I was criticized yesterday for not talking enough about this week's NFL draft on our sports talk show.
"Nice 'sports talk show' you run over there. Have you spent even 10 minutes talking about the draft? And you get paid to be an expert? You're stealing a paycheck."
This is an outstanding e-mail on so many levels, but I will focus simply on the "expert" tag. I generally reserve this post for the day after the draft when folks, actual so-called experts, people who do actually receive a paycheck to be such, begin grading teams on their acquisitions.
You wanna talk the 2014 NFL Draft? Talk to me in three years.
Okay, that's a bit extreme, and that's certainly not a real sexy analysis, and it seemingly stands in direct violation of talk radio's founding premise - have an opinion - but I think that's the most responsible breakdown of any selection event.
My opinion is precisely that it's too early to form an opinion. But people like grades and expect definitive conclusions. That's why you not only see team grades, but individual grades for the incoming rookie class. I'd like to know what the formula is for determining a team (or individual) grade BEFORE THE DUDE EVER PLAYS A DOWN IN THE NFL!
It's not that I dislike this type of hypothetical banter. Possibilities and predictions and rumors are what make this stuff a blast. I enjoy making lists and comparing/contrasting, ranking, etc. But I think it's hilarious that anyone passes himself off as an expert on a complete hypothetical like a draft pick.
Not only do these dudes have no clue as to how the draft board will unfold, nor the value assigned by a respective GM to a given position or player, access to film and insider info only makes the "expert" more educated than most. Translation: his pick is a more educated guess...but it's still a guess. Until the guys hit the field, no one knows...everybody's guess is as good as anybody's: