So the NFL Draft is finally over..or at least I think it is. The longest and most in-depth draft of them all was expanded to 3 days this year. And boy did it show. America really lost interest quick in this year’s edition of the NFL Draft. By day 3, the viewing crowd had shrunk to almost non existant.
So I am not even go to spend time recapping the biggest winners and losers in this draft. I am going to talk about the draft process in general and how it is set up. First of all. The 3 day setup..give me a break. Entirely too long and overdrawn. I understand that it cannot be done in one day. And that is fine. But 3 is major overkill. Secondly, in my opinion, there are far too many rounds which leads to far too many players being drafted. 7 rounds is a ton of rounds. I realize that NFL rosters are large. So therefore there will be more rounds in this draft than in other sports. And that is fine. But by having so many rounds, the prestige is lost after a few rounds, not to mention most have not heard of the players being drafted after round 3 unless it is players from their favorite colleges being drafted. I mean honestly, I would love to get the numbers on how many of the players drafted after the 3rd round actually make their respective team’s active rosters as rookies. The odds are against these guys unfortunately.
Another subplot that has really caught my eye for months now. The growing rivalry between Todd McShay and Mel Kiper. Kiper was king of this business for the better part of the past decade. But now the new hot-shot Todd McShay has exploded onto the scene. Who is the best? Who should America listen too? This is really up for debate and I would love to hear your thoughts. In my opinion, I would say that McShay might have done a better job in predicting this year’s draft. But that is very subjective and hard to say. ESPN has created a budding rivalry though. It will be interesting to see over the course of the next few years who takes over as “the” main NFL Draft guru.
I will state this though. Jon Gruden’s QB Camp that aired on Sportscenter was awesome. This guy is extremely entertaining and knowledgable. Really gave America a taste of how intense these NFL coaches are and how the process of evaluating prospective players works a little bit. I thoroughly enjoyed this and hope that ESPN continues doing this in the future with even more players from all of the positions.
Lastly, the QB situation of this draft was a mess. I mean how is Tim Tebow going to get drafted ahead of Clausen and McCoy? Like seriously? I will never question Tebow’s work ethic. But heart and work ethic is not everything. Tebow is not pro ready yet. He is years away. I also thought it was highly unfair how much attention ESPN gave Tebow following the first round. The man was the 25th pick of 32. He got more attention on the internet and on the TV shows than any other player drafted on Day 1. It made no sense. I am going to go out on a limb and say that I think Clausen is the most pro ready QB in this draft. Will he get a shot during year 1 with the Panthers? We will see. Bradford is still a big question mark compared to Clausen in my eyes due to the injury. I still believe that Bradford is a major talent though. Overall, not the best crop of QBs coming out this year but who knows. Very hard to predict a QBs success in the NFL until they actually get out there.
So the Draft is finally over. I will provide more insight on the biggest winners and losers if you all ask for it. Let me know what you think about the draft’s current format. Also, McShay or Kiper? Who is the best?
Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.