For those of you who asked how Buchsbaum died, it was late in 2002. He was in his apartment in Brooklyn, and his heart just gave out. He was alone, dead at 48. Joel was so respected by NFL general managers, coaches and personnel people. He seldom talked about who his sources were, but when we had a service for him at the 2003 scouting combine, I was amazed at the attendance. The first speaker was Bill Belichick. He said Joel had become one of his closest friends even though he'd never met him in person. Belichick said he had tried numerous times to hire Joel, who politely declined because he felt that working for Pro Football Weekly allowed him to work for every NFL team. Belichick said that before the draft, when the Patriots had their final board in place, he'd call Joel to see what he thought and make changes based on what Buchsbaum suggested. I thought that was quite an admission by Belichick. http://blogs.chron.com/nfl/2007/04/on_texans_draft_granatos_lawsu.html ********* In John McClains current edition of his blog, he remembers this man who was probably the origional "NFL Draft guru". Many, maybe most of you never heard of him, but he is a legend in his own right. Its fitting to remember him on the eve of an NFL Draft.