Hey AP this is my very first post so feel free to rec this if you like the topic. Also if any of you have the skinny on a Chiefs bar on the West side of LA, if such a thing exists, that would be sweet. I have long been the lonely Chiefs fan amongst my group of pals, and it would be awesome to watch a game in my home town with fellow fans for a change.
It seems for the past 5 or so years my college football watching has slowly dwindled and it's finally reached a point this year where it was almost non existent. In fact I can't recall sitting down and watching a full game at all this season, not once. No rivalry games, No bowl games, it just doesn't interest me anymore. I didn't go to a University with a football program and have always lived in a city (Los Angeles) of transplants so maybe that's part of it. It's certainly not an excuse, though it kinda makes sense. Not that I'm bitter, I appreciate camaraderie as much as the next guy, I route for USC and UCLA when I travel. It seems I simply grew tired of a city that's completely ok with transplants pridefully displaying their hometown heritage every chance they get and come Saturday during football season boy do they show it. I on the other hand (yawn) just can't be bothered. So Saturday I run my errands, spend QT with friends and family and get whatever else needs to be done out of the way in preparation for the only football weekend day that matters to me. NFL SUNDAY!
But every year come the 2nd week in January a funny thing happens to me, It's never planned you see, and it always starts with an innocent little Mock Draft article here, a BJ Kissel update there, and before I can even pronounce Barkevious Mingo I'm on my 3rd cup of coffee watching tape and getting excited about the Chiefs surefire late round steal of Arkansas-Pinebluff LT Terron Armstead. Over the last few years I have become more and more infatuated with draft prospect analysis, and I'm not just talking about reading Mel Kiper Jr's super duper bigger biggest ESPN INSIDER ONLY big board analysis or Todd McShays mock-mock draft version THX1138.0. Oh no I'm talking come this time of year I spend every waking minute scouring the internet on a quest to find every single scouting report in existence while simultaneously watching every game tape I can find on the top prospects from every college program on the planet.
For some unknown reason I become a man obsessed. Senior Bowl, East/West Shrine, the NFL Combine, I watch as many player interviews as I can as well as random home video of players that may be out there in cyberspace. You'd be surprised what you can find online and what you can gather about a person from just a few candid moments on camera. In 2010 I began making a list usually consisting of 10 or so players that stand out to me during the process as being can't miss guys as well as 5 or so that just scream bust in my eyes. So far It seems that though many times my list matches up pretty well with media draftnicks, scouts and player personnel, sometimes I just completely disagree on a player. It's tough to say if I have been right more times than wrong given the short 3 years I've been doing this, but I'm certainly not in the dark on many players come draft time.
I'm curious are there other Draftanalysis-o-holics out there that, like me, do it for no other reason than sub conscious self gratification?
Below are my lists feel free to comment on them and share any opinions good or bad. I certainly don't pretend to be an expert or guru, these are simply just my opinions. The top tier of players listed are those that I feel have the potential to be a top 2 player at their respective position in the NFL. I've also included a few names of can't miss guys from this years class though obviously it's still early.
2010 Cant miss list:
2010 Flop Crop:
2011 Cant Miss List:
2011 Flop Crop:
2012 Cant Miss List:
2012 Flop Crop:
2013 Cant Miss List prelim
Damontre Moore, Eric Fisher, Justin Hunter
Mant'i Teo, Marcus Lattimore, Star Lotulelei, Ezekial Ansah, Lane Johnson, Alex Okafor, Dee Milliner, Cordarelle Patterson, Markus Wheaton, Steadman Bailey, Johnathan Cyprien, Matt Barkley, Zac Dysert
2013 Flop Crop prelim
Mike Glennon, Luke Joeckel, Terrence Williams