The NFL Draft is a perfect example of just how powerful the media is. The current modus operandi for NFL Draft media happens to be Twitter. With seemingly every draft fan linked up on the Twitter platform is easy to get a whole lot of consensus built up quickly on a player that may or may not be worthy.
The power of a Mel Kiper/Todd McShay/insert any major media member tweet about a prospect can send a player into a stratosphere that may not be indicative of his on-field play. I’m not suggesting agents or teams use their leverage to snowball draft fans…or maybe I am.
Either way, the fact remains that the media hype of players has been a historical issue, glorified by social media.
Today we take on the All-Overvalued and All-Undervalued Teams. We break down each position to give fans an idea of who we believe are being over-and-undervalued in the draft coverage.
Overvalued – EJ Manuel, Florida State
Manuel has jumped from a mid-round pick among mainstream media types to being talked about as the second best quarterback in the draft. He performed well in the pre-draft process and has as much upside as any quarterback in the draft but the notion that he all the sudden jumped to the top of the heap is nonsense.
There’s little doubt that Manuel will be overdrafted and could come off the board on Thursday but in an effort to be honest, we think he’s a 2nd to 3rd round value. Manuel’s success at the Senior Bowl, Combine, and pro day are indicative of his an enormous toolbox for the quarterback position. The reality remains that Manuel has as much inconsistent film as any quarterback in the draft.
Undervalued – Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)
I have been singing the praises of Zac Dysert ever since I was sitting in the AA section of Ohio Stadium watching him carve up Ohio State’s defense. While it didn’t show up on the score board, Dysert had his team in the hunt against a 12-0 Ohio State team.
Dysert struggled to distance himself from the middle of the pack in pre-draft workouts. He was unable to participate in Indianapolis due to a slight hamstring tear and lost any steam he had going. Sometimes the media has a tendency to forget those that don’t steal the show or can’t participate – and that’s the case with Dysert. He’s a great value if he makes it into the 4th round, which we believe is a strong possibility. Read the rest of this entry » «Position by position overvalued/undervalued 2013 NFL Draft prospects: The Offense»