Your 2020 NFL Draft Cheat Sheet

Posted on April 23, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

It’s finally here! We know that it has been rough to get through COVID-19 quarantine without any live sports, but hopefully the 2020 NFL Draft will hold you over until they’re back. We know watching Roger Goodell announce the picks from home isn’t ideal, but just know that if you’re booing him on your screens, chances are plenty of others are too 😏

When is all the action happening?

Thursday, April 23: Round 1 (8. p.m. ET)
Friday, April 24: Rounds 2-3 (7 p.m. ET)
Saturday, April 25: Rounds 4-7 (12 p.m. ET)

How can you watch?

Thursday: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes
Friday: ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes
Saturday: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes

What positions does every team need the most, by draft order?

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: QB, LB, OL … and pretty much every other position
  2. Washington Redskins: OL, WR, CB
  3. Detroit Lions: CB, DE, OL
  4. New York Giants: T, Edge, CB
  5. Miami Dolphins: QB, OL, WR
  6. Los Angeles Chargers: QB, OL, LB
  7. Carolina Panthers: QB, OL, DT
  8. Arizona Cardinals: T, WR, S
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB, LB, Edge
  10. Cleveland Browns: T, LB, DT
  11. New York Jets: WR, CB, Edge
  12. Las Vegas Raiders: CB, WR, QB
  13. San Francisco 49ers*: WR, DT, OL
  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OL, Edge, S
  15. Denver Broncos: CB, LB, WR
  16. Atlanta Falcons: DT, Edge, CB
  17. Dallas Cowboys: CB, S, OL
  18. Miami Dolphins^: QB, OL, WR
  19. Las Vegas Raiders**: CB, WR, QB
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars^^: CB, LB, Edge
  21. Philadelphia Eagles: DB, WR, S
  22. Minnesota Vikings*^: WR, OL, CB
  23. New England Patriots: QB, TE, S
  24. New Orleans Saints: LB, WR, QB
  25. Minnesota Vikings: WR, OL, CB
  26. Miami Dolphins**^: QB, OL, WR
  27. Seattle Seahawks: Edge, OL, TE
  28. Baltimore Ravens: WR, OL, LB
  29. Tennessee Titans: OL, CB, Edge
  30. Green Bay Packers: WR, LB, CB
  31. San Francisco 49ers: WR, DT, OL
  32. Kansas City Chiefs: OL, LB, DT

The below teams don’t have picks until the second-round

Buffalo Bills: OL, CB, Edge
Pittsburgh Steelers: DT, OL, QB
Los Angeles Rams: OL, Edge, LB
Indianapolis Colts: WR, QB, Edge
Chicago Bears: QB, CB, OL
Houston Texans: OL, CB, TE

*San Francisco 49ers received the 13th pick from Indianapolis
^Miami Dolphins received the 18th pick from Pittsburgh
**Las Vegas Raiders received the 19th pick from Chicago
^^Jacksonville Jaguars received the 20th pick from Los Angeles Rams
*^Minnesota Vikings received the 22nd pick from Buffalo Bills
**^Miami received the 26th pick from Houston Texans


Thinking Outside of the Box

Posted on April 6, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

There’s a lot of negativity, worry and anxiety floating around right now, for obvious reasons. So we’re here to share something that may bring a smile to your face. Over the weekend, a trending post on the NFL Subreddit shared every NFL team logo redesigned as an international soccer logo. Not only are the designs themselves fantastic, but as usual, the fans straight up delivered in the comments. So who came up with the concept? Football As Football is made up of six people in Minneapolis who love both kinds of football and “created a simple experiment that explores how American football team logos would look through the lens of four European styles: German, English, Spanish and Italian.”

While this was done around 2014 (you can tell from the number of stars the Patriots have, and the cities for the Raiders, Rams and Chargers), we DO think it’s an interesting exercise to look at logos in a different way, especially as our FCFL fans begin brainstorming names and logos for their teams. Do we think the fans will find themselves doing a deep dive on some of these designs as they work on their team’s branding? Absolutely! Do we think this will inspire fans to think outside the box with their logos? Without question. We think the fans will be turning to their favorite teams across all leagues and their favorite brands for ideas on how to make their logo better than the rest!


Let Me See That Playbook

Posted on December 9, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

This had to be one of the most exciting weeks in the NFL, even if some of us at FCFL had to watch our teams suffer heartbreaking losses – but one thing is for sure: Buffalo Bills CB Tre’Davious White getting his hands on the Baltimore Ravens playbook was one of our favorite moments of the week, let alone the whole season. That’s right, the Ravens playbook accidentally blew onto the field, and White was quick to pick it up and look it over – before a referee snatched it from his hands. While we doubt White was able to gain any useful insight from the whole three seconds he had to look through the playbook, the internet was quick to point out White’s actions secured him a spot on the Patriots roster next year. Was this a dirty move on White’s part? Eh, not really. Like we said, unless he has some crazy photographic memory, he likely didn’t learn anything useful to report back to his team. Had he run from refs while flipping the pages, then we’d question his ethics. If anything, he just wanted to provide some entertainment for all the Bills fans that were getting tired of seeing Lamar Jackson run all over their team.

So what if this happened in the Fan Controlled Football League? Well, it needs to be said that fans, players, and coaching staff alike will have a hard time trying to cheat by manipulating votes for a specific play to be called. Between everything happening in REAL time and the fact that each of the four play options presented to the team on offense will be solid choices, it’s not even worth it to attempt stacking the votes. But that being said, would the fans want to see their teams attempt to get a less-than-fair advantage anyways? For the most part, we’re going to say no. We know that our fans will be spending more time focusing their team and less on how to sabotage the competition… but we also know some of our fans are classic internet trolls and would love to try and mess with the other team any chance they get. Especially if the latter is part of the Kinda Funny team, which has already gone on record saying they want to send pizzas in the middle of the night to their opponent’s QB, the night before the game.


NFL Week 12 Round Up – Not Half Bad

Posted on November 26, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well, this week didn’t go as well for the fans as last week, but then again, nobody would have expected for the Washington Redskins to pull out a win over the Detroit Lions. So, we really can’t fault you on that one. This week, the fans ended up going 8-5-1, bringing their season record to 105-58-13. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans
  • Miami Dolphins vs. Cleveland Browns
  • Detroit Lions vs. Washington Redskins
  • Oakland Raiders vs. New York Jets
  • New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears
  • Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints
  • Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons
  • Denver Broncos vs. Buffalo Bills
  • Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans
  • Dallas Cowboys vs. New England Patriots
  • Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers – clearly, you fans love seeing polls end in ties
  • Baltimore Ravens vs. Los Angeles Rams

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 13 picks open up TOMORROW MORNING on Twitter! And now for the best part: our favorite moments from Week 12!

  • This fan sneaking a whole pumpkin pie and can of Reddi Whip into the Bears game on Sunday is hands down, the best thing we’ve seen all week. Don’t @ us – you know it’s true.
  • Players tend to get a little flashy when they arrive at the stadium prior to the game, but the Houston Texans LBs just raised the bar this week by rolling up in Mortal Kombat outfits, and it was everything we didn’t know we needed in our lives.
  • Will the NFL Officials ever stop making terrible calls and/or stop missing blatant calls? We get the feeling they’re the ones that post “New Year, New Me” every January and not change a single thing, as made evident by this bogus tripping call on the Cowboys.
  • There’s been A LOT of hype around Lamar Jackson (especially from Mark Ingram), but let’s not forget about Marcus Peters, who really didn’t want the Rams to have anything to celebrate in last night’s game.
  • Technically this didn’t happen during the Packers-49ers game, but when we first saw the below clip we were pretty impressed…
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NFL Week 11 Round Up – The Fans Are Back On Top

Posted on November 19, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well done, fans! With only one missed pick, this week was easily the best for the fans thus far – but we just know there will be a week where they lock in every correct pick. And we fully expect that to happen before the Cincinnati Bengals pull out their first win of the season 😏 This week, the fans ended up going 13-1, bringing their season record to 97-53-12. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns
  • New York Jets vs. Washington Redskins
  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts
  • Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins
  • Dallas Cowboys vs. Detroit Lions
  • Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens
  • Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers
  • New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Denver Broncos vs. Minnesota Vikings
  • Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers
  • New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles
  • Cincinnati Bengals vs. Oakland Raiders
  • Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams
  • Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 12 picks open up TOMORROW on Twitter! And now for the best part: our favorite moments from Week 11!


The Patriots Have Fallen

Posted on November 4, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

The time has finally come – the New England Patriots are no longer undefeated! Yesterday, Tom Brady and his team lost to the underrated Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. The 37-20 loss for the Patriots will likely leave their defense with nightmares for a week after they allowed themselves to be blown out at home. Who knows, maybe this reality check will serve up some humble pie for the 6-time Super Bowl Champions – and push the Ravens to taking down the only remaining undefeated team in the league: the San Francisco 49ers.

What does that mean for the rest of the season? Well, for starters – ANYTHING Is possible. Sure, the Patriots typically have the easiest schedule every year considering how awful their division is, but if the Super Bowl favorites can lose to the Ravens the same week that the Miami Dolphins finally pull out a win, the Vince Lombardi Trophy could go to anyone. Well, anyone but the Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns. We just hope the fans remember this during the inaugural season of the FCFL. Every team will have solid talent on their rosters, so everything comes down to them. Their play calling abilities will be what makes or break their team’s season. So, no matter how good one team may seem, the fans can change everything with their voting power. What else did you expect from the Fan Controlled Football League?


NFL Week Eight Round Up – Fans Are Riding High

Posted on October 29, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’re officially at the halfway mark of the NFL Regular Season and if the fans’ ability to accurately pick games is any indicator of how they will do in the inaugural season of the Fan Controlled Football League, we’ve got nothing to worry about! Once again, the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers came out on top, and the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins are keeping their losing streak alive. Naturally, the fans called all four teams’ games correctly. Due to a split decision on the Oakland Raiders-Houston Texans game this week, the fans ended up going 12-2-1, bringing their season record to 74-39-8. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota Vikings
  • Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons
  • Los Angeles Chargers vs. Chicago Bears
  • New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions
  • New York Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Rams
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Tennessee Titans
  • Philadelphia Eagles vs. Buffalo Bills
  • Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts
  • Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints
  • Carolina Panthers vs. San Francisco 49ers
  • Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Texans *tie, we guess the fans just couldn’t pick
  • Cleveland Browns vs. New England Patriots
  • Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
  • Miami Dolphins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 9 picks open up TOMORROW on Twitter! And now, here are some of our favorite moments from Week 8:

  • Nick Bosa continues to strain his back by carrying the 49ers. We hope for the fans sake that he stays healthy for the remainder of the season.
  • The Jaguars achieved Troll Level 1000 when responding to Jets QB Sam Darnold’s statement on ‘seeing ghosts’ in their loss to the Patriots the week before. It should also be noted that prior to the game, a plane flew over the stadium with a banner that read ‘Gardner Minshew ain’t afraid of no ghosts.’

  • This Tennessee Titans cheerleader is outperforming the entire receiving core from the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, and Cleveland Browns combined.
  • Aaron Rodgers reminded everyone why he’s a Super Bowl MVP with this pass. Don’t lie, you all held your breath during this play too.
  • Saquon Barkley went full BEASTMODE on the field, tossing these guys out of his way. Marshawn, we think it’s time you sign some new athletes to your brand.

  • Move over, *NSYNC. The Seahawks not only defeated the Browns, but they proved they’re better dancers than all of you.
  • Russell Wilson led his team to a TD without the aid of his helmet communication system. It’s *almost* like he’s earning his paycheck out there!
  • The Detroit Lions showed up at Lambeau to remind you why their season isn’t dead with a perfectly executed Flea Flicker for their first play of the game!
  • There were a LOT of things going wrong in the Lions-Packers game last night, but the only thing worse than the officiating had to be Rodgers’ receiving core.

Shaking Up the Final Four in Week Six

Posted on October 14, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last month, we shared the only 2019 NFL season simulation that ESPN chose to publish, which predicted the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Chargers facing off in Super Bowl LIV. Considering the Chargers lost yesterday to the Pittsburgh Steelers and a few weeks ago to the Detroit Lions, and that the Saints are still without Drew Brees, we don’t think the simulation is all that accurate. And if we ask USA Today, they’ll agree. This morning, Steven Ruiz predicted the four ‘real contenders’ that could win the Super Bowl: New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Saints, or the San Francisco 49ers. With two of those teams remaining undefeated ahead of the start of Week 7, we can see why Ruiz included them. Three of the four teams actually made it to ESPN’s divisional weekend of playoffs with the Los Angeles Rams over the Green Bay Packers, Saints over the San Francisco 49ers, Chargers over the Tennessee Titans, and Houston Texans over New England Patriots. This led into Saints over Rams and Chargers over Texans in the conference championships. But, if we re-work the divisional results, we’re closer to what USA Today is predicting.

So where do the fans stand on this? As you know, we ran a poll on Twitter last month, asking fans to choose their favorites from each division until we had two teams left. The fans ultimately picked the Chiefs over the Rams for Super Bowl LIV – but we get the feeling they may no longer feel that way. Sure, the Rams started this season off strong, but lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, and 49ers – after almost losing to the Cleveland Browns. While we think the fans can understand when a team goes through a losing spell, we don’t think the Rams will be one of the final four teams. Let us know which of the ‘real contenders’ will end up Super Bowl champions.


Let the Mid-Season Firings Begin!

Posted on October 11, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

As just about every football fan knows, Jay Gruden was fired by the Washington Redskins last week. In his five years with the team, they went 35-50-1, so you could say his record was less than ideal. It seemed pretty clear he knew he would be relieved of duties any day after going 0-5, but we don’t think anyone expected him to be called to training facilities at 5am Monday morning to be let go. At least let the guy sleep in a bit before handing him his pink slip.

So who’s next on the chopping block? Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn’s name is the first one that comes to mind. Following their embarrassing loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI (who blows a 28-3 lead?!), the team almost made it to another NFC Championship in 2017, but ultimately lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. As for last season? Talk about a mess. They went 7-9 and no matter what they did, they just couldn’t get it together. But this year, Quinn took over defensive play-calling duties and reworked the offensive line with some fresh blood, so they should have a good season this year. Except, they aren’t. They’re currently ranked 30th on third down conversions and 31st in points per game. Thinks aren’t looking good, Quinn. He’s not the only one on the chopping block, though. Brian Flores (Miami Dolphins) and Zac Taylor (Cincinnati Bengals) may be in the first season as head coach for their respective teams, but they are also leading their teams to winless seasons, just like Jay Gruden. And there’s the Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens, who have talent this year and are actually 2nd in the AFC North, and have had 7 coaches in the last 10 years. Maybe they just REALLY like hunting for new coaching candidates?

Firing coaches is never a fun thing for teams to do. Sure, as fans, you typically get to find a little too much enjoyment out of seeing someone get kicked to the curb, but that’s going to be different in the Fan Controlled Football League. In the FCFL, when your team fires a coach, it’s up to YOU to find a new one. You’re the ones running the team, remember? It’s because of that, that we think the fans will be a little more hesitant to get rid of their offensive and/or defensive coordinators. We’re sure one team in the league will get a little trigger happy with all that power and make a major decision like that, but for the most part, we think the fans will ride the season out and focus on finding a new coach prior to the start of season two.