The NFL Draft is the most exciting off season event in all of sports. Nothing else gets as much hype and as much media attention. It's completely understandable why too; in the NFL teams can turn everything around very quickly. But to do that, they have to hit on their draft picks. If you get the right players at the right position, it won't take long to go from picking in the top five to being a perennial playoff team.
Few fans actually have the time to pour through scouting tape to get an idea of the quality of every player. As a result, there's demand for news outlets to employ people who can do that for everyone else; draft "experts." Of course, many fans love putting quotations on "experts" as a way of expressing frustration with how often they're wrong.
That's something that happens quite a bit. Granted, not every expert will agree on every player, but there's still a general consensus opinion regarding nearly every player in the draft from them.
As every fan knows, it won't take long to find examples of the experts being wrong. Though, in their defense, NFL GMs are wrong quite a bit too. Even still, it's frustrating for fans to be misled by the people who are paid to inform.
15 Johnny Manziel
14 Louis Nix
Louis Nix III was touted as a talented, powerful nose tackle who could go as high as the late first round. In Mike Mayock's positional rankings, he listed Nix as the 3rd best defensive tackle. This was above Ra'Shede Hageman (4th) and Dominique Easley (5th) who were drafted 37th overall and 29th overall respectively.
13 Bruce Irvin
12 Derek Carr
11 Dontari Poe
10 Jimmy Clausen
9 Nick Fairley
8 Tyrann Mathieu
7 Allen Robinson
6 Travis Frederick
5 Russell Wilson
4 Melvin Gordon
3 Aaron Curry
2 Trent Richardson
Trent Richardson is a strange case. It started with him being called the best prospect since Adrian Peterson. They felt he would be a rock that an offense could lean on and build around.
1 Cam Newton
Going into the 2011 draft, many experts felt that Cam Newton wasn't talented enough to warrant going 1st overall. In addition, they felt his character concerns made him an even bigger risk.
The decision to take Cam with the first pick has been perhaps the best front office decision in recent memory. Newton is a leader for the Panthers and the NFL's best young quarterback. Newton has been a very good player ever since entering the league and is the reigning MVP.
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