Over the past few months, hundreds of NFL prospects have been put through the draft wringer by a myriad of independent draft evaluators. The draft analyst industry is booming, with hundreds of outlets producing thousands of scouting reports on players from all over the nation.
It hasn't always been that way. While some websites and periodicals have been around for years, the breadth of options and the depth of detail on the reports used to be a lot scarcer.
Likewise, it was harder to find clean game tapes for many players. Broadcasts haven't always been in HD, and the explosion of regional sports cable networks is a very recent development. It used to be possible to see only about a handful of games for most prospects unless you were somehow able to get the coach's tape from the colleges.
Looking back at some of those earlier draft profiles on current stars, it's interesting to see where those evaluations hit the mark. How were studs like Calvin Johnson, Charles Woodson and Peyton Manning viewed back when they were going through the draft process?