How-to draft in the NFL

Posted: November 30, 2009 in draft, NFL

It seems that some teams don’t really get drafting, even though it is a yearly ritual.  Some like to draft flashy players (looking at Oakland) or get receiver after receiver (was looking at Detroit). 

The draft is very very simple nowadays with blogs, ESPN, draftniks, and Mel Kiper.  There’s a tsunami of information about a player before he even gets to the Combine.  Stank-0 will walk you through this. 

Why the break from the normal routine?  Because for some teams, it’s time to start thinking of next year.

The first half of the 1st round: 

DO NOT draft a running back or wide receiver unless it is a can’t-miss prospect.  Basically if you have a chance at Randy Moss, Adrian Peterson aka Purple Jesus, or Calvin Johnson, then do it otherwise pass.   

Stank-0 is iffy about including quarterbacks up there because they have not done well historically with Peyton Manning being the only real exception to that rule. 

[Writer’s note:  Matt Ryan gotta put some years and consistent productivity on his career to be included in the same company as Peyton.  Fall back!]

Do draft a defensive player, mainly on the defensive line or a linebacker.  They generally pan out well.  Stank-0 believes that offense is vastly more complex than defense to learn or even get acclimated. 

Last half of the 1st round: 

Feel free to grab a wide out, hold on running backs.  A team might find their 3rd down-move-the-chains guy here.   

After the first round:

This is where the diamonds in the rough are.  You can address the needs of your team now.  There are many people still in attendance to watch anymore.  You don’t have to worry about anyone booing and acting out of pocket. 

It is at this time that you need to start looking for quality running backs.  Many of the good backs came outside of the 1st round. 

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