The NFL Draft is almost here, which means I get to talk about Football! That’s not to say I haven’t been talking about it every chance I got since the season ended, but I’m not gonna get weird looks and have people run away from me like I’m Jack the Ripper or something. Well I guess I might get weird looks (probably right this instant), but I won’t be aware of them! I know that was completely random, but I don’t think I can accurately describe to you how good it feels to write about the game I love so much. On a side note, my saving grace has been my weekly podcasts with @gridironbeautie. My cohost, Oscar, and I talk about football and I get worked up and possibly make people mad. It’s a win – win.
So, like I said, It’s draft season and if you have a heartbeat and own a TV then you’re probably aware of a lot of the picks that are a hot commodity this year. The analysists love to talk this stuff to DEATH! I don’t know about you, but I’m super annoyed with hearing the same two names, over and over and over and over *cough* Manziel *cough* Clowney *cough*. It’s gotten out of hand. There are a lot of guys I believe should get more press but aren’t. The media loves the show boaters- the guys who talk themselves up. The guys who pander to the cameras. I however, have a philosophy- If you have to tell everyone how good you are, then you’re probably not that good. Let your playing speak for you.
As you could probably have guess, I have some thoughts on the draft. I’ve voiced these thoughts before and it’s something I get pretty fired up over. The draft should be about finding the right guy to fit into your team, not necessarily the best. I know that probably didn’t make a lot of sense, but I promise I’m going to clarify. Assuming a player is the best can get you into a lot of trouble. The assumedly best players don’t always work out. I’m just gonna throw some names out for you. These players are all guys that were considered the best coming out of college, but they couldn’t transition to the NFL. You can look them up to make sure I’m not pulling one over on you. Vince Young, JaMarcus Russell, Matt Leinart, Ryan Leaf, Akili Smith, and Tony Mandarich. So sometimes drafting the assumedly best backfires. Drafting the right guy though, is I believe, drafting the best guy. It will translate into success and wins for the team, which is obviously the goal for every NFL team out there. That’s the purpose of the draft- to set your team up for future success, not grab a guy because he is assumed as the best, pay him a bunch of money, and end up with a filled roster spot that doesn’t benefit anybody. It’s not only bad for these teams, but it’s a bad situation for the player as well. These players are trying to establish a career. They’re trying to win a Super Bowl and make into the Hall of Fame. They can’t do that if they end up on a team that can’t implement them in a way that will result in success for them. I just don’t believe a team that has pretty much run a mostly passing offense with a new head coach that is known for running a successful passing offense and working with pocket passers will have the most success they can with a QB who runs out of the pocket as much as he passes from it. And that player won’t have his true talents implemented in the way he needs to so he can enjoy the game and be amazing at his position. So sometimes it’s not about the touted best, it’s about what’s right for everyone.
So that’s my very long-winded soap box on the draft and the purpose it serves. It may not be popular or considered right. But that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
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