CIFL - Portland ForestDragons 2017 Media Guide Blog Mar 20, 2017 15:22:44 GMT -8
Post by DiamondThief on Mar 20, 2017 15:22:44 GMT -8
The Portland Forest Dragons are a Champions Internet Fantasy League football team which was formed in February 2016. They play in the IFL Division of the CIFL, which was formed in January 2016. The team is named after the former Arena Football League's Portland Forest Dragons, which played 1997-99. The current Forest Dragons are based out of a Portland, Oregon Suburb, with a satellite office in Boise, Idaho from where the team will be operated for the majority of the season.
The CIFL plays its games using a combination of players from the Indoor Football League and Champions of Indoor Football. The CIFL begins its season in the fifth week of the aforementioned leagues' games Eight teams make up the league, forming two divisions, the IFL and CIF. The 2017 draft was held over a five-day span in March.
Through a draft order based on reverse records from last season's results, the Forest Dragons had the fifth pick in the odd-numbered rounds and the fourth pick in the even-numbered rounds. With their first-round pick the team selected quarterback Verlon Reed of the IFL's Salt Lake Screaming Eagles.
The Forest Dragons are innovative when it comes to technology and have created the league's first media guide blog and thread in March 2016. This is the second incarnation of that blog. The team is run by using a notebook computer, tablet and cellular phone. This enables its owner flexibility in coordinating activities involving both the team and the league; 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Forest Dragons are owned by Angela Martin, a native of the Portland area. The only female owner in the league, she is a three-year letter in high school softball and studied tae kwon do for 12 years. She is currently a sophomore in college studying communications. On March 17, 2016 Martin announced that her youngest sister, Monika, would serve as a consultant for the team.
REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
Week 1-4 -- Bye
Week 5 (March 17-20) -- vs. Georgia Fire
Week 6 (March 24-27) -- vs. San Diego Riptide
Week 7 (March 31-April 3) -- vs. Rochester Raiders
Week 8 (April 7-10) -- vs. Rapid City Red Dogs
Week 9 (April 14-17) -- vs. Everett Hawks
Week 10 (April 21-24) -- vs. Charlotte Rage
Week 11 (April 28-May 1) -- Albany Firebirds
Week 12 (May 5-8) -- vs. Georgia Fire
Week 13 (May 12-15) -- San Diego Riptide
Week 14 (May 19-22) -- Rochester Raiders
"We are thrilled to be a continual member of the CIFL. It is an exciting, progressive league which merges two existing professional sports leagues for the betterment of our league and its owners. We feel this season that we have assembled a scrappy and talented roster which has shown, in our brief training camp, a friendly camaraderie and keen commitment to win as a team. As excited as we were with our prospects heading into our inaugural season last year, we are even more excited to put these players on the field in 2017, and come away with the championship when it all is said and done."
CIFL TEAM MAP
OWNER'S PICK-BY-PICK DRAFT ANALYSIS
Rd. 1, Pick 5 -- QB Verlon Reed: ""Verlon is a young, but exciting player who has already shown a lot of great things for the Screaming Eagles. We are looking forward to building our group around him."
Rd. 2, Pick 12 -- WR Dimirti Stimphil: "We had several players on our draft board, but every time we targeted a favorite, that person was taken. Still though, we like Dimitri's plus side. He is a guy who is poised to have a big game every time out."
Rd. 3, Pick 21 -- RB Darrelynn Dunn: "We're excited he was still available. We look for him to provide a huge punch in our backfield."
Rd. 4, Pick 28 -- WR Julian Walker: "Julian is a talented receiver who can break the big play at any moment. We're thrilled to bring him to the Rose City."
Rd. 5, pick 37 -- WR J.J. Hayes: "J.J. was instrumental in his team's success last year and we look forward to what he can bring to our receiving corps this season. We are excited to have him in a Forest Dragons' uniform this season."
Rd. 6, Pick 46 -- QB Matt Behrendt: "This will be Matt's second season with the Forest Dragons and we could not be happier to have him back in Portland. It will be invaluable to have his leadership on this team."
Rd. 7, Pick 53 -- WR Kayne Ferguharsen: "We are glad to welcome Kayne to Portland, He is a tremendous receiver with great hands who should bolster our receiving corps significantly."
Rd. 8, Pick 62 -- WR Marquise Deadwiler: "This is a player we had looked at taking as early as the sixth round; that is how confident we are in his skills. We got better today with the selection of Marquis."
Rd. 9, Pick 69 -- RB Jon Wolf: "Jon is a big, versatile player who eats up the field with each carry. We also feel as if we have a two-for-one, as he also serves as his team's backup quarterback."
Rd. 10, Pick 78 -- DE Iowa Barnstormers: "We feel good about this unit. They are strong and opportunistic. We want to put them out on the field and see what they can do for us."
Rd. 11, Pick 85 -- WR Derek Racette: "Derek is an opportunistic receiver who can give a big game when we need it. We're looking forward to having him in Portland."
Rd. 12, Pick 96 -- PK Josh Gable: "Josh has an impressive leg. We drafted him after seeing him knock an 80-yard kick via Youtube. This is a very talented kicker."
Rd. 13, Pick 101 -- PK Zeke Arevalo: "Zeke is a solid performer; week in and week out. We are thrilled to have his skill set and we believe he will be a huge asset to our team."
Rd. 14, Pick 112 -- WR Tim Lukas: "Tim is a go-to guy on a struggling team. We feel he can make a real difference with the Forest Dragons."
Forest Dragon's draft board as round seven was to begin.
Forest Dragons at the Portland Airport greet first-round pick Verlon Reed.
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