen to eight or so. Now, I could grab someone from a group of 25 to put in there. I honestly only threw Richburg in the mix because of position, and yall responded to him. Meanwhile, the running backs are lagging. Big time. Maybe that's something we can work on next year as well.

Ten to go!

(New players available: Davante Adams, WR - Fresno St.; Dri Archer, WR - Kent St.; Deone Bucannon, S - Washington St.; Dominique Easley, DT - Florida; Gabe Jackson, G - Mississippi St.)