In my NFL draft overview last week, I overlooked this column by CNN.SI's Jeffri Chadiha. Summarized in my words -- the first round is much like buying a Powerball lottery ticket and the later rounds are real attempts at investing. Chadiha adds
Last week I asked an old friend of mine -- a man who spent nearly 20 years coaching, scouting and making personnel decisions in the NFL -- about my theory, and he agreed. He told me that in his experience, teams spent the first round searching for players with the appropriate measurables. They wanted physical freaks, and if they couldn't get those guys, they wanted prospects that came as close as possible to being freaks. It was easier to justify the money for such talents.