The 2012 NFL draft is just over two weeks away and teams will have to start making some tough decisions about their draft boards in the coming days. When it comes to equally graded players, each team will have to decide how to break the tie.
The smallest of the details might be the difference between Spergon Wynn and Tom Brady.
While Tom Brady is the exception and not the norm, missing details can lead you to miss on a player and alter the path of an entire franchise.
It's not hard to assume that every team has draft regrets. How many teams considered drafting Tom Brady before he was selected by the Patriots?
How closely did rated did the Cleveland Browns have Wynn, drafted with pick 183, to Brady, drafted with pick 199? What about the Pittsburgh Steelers with Tee Martin, New Orleans Saints with Marc Bulger, Baltimore Ravens with Chris Redman and the San Francisco 49ers with Giovanni Carmazzi?
A team might miss their opportunity to draft a good player because of of a minor tweak to their draft boards in the final weeks.
How to alter the draft status of a player with injury concerns is another tough decision the team must make. Michael Bush, once believed to be a first-round talent, fell to the fourth round due to a broken leg.
It's not about predicting the future, as we try to do with mock drafts. It's about drafting the right players for the scheme and maximizing value. Compensatory picks cannot be traded, so the Raiders will let the draft come to them this year and draft the best player on their board.