You got it, we watch the entire draft.
We get together at my boss’s house so that we can split screen ESPN and NFL Network plus have our laptops and cell phones all plugged in around one table. His dining room is our own little Masterplan war room. Our new addition, NFL/NBA agent Michael Wozniak, drove down from Grand Rapids to be with us Saturday as well.
Both of this year’s clients were late-round projections, but the early rounds still matter for a number of reasons.
1. One of the main things I do throughout the draft is update depth charts. We print off each team’s depth chart going into the draft and then I write the picks in as they happen. This is in case of the hoped-against possibility that our clients go undrafted. An undrafted player who is still a good prospect will typically have a number of teams trying to sign him as a free agent.
Here is where having a good agent is worth its salt.
Some teams really want to give these undrafted players a shot at making the roster, but some teams just want a few more bodies for their “chosen” guys to beat up on in camp. For instance, in Kurtis’ case, if a team calls after the draft but they already have 4 guys on the depth chart at his position and they just drafted 3 more…chances are not good that they are really going to give him a look. But for a team that needed another OG but maybe didn’t draft one because of more pressing needs at other positions, to them signing Kurtis would be a steal – getting a quality player at a need position without having to use a draft pick on him.
2. We watch for competition picks. For instance, the Chiefs drafted a CB in the 2nd round. We represent one of the Chiefs’ starting CBs, Brandon Carr, so I immediately texted my boss to ask what that was all about. In this case it should be fine – there is a huge size difference between Javier Arenas (the pick) and Brandon (Brandon is by far the larger, and fast for a big corner). Plus, Arenas is supposedly more of a return guy (kick or punt returner). Disaster averted.
However…we also represent recently released Jags DT Rob Meier, who spent last season on Injured Reserve. We had thought there was potential for the Jags to re-sign him after the draft, but with their first four picks Jacksonville took 3 defensive ends and 1 defensive tackle. Doesn’t mean there’s zero chance, but that’s not quite what we were hoping for.
Extra Point: My favorite moment of Saturday was when Michael asked my boss’s middle son, Tristan, what grade he was in.
Tristan: “I’m in first grade. I’m very smart, and I play baseball and football.”
I smell a future draft pick.