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Old 04-08-2013, 01:20 PM    (permalink
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Every single time a team picking at the top of the draft comments or shows any interest whatsoever in a player, the media driven knee jerk reaction is that the team is throwing up a smoke screen and we mostly buy it. My question is why is there always this assumption? You know, these teams really don't owe us anything and they could simply be expressing their opinion on said player. I believe that the vast majority of these instances show that teams are simply doing their due diligence so that they know the prospects. It is possible to be impressed with a candidate you don't intend to select. Thoughts?
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I would say the teams are trying to play each other. And we (draftniks or whatever you would prefer to call yourself) are mostly just playing each other. I think there's probably different actions that can be taken different ways. For instance, if a team brings a guy in for a visit, or conduct a private workout, it's hard for me to believe that's a complete smoke screen, because that's such a complete waste of time. I do think there are workouts teams want everyone to know about and those that they are more secretive about, but in the current media climate, it's pretty hard to keep anything quiet. However, I think a lot of the rumors that end up saying "a high ranking-official told me that X team is high on Y" or "a scout told me they have no interest in Z" is more likley to be teams trying to not only get some misinformation out there, but also to gauge reaction around the NFL and even from its own fan base (not as crazy as it sounds).
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At this point, 95% of this is all media driven. I mean, how many Draft Kniks had Bruce Irvin as a 1st round pick? After Seattle took him at 15, The Jets pretty much said they wanted him at 16 the very next pick.

The combine is also not weighed as much stock either. It gets teams to get a feel for players, but it's there tape that really counts, not in shorts.

I'd say, the Cheifs pretty much have their mind made up, unless they get an offer and move down.

Most teams already know what they need and what player they're targeting. And have all these back up plans organized and have had their Draft Boards set for the past 2-3 months now. They want to get a feel for these guys in the interviews and visits, but they really either remove them from the board or they remain confident in that player.

For example. I think the Bucs have a plan and deal set in place for the 13th pick to go to the Jets.
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I would have to agree with the above notion of the teams playing each other.
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