The National Football League College Draft.
It just sends shivers down you spine, doesn’t it. Like Sophia Coppola’s acting in The Godfather, Part 3 you just can’t believe that something like this could happen.
But it does. Year after Year after Year! And it’s a truly wonderful thing.
Because for football fans, and I count myself as one since 1979, the draft not only allows you to catch your first “professional” glimpse of Lawrence Taylor, Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders, Marshall Faulk or Willie Roaf but also a chance for you to watch ESPN (and now NFL Network) commentators wax on ad nauseum about players like former University of Cincinnati running back Hobson Milner (drafted by the Vikings with the 318th pick in 1982), former Jackson State tackle Deatrich Wise (drafted 242nd in 1988 by the Seahawks) or Hensley Hempstead, a former guard from Kansas drafted 228th by the Lions – remarkably 8 picks AFTER Herman O’Berry, the defensive back from Oregon, was nabbed by the Rams.
Greatness is only achieved by a select few. Even notoriety is a fleeting accomplishment experienced by far far less than the majority. But on draft day, when some team decides to use their sixth round pick on Marshall tight end Cody Slate and Mike Mayock on NFL Network begins giving detailed analysis of his third-down pass catching potential and says things like, “… and in 2 years he could develop into a poor man’s Kevin Boss” and you’re sitting at home and you know just as well as Mayock that the only place Cody Slate’s going to be in 2 years is loading soil into pick-up trucks at an Armstrong Nursery just outside Lexington, Kentucky but you don’t care because you’re enthralled by the analysis anyway – well then you know why the NFL Draft matters.
Friends, since I called out sick from school at the tender age of 11 to yell at the screen while the Colts drafted Art Schlichter (“he looks like an alcoholic gambler who’ll end up hosting a poorly produced sports radio talk in Vegas in 20 years”) I’ve been following the NFL Draft with the all precision and exactitude of two teenagers having sex in the backseat of a mini-cooper after drinking two bottles of Nyquil.
This blog is meant to prepare you specifically for the 2010 NFL Draft. As you likely know, the draft has continued to grow in popularity since it’s inception and this year the first round will be in prime time on Thursday, April 22nd at 7:30pm EST. The 2nd and 3rd rounds will take place the following evening beginning at 6:00pm EST while the remaining rounds will be completed on that Saturday, April 24th starting at 10:00am EST.
The blog will focus not necessarily on team needs, but rather on the players themselves. With spot on analysis that will have to be read to be believed, we will rate players one position at a time. In addition to using standard measuring tools such as college career statistics, bowl game performances, NFL Combine results and my own “eyeball” test, I also have ushered in two revolutionary NFL draft evaluating components. The “Doug’s Draft Intangibles” or DDI are ratings I give players based on my way own highly tuned, ridiculously skilled “hunches”, “feelings” and “intuitions” about each and every player in the draft. For example, I had a “hunch” back in 1991 that Herman Moore would have a long career in the NFL but that Mike Croel would not be able to manipulate his physical tools into consistent NFL success. Based on these lone two instances of success, I developed the DDI which has been operating at a success level similar to an average AFL quarterback completion percentage ever since.
And this year, I’ve instituted a new rating system. The “BK-o-METER” based on the musings of friend and fellow draft expert BK. Feisty and often times short-tempered, BK utilizes a complicated formula that measures NFL prospects by how much they can bench (and this includes kickers and punters), how appealing he finds their name (he was always big on Rock Cartwright), what political party they ascribe too, and whether or not they have some sort of interesting personal story (both parents were blind, sister was killed in a speed skating accident, born in Jamaica to parents who were champion curlers, etc.). He also occasionally concerns himself with how they actually performed when playing college football as well although too his credit he never lets that get too much in the way of his final analysis.
Because I’m unable to confer with BK on every prospect for this year’s draft (as of print time I had conferred with him on 0.03% of potential draftees) I just went ahead and projected the BK-o-METER which really, trust me, is just as good.
The schedule for Doug’s NFL Draft World will be as follows:
- March 29, 2010: Quarterbacks
- March 31, 2010: Offensive Tackles
- April 2, 2010: Outside Linebackers
- April 3, 2010: Wide Receivers
- April 4, 2010: Cornerbacks
- April 6, 2010: Defensive Tackles
- April 7, 2010: Defensive Ends
- April 9, 2010: Running Backs
- April 11, 2010: Safeties
- April 12, 2010: Offensive Guards
- April 14, 2010: Centers
- April 16, 2010: Inside Linebackers
- April 18, 2010: Tight Ends
- April 19, 2010: Fullbacks
- April 20, 2010: Kickers & Punters
- April 21, 2010: Mock Draft
By the time 7:30pm EST/4:30pm PST rolls around on April 22nd you will be more prepared than you ever have been before to know who picked well…who picked poorly…and why Boo Robinson is no Casper on the Defensive Line.
This is DOUG’S NFL DRAFT WORLD.