Originally posted by DRUSTOPO:
Gotta love the media "experts" and their mocks. NFL teams do extensive hands on research over an entire year to determine who they like and do not like. By the time they examine them like cattle at the Combine, personally interview them, go to their Pro Days, talk to their coaches, all they are doing is verifying what they saw on tape. Very little changes on their draft boards, especially not a couple weeks, or 1 week, before the draft. The NFL team draft boards are pretty set way before that with little movement up or down a couple slots this late in the game. When you hear media heads talking about, "This guy is flying up everyone's draft board", that's BS coverup talk for THEM rating the prospect so low . They don't want to look bad when they had a guy as a 3rd rounder being picked in the 1st or vice versa.
Its a big sh!t show...and you know what? I LOVE IT!!!!
well, there could be a guy with health concerns that didint allow teams to fully evaluate. but just recently were able to.
There could be a guy you like but never had the chance to sit down and talk to hin the way you want. to work him out or awhat have you.
There could be a move a team recent;y made that warrants a change in strategy. Even if that team isnt you. Meaning you have x or y penciled in thinking you can get one of them. But all of a sudden someone picking around you makes a move now you're not sure. So you have to go a diffeernt route.
There could be a guy you had pegged as a "sleeper" but now he's going on visits to numerous teams and now you know if you want him you can't wait as long as you planned.
there could be a player coming back from injury for you, that you assumed would be further along that he actually is, but recently found out he's still a ways away. Now you don't know if he can be counted on to contribute as you'd like some now you have to look at alternative options.
All of those could contribute to changes. But I believe it's certain players getting 2nd visits or late visits or dinner visits this close to the draft that leads to the assumptions. And truth is if your guy is garnering interest this close to the draft. you very well may have to pull the trigger sooner rather than later.
But I do agree it's BS. Cause there's no way any GM or personnel guy is leaking any information about the players they like.