August 22, 2014

NFL Draft Tidbits and EA Curses

Have you ever wondered what it is like in a team’s War Room during the NFL Draft? Well Andrew Brandt at ESPN has put together what it was like at Green Bay when he was there. There is not much that a fan does not know, or thinks that they know about how a team operates its draft.

One thing that stood out was the fact that the Packers had two rooms, one focused on players with the expected lists and depth charts. The second one was a financial room that dealt with issues such as salary cap, contract acceleration and years, agents and more.

It was not just for the Packers but also other teams as it could affect both drafted players and ones that are already on a rival’s squad that might be released due to cap space. This was an aspect I had never really given much thought to even though executives are often touted as cap experts, it has a much far reaching impact than it might seem on its face.

The Fans have spoken
At this time of the year there are a number of important issues facing NFL fans- should my team trade down in the draft? Will we be able to trade up to get that power back the team sorely missed last year? Why did we fail to get our pick in on tine?

However one of the biggest issues is “Who do we stick with the Madden Curse?” Yes the voting is in for who will grace the upcoming release of Electronic Arts’ Madden NFL 13. This year’s ‘winner’ is Calvin Johnson, Jr., the Detroit Lions wide receiver.

Johnson beat Carolina Panther’s quarterback Cam Newton by a healthy margin of 52% of the total vote. It is interesting to see how much attention this event now has. A total of 20 million votes were counted in the seven week campaign on ESPN that narrowed the field down to the final two, this was a 54% increase over last year, 19.6 million compared to 12.7 million.

The Draft
The Draft starts tonight with the selections starting at 8 p.m. ET. Tomorrow’s round starts at 7 p.m. ET and the Saturday selections start at 12:00 p.m. ET.

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