Originally Posted by steelbtexan
That's where the good drafting teams separate themselves.
Just before the draft shrunk to 7 rds, (Thanks NFLPA) I read a list of all pro players that were drafted in the rd or later. Including UDFA's this is where the Cowboys made their $$$$. (Drew Pearson/Golden Richards/Cornell Green/Everson Walls/Dennis Thurman/Cliff Harris etc... were all drafted after the 8th rd or UNFA's. iirc...
Steve Largent was drafted after the 7th rd by the Oilers. So teams that do their homework Pats/Steelers/Pack etc... have a great advantage.
That's exactly right. ESPN makes a big deal out of the first round and a lesser one of the 2nd and 3rd. Its important to hit on those picks. But if you merely do well there, you are having an average draft. What separates the average vs the good vs the excellent drafts are when teams find players in the 4th-7th rounds. These are the developmental players who will become the starters of tomorrow. It didn't take a draft guru to know that Calvin Johnson would be a pretty good WR. But it takes special evaluators to get an Antoine Bethea in the 6th or a Marquis Colston in the 7th.