Why the NFL Draft Is Overhyped

Dave WalkerCorrespondent IApril 24, 2010

ENGLEWOOD, CO - APRIL 23:  Denver Broncos introduce NFL first round draft pick Tim Tebow during a press conference at the Broncos Headquarters in Dove Valley on April 23, 2010 in Englewood, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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On Thursday night the 2010 NFL Draft kicked off this year in the luxury of prime time for the first time in recent memory.


Unfortunately, this draft, like many, will have as little to do with who turns in a great season and who ends up sucking wind by week three.


Many years have past since the last important draft.


The year was 1998 and the big topic was which QB would go No. 1 overall. I remember that I told everyone I knew that I thought either QB would be a quality QB for his franchise.


It didn't take long before I realized how wrong I was and as a good friend would say, you never question a Bill Polian acquisition.


Since then there have been a number of Ryan Leaf's and very few Tom Brady's. In my humble opinion the best picks since then have been Big Ben, LT and some guy named Tom Brady.


It seems that everyone who is a football fan comes together in late April to hope and pray that their team can improve them-self and maybe make a run to the Super Bowl in February.


However, most players that get drafted are likely to even make a small impact, let alone be the big difference in a trip to the Super Bowl.


For example, I will use my favorite team, the Bengals and talk about how their draft picks have helped them throughout the years.


The biggest and best pick obviously was their number one overall selection of Carson Palmer in 2003. With that being said, let us look at where some of the players around Carson were selected.


Recently Cedric Benson had a 1000+ yard season with the Bengals, but he was a first round pick of the Chicago Bears. When Carson took over he was handing the ball off to some guy named Rudi Johnson, who was a fourth round pick while he was still flinging the ball over college defenders.


Rudi had run for almost 1000 yards before Carson even took over. Oh, and by the way I would like to once again remind you that he was a fourth round pick, which shows the value you can get in the later rounds.


Then there was this Chad Johnson guy. He was not even a first round pick. The Bungels managed to steal him out of Oregon State in the second round.


Chad was no big time pick that did not have a big-time projection. However, he has proven himself as a top receiver, despite the name change and all of his ballroom dancing abilities.


But, there is another side to things in the draft.


If you look at the Bengals defense and players such as Peko, Rivers, Hall, Ndukwe, Maualuga and Josepth, it tells another story.


Since the drafting of Palmer, the Bengals have been on a quest to shore up a defense that has not been very good to say the least. The six starters above can show how the draft can be used to build on something.


However, there are more examples of draft busts than big draft successes in the modern era and I will hold off on the Leaf, Salaam and Akili Smith references.


I just find it funny how every fan feels they are just one pick away from making the playoffs. I guess that is just how the NFL wants it to be persevered, but it is not even close to the truth.


The majority of the better players spend time in their respective franchises these days. There is rarely an example of a rookie that leads his team to the playoffs, because there is normally another player who has been there and is looking to be the man.


I guess the point that I am trying to make is that the draft is not that big of a deal no matter what team you are, because you never know if you are drafting a Chad Johnson in the second round or a Mike Williams with a top three pick.