Why Josh Layton Won the Draft
Why Josh Layton Won the Draft
By Sky U. Huxley
For those of you who don’t know, this article is usually titled “Who Won The Draft?” But in this case, the answer is so clear-cut that it calls for a modification from the usual practices.
This league had a HUGE wildcard – the Jax crew showing up, many for their Gainesville debut. This was a large number of great players coming out as unknown factors to the majority of captains and was a great opportunity for those in the know to stack their teams.
Let’s start from the top:
- Josh Layton’s White
- Conrad’s Cardinal
In a confusing mis-mash of who knows:
- Dahl and Ward’s Tropic
- Lu and Lemons Purple
- Wachob/Thompson Lime Shock
- Lexie’s Forest
- Manny’s Neon Pink
And our bottom 4 (in no particular order):
- Switzer’s Orange
- Rose/Hiatt Neon Yellow
- DDP/Jojo Iron Grey
- Greathouse’s Navy
Let’s go in order and talk about each team.
Josh Layton’s White
Josh has pulled out the classic Schimmel strategy – draft for speed. And he succeeded massively. Can you imagine facing a lineup of Josh, Carr, Terza, and Brenner? Literally every person on your line will be shut down. Three of them lay out like crazy and Josh doesn’t need to. Josh also got the steal of the draft: Jeremy Brenner in the 4th round. This is the league-winning decision. Sure, he may miss 50% of the regular season, but he said he’d be there for playoffs, and their team is too good to be bottom 4.
There’s no weaknesses as you go down their men either, with staples like Schimmel and another sleeper pick in Drew Ladage, who plays with the hucking dead.
Check out their ladies and you’ll see another fearsome set of reliable players.
Look for White to win it all.
This team is great on a number of levels- it might be the only team capable of running with White. Brawley is as badass as ever, while Dan West in the 5th is a steal. Word on the street is that Alex “A-Rod” Reynolds is also solid. Andrew Pla as 11th rounder is also insane- he’ll be making his re-appearance with a bang.
Their ladies will be particularly strong with Hae Sin, as their 6th rounder, being worth a 1st or 2nd round cutter or handler.
Drew and James Tropic
This team actually looks like they’re here to have fun, but with Jimmer and Drew to anchor them they can’t do too badly, even if Nick touches the disc a lot. They’ll be wily and scary on defense with Zinckgraf running around. Sky rates them “solid”.
Lu and Lemons Purple
Corey McCall 13th overall? Not the biggest steal of the draft, but pretty damn good. With Lemons and Lu to deliver to their great set of cutters – including the very fast Eric Hess- this team is going places. Their ladies also kick ass. After careful consideration, Sky actually places this team as 3rd. Varillas was a clutch pick at 4, and helps bring that under cut speed to a team that badly needed it.
Sky is unsure of this team- they have a TON of experience and offensive power. They also have what Sky would describe as “sneaky defense” with the likes of Scott Tran, Zach Greene, and Bruce Getz to pull down unexpected Ds through hard effort. However, they lack raw athleticism with their bruiser squad. This team should bring out war clubs and send out a threatening line of big dudes – Alek, Zach, Bruce, and A-dub.
This looks an awful lot like the White team from a couple seasons ago which lost in the finals- could this be a repeat performance?
Look for their ladies to be solid receivers with the number of gentleman handlers who will want to be behind the disc.
Wachob/Thompson Lime Shock
This team’s ladies are what keep them out of the bottom – they are a powerhouse all over the field. Their guys are also solid but it’s hard to tell exactly what their plan is- Sky doesn’t see a clear division of labor on this team. How will they handle a team that plays hard defense? This team will be middle of the pack.
This team is impressive, and Sky looks forward to hearing about their calls after games. Burkhart is a steal at 7th lady overall (you heard it here first!) and Anthony is absolutely viable as a 2nd rounder. However, this team is doomed to failure because of the returning championship combo of Pat and TK. As league history shows, this attempt to re-create past glory inevitably fails.
Manny’s Neon Pink
This team almost went down to the bottom four, but was saved by the Jared Brody pick. Combine Brody/Smock and put them throwing to Tanner, Parks, and JP and you have a very strong top group with a reasonable strong bottom line and great ladies in the form of Michelle, Kelsea, and Corinne in the 4th is a great deal for your downfield.
Bottom four disclaimer: Sky doesn’t think any of these teams are particularly bad. They could all pretty easily be in the middle group above. But somebody has to be placed here!
As Sky was watching the draft, he saw it was Kevin’s pick in the 3rd round and Jeremy was still on the board. Switzer LOVES Brenner! HOW DID HE LET HIM GET AWAY?! Eric Sievers isn’t a bad pick, but as we all know Brenner is a dominant force on the field. Jeremy would’ve made up for that fatal error- the Fletcher first round pick. This team could have some great connections with Switzer and Fletcher throwing to Dbish and Sievers, but Sky thinks their under-game is going to be pretty weak. Their ladies are competitive, especially with Danielle in the 3rd. That girl is good!
Rose/Hiatt Neon Yellow
Sky thinks the other captains should be ashamed of putting two new captains TWO ROUNDS HIGHER EACH than they have ever gone before. This was unfair and discourages captains from trying it out since they’ll get thoroughly screwed by you bunch of thieving miscreants.
That said, they managed to put together a decent squad. Sky’s main observation is that he doesn’t know if this group will develop playing chemistry. Sky think they will have fun together, and probably win a few games, but it’s not a championship team.
DDP/JoJo Iron Grey
Again- Sky does not think this is a terrible team. Their ladies are reliable, but not as speedy. The combo of Dan, Dan, and Sckool handling could be good…or great…or terrible. This is one of those Sky will need to see in action before seeing if it works. Jay was a great pickup and will work well with this team, while Keith is a great late pickup and Lyle is always solid.
The classic fallacy- copying the success of the past- has been failing him for a few seasons now, but that’s ok because they have fun drinking. Changing out Phil Nassoiy for Dustin is a solid move skill-wise but maybe not winning-league wise. Look for this team to have a good time and presumably win a couple games (and drag out the playoffs in a desperate bid for a bye).
What are your thoughts? Any terrible mischaracterizations or angles Sky is missing? Give your own breakdown of a team!