Found April 24, 2012 on

With the NFL draft now only two days away, the specuation of who goes where is all over ESPN and other sports media.  The mock drafts are everywhere, and all fans pray that their team doesn’t pick a Tim Couch or Akili Smith in the first round.  For as many years as I can count, I have always made the same mistake, but I am slowly starting to learn one major thing about the NFL draft: don’t judge your teams picks based on their name recognition!

As hard as it is for fans to do, it is much better to trust your GM (well for most fans anyway), then to throw your remote because your team took Joe someone-I’ve-never-heard-of-before from a remote corner of the US.  I can speak from experience that big names do not always work out, and players that have never had a second of media coverage can be an NFL Pro-Bowler if implemented into the right system.  As a Packers fan, I knew it was imperative that we draft a Wide Reciever in the 2006 Draft.  I was praying that we got Chad Jackson from Florida or Sinorice Moss from Miami.  When Green Bay kept trading down, eventually both of those recievers came off the board and I was a devastated fan.  Granted, I didn’t watch very many draft workouts, but the biggest names that I recognized were gone and I felt like all hope was lost in finding a good reciever.

Looking back, judging our reciever pick that year based on name recognition and media attention was pretty shallow of me.  Especially considering with the 52nd pick in that draft, my team was able to draft Greg Jennings.  Since 2006, Jennings has run circles around Jackson and Moss who were both speculated to be better NFL players.  For another example, look at Tom Brady.  He is one of the best Quarterbacks to play in the NFL and he was 6th round draft pick.   There are numerous other examples of this, but I’m sure you get my point.

So whevever your favorite NFL team is on the clock this weekend, just remember specualtion doesn’t mean anything!  If  you have never even heard of your team’s pick; it’s okay because unless Al Davis ressurects from the dead, your GM is likely to make the best pick possible for your franchise.

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