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It is NFL Draft Week, which means white boards have been written upon, washed clean and written upon again, and daily meetings get louder and louder by the hour. This, all to prepare for everything that may happen, especially in the early rounds on Thursday and Friday, with it all getting blown apart when two teams no one expected make a trade that changes the course of the NFL Draft for a dozen other franchises. All in all, however, one thing is clear, this is NOT the week you want to have breaking news alerts on your phones turned on, since the time has come to stop reading NFL Draft rumors.
For the last three months fans of the New York Jets (myself included) have heard about the legend that was coming to our franchise, BYU quarterback Zach Wilson. His draft stock was rising fast late in the 2020 college football season, and by the time the offseason began, Wilson had surpassed players like Justin Fields and Trey Lance, becoming the second ranked QB in this year’s class.
Colin Cowherd: Zach Wilson will be a bust.
Also Colin Cowherd, 2018: Sam Darnold is a stud, Baker Mayfield is a bust, Josh Allen is a bust, Josh Rosen is the most NFL ready.
Also Colin Cowherd, 2020: Tua is the best QB in this class, Burrow is average, Herbert is a bust.
— James Bock (@DJSpocktimus) April 22, 2021
Now, with just days to go before Gang Green is expected to pick second in Thursday night’s first round, experts like Mel Kiper, Jr. and Colin Cowherd are calling out Wilson, with Kiper saying that Fields is the way the Jets should go with their pick. Even Jets legendary Hall of Famer Joe Namath has called for someone other than Wilson to be the quarterback his former team chooses.
As much as I despise the term “war room,” for the next few days, 32 NFL teams are battling each other for talent. And just like in war, franchises have no problem putting out some information as well as a lot more disinformation to try and secure the player they want. Sadly, for many players, they are the victim of this “Draft Propaganda” since sometimes a player’s reputation needs to get muddied in order for the team who wants him is able to select him.
Highest PFF passing grade on throws past the sticks since 2019 | 2021 Draft QBs
1. Justin Fields – 97.6
2. Mac Jones – 96.9
3. Zach Wilson – 95.2
4. Trevor Lawrence – 94.4
15. Trey Lance – 90.5 pic.twitter.com/mkWZ5DrOea
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 26, 2021
The people who are slinging the mud, and are happy to do it, are those in the NFL media and the talk show hosts who are being fed this propaganda by those with a hidden agenda. It is an agenda so secret, those in the media don’t even know which information is honest and which is a lie to serve a great goal.
There may be one or there may be six great quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Draft Class. Part of what will determine that is which teams selects which player and how that player fits into their system. Joe Montana may not have been a Hall of Fame player if he went to another team besides the San Francisco 49ers because the “West Coast” offense fit his skill set.
For certain players and for many skill position players like quarterback, the talent is there, we can see it, measure it and evaluate it. Where the game of the NFL Draft is won and lost is finding the right kind of talent for their system, just as Bill Walsh did with Joe Montana, who would not have done as well if he were in the same offense that Dan Marino ran with the Miami Dolphins.
The point here is simple, stop reading the hype, stop downloading Mock Draft 71.0, and don’t worry about what the experts are saying for the next few days because it is all meaningless in those draft rooms come Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. NFL teams don’t care what Mel Kiper, Jr. says, and you shouldn’t either.
Don’t worry about what any expert says, because right or wrong, they will be back next year to do it all over again. The person making the pick for your favorite team, however, as a lot more riding on being right during the draft, and it is their opinion that matters most once your team is on the clock.
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