OK, because its easy to get lulled into stupid by watching Mel Kipers hair bark prospects 4.4 40 times at you, here again is a super quick guide to which NFL Draft “Gurus” know their shit, and which Draftniks suck ass with names that rhyme with MickLame.
Rating NFL Draft Gurus: Mike Mayock, Mel Kiper, Todd Mcshay
NFL Draft Guru Cheat Sheet: Know the source rating your teams 2011 NFL Draft picks
|Best NFL Draft Analyst:|
|Mike Mayock NFL Network|
|A real and experienced NFL draft analyst with actual knowledge of the game of pro football. Could be a “scout” for some NFL teams with his access to the NFL dub center to study college game tapes, and Mayock’s consistent ability to rate college prospects transitioning to the NFL level.
Though Mayock will be remembered by some Raiders fans as the guy who seemed lost when the Raiders took Safety Mike Mtchell from the University of Ohio in the 2009 Draft, as many should know him as a very solid, articulate judge of NFL talent.
Said one NFL scout (courtesy PFT) of Mayock “The best guy in the amateur scouting/draftnik business in Mike Mayock. Mike does more film work then any of those other guys put together. He is the only one who has access to the NFL dub center where all the college tapes go before they get distributed to the teams. He watches hours and hours of tape. You might not always agree with his evaluations but he works hard at it and you have to respect that.”
|Average NFL Draft Analyst, Best Hair:|
|Mel Kiper ESPN|
|You think NFL draft, you picture the coiffed doo wop hair of Mel Kiper. Kiper is a lot like our Oakland Raiders, if you’re not part of the family, you cannot stand him (a guy you enjoy disliking, even though you’re totally glad he’s at the Draft for the entertainment value… read Lamarr Houston: Mel Kiper Eats Dogshit For Breakfast for our personal Kiper fun “grudge”) and cheer wildly when he misses…
And Mel can miss badly, as in Kiper’s now infamous “I’ll see you at his Hall of Fame induction” quote about USC WR Mike Williams at the 2005 draft. Uhh, yeah Mel, if there was a HOF for fat wide receivers who drop lots of passes. Kiper famously sparred (verbally.. damnit to hell) with Colts GM Bill Polian on air after berating his picks. Bottom line on Kiper, he is good for the game of football like Charles Barkley was good for NBA basketball, and neither should be your role model.
|Worst NFL Draft Analyst, Least Qualified-Experienced-Deserving, Best Orange Tan:|
|Todd Mcshay ESPN|
|And then there is the cocky frat-boy (no, not Cutler or Roethlisberger) with no experience who has actually made life for college prospects worse (see the family of former QB Andre Woodson whom Mcshay gave a 1st round grade… 6th rounder, quickly cut by NYG, oops).
Mcshay, the poster child for why ESPN should look up “meritocracy” before hiring another NFL draft guru, scores the rare double-dip of stupid and arrogant, and ANYONE who has watched the manicured “fighting” conjured up by ESPN between Kiper and Mcshay, knows they are dumber for it.
Mcshay’s talent was summed up as such by a PFT post quoting a working NFL scout… “Most people at my level feel McShay is a joke. People in the league respect Kiper. He is not a true scout but he does work at it. A lot of his info he gets from connections in the league, and over the years he has made quite a few. When he was younger he used to burn some bridges. He doesn’t do that any more. McShay does not have any good connections. Higher-ups in the league think he is an arrogant asshole. A know-it-all. And he really knows nothing. Whatever he says about a quarterback, take it to the bank, it will be the opposite. McShay is a pretty face who comes across like he knows what he is talking about. He does have good presence, but knows nothing.“
The average armchair NFL fan loses 10 football IQ points (side note: see our 2010 Oakland Raiders Football IQ | Raiders Football Smarts 2010 Raiders football intelligence grades here) every time Mcshay rates another college QB prospect. Much like the “wish it were true” rumor that beer kills off unneeded brain cells, watching the fake ESPN drama between Kiper and Mcshay does indeed kill… your apetite for the NFL offseason.