Walter - I feel your pain re SD; they have had a huge injury list! I thing I note - doing analysis for AFL Australian football - is that teams with a huge injury list often underperform when they begin to get players back from injury; this is often because the injured players return a week too early and fail to fire (or get re-injured); also the players who have been carrying the extra load for them tend to relax that week; the trend in the AFL is that these teams generally miss the spread (often by a lot) as the year goes on - but they sometimes have 1 (maybe 2) unexpected wins against unwary middle to lower ranked teams. They may fire against JAX this week, but I would like a SD expert to tell us if the recently returned players are likely to improve.
Speaking of injuries - these are good reasons for being confident on TB and DEN this week. Harry Young, Melbourne
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Posted April 16, 2009
I have studied the NFL Draft every day for about the past five years.
With this NFL Draft preseason, I have simply had it. I am done.
I have noticed something very interesting. Ever since Mike Mayock moved Aaron Curry from No. 1 to No. 7 on his big board, now officially every prospect has been nitpicked.
Every prospect's draft stock has been up. Every prospect's draft stock has been down.
It's completely stupid.
From now on, no player is good enough. Every quarterback rated highly will be picked apart like there is no tomorrow.
Many analysts said Matt Ryan had bad accuracy, was inconsistent, and threw too many interceptions.
I know, I ate my crow.
Now, people are saying the same things about Matt Stafford.
At some point, we are getting to a place where there is far too much overanalysis and overscouting.
Every draftnik should now anticipate that every player will be nitpicked thanks to the media. Expect for reporters and television analysts to say that every player's stock is up and down at some point.
Do not bring the knee-jerk decisions. You have to take everything in stride and simply realize that this is a long process, and to not believe everything you hear.
Hey, I thought at least Curry was safe, but I guess I could not have been more wrong.