Re: What's real? PreDraft rankings
Two things to consider in the draft: grade & value.
Grade is where your scouts place him in relation the other players at his position and all draftable players.
Value is about gaming where the rest of the league might be inclined to draft a certain player.
So, you might have a 3rd/4th round grade on Richard Sherman, but the league values him as 7th/UDFA for whatever reasons. Or you might have 1st round grade on Aaron Hernandez, but most of the league has him off their boards.
So 5th round comes and you take Sherman. 4th round comes and you take AHern. Integrating grade & value for success.
Value is where the Cowboys were being criticized for Frederick.
As I recall, I think Twitter "knew" the Patriots liked Harmon. But for value, it appears they could have used a lower pick on him.
Some teams don't game value.