Draft Geeks – NFL Draft … Really It’s For Guys Who’ve A Great Deal of Time On Their Hands .
I don’t put a great deal into the prognostication about the draft, be it the NFL , NBA , MLB or NHL . Either a ‘player can play’ at the next level or they can’t . What I find asinine however are the guys who they think ‘they’ve got it down pat with their own draft projections’. Never once do they even bother to take into account that some teams will make simple maneuvers prior to the draft by giving up picks in order to obtain a free agent. But then again that’s what ‘separates them from the professionals who actually know what they’re doing and those who simply play the role of a GM or draft geek as the case maybe’. What can I say ? I’ll call it like I see it !
Now given the moves made by the Chicago Bears , I think it puts everything to rest for those who are out there with their assignations as to what teams do what , where, when and how. Now let me ask you this, what good is making a projection about the NFL Draft if you’re not prepared to do frugal analysis concerning the team and their pending free agents ? That’s what I find so asinine with the guys who simply draw up their tables and just boldly make their picks. Thank God, they’re not working within the financial field and offering advice to the general public. Seemingly, the advice given more likely than not would bankrupt their prospective clients. Need I say anymore on the matter ? Suffice to say, I simply look at all of this as nothing more than it being speculatory in nature and not much beyond that !
As far as I’m concerned once the NFL Draft commences , it’s down to the GM , coaches and the coaching staff to do what’s prudent and best for their respective organizations. I mean the St Louis Rams ‘can’t screw things up for themselves’ any worse than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are liable to do in this upcoming draft. Let’s face it other than the ‘Raiders’ , the ‘Rams’ and ‘Buccaneers’ may well be ‘the two worse ran’ NFL organizations in the entire NFL ! On the one hand you have Rams front office where there’s internal rancoring between ownership. Be that as it may and the moves made by the Chicago Bears , it remains to be seen what will transpire as the draft time comes around for a number of teams. Speculate all you want but at the end of the day it’ll be down to the choices made by the general managers on the day and that may well impact the fate of their teams.
Two years ago Matthew Stafford was being lauded as ‘the face’ of the Detroit Lions and a player who may well guide the team to a bright future. Can someone tell me what actually happened there ? Now for all sense and purpose we know that the Lions’ front office might have all the intellect and intelligence of a dead rat. But that asides , does anyone expect the team and organization to improve to the extent where they’ll become legitimate contender with the NFC , much less the rest of the NFL ?
As an avid fan of the NFL , I’ll watch the NFL Draft in part but in no way will it become the ritual wherein the whole process becomes one big spectacle that I’m expected to watch over the entire three days that the NFL Draft takes place. As important as the NFL Draft is presumed to be. There’s more to life than the NFL Draft and all that some believe it to be. Unfortunately the geeks may well feel it’s life or death ? ‘Life’ for me means family , friends, life itself and not just the notion of picking through the perceived remnants of what a professional NFL franchise might choose to do. It doesn’t affect my life and nor should it but you’d be hard pressed to tell the draft geek otherwise ! Here endeth the lesson , heed it and heed it well . As there may well be questions that you’ll be asked.
Alan Parkins aka tophatal
NB: The NFL Draft this year will be on 22nd April and will continue through until 24th April 2010.
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