I have always enjoyed mock drafts, draft predictions and to some extent draft day itself (Brady Quinn falling to the 2nd round was glorious) at least the first two rounds. I enjoy Kiper and McShay taking a side and the criticisms. Do you prefer another voice out there? LINKS are always appreciated!
OT-Kiper, McShay Or Door Number 3?
I just always find it funny that people pay so much attention to any draft analysis. It's a whole lot of talk and a whole lot of speculation when we can wait until draft day and know with 100% certainty what has happened.
I'm sure you had the same reaction waiting for christmas as a child (or whatever winter holiday you may have celebrated).
Personally I don't even bother reading the Friday previews during the season. Why bother, I can just know what happened with 100% certainty when I watch the game, and then DOUBLE DOWN ON THE TRUTH with UFR.
Thats no fun though. Thats like filling in your march madness bracket the day after the games are played; half the fun for a lot of things like this is seeing how close your predictions actually come.
Edit:. Sarcasm meter is broken. Sorry.
Haha, fair enough. What I meant to say was that while I can see why people tune in, I don't really get why people put so much stock in it. It's awesome to stuff your face with information about your team, I just won't ever get worked up about someone's description of what they think is going to happen.
but isn't that what we do on National Signing Day? Jake Fisher of last year's class comes to mind.
Absolutely, we do it all the time. I'll admit to following the rumors just because it gives me something to do and I enjoy hearing about it, but I usually don't get too worked up until there's actual news.
Brady Quinn only fell to the 23rd pick. Still soundly in the first round fwiw.
Kiper is better at evaluating players, but McShay is probably better at predicting where they will go.
I know it's kind of the entirety of his job but Mel Kiper is actually reasonably good at evaluating players. It's shocking.
McShay is worthless to me.
Mayock is far and away the best. I get so annoyed of the childish arguing between Kiper and McShay. NFL network as a whole does a much better job of their draft coverage.
There's a special, strange joy I get watching the combine and specifically Rich Eisen running the 40 in a suit.
Todd McShay is an asshat. He'll never live down the advice he gave to Jevan Snead's family.
Mock drafts are worthless and a waste of time.
I haven't heard of a story with McShay/Snead, although obviously I can guess at what it must be. Can you fill in/provide a link?
Well, let me edit myself, the Snead family decided Jevan should turn pro based on McShay's advice (advise?):
Mock drafts are almost always wrong. But when you have a "dog in the fight," it is a lot of fun. It's like the axiom that everyone is undefeated in training camp. The time leading up to the draft is almost always a time of optimism, and you are always hoping that "your" team can get the "steal of the draft," or at least someone who can come in and improve the team right away.
Then, on draft day, no matter how bad a draft pick is, the coaches and GM's all talk about how great the players they drafted are. It's all a crap shoot, and you don't really find out how good a draft was until a few years down the road.
As for Kiper and McShay, if they can make a living doing what they're doing, more power to them. But neither compels me to watch or listen to a word they say.
Always liked Kiper and found McShay to be an annoying foil at best.
I think McShay has picked up his game and now offers an informed counter opinion to Kiper - the two of them together "works" now.
Mock drafts are fun. The key is to not take them too seriously. The best anyone can do is make an educated guess the overwhelming majority of the time. The best prognasticators might get the top 3-5 selections correct any given year.