The 2015 NFL Draft is just seven days away, making this one of the most exciting times of the year. The 2015 NFL Draft is the perfect opportunity for the New York Giants to get better heading into 2015. There is just one thing you need to know.
The NFL Draft is without a doubt the single most important way to build a professional football team. Hitting a home run in the NFL Draft will impact your franchise for a decade or possibly longer.
The NFL Draft is not filled with home runs though. It is a process with winners and losers. The scientific art that scouting college prospects has become is without a doubt an imperfect system.
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Making a mistake in the NFL Draft can be costly; the rookie wage scale has limited the financial burden, but nothing can get a failed opportunity back. The NFL Draft is not like the lottery, there are winning tickets laid out in front of every team. The problem is that there are losing tickets too and too many decision makers cannot tell the difference.
If you look back through the history of the NFL Draft, there are more organizational failures and more busts than there are franchise saving picks. While in comparison to NFL Free Agency, the NFL Draft is a safer route to team building, the draft isn’t inherently safe.
The outrageous nugget of truth is that the NFL Draft is rigged for bad teams to become good, giving the teams with the worst records the first cracks at the top talent. Despite this the bad teams tend to stay bad. The Oakland has been bad since 2003. The Jaguars had some good seasons but lately have been nothing special. The Cleveland Browns are the little engine that never can.
Yet the good teams, continue to be good. The New England Patriots won their fourth Super Bowl Championship since 2001. The Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts who have become perennial contenders since drafting Andrew Luck and several other key players.
The Patriots almost faced defeat by the Baltimore Ravens who have won a playoff game in six of the last seven years, winning a Super Bowl in 2012.
Jan 18, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws a pass during the first quarter against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
In the NFC the Seahawks and the Packers, two teams built almost entirely from good drafting waged war in the NFC Championship game. The Packers almost were beaten by the Dallas Cowboys, who have had three consecutive amazing NFL Drafts.
The one thing you need to know about the NFL Draft is that good franchises manage to do well, as if it were a yearly habit like hibernation for bears or chipmunks collecting acorns. While there is no team with a perfect draft record, the teams that experience success found it in the draft.
The draft is in very many ways a minefield. There are more bad possible scenarios than there are good, if we are being honest. It is the good teams that find a way to find the gold. The New York Giants have to show if they are still a premiere franchise in the NFL. They have to prove to themselves and quite frankly the football world that they can find the gold.