View Poll Results: Why do good players fall?

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  • Too much focus on 40 times and other drills.

    7 43.75%
  • Too much focus on height and weight.

    1 6.25%
  • Too much attention on player from highly-ranked college teams.

    3 18.75%
  • Not enough attention to "system" players are in while in college.

    2 12.50%
  • Some players just don't blossom until they hit the NFL.

    3 18.75%
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    Why do good players fall in the draft?

    Every year, there are players who don't go in the first round, or even on the first day, but become stars.

    What do you think is the most common reason a good player slips through the cracks?


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    Re: Why do good players fall in the draft?

    I said Too much focus on 40 times and other drills. Some guys have heart, instincts and just have a knack to play football. They might be smaller, slower or what ever else you try to measure. Just look at London, he's too small to play MLB in the NFL right.

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    Re: Why do good players fall in the draft?

    Because no one is psychic. These are human beings, not machines. There is no perfect method for measuring human talent. You could ask exactly the same question in any profession. Why do some hires turn out to be "bad Hires" which can occur at the upper management level and also at the lower or middle management level.

    Another reason is injuries. Small injuries can make a BIG difference in the nfl and many players who are labeled as "busts" (ie damione lewis) are guys that get hurt after the draft and are never quite right physically.

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    Re: Why do good players fall in the draft?

    All of the above.. because so-called "experts" can't be perfect.

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    Re: Why do good players fall in the draft?

    These are human beings, not machines
    Bingo! Madden has given us the impression that talent can be quantified. It simply can't. There are emotional, mental, even spiritual aspects that have to go with the physical concept to determine when and if a player "makes it".
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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    Re: Why do good players fall in the draft?

    I think in some cases a players work ethic along with his character/attitude are huge reasons why he may fall in the draft, despite his obvious talent.

    But I think the biggest reason is, different teams have different philosophies when it comes to the draft. Some teams draft for specific needs in the early rounds, which ultimately means that more talented players may be left on the board.

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    Re: Why do good players fall in the draft?

    Exactly 9erhater. For example, most boards have Calvin Johnson falling to at least the 4th pick whereas he is clearly the most talented/best prospect in the draft.

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