As much as I live for the NFL Draft, it's tough for me to say that I'm glad it's over. When the draft is actually going on, I can't get enough of it. Even as a little kid, I can remember recording every pick that was made on my own draft board and crossing off the names once they were selected. Of course, my day was always ruined once the Dolphins made their first pick, but I was always excited up until that point. I don't know what it is about being involved in a draft that intrigues me, but I have always been enamored with everything that goes along with it. I'm sure it has a lot to do with my love for fantasy football, college football and the NFL from a young age, and I guess that's why there are certain things that are starting to bother me. I'm sure that I'm not the only person starting to get fed up with everything surrounding the draft, but I have a few ideas to help fix these problems, because nobody likes a complainer unless he or she actually has something to offer better than what is currently in place...
Coverage before the draft : As most of you can tell, the coverage of the draft begins about two months before the actual draft starts and it is starting to become...well no, it has become a bit of an overkill. And since the NFL and everything that revolves around it is a cash cow, I'm afraid the coverage is not only going to continue but increase with every year. Now, I don't think it is the amount of coverage that is a problem, but it's the lack in variety of coverage that upsets me. For eight weeks all we do is hear about who the No. 1 pick is going to be, the players that are going to get drafted in the top ten and the remaining players that will go in the first round. Yes, that is something that I want to know, but not every day for eight weeks. In case nobody has noticed, there are seven rounds in the draft. I would like to know how many picks my favorite team has, what position and which players they should be drafting each round and what players are expected to go in which round. When the fourth round and later rounds come around, I have no idea who anyone is and I know that I am not alone with this problem. I could see taking a week to review each round, what kind of players should be going in each round and the caliber of players that have been chosen in that round in the past. So not only would this prevent an overkill of information, but it would create more of an intrigue for fans when it comes to the later rounds and more of an understanding as to why each team chose the player that it did.
Draft experts : As far as I am concerned, unless you have been a scout, worked out all these players individually, actually been in the War Room of an NFL team and actually been involved in the entire process of a draft, you are not an expert. All these self proclaimed experts, including the ones on our site, are no more qualified to do what they do than any other fan. If you payed me to educate myself on the draft, I follow the college game enough to be able to do just as good of a job. What I would like to see is someone given the opportunity to become a draft expert that has been a head coach or general manager of an actual NFL team. Maybe someone like a Bill Cowher or Charlie Casserly. I would love to receive as much information as possible from someone with that knowledge, and man what I would give just to sit in the War Room with Bill Parcells!
Coverage of the draft : I actually don't think the coverage of the draft is all that bad as it's very tough to follow each and every pick and trade that goes down, but I would like to know more about my own team that is involved in the draft. I think every team should have its own draft channel which follows the draft and updates its fans on what the team is thinking, the players that they are hoping will fall and who they would be willing to trade up and select. Obviously this wouldn't be insider info because there is no way any general manager or coach would leak anything that they are planning on doing, but every team has insiders that know more than the masses about the team. Maybe I should start a show for the Miami Dolphins draft!
After the draft : And now we get to the much debated grades after the draft. I'm not going to lie, I look forward to the grades, and I read them all with interest, but I never take them seriously because not even the most qualified and knowledgable football minds could correctly grade a draft after it was completed. What bothers me is that every expert prefices their article about draft grades, saying that nobody can truly grade a draft until a player has gone through three years in the NFL. Which I agree with. Well, how come we never actually see any grades of teams after three years. I know that we aren't going to eliminate the report cards for the day after the draft, but why not come out with grades of the draft that occured three years ago to go along with the immediate grades. Not only is that something that I would be interested in reading, but it's definitely something that I would be interested in writing. Shoot that is a great idea! If I can actually motivate myself to write more than a blog, I will definitely do that.