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NFL Draft gives a look ahead into future Superbowl Champions

The NFL Draft will be held April 28-30 in New York City

The NFL draft is the highlight of the off season for football fans. It’s the lone opportunity during the long off season to discuss the future of your team with other sports fans. For NFL teams this is a make or break time of year. Decisions on who to draft will drastically shape the future their franchise.

Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area recently did a break down of every NFL teams’ draft picks over the last 5 years. After compiling the data he ranked all 32 teams on their draft performance during that span. The Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, and Indianapolis Colts finished top 3 for there ability to draft quality players over the past 5 years. It isn’t a surprise that each of those teams have won a super bowl over that same span. The New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons, two young playoff teams on the rise, round out the top 5.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, and Cincinnati Bengals graded out as the worse drafting teams of the past 5 years. It just so happens that all 3 of these teams will be picking in the first 10 picks of the NFL draft later this month.

A lot goes into the draft process and it has quickly become a huge national media point of coverage during the last decade. It is easy to see the correlation between a teams draft and their success on the field in the immediate years to follow. Plenty is said about the intense scrutiny the teams put prospects through during the evaluation process and many think that teams over-analyze in the months leading up to the draft. While this may be true in some cases, can you really blame the teams for putting in every effort to make sure they get the right picks. Teams have every right and responsibility to get every bit of information they can about the players they will potentially pay millions of dollars to.

Every draft pick becomes about risk and rewards. As a team, are we willing to risk X in hopes of getting rewarded with Y in return. It becomes a high stakes investment game and the teams are like any other big investment firm trying to find a quality investment opportunity. Everyone evaluates differently but ultimately they are all looking for the best opportunity to be rewarded on their risk.

Jobs, championships, and millions of dollars will be at stake when draft weekend rolls around and to think its only April. Just  five months (hopefully) away from football season again.

Note: Here is the link to the article by Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area with the rankings of all 32 teams


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