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8/31/2022 4:34 pm  #2151

Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

1969 NAAF Draft Preview

Hybrid Conference Results

Canada East Hybrid Conference
(3) Toronto Dukes
(7) Hamilton Howlers
St. George Maples
London Forresters
Kitchener-Waterloo Provincial Beavers
Dominion Knights
Sudbury Prov Miners

(5) Majeure Montreal Insulaires
(8) St-Laurent Cavaliers de Riviere
Rideau Rams
Nova Scotia Armada
Montreal Provincial Panthers
New Brunswick Pirates
Mont-Bellevue Geais Bleus

CEHC Playoffs
(3) TORU 17-11 (7) UHAM
(5) MMTL 24-21 (8) ST-L

CEHC Championship
(3) TORU 18-7 (5) MMTL

America East Hybrid Conference
(1) New England Cardinals
(2) Rhode Island State Bulldogs
(4) Western New York Whitetails
(6) Haynes Colonials
(9) Upstate Bluebirds
(10) Maine State Acadians
West Mass State Rangers
Cambridge of Boston Cubs
Vermont Republic Mountaineers
Concord-Manchester Fighting Pike
Erie Sailors

AEHC Playoffs
(1) UNE 30-13 (6) HAY
(2) RISU 28-10 (4) WNY

AEHC Championship
(1) UNE 17-19 (2) RISU

Hybrid Football Championship
(2) RISU 24-17 (3) TORU

The 1968 college hybrid football season would be dominated by 2 teams from the AEHC: The New England Cardinals and The Rhode Island State Bulldogs. The two teams featured dominant defences that crushed the competition, while their offences were near the top-ranked as well. With both schools dominating, the rivalry between the schools was heated throughout the year. Each school argued over which of their QBs was the better QB from either team. New England featured the accurate pocket passer of Cyrus Olds. Olds was a sturdy leader that delivered the ball well, but the criticism for him was that he needs a system and doesn’t look past his first or second options. As for Providence, they had probably the more electric QB in Edwin Hunt. Hunt has a very big personality, with maybe too much confidence, but it seems to prevent him from being affected by pressure. He makes a lot of wild throws, certainly not as accurate as Olds, but his passes usually pick up more yardage. Hunt appeared to have won the argument between the pair as he did lead the Bulldogs on a clutch, game-winning drive to top the Cardinals in the AEHC Championship before he helped the team earn their first National title in Hybrid Football.

While the QBs were the centre of attention for the two rivals, there was of course plenty of talent elsewhere, especially on the defence. For New England, you had LB Garrett Roberts, who was utterly dominant in stopping opposing players dead in their tracks. Roberts is a masterful tackler that should make a huge impact at the next level. Defensive partner, LB Reuben James, was the true hammer of the two, sometimes hitting players so hard they forgot they were in a football game. The big knock on James is that he does tend to miss tackles more frequently or get juked out of his shoes as some would say it. DB Lance Lee and OL Carlton Vanderbilt round out the top prospects from New England. 

As for Rhode Island State, they have some heavy hitters like DL Gavin Shaw, who was an expert in beating his blockers to get into the backfield, and LB Willie Stetson, who is a heavy hitter like Reuben James but does have more abilities in pass coverage which makes him a bit more dynamic. 

As for the rest of the AEHC, the talent does fall off significantly. Western New York features some solid players like DB Chandler Gage and OL Randy Mellement. However, there has been some attention thrown at WR Tyreek Flores, who made a couple of incredible catches this season that had fans thinking he could be a 1st round talent, but his lack of speed makes him look like more of a late 2nd rounder. Haynes had a bit of a down year in terms of prospects, but some think LB Everett Lynch could be a surprise in the later stages of the draft, as he has shown some next-level intelligence and unwillingness to give up. 

The CEHC was a bit more of a mess when compared to the AEHC. The Toronto Dukes were the best team and earned their #3 ranking after upsetting the then #3 ranked Western New York late in the season. Toronto was led by what some view as the best prospect in the draft in WR Justin Palmer. Palmer was the perfect #1 weapon in the Dukes’ offence, being able to make almost every catch and found ways to pick up more yards than he should have. 

UHamilton suffered from their loss of QB Drake Young, but they still sported a solid squad led by DL Eugene Case and TE John Schall. Case has some great strength which he uses to overpower O-linemen, but that could be an issue at the next level when he faces stronger players. As for Schall, he helped massively in the Howlers’ run game being a premier lead blocker on the edge, while also making some plays with the ball. He should be the top TE taken in this draft. 

Majeure Montreal continued to be the strongest team in the East Division, being led by a pair of defensive stars in S Gérald LeCroix and DB Jean Paul du Pont. LeCroix was especially notable for having 9 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles in his senior year. St-Laurent was still strong as usual led by OL Jean Baptiste Francois and WR Bruno Lemieux, the younger cousin of QB Charles Lemieux and RB Théodore Lemieux. 

Outside of the top teams, a couple of standouts were OL Graeme McDouglas out of Nova Scotia, who had one of the cleanest OL records in his senior year, only letting one guy ever get a sack on him. RB Jeremy Royal carried the Rideau Rams to a 3rd place finish in the CEHC East Division, and projects as the best running back available. 

This draft will also feature a group of prospects making the move over from the American football schools to the hybrid game. A pair of them are viewed to be difference makers in the NAAF. First is DL Dallas Breaker out of Allegheny, who made the switch due to loving what he saw out of the Blacksmiths during the summer. Breaker’s speed and effort carried him to a very strong season on the DL with 12 sacks this season. 7 of those sacks came in the 4th quarter, during crucial moments. There is also OL Artem Sobakov, who is a towering lineman out of B-Met and has all the physical attributes to be a very good lineman. The last player of note would be RB Tyler Kuhn, who had a stellar season at Daniel Boone, where he set many school records. Unfortunately, despite his great play, a lot of scouts will say that even okay players can look great in the usually weak program. 

Lastly, just a touch on the other QBs in the class. QB Madison Beck took over for Drake Young at UHamilton. Beck may have been lifted due to the strong system the team plays with, but he’s got arm talent to make it worth a shot. QB Logan West comes out of Central Pennsylvania. He has the arm strength to get the ball where it needs to go, but struggles in the pocket, especially being aware of players around him causing a fair amount of fumbles and deflected passes. Then, there is QB Holland Oates out of Jersey State, who is a wildcard, but he has a strong arm…at least that’s what we are getting out of “Howitzer” being the only note on this scouting slip given to us by some guy named Roger.

The Gains Report Top 25 Prospects
1 - WR Justin Palmer - Toronto - Vincent Desjardins - Kingsfan11
2 - DL Dallas Breaker - Allegheny - Sterling Brantley - Darknes
3 - LB Garrett Roberts - New England - Johnny Armando - Stickman
4 - OL Artem Sobakov - Brooklyn Metro - Barry Williams - ZO82
5 - DL Gavin Shaw - Rhode Island State - Vincent Desjardins - Kingsfan11
6 - LB Willie Stetson - Rhode Island State - George Stefanakis - Dan O’Mac
7 - S Gerald LeCroix - Majeure Montreal - Sterling Brantley - Darknes
8 - OL Carlton Vanderbilt - New England - Kenneth Jones - Enigmajones
9 - LB Reuben James - New England - Ivan di Marco - idm
10 - DB Chandler Gage - Western New York - Jayson Hawkins - Jayhawk
11 - OL Graeme McDouglas - Nova Scotia - Sterling Brantley - Darknes
12 - WR Matthew de la Cruz - Northern Indiana - Barry Williams - ZO82
13 - DB Tomik Vrana - Toronto - Sterling Brantley - Darknes
14 - QB Edwin Hunt - Rhode Island State - Wally Flowers - Wallflower
15 - TE John Schall - UHamilton - Timmy Bjarnathan - NoE38
16 - OL Jean Baptiste Francois - St-Laurent - Barry Williams - ZO82
17 - RB Jeremy Royal - Rideau - Vincent Desjardins - Kingsfan11
18 - DB Jean Paul du Pont - Majeure Montreal - Ivan di Marco - idm
19 - OL Randy Mellement - Western New York - Ivan di Marco - idm
20 - DL Eugene Case - UHamilton - Brad Cumberland - DireBear
21 - WR Tyreek Flores - Western New York - Vlad Valasiuk - vladee
22 - QB Cyrus Olds - New England - Ivan di Marco - idm
23 - RB Tyler Kuhn - Daniel Boone - Ivan di Marco - idm
24 - LB Everett Lynch - Haynes - Ray J. Story - RaysUp
25 - DB Alonzo Gray - Louisville State - George Stefanakis - Dan O’Mac
34 - DB Michael Cope - Baltimore State - Jimmy Yamamoto - QCS
43 - WR Buzz Hronak - Maine State - James Herr-O’Nark - JamHeronArk
66 - QB Holland Oates - Jersey State - Roger Roy! - Scratch

Draft Order and Picks and Needs

1 - Minnesota Serpents
Picks: 1, 14, 27, 40, 53
Needs: OL, LB, RB

2 - Providence Gold Stars
Picks: 2, 15, 28, 41, 54
Needs: DB, OL, DL, LB, WR, QB

3 - Louisville Thunder
Picks: 3, 16, 29, 42, 55, 57, 60
Needs: DL, LB, DB, OL

4 - Montreal Rouge
Picks: 4, 17, 22, 30, 31, 43, 52
Needs: LB, WR, DB, RB

5 - Boston Independents
Picks: 5, 18, 35
Needs: 3RB, OL, DL, LB, DB

6 - Pittsburgh Blacksmiths
Picks: 6, 19, 32, 38, 45, 58
Needs: DB, WR, OL

7 - London Tigers
Picks: 7, 10, 20, 33, 59, 65
Needs: LB, DB, OL, RB, DL, QB

8 - Long Island Raiders
Picks: 8, 21, 24, 34, 47, 51
Needs: DL, LB, OL, TE, S

9 - Buffalo Blue Wings
Picks: 9, 48, 61
Needs: OL, DL, LB, DB, WR, 3RB

10 - Toronto Steelheads
Picks: 23, 36, 49, 62
Needs: OL, LB, DL, QB

11 - Ottawa Royals
Picks: 11, 46, 50, 63
Needs: DL, LB, OL, WR, RB

12 - Indiana Victors
Picks: 12, 25, 39, 44, 64
Needs: DL, LB

13 - Halifax Mariners
Picks: 13, 26, 56
Needs: DB, OL, QB, DL


9/01/2022 5:03 pm  #2152

Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

1969 NAAF Draft

1 - Minnesota Serpents | LB Garrett Roberts | New England - Boston, MA - Stickman
Minnesota considered moving the first overall pick in order to get some more picks in the draft but ended up selecting Garrett Roberts out of New England. Roberts becomes the 3rd LB to be selected 1st overall and the second in a row after LB Judge Barrett was selected last season. There are some potential character issues with Roberts being a very aggressive person that can get on teammates if they are not playing at their best, but his skills were too good to pass on. He’s one of the best tacklers coming out of college and should hopefully be an anchor down the middle of the Serpents’ defence. Hopefully, being at the professional level, Roberts can learn to be more constructive than destructive and fit in with the young team.

Minnesota did not decide to trade the 1st overall pick, but Providence decided to follow through on trading the 2nd overall pick. The team had their eyes on some different pieces throughout the draft and decided to make a 6-pick swap with the Long Island Raiders. The Gold Stars would send picks 2 (1st) and 28 (3rd) for picks 8 (1st), 21 (2nd), 24 (2nd), and 47 (4th). The deal gives Providence 4 picks in the first 2 rounds, 3 of which are in the 2nd.

2 -  Long Island Raiders (from Providence) | DL Dallas Breaker | Allegheny* - Pittsburgh, PA - Darknes
With the newly acquired pick, the Raiders would look to retool their defence and would select DL Dallas Breaker. Breaker should be a great addition to the Raiders’ ageing D-line. Breaker has great speed to get around his blockers. He has some solid finesse moves which he uses to his advantage. The biggest factor in Breaker’s game might be his determination appears to increase as the game goes on and will make his biggest plays at the most crucial moments. 

3 - Louisville Thunder | DL Gavin Shaw | Rhode Island State - Southbridge, MA - Kingsfan11
After losing DL Winfield Winchester to the Serpents, the Thunder looked to shore up their D-line in grabbing the last of the 1st round DL talents. Gavin Shaw is a great defender at the line. He’s very good at getting into the backfield and causing issues for QBs and RBs. However, he does struggle with speed so can leave holes open if he is caught out of position. Either way, some conditioning and coaching should make Shaw a strong D-lineman in the NAAF.

4 - Montreal Rouge | LB Willie Stetson | Rhode Island State - Milford, MA - Dan O’Mac
The Rouge have been needing some stability in their LB core, so they elected to draft LB Willie Stetson out of Rhode Island State. Stetson becomes the 4th straight RISU linebacker to be drafted in the top 4, showing that the school knows how to develop linebackers. Stetson is a heavy-hitting LB that should be a bulldozer in the defence. He famously hit a player so hard he broke his own nose, so he can certainly create some fear in the offence. However, his strength is also sometimes his weakness as he can go for the hit a few too many times and miss a few tackles, but he makes up for it with some solid coverage abilities. 

5 - Boston Independents | OL Carlton Vanderbilt | New England - Worcester, MA - Enigmajones
With the new crew leading the way, the Independents decided to play things safe in taking an OL from New England. The move shocked many, especially since WR Justin Palmer was still on the board, but more so because fellow OL Artem Sobakov, who was considered the best OL in the class, was also still available. Either way, Vanderbilt isn’t a horrible pick, he’s still very intelligent and an excellent all-around blocker. He is great at creating holes for the run game, but more so at protecting the QB which may be the key factor in the selection other than GM Richard Price’s own preference of the O-lineman within his own scouting.

6 - Pittsburgh Blacksmith | DB Chandler Gage | Western New York - Jamestown, NY - Jayhawk
After whiffing on both DB Neville Falkner and DB Oliver Langstrom in free agency, the Blacksmiths had their minds set on getting a DB in the draft. At pick 6, they would grab the best-ranked DB in the draft with Chandler Gage. Gage is a very solid all-around DB, but his best feature was being able to work with his teammate seamlessly. He knows exactly when teammates need help in coverage as well as being able to make switches on the fly to avoid mismatches. He seems like a great fit for the Blacksmiths and should compete with DB Ole Snurlson for the 3rd starter job. 

7 - London Tigers | LB Reuben James | New England - Weymouth, MA - idm
The Tigers were rumoured to be looking at moving up in the draft with their two-1st round picks, however, they would stay put and use their first pick to grab a much-needed LB in Reuben James. The Tigers certainly need some help in the LB core due to the loss of LB Dallas Dillard as well as only having 1 prospect at the position, in the undrafted LB Byron Seabrooke. James is another heavy-hitting LB, who will almost always go for a big hit. Obviously, that can cost him, but if he can learn when to just go for the tackle, then he could be a very strong LB for the Tigers. 

8 - Providence Gold Stars (from Long Island) | WR Justin Palmer | Toronto - Toronto, ON - Kingsfan11
After trading back from pick #2, the Gold Stars watched their top 3 options go off the board with DL Gavin Shaw, LB Willie Stetson, and DB Chandler Gage. So, they would end up going in a completely different direction and select the top talent of the draft in WR Justin Palmer. Palmer’s fall to 8 is easily the largest drop for a #1 talent as no other #1 prospect (according to The Gain Report) had gone later than 2nd Overall. The pick could easily be an amazing steal by the Gold Stars who add an excellent pass catcher. Palmer has shown to make something out of nothing, however, that has gotten him into trouble a couple of times. Overall, Palmer is an excellent get to be the new face of the offence for Providence. 

9 - Buffalo Blue Wings | OL Artem Sobakov | Brooklyn Metropolitan* - Queens, NY - ZO82
Buffalo waited patiently for their first pick of the draft, and they would be handed a silver platter. Artem Sobakov was viewed as the top OL prospect in the class and much like WR Justin Palmer had fallen from the top 5 into the late 1st round. Sobakov should be a great piece for the strong Blue Wings, who may have just found a way to extend their reign of terror on the West Division. The O-lineman is a towering blocker that should be one of the strongest all-around blockers with a specialty in run-blocking which works perfectly for a team with one of the best running backs in the league.  

10 - London Tigers (from Toronto) | DB Tomik Vrana | Toronto - Peterborough, ON - Darknes
With the Tigers’ second pick of the draft, they would continue to look at the future of their defence in grabbing DB Tomik Vrana. Vrana should be a strong DB that many underestimate due to his smaller size. Vrana is a shorter player, but he makes up for it with insane athleticism with a great vertical and control in the air. Some say it almost seems like he could fly. The concern with Vrana is that he could still have a disadvantage against the more skilled and bigger WRs in the NAAF due to his size.

As the 1st round was winding down, the second trade of the draft would occur. The Montreal Rouge would make the move back up into the first round trading with their rival, the Ottawa Royals. The Rouge would acquire the 11th overall pick in exchange for the 17th and 30th overall selections. 

11 - Montreal Rouge (from Ottawa) | DB Jean Paul du Pont | Majeure Montreal - Montreal, QC - idm
With their new selection, the Rouge would select DB Jean Paul du Pont out of the local Majeure Montreal. du Pont should be a solid member of the secondary. Some may not be very high on him being a superstar, but a really strong starter to help bolster the depth in their secondary. 

12 - Indiana Victors | DL Eugene Case | UHamilton - Guelph, ON - DireBear
The Victors would be up next and they would look at moving back, but never found a deal they liked. In the end, they would reach a bit to grab a D-lineman out of UHamilton. Eugene Case was ranked 20th overall in the Gains Report. He’s got strength and can power his way through the O-line, but he is viewed as a raw talent having a lack of finesse moves and fundamentals. He’s a bit more of a project, but the position is not an important need immediately. 

13 - Halifax Mariners | OL Graeme McDouglas | Nova Scotia - Halifax, NS - Darknes
The final pick of the 1st round would see the Mariners do what they usually do and draft a Nova Scotia native. Graeme McDouglas is brought in as the hopeful replacement for OL Flint Boyer, who they lost in the expansion draft. The OL is a strong blocker that can overpower his matchup on both the pass and run, however, there are concerns that his lack of technical skills can either lead to NAAF D-linemen getting past him easily or he gets into some penalty trouble. Still, McDouglas has the raw talent to make it to the next level.

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9/02/2022 7:04 am  #2153

Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

Nice!   Roberts is gonna be a really interesting prospect for the Serpents (I think he's my first ever #1 overall pick!  woot!), could be a pain in the neck to deal with, but the talent's definitely there!


9/02/2022 4:48 pm  #2154

Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

Stickman wrote:

Nice!   Roberts is gonna be a really interesting prospect for the Serpents (I think he's my first ever #1 overall pick!  woot!), could be a pain in the neck to deal with, but the talent's definitely there!

Yes, this is your first, #1 selection. That makes 9 different members that have a #1 pick in the NAAF draft.

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9/02/2022 4:55 pm  #2155

Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

1969 NAAF Draft - Rounds 2-5

Round 2
Right as the 2nd round was about to begin the draft saw another trade happen. The Royals were back at it making a big move with the Minnesota Serpents. In the Serpents’ first-ever trade they would send expansion tagged and Ottawa native, DL Winfield Winchester, the 14th overall pick, and the 53rd overall pick to the Royals in exchange for 24-year-old WR Ferdinand Matthews, the 17th overall pick and the 46th overall pick. The Royals are very happy to get a D-lineman who should be a long-term option for them in the defence, while the Serpents do get a young WR who has chemistry with QB Martin Keller from their time together in college and with the Royals. 

With the pick the Royals now had, they would get a replacement for Ferdinand Matthews in grabbing WR Matthew de la Cruz out of Northern Indiana. de la Cruz is a tough receiver with strong route running that can make him a great slot option for the team in the future. After Ottawa, the Gold Stars would be up to pick for the second time and they would be the first to draft a QB in taking RISU’s Edwin Hunt. The selection was not a surprise for anyone as there was certainly pressure from the fans and ownership that wanted the local hero to be the future of the Gold Stars. 

Louisville would follow those picks up with a bit of a reach taking the 25th ranked DB Alonzo Gray with the 16th pick. Not many are surprised considering the player is from Louisville State which the Thunder have always been willing to take players from. With the pick Minnesota got from Ottawa, they would take a chance on S Gérard LaCroix who had slipped from being a first-round talent into the 2nd. LaCroix certainly has the potential to be a star S in the NAAF. 

Boston tried to right the wrongs of not taking WR Justin Palmer by taking a WR in the second round with Tyreek Flores, who is a pretty talented catcher, which isn’t bad for a consolation prize. Pittsburgh would aim to shore up their O-line with Jean Baptiste Francois out of St-Laurent, who is a pretty solid 2nd round pick. The Tigers would pick their 2nd LB of the draft, taking chance on the intelligent Everett Lynch, who some think is a dark horse to be a solid player at the next level. After that, Providence would grab an OL in Randy Mellement to continue to add to their offence, before Montreal would take the first TE of the draft in John Schall out of UHamilton to fill the hole left by TE Hunter Ziegelbauer. 

Minnesota would end up making a 2nd trade late in the 2nd round, sending the expansion-tagged OL, Mason Fitzpatrick and the 27th selection to the Toronto Steelheads in exchange for the 23rd and 36th overall picks and OL Elliot Owen. Fitzpatrick is a great acquisition for the Steelheads as he is a former 1st round pick and is still just getting into his prime. With the 23rd pick, Minnesota would grab the local talent in DL Ferris Kane out of St. Paul. 

After that, the Gold Stars would finally grab a DB with Michael Cope out of Baltimore State. Then, Indiana would go local with OL Rocco Zacharyia out of Northern Indiana and Halifax would end the round with DB Lance Lee out of New England. 

Round 2 Picks
14 - OTT (from MIN) | WR Matthew de la Cruz | Northern Indiana* - Chicago, IL - ZO82
15 - PRO | QB Edwin Hunt | Rhode Island State - Narragansett, RI - Wallflower
16 - LOU | DB Alonzo Gray | Louisville State* - Cincinnati, OH - Dan O’Mac
17 - MIN (from MTL via OTT) | S Gérard LaCroix | Majeure Montreal - Montreal, QC - Darknes
18 - BOS | WR Tyreek Flores | Western New York - New York City, NY - vladee
19 - PIT | OL Jean Baptiste Francois | St-Laurent - Montreal, QC - ZO82
20 - LDN | LB Everett Lynch | Haynes - East Hartford, CT - RaysUp
21 - PRO (from LI) | OL Randy Mellement | Western New York - Buffalo, NY - idm
22 - MTL (from BUF) | TE John Schall | UHamilton - Hamilton, ON - NoE38
23 - MIN (from TOR) | DL Ferris Kane | St. Paul* - St. Paul, MN - Darknes
24 - PRO (from OTT via LI) | DB Michael Cope | Baltimore State* - Frederick, MD - QCS 
25 - IND | OL Rocco Zacharyia | Northern Indiana* - South Bend, IN - Stickman
26 - HFX | DB Lance Lee | New England - Worcester, MA - DireBear

Round 3
Toronto would finally make their first draft selection and go way off the board in grabbing DL Irwin Anthonyson out of St. George. Anthonyson came into the draft ranked 40th overall by The Gains Report. Long Island made just their second selection and continued to add to their defence with Detroit Tech’s LB, Callum Owen.

Other notable picks would see Montreal grab the younger cousin of the Lemieux brothers in WR Bruno Lemieux. Then, the first running backs would go off the board with Minnesota taking a chance on Daniel Boone’s RB Tyler Kuhn and then the Tigers following that up with RB Jeremy Royal out of Rideau. 

Round 3 Picks
27 - TOR (from MIN) | DL Irwin Anthonyson | St. George - Toronto, ON - Wallflower
28 - LI (from PRO) | LB Callum Owen | Detroit Tech* - Detroit, MI - ZO82
29 - LOU | OL Gordie Hammarstein | Major Cincinnati* - Cincinnati, OH - Stickman
30 - OTT (from MTL) | OL Randall McCutchen | UHamilton - Hamilton, ON - Jayhawk
31 - MTL (from BOS) | WR Bruno Lemieux | St-Laurent - Donnacona, QC - Kingsfan11
32 - PIT | WR Justin Anger | Upstate - Schenectady, NY - RaysUp
33 - LDN | DL Lars Steiner | UHamilton - Hamilton, ON - ZO82
34 - LI | OL Tony D’Allesandro | Brooklyn Metropolitan* - Brooklyn, NY - Darknes
35 - BOS (from BUF) | LB William Kirkpatrick | Haynes - Hartford, CT - DireBear
36 - MIN (from TOR) | RB Tyler Kuhn | Daniel Boone* - Richmond, KY - idm
37 - LDN (from OTT) | RB Jeremy Royal | Rideau - Montreal, QC - Kingsfan11
38 - PIT (from IND) | LB Matteo Neumayer | Haynes - Waterbury, CT - ZO82
39 - IND (from HFX) | OL Peter Manning | Major Ohio* - Elyria, OH - Wallflower

Round 4
In the 4th Round, Providence would finally select S Murdoch Chesterman who slid down from 31st ranked to pick 41. Montreal would also look to find a long-term replacement for Hugo Hughes with RB Jonathan Rougeau. 

Providence and Indiana would swap picks in a trade that sent pick 44 to Providence in exchange for pick 47 and Providence’s 5th round pick in 1970. Providence would grab LB Cliff Wind with the selection, while Indiana would get LB Maxwell Trevorrow with the later pick. 

The next 2 QBs would go off the board with Pittsburgh grabbing Cyrus Olds out of New England to add some stability behind Louis Vaughn. Then, the Steelheads would grab QB Madison Beck out of UHamilton with the 49th selection. 

Round 4 Picks
40 - MIN | WR Buzz Hronak | Maine State - Bangor, ME - JamHeronArk
41 - PRO | S Murdoch Chesterman | Toronto - Toronto, ON - ZO82
42 - LOU | DB Darian Quesada | Manhattan College (DIV II) - New York City, NY - Wallflower
43 - MTL | RB Jonathan Rougeau | Majeure Montreal - Montreal, QC - Kingsfan11
44 - PRO (from BOS via IND) | LB Cliff Wind | Cambridge of Boston - Watkins Glen, NY - Dan O’Mac
45 - PIT | QB Cyrus Olds | New England - Boston, MA - idm
46 - MIN (from LDN via OTT) | DB Anthony Proulx | Montreal Provincial - Montreal, QC - Kingsfan11
47 - IND (from LI via PRO) | LB Maxwell Trevorrow | London - London, ON - ZO82
48 - BUF | DL Kevin Patterson | Haynes - Hartford, CT - Kingsfan11
49 - TOR | QB Madison Beck | UHamilton - Burlington, ON - Wallflower
50 - OTT | DL Obert Roux | Vermont Republic - Cowansville, QC - Vermont Republic - ZO82
51 - LI (from IND) | S Homer Stryker | Michigan U* - Kalamazoo, MI - Dan O’Mac
52 - MTL (from HFX) | WR Taylor Middleton | West Mass State - Holyoke, MA - Darknes

Round 5
In the final round, there would be one last trade that saw the Blue Wings send LB Linus Kinjerski to Louisville to clear some cap in exchange for WR Nick Nacker (with $3,500 retained salary) and the 55th overall pick. With the 55th pick, the Blue Wings would add another WR in Boris Bohka, who is the first Polish-born player to be drafted into the NAAF. Halifax would follow up the pick in drafting the 4th QB of the draft with Logan West out of Central Pennsylvania. 

Pittsburgh also drafted RB Icarus Zola after having drafted his college teammate WR Justin Anger earlier in the draft. Finally, London would close out the draft with S Mitchell Schoonhoven out of Nova Scotia. 

Round 5 Picks
53 - OTT (from MIN) | RB Théomire Desormeaux | St-Laurent - Quebec City, QC - ZO82
54 - PRO | DB Mackenzie O’Daniels | Major Wisconsin* - Green Bay, WI - idm 
55 - BUF (from LOU) | WR Boris Bohka | Western New York - Warsaw, PL - Darknes
56 - HFX (from MTL) | QB Logan West | Central Pennsylvania* - Hershey, PA - ZO82
57 - LOU (from BOS) | OL Gleeson Seidl | Michigan U* - Charlotte, MI - Dan O’Mac
58 - PIT | RB Icarus Zola | Upstate - Rome, NY - JamHeronArk
59 - LDN | OL Bert Sherman | The Colonies* - Richmond, VA - idm
60 - LOU (from LI) | WR Frank MacCoghlan | Allegheny* - Pittsburgh, PA - ZO82
61 - BUF | TE Lucas Buckley | Rochester* - Rochester, NY - Wallflower
62 - TOR | TE Rénald Longuepee | Nova Scotia - Halifax, NS - ZO82
63 - OTT | S Joseph Ackerman | Provinciale du Nouveau-Brunswick - Moncton, NB - Wallflower
64 - IND | WR Emiliano Ariail | Newark College (DIV II) - New York City, NY - Wallfower
65 - LDN (from HFX) | S Mitchell Schoonhoven | Nova Scotia - Lower Sackville, NS - idm

K Gilbert O’Neill | New England - Boston, MA - DireBear
TE Dave Pira | Minneapolis - Minneapolis, MN - JamHeronArk
QB Holland Oates | Jersey State - Philadelphia, PA - Scratch
K Buster McDooley | Kitchener-Waterloo Provincial - Kitchener, ON - Jayhawk
DL Adrian Edds | Indiana East College (DIV II) - Shelbyville, IN - Wallflower
DL Duane Laroque | Montreal Provincial - Longueuil, QC - Dan O’Mac
OL Eddy Kennedy | Provinciale du Nouveau-Brunswick - Moncton, NB - idm

Last edited by Wallflower (9/02/2022 10:12 pm)

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9/02/2022 5:53 pm  #2156

Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

Pick 20, and Pick 32? I call that a win for my first contributions! Can’t wait to see their careers pan out!


9/09/2022 5:23 pm  #2157

Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

1969 Free Agency Part 2

Following the draft, the remaining top free agents finally found a home. The biggest name was RB Hugo Hughes, who had shockingly gone unsigned through the first month of free agency. Hughes was looking for a significant raise from his $26,500 salary from his last contract, but it had cost him the best opportunities as teams went for cheaper options. There would be rumours about Hughes joining a different league to make his desired salary money, but eventually, he would take a cheaper deal with the Minnesota Serpents. His new deal pays him $25,500 a season over the next 2 years. A couple of other top free agents would land some smaller roles with veteran WR Jack Duncan landing in Louisville on a 1-year $14,500 contract, replacing Nick Nacker, who the Thunder traded to Buffalo during the draft. Lastly, former 2nd-round QB, Michael Miranda, would land a new job as a backup for the Halifax Mariners. He inked a new 2-year deal and should be in a battle for the QB2 spot with QB Gilles Doucet. 

Both the Royals and Steelheads made moves to acquire players that the Serpents had applied their expansion tags too (each player can’t enter free agency and would eventually need to sign at least 1-year deal with the team if they were not moved to help expansion teams from losing their best players from the expansion draft). In the end, both teams would extend their respective players to multi-year deals.

The Royals would sign DL Winfield Winchester to a 4-year deal worth $22,500 a season. The Ottawa native and former 2nd overall pick was very excited about being able to play in his hometown. As for Toronto, they would ink OL Mason Fitzpatrick to a 2-year deal worth $17,500 a season. 

Following the draft, there were a few smaller moves that several teams would make. The first move would see the Serpents send LB Ed Krzano back to Long Island after selecting him in the expansion draft. The Serpents felt they had the depth at the position after adding LB Garrett Roberts in the draft, so they moved Krzano in exchange for a 3rd Round Pick in 1970. 

Next, was the biggest move of the offseason as the Rouge would acquire DB Adam Levesque and LB Buddy Harwick from the Indiana Victors in exchange for WR Denis Langlois and LB Kyle Essena. Levesque returns to his home province after falling out of a starting spot with Indiana’s pick up of DB Neville Falkner. While Langlois returns to Indiana to fill a hole in the WR3 spot on the Victors. The Rouge do exchange the solid Essena for a younger, depth LB in Harwick in order to make room for their first-round LB of Willie Stetson. 

Boston and Providence would make a small swap that saw the Gold Stars finally get rid of the horrible contract of DB Ty Boone in exchange for a depth OL in Ken Kennedy. Boston was in need of secondary depth and had the space to take on the expensive Boone.

The Raiders would grab a new starting TE in Ryan Hatcher, who had lost the starting job in Ottawa to rookie TE Luiss de Brands. Hatcher has come off some injuries, so there are some risks that he may not be what he used to be, but if it pays off it should be a solid move. In return, the Royals get a depth Safety in Donald Dozier and a 5th Round Pick in 1971. 

After Minnesota signed RB Hugo Hughes the team was more than willing to part ways with former Mariners’ starting RB Ronald O’Sullivan, who remained on the expansion tag. They would eventually send the veteran RB to Pittsburgh for a 4th Round Pick in 1970. O’Sullivan is expected to be a part of a tandem with RB Tresean Jones.

Near the end of training camp, there were a pair of late moves that would see several WRs change teams. The first move saw the Rouge make a second trade with the Victors. They would acquire former 2nd Round WR, Erik Hodge, who had struggled to make the roster in his first 2 seasons, in exchange for 3rd Round WR, Izzy Woods. The Rouge were in need of a 5th WR on their roster and none of their younger pieces were looking strong enough to crack the roster, so they would get Hodge who had been impressive enough in camp to get some eyes looking his way. 

Finally, the Gold Stars would be looking to make some space for 2nd-year WR, Mark Taylor, who made some strong impacts on the field last season, so they would have to give up one of their veterans. In the end, they looked to move long-time star WR, Cedric Peterson, who was 33 and didn’t look to be a starter heading into the season. Unfortunately, Peterson, who has a No-Trade-Clause would only waive it if he were to be traded to his hometown of Ottawa. In the end, they would get a deal done by acquiring a 4th Round Pick in 1970 from the Royals. Ottawa expects Peterson to be their WR4 this season, sending rookie WR Matthew de la Cruz to the Reserve List. 

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9/11/2022 5:30 pm  #2158

Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

1969 Hall of Fame Class

Member #19: LB Aengus Lynch - Charlestown, MA - Votes: 11 of 11 - 1st Ballot
To kick off the 1969 Hybrid Football Hall of Fame Class, we have our first unanimously selected player. Lynch was a member of the league’s first-ever draft class in 1952, being selected 4th overall by the then Toronto Tigers. It took a couple of years for Lynch to get comfortable in the league, but by his 3rd season, Lynch was a consistent All-Star, as he would be named an All-Star in every season from 1954 to 1961. He became a sturdy anchor in the middle of the Tigers’ defence for many years, eventually winning a Defensive Player of the Year award during the 1956 season. The following year, Lynch would be named the team’s first-ever captain, a title he would hold onto until he retired after the 1963 season. On the field, Lynch helped the Tigers to rise up from being one of the worst teams in the league’s history to a constant contender, winning 2 McCallister Cups as they made it to the big game in 4 of 5 seasons between 1959 and 1963. Lynch would call it a career after winning his second McCallister cup in 1963 and will go down as one of the best linebackers of his generation, probably only second to the great Scotty Williams.

Credits to Creator: Darknes. Lynch also becomes the first community-created player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Lynch was one of the first players I had ever received and it is very cool to now be far along enough in the project to really close out the career of a great player (although Lynch is still working on that coaching career with the Royals).

Member #20: QB Angelo Medina - Morgantown, WV - Votes: 6 of 11 - 2nd Ballot
On his second attempt, Medina gets into the Hall. Medina will be credited to be one of the first modern dual-threat QBs. He often was able to make plays happen on his feet while also still being able to deliver the ball effectively with his arm. Medina’s professional career began with the Pittsburgh Hammers where he took over for the legendary QB William Braddock. However, Medina’s career with the Hammers didn’t last long as he would leave the team following the 1949 season. He would take a gamble and sign with the Buffalo Blue Wings of the NAAF and would take over as the team’s starting QB. His first season saw him adjust to the new game, but by year 2 he was able to get the Blue Wings into the playoffs for the first time. In his 3rd season, after a tough 0-3 start, Medina would lead the Blue Wings on a 6-1 run which propelled them into the postseason. After topping the Royals in the semi-Finals, Medina would lift the Blue Wings over the Independents to claim the team’s first-ever championship of any kind. Medina would also take home the Offensive Player of the Year award that season. Medina continued to keep the Blue Wings at the top of the league over the next several seasons, however, a few injuries did harm his overall performance. The Blue Wings would not return to the McCallister Cup in any of the next 4 seasons. In 1957, most were writing the Blue Wings off as Medina was not the same QB he used to be, but he proved everyone wrong again by helping Buffalo bounce back to a 10-2 season. Medina would lead them to back-to-back playoff wins to earn his second title. After the ‘57 season, Medina’s play continued to fall as he was not able to be the mobile QB he once was and eventually retired after the 1960 season. 

Medina was one of the first players I tried to bring in from another competing league and it was great to see how he took over the Blue Wings. Reflecting on it, I do wish I had more of those types of moves, but y’know with all the players I deal with sometimes it is just easier to manage without that, but something I would think to add if I did it again or in the future. 

Member #21: OL Jean Mathieu-Baptiste - Montreal, QC - Votes: 6 of 11 - 1st Ballot
Mathieu-Baptiste joins Lynch as another first-ballot Hall of Famer. The Montreal native was drafted 8th overall in the 1953 draft out of Majeure Montreal. He immediately made an impact on the Blue Wings’ O-line becoming a prolific blocker for many seasons. He would make his first All-Star appearance in 1957 and would be an All-Star in each season following up until 1960. Prior to that final All-Star season, Mathieu-Baptiste was named Alternate Captain of the team. He would wear the “A” for the remainder of his career, retiring after the 1963 season. He would only be with the Blue Wings for one of their McCallister Cups in 1957.

Credits to Creator: Darknes. It’s hard to have much to say about O-lineman unfortunately, but I always remembered Mathieu-Baptiste mostly because of his name. He was successful overall, however, he unfortunately just barely missed out on having 3 McCallister Cups, having been drafted the year after Buffalo won in 1952 and retiring the year before they would win in 1964. 

Member #22: TE Jervonte Howell - Philadelphia, PA - Votes: 5 of 11 - 1st Ballot
Howell will certainly go down as one of the best tight ends in the league’s history. He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1952 draft by the Ottawa Royals. He would work his way into the starting job and become a sturdy blocker and pass catcher for the Royals. In his 3rd season, Howell would be named to the All-Star team for the first time. He would continue to make the All-Star team in each season up until 1958. He missed out on the 1959 All-Star team, but was back on the list in 1960 and 1961, bringing his total to 7 All-Star seasons over his 12 seasons in his career. In terms of team success, Howell and the Royals were the best of the best. He won 4 McCallister Cups with Ottawa being a major piece of their dynastic run during the 50s. However, he would continue to add to that total when he was traded to the London Tigers in his final season. That year, the Tigers would win their second title and make Howell the first NAAF player to have 5 McCallister Cups in his career. 

Howell and many other tight ends often fall into the background in this series mostly due to the fact that I just don’t have offences utilizing them as much. However, I always knew that Howell was going to go down as one of the best. Especially after he became the first with 5 Cups in his career. 

Member #23: S Frazier Brooks - Bristol, CT - Votes: 5 of 11 - 1st Ballot
Brooks was easily one of the smartest players coming out of the 1952 NAAF Draft. His high intelligence served him well throughout his career becoming a steller Safety for 12 years with the Buffalo Blue Wings, who selected him 6th overall. Brooks made an immediate impact being on the field a decent amount in his rookie season which would end with a Blue Wings championship. He continued to develop into a star by being an All-Star in just his second season. Brooks wouldn’t return to the All-Star team until 1957, but he would be on the team for the next 2 seasons following in ‘58 and ‘59. 1957, however, might have been the highlight of Brooks’ career, as he was named an alternate captain at the start of the season and then helped the Blue Wings to a 10-2 season before having a pair of unreal games in the playoffs to win both the Playoff MVP and McCallister Cup MVP as the Blue Wings won their second title. In 1961, Brooks would be named the team captain after the retirement of fellow Hall of Famer, DL Sean Bowen. Brooks would remain captain until he would finally call it a career following the 1963 season. 

Credits to Creator: Captain Mort 3D. I got to give a shoutout to Captain Mort who was the user to give me the idea for the whole player submission system. Brooks was one of their first and he was one of my favourites initially. I am glad to see him get into the Hall after all this time.

Member #24: OL Casey York - Rochester, NY - Votes: 5 of 11 - 2nd Ballot
To round out the class, we have another Buffalo Blue Wing. OL Casey York was a member of the Blue Wings for 2 seasons prior to joining the NAAF. By the time the team joined the new league, York was becoming one of the strongest young offensive linemen in the league. Over his 13-year professional career (11-year in the NAAF), York was an anchor on the line that rarely showed weakness. From 1950 to 1957, York was an All-Star, tallying 8 All-Star seasons over his 11 years in the NAAF. He was a big part of both of the Blue Wings’ first two McCallister Cups and will easily be remembered as one of the best to do it at the position. 

Oh boy, another Blue Wing. That makes 7 Blue Wings' primary players in the Hall of Fame. The next closest teams are Boston and Providence with 4 each. I was kinda surprised that York didn’t get more consideration considering his high All-Star to seasons played ratio of 8 to 11. But I also understand he suffers from being an O-lineman from early in the project. Either way, I am happy with this group of Hall of Fame Inductees, and thanks to everyone who voted! 

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9/13/2022 12:01 pm  #2159

Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

Love to see all those Buffalo greats get into the Hall


9/17/2022 2:59 pm  #2160

Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

1969 Schedule
With the addition of the Minnesota Serpents this season, the schedule was going to need a revamp to make sure everyone gets their 12 games in. After a long process of working out the matchups a new scheduling format was put forth and a schedule was made. This season the 13 teams will fit in one of 3 possible schedule outlines: EAST, WEST A, and WEST B.

8 Divisional Games
      2 games against 3 East Division opponents (Including rival team) (6 Games)
      1 game against the remaining 2 East Division opponents (2 Games)
4 Inter-Divisional Games
     1 game against 4 randomly drawn West Division opponents (4 Games)

8 Divisional Games
     2 games against 2 West Division opponents (Including Rival Team for BUF-LDN) (4 Games)
     1 game against the remaining 4 West Division opponents (4 Games)
4 Inter-Divisional Games
     1 game against 4 randomly drawn East Division opponents (4 Games)

9 Divisional Games
     2 games against 3 West Division opponents (Including Rivals and fellow WEST B teams) (6 Games)
     1 game against the remaining 3 West Division opponents (3 Games)
3 Inter-Divisional Games
     1 game against 3 randomly drawn East Division opponents (3 Games)

Since one division has an additional team the interdivisional games don’t match up perfectly leaving 4 West Division teams with only 3 inter-divisional games, so those teams will then play each other one additional time to balance out the schedule. Unfortunately, just one season after the mid-season bye week was introduced, the league will have to change to a rotating bye week for this season. However, how each bye week was determined was based on a selection. Teams would get to pick which week they would like to take off from the ones they could (certain weeks had to have an East team on bye and others a West team). Minnesota was the only one who didn’t get to pick since they would need to take a bye during the league’s rivalry week. Halifax picked first and the rest followed in reverse-draft order.

Below we have the final schedule for the 1969 season. The year will kick off in Halifax for the first time and the Mariners and Victors meet for a McCallister Cup rematch. Then on Friday night, Minnesota will be welcomed to the NAAF with their first game at Midgard Stadium against the Thunder. Saturday sees the Royals and Raiders clash in Ottawa before Pittsburgh hosts Buffalo on Saturday Night Football. Finally, Sunday sees the Independents host the Tigers before the Rouge head down the road to Toronto. Providence ended up with the bye week for week 1. 

Other notable games are Canada Day between the Royals and Tigers. A 4th of July double-header featuring Buffalo and Louisville and then Boston and Providence. Rivalry week is during Week 6 as per usual. Labour Day once again features a pair of games with Toronto hosting Pittsburgh and Indiana hosting Louisville. 

I have also included each team's individual schedule outlook for this season.
Legend: VS = Home Game, @ = Away Game, Colours match with the special indicators on the big schedule (SNF, FNF, etc.).

EDIT: The Raiders will wear their alternate throwback uniforms against the Mariners in Week 6 and Blue Wings in Week 10

Last edited by Wallflower (9/18/2022 10:45 pm)

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