This Thursday, the NFL Draft will once again be televised in Prime Time. There will be extensive coverage leading up to the event on both TV and sports talk radio. It will be watched by millions, but NOT ME!
To me, NFL draft picks are as overrated as __________ (fill in the blank)! Over the years, draft picks have become more valuable then oil, gold, and diamonds. It seems teams WILL NOT trade their 1st Round Pick for anything. I’ve been amazed how teams won’t even trade their 1st Round Pick for a proven, Pro Bowl level player and I don’t get it. Actually, I do get it. One person and one event has led to the NFL Draft becoming what it is today, so let’s review.
Mel Kiper, Jr. has been the face of the NFL Draft for as long as I can remember. He’s on stage discussing every potential pick, commenting on every pick, has his Top 10 at every position, etc. He’s THE draft expert according to most. In my opinion, he’s a draft genius for building up draft picks to be more valuable then they really are. And why? Because without their value, Mel Kiper, Jr. is just another analyst on TV as opposed to the “face” of the NFL Draft, year in and year out, for over 20 years. I’m not knocking the guy, I’m actually giving him props for his ability to persuade the sports public AND NFL franchises into believing that their team shouldn’t trade their 1st Round Pick for Tom Brady, Walter Payton, or Joe Montana! You can say Mel is brilliant with a legendary hair style to boot.
Now, let’s discuss the event – The Herschel Walker Trade. The trade was made between the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys in October 1989. That year, the Cowboys would finish the season 1-15 and the Vikings felt they were a player away from being a serious SuperBowl contender. So, the Cowboys shipped Walker to the Vikings for 5 players and 6 drafts picks. Yep, SIX draft picks. One of those draft picks led to Emmitt Smith, now the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, becoming a Cowboy and the rest is history. The Cowboys went on to form a Dynasty and won 3 SuperBowls. It took the Vikings years to recover.
So as millions tune in to the NFL Draft this Thursday to see who their favorite team selects, I’ll be watching anything but. What the heck do you do for the 15 minutes between each 1st Round pick anyway?!
Tom Glatz, Bucks County, PA
I’ve lived in the Greater Philadelphia Region my entire life and have been watching/following sports since I was 5 years old! I have grown to love all that is Philly sports – Phillies, Flyers, Sixers, Eagles, Big 5, Army-Navy, etc. I love talking/chatting sports with those who like or hate the Philly teams. I tell it like it is, whether in favor of our Phillies or in favor of those DAMN YANKEES! 😀
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