Just How Broken Is The NFL Draft?

J HartmanCorrespondent IAugust 10, 2009

ALLEN PARK, MI - MAY 01:  Matt Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions looks on during rookie orientation camp at the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility on May 1, 2009 in Allen Park, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The NFL draft has been horribly broken for a long time but there are too many "related issues" to expect a simple fix.

Think about these couple issues:

1. If they put in a simple rookie wage scale, the need for NFL players agents nearly goes away!

2. If they put in a simple rookie wage scale, they now have to rewrite the entire premise of the salary cap.

3. If they put in a simple rookie wage scale, they now have to renegotiate virtually every single contract in place to work within the new salary guidelines.

4. The first player drafted under a simple rookie wage scale would get paid 10% of what Matt Stafford got... which is about what a rookie should make.

Just how broken is the draft?

1. The theory that the draft is to help bad teams get better is a joke.....how has the draft helped the likes of the Browns and Lions over the last few decades?  Granted, they perpetuated their own problems but the system certainly didn't help them any.

2. Although the NFL can seldom be compared to a real job, can you imagine a rookie lawyer or accountant joining a firm and making as much as the firms top producer on day one?

3. Here is the real big one... In today's age of free agency and players moving to where the money is, the best way for a team to make strides is through free agency; right?  But during the off season, a team who drafted in the top five is very limited in what they can do with free agency because the bulk of their money has to go to the rookie who they typically can't sign until training camp or later.  I know there are dozens of loopholes to get around salary caps but an early draft pick is a kiss of death.