A Tale of Two Drafts

You know I’m not a homer. You know I don’t just spout the company line. You know I call them as I see them.

First, the NFL Draft is an amazing item, because all these blabbermouths make their money by saying “I grade (Team X) draft a B+”. Like the day after the draft, you have a clue as to who’s going to turn out to be a superstar, who’s going to become a bust, whatever. What gets me is the thing about these “experts”. Mel Kiper Jr, who I happen to like because he worked hard at his craft and eventually found a market for it, was a fan. Give him credit for making a mountain out of that molehill, but come on now, these are young men, some with serious issues we are talking about!

So we call the Draft grades “happiness level”, because we don’t know what’s going to happen. Does anyone know how Nick Fairley is going to be in the lineup with Suh the Destroyer? Now that guy has a motor that doesn’t stop. I can tell you this, if Fairley shows any signs of taking downs off, he’s going to have to deal with his own teammates first.

And Suh is not a guy you want to piss off. Heck, I’m not even sure I want to write about him!

Anyway, I see where the Raiders are getting called “draft losers“. Kind of funny. How can you call a team “draft losers” when you haven’t seen how the players turn out? Isn’t the idea of a draft to pick a player who you think can play a certain role on your team? During the Draft, I remember one analyst…I believe it was Chris Landry…saying “It takes three years to judge a team’s draft”. Truer words have rarely been spoken.

The Raiders did what happens to a lot of teams: They drafted for need. What happens when you draft for need? You have to reach for players who might not be evaluated as highly because you “need” that player in your lineup. I think that’s what happens a lot in Oakland. Especially if that player is fast. If you continuously draft for need, you’ll end up getting players who don’t have the talent level to match where you selected them. Then you’ll suffer through years of losing.

Detroit received kudos for their draft; they picked a number of players who APPEAR as if they will do well in the NFL. They stuck with what Coach Schwartz called “draft discipline“. They stuck to their board no matter what they thought their needs were. I think that’s pretty smart. Then again, Detroit is going to get torched in their secondary unless they pick up a defensive back or two when free agency starts. Now I hear where Detroit fans are so happy about their status at the moment, anything less than .500 will be a disappointment.

Uh, oh. Have they checked out the Lions schedule?

They play eight games against teams that won 10 or more games. They play the defending Super Bowl champion, the previous Super Bowl champion, and a team that was #1 on offense and #1 on defense and didn’t make the playoffs. They play at what surely will be an improved Dallas team and an improved niners team. The Lions play the fourth hardest schedule in the NFL next season. Can’t see where there’s a lot of room for improvement in the win-loss column.

To throw this in, I know two guys who weren’t very happy with the Fairley selection: Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler. LOL.

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I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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1 Response to A Tale of Two Drafts

  1. Andrew Bailey says:

    Ouch they didn’t do Detroit any favors. I really like there young core with Suh, Stafford and the man they call Megatron aka Calvin Johnson. Only with Matthew Stafford can stay healthy. We shall see how it goes. Does crack me up I saw they did give Raiders a bad grade. Id like to see last years draft grades and after the first season see if they are still the same. Not sure how much money Mel kiper is given but I guarantee me or you could do his job. What did you think about Carolina drafting Cam Newton. They obviously think their fellow Notre Dame QB will not cut it or they need a nice backup or something

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