The NFL Draft - It's a Changin!
This years draft was very enjoyable. A few things stuck out to me this year:
Because of electronic media, fans are more informed
I have been a member of this board for a few years. I've been talking draft on various message boards since 1996. While opinions are what they are, the knowledge of the fan base has increased among draftniks and also more casual draft fans alike. I can tell the latter by my conversations with a my friends and colleagues. There is a lot of information out there, and with social media like bogs, better NFLN programming, twitter accounts and even fan run football sites, the sharing of information is at an all time high.
The game of football is becoming more international
Ziggy Ansah- Ghana. Menelik Watson- England. Bjoern Werner- Germany. Margus Hunt- Estonia. All of these guys were went gone by the 21st pick of the 2nd round. Amazing when you think about it.
The gap between the draft pundits and team GMs is growing exponentially.
It's funny, as the draft coverage increase, it appears that the draft pundits know less and less about team needs and how teams have players ranked. For example, the QB that was taken first wasn't ranked in the top 6 only about two months ago. And a "top five" prospect on "everyone's board" not only fell to number 23, two DTs including a 3 technique like Floyd was taken ahead of him. Finally, two QBs once billed to be first rounders both lasted until the 4th round. The 4th round! It' more and more evident that teams have shut their doors to these name dropping draft pundits who have Phd's in Monkey See Monkey Rank. What these guys need to do to save face is do their OWN ranking and stop trying to be psychics.
Teams have adjusted positively to the new rookie wage salary structure.
This was a great move by the NFL. Quick, who had a terrible draft? Pretty much no one did. Even the draft most rank as the worst, the Cowboys, actually got good players. It was the draft strategy that was questioned. That's because teams are now able to move around more freely to get players they want/need. That and the fact that teams appear to care even less what the pundits say.
Kaepernick is this years pat white. Thin, gimmick offense and doesn't possess an nfl arm. The ncaa constantly regurgitates clones of past players and amazingly enough, tricks some people into thinking they're better than their cloned half. Kaepernick was a complete waste of a senior bowl qb spot. A better qb will come from the east/west shrine or whatever they're calling it now...count on it