NFL Draft is the Ultimate Gamble

NFL Draft
Every April NFL teams gamble on their selections in the NFL Draft.

Everyday I sit down and try to think of ways to make your experience with wagering just a little bit more unique. I often try to come up with a trend that could sway your opinion should you be sitting on the fence or with a key statistic that you may have overlooked in yur own preparation.

This week is the National Football League’s Annual Collegiate Draft. All 32 teams will have the opportunity to get better throught their selections of college players they fell will best fit their organization. Often these players are selected for their ability on the football field which is often based on far more than what they have accomplished on the gridiron.

In the 21st century world of technology and social media, NFL teams must go through a vetting process far more rigorous than their fore-fathers did throughout the past century. Some would see all of this technology to be a tremendous asset. You can quickly look at a guy on YouTube or pull up an interview after a poor performance to gauge his reaction and overall attitude.

There are also those who would argue that the age of technology and social media for potential players might be a bad thing. Is it overkill perhaps? Can you find out ‘too’ much about a player? Does it really matter what he thinks about the President’s overall performance if he tweets about it?

You know as well as I do that teams invest literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in looking into these young men and their backgrounds. What could of upbringing did they have? Do they have any brushes with the law? How are they thought of around campus? Those are but a litany of questions prospects face heading into the NFL Draft.

Former Florida State Head Coach Bobby Bowden was once asked about the poor discipline of his Seminoles’ team and Bowden replied, “If Discipline meant winning championships then Army and Navy would play for the title every year.” The bigger picture of what Bowden’s comments meant were about young men playing college football in general today.

They often come from tough, low-income situations and NFL teams must look deeply into that background because stereo-typically there are brushes with poor discipline or privileged treatment once they get into college. One of the biggest questions team have is how will fame and wealth impact these young men.

Manning and Wilson
Not every selection works out as well as these two have.

Will they be as easy to pick as an Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson or Peyton Manning? Will they be a bust like JaMarcus Russell or Ryan Leaf? Or is it possible they just end up being average Joe’s?

Think of the young men that walked to the podium over the years to shake the hand of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and you’d realize just how many of them do not actually pay off on the investment their respective teams make on them. This is why choosing players, whether they be in the first round or seventh round, is such a gamble for teams.

By the time the names of these college greats are called there will have been literally hours and hours poured over them to ensure they are the right fit for said team. They’ll have taken tests, both physical and mental. They’ll have been questioned about everything they could have imagined and probably even more and they’ll be measured from the second they walk into a facility to the second they walk out and then some.

This might not sound like gambling to you but there really is no other way to put this process into a proper perspective. You gamble money and they are gambling franchises.