I ask this question NOT as a non-sports fan who’s mocking the whole process, but as a serious football fan.
Ask yourself three questions:
- Who led the NFL in passing last year?
- Who led the NFL in rushing last year?
- Who led the NFL in receptions last year?
(Answers down below)…
1- Kurt Warner, 2-Priest Holmes, 3-Rod Smith
Now, the 4th and final question: what do Warner, Holmes and Smith have in common?
(Answer down below…)
NONE of them was drafted by ANY team in the N.F.L.!
In other words, the NFL’s scouts completely missed out on the league’s best passer, its best running back, and its best receiver.
I always have to add this disclaimer: I am NOT trying to insult NFL scouts. They’re generally smart guys, and they all know a LOT more about football than I do. But given their very dubious track record, why do we pay attention to the NFL draft at all? The truth is, NFL scouts and executives are GUESSING, just as Mel Kiper is. They have no clue who’s going to be great and who’s going to be an expensive bust!
So, why do we bother watching the NFL draft? Why do we pay attention when newspaper columnists give this team an A+ for tis drafte, and another team a C-, when we can’t possibly know for a few years whether any given draftee is going to be any good?