There’s always a polishing period after the NFL Draft. For every pick — even the unabashedly good ones — there comes a time where the media that covers a particular team seems to work to sell the idea of the pick. Before long, every guy taken in the first round (and most of the other rounds, if we’re being entirely honest) seems like a can’t-miss prospect.
Of course, we know that’s not the case. Many of the players taken in the draft just won’t work out. Many more will be merely adequate as pros. A few will turn out to be as good as their post-draft press.
None of this is the fault of the prospects in discussion, but it is worth keeping in mind as we evaluate them down the road. How were our expectations for these players changed by what we’ve read and learned? And how can we do a better job of managing those expectations in the future?
It takes practice, like everything else, but I think it’s a practice worth pursuing.
The NFL’s Next Gen Stats model projects Eric Stokes as the best cornerback from the 2021 NFL Draft and the fifth-best prospect overall.
Stokes’ path to the NFL started with one clip on a highlight tape — the only one that showed him playing defense.
Inspirational stories are a dime a dozen coming out of the Draft, but Rodgers’ is worth reading if only for some insight into his truly amazing recovery from a torn ACL.
Buried amidst other Packers news: the team is planning for full capacity at Lambeau Field in 2021.
The ocean: not even once.