For all the surrounding hoopla that follows Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. their success rates do not lend a helping hand as to why they should be trusted with a pick-by-pick draft. According to Inside the Huddle, McShay correctly guesses, and I use the term guesses on purpose, on 8.9 percent of picks 17-32 in the first round. Kiper Jr. comes in slightly higher at 10.1 percent in the same back half of the opening round.
Translation: Absolutely nobody knows.
My favorite pieces to read about the NFL Draft are when analysts or journalists identify areas of need for the team, and give a bevy of potential options. There's simply no reason to try and speculate which team will take each specific player, or attempt to guess what new Bears coach Marc Trestman is thinking.
I like to read up on my team's needs, and sit back and relax, pleasantly surprised as the twists and turns of the draft unfold. I know the Bengals need a safety or corner, but I'm not willing to go ahead and say Jonathan Cyprien is going to be the choice. I enourage everyone to stop digging deep into the depths of the internet, trying to find some reasoning why your team will definitely go with player X. Respect the process for what it is; an exciting time for your team to build for the future. Unless your the Cleveland Browns. Then it's just another day of misery.
Braden Layer can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or at firstname.lastname@example.org