The Draft BY: Aaron alcott

With the first pick of the 2017 NFL draft, the (team name) selects (you name.) How would you feel if that name were you? You worked your whole life for this. Then, after your first season, you’ve been called a bust. Who would you blame? Yourself, or the coaching staff? Some attributes that make the NFL draft so special is that so many higher picks bust. Another attribute is that so many low round picks turn into stars.

The Process

The road to the NFL draft is very intriguing. There is a combine where all the players show off their skills to scouts in a series of events. After that, there’s a pro day where players going into the draft get evaluated again but by college. Finally, the big day. The day the players have been training their whole lives. Here is one way that makes the NFL draft special. “To me, what I love about the draft is; first, you see the young men who are realizing their dreams that they've worked so hard for. That's a pretty cool thing. You saw the emotion from some of these guys the other day. And then, the second thing is this total sense of hope and optimism. And, I think that's great for everybody”.

-Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner.

BUST BLAMER

Nfl teams are responsible for who they pick. They have so much information on the players that they should almost never have a bust, but they do. The staff is the one who hands the draft card to the commissioner, and the coaches have so much information on the player. But sometimes it’s not the team’s fault. The information they have could turn out to be true for college, but for the pro’s, the players skills aren’t effective. Or the player just had a great college career but aren’t good enough for the NFL. So it’s not always the team’s fault, but it’s also not always the player’s fault. Almost every year there is a bust.

UNEXPECTED STARS

Some of the NFL’s greats were very low picks in the draft. Another attribute that makes the NFL draft so special is the unexpected stars. Here are some examples of great late rounders: Tom Brady, arguably the best player of all time. First rounder right? Wrong! He was drafted in the 6th round, and he was expected to be bench player. He was good but not great at Michigan, where he went to college. Another example is Shannon Sharpe, maybe the best tight end ever. He was also drafted in the 6th round, and Shannon is a hall of famer! Almost every year there is a late round star.

JUST DO IT

Watch the draft every year. Watch the NFL season every year. Look out for the process, the busts, and the late round stars. While you are watching these things, think of the reasons that all this happens. And maybe one day, you will become a coach and never have a bust. Or you can be an unexpected star. You never know in the NFL these days.

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