Draft misinformation, I really have to laugh at all the so called experts who say things yet the NFL teams do the exact opposite so many times. Even the NFL general managers and coaches contradict themselves. They do that on purpose, it’s simple they do not want the average Joe to know their craft. Think about what you do for a living, do you go around teaching people what it took you 40 years to learn? NO you don’t especially in a profession that is cut throat. In fact I was offered an online draft course for $700. I was glad to pay it if were Jerry Reese were giving it, for that money someone in his class had to be, I passed on it. That’s my point, accurate information is not free on the other hand BS is.
I always hear draft best player available, not even close, it seems as though every team drafted mostly for need, period. One reason is the weak draft and the rookie salary schedule probably has something to do with it too. Another thing I constantly hear all the time is that 40 times mean nothing, to that I say “yeah right”. How many really good players dropped way down this draft especially because of slow 40 times. You can see it all over this draft. So many players dropped because of that and of course off field issues. Like da weed man, don’t smoke it dude you will lose a lot of money come draft day. But the 40 times were a real killer for so many players and I agree. If there is one thing I have learned it’s about speed in the NFL now. They want fast and tall guys with long arms, so many players who I thought were not great football technicians were drafted for their speed. Yet some really good football players fell many rounds because of slow forties.
This draft was not a strong draft, so many of these players are not going to make it. A lot of your favorite guys will be second or third backups or even out of football in a few years. It’s like that in every draft and I think that as a profession it’s a different attitude, many players cannot deal with it and can never adjust. This is a tough sport and some great players never have a career because of injuries, so that’s another huge issue. Being a professional is not as much fun as being a college star. A professional football player has a lot of responsibility and the fun part goes out the door for many players, it takes the heart out for them and they never are able to move to the next level. The work load is tremendous as compared to college.
This Giants draft was not about next season. Coughlin never plays rookies unless they are outstanding players or there are injuries. Parcells was the same way, he did not even like rookies and preferred grown men who were dedicated professionals even if their talent level was not as high. That’s what most winning coaches do, they rely on veterans. So don’t believe the hype, don’t buy into what people on TV or the internet say most of the time. They are there to make a living not educate you. Learn the game by reading and applying what you read to film of games, that’s the only way.
This Giant draft was about filling needs in the near future with athletes that are rough around the edges but have above the average NFL player’s athletic and physical ability normally drafted in those slots and maybe in some instances not the college production you would expect. Reese is fine tuning his drafting, I can see him adjusting every year to what the team needs. He fills in with veterans short term and tries to develop draft picks. This being a weak draft it looks like Reese went for the freak athlete or player that has some special trait over the more polished product with less upside. It worked with JPP, will it work with these other players? I’ll try to break down each player with some thoughts about what makes them special enough to have been drafted by the Giants in future blogs. Reese is a big picture guy and does not have tunnel vision, his vision goes beyond 2012. This draft was not about this season as much as it was about 2013 and beyond, more so than any other of his drafts.