How the NFL draft works, in a 90-second read

A single player can’t change an NFL team as much as a No. 1 prospect can in basketball, because of football’s higher number of players on the field and the fact that even a top QB will only play half a game. Football’s short, 16-game season also makes tanking — the art of gainfully losing — much less of a thing, since two months of Browns’ losses are still only eight games.

But if the NFL were to use the NBA’s model, which gives each non-playoff team a record-adjusted chance to win the No. 1 pick, it’d turn out something like this, once you adjust for the NFL’s greater number of non-playoff teams:

That’d deprive the league of a three-day TV program, so for that reason alone, it ain’t happening. But a lot of Tom Ziller’s points about getting rid of the NBA draft translate just fine:

[If we get rid of the draft], there is no longer a benefit to losing. Getting top rookies is about managing your salary cap sheet and creating an environment where young players want to play. You no longer attract the young elites by being terrible and getting lucky in a drawing. This system now rewards competence.

The best example of Smith and Dimitroff not seeing eye to Cheap Jerseys Sale eye is free safety Dezmen Southward. At 6’2 and 210 pounds, Southward had the physical attributes teams want in the secondary, and with 4.38 40-yard dash speed and a 42-inch vertical at Wisconsin’s pro day, his athleticism was appealing.

But he only played one year of high school football, and his lack of experience was a warning sign for his NFL career. Southward was projected to go in the fourth or fifth Cheap Jerseys USA Soccer round, but the Falcons grabbed him in the third round in 2014.

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Last night’s win over the Denver Broncos was MASSIVELY HUGE for the Colts. Unfortunately, in the win they also suffered an injury that is MASSIVELY HUGE.

According to various media reports, including ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne suffered a torn ACL last night.

Wayne was injured in the fourth quarter when on a third down Cheap Jerseys USA Soccer play Pep Hamilton made a great call and went for the pass to put the game away when everyone expected run. Reggie Wayne was as wide open as you can possibly get and Andrew Luck just underthrew him. As he went to the ground trying to bring in the low pass, Reggie’s knee buckled and he fell to the turf clutching it.

Where do the Colts go from here? Well, this means that T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey are the two starting receivers. And it means they they have very little depth at the Cheap Jerseys Sunglasses position. Very little. It means that Coby Fleener’s importance just increased significantly. And it means that they likely will look at bringing in a receiver. With their bye week this week, they have time to try out receivers. At this time of year, you typically don’t find an answer through a trade, but with Ryan Grigson it’s more than just a suggestion or an option – it’s a real possibility.

We’ll find out for sure later on after his MRI. But reports this morning confirm what we feared last night: that receiver Reggie Wayne is done for the year with a torn ACL. Coming into the season, I said that Andrew Luck was the only player the Colts couldn’t afford to lose – in other words the only injury that would cause the Colts to crumble. But Reggie Wayne was the closest to Luck (along with Robert Mathis) in terms of devastating injuries. And now, it appears that he is done for the year.

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