Re: homerism at all time high
posted at 4/28/2013 2:23 PM EDT
In response to zbellino's comment:
At the end of the day, a draft is a draft.
You can't evaluate it one way or another until several years pass. Sometimes you make a good trade that nets you value in future selections. Sometimes you make a savvy move to get your guy. By and large, I try to rate drafts based on how well the FO addressed *team building* issues, a.k.a., did they grab talent at positions where they are thin, old, or have expiring contracts?
Don't listen to the homers (who crown every player a gem and every move genius) or the naysayers who bag on every selection. None of them know how it will pan out.
I would only venture to say homers are a bit more vexing simply because they are wrong so often (find one, ask him his player by player evaluation and how they will eventually perform, and then measure it against how many kids froma draft actually even wind up staying in the NFL very long).
I don't get too excited one way or another anymore. In recent years, because of having such a good win/loss record, the Patriots have picked pretty late in each round. I remember having records bad enough that we had top 10 or so picks almost every year for awhile. I'm glad we don't draft so early anymore. :)
In 1993, some Pundits of the day were touting Rick Mirer as being the best QB available but Parcells chose Bledsoe who went on to have a stellar career. Mirer was kind of a bust at Seattle. In 1994 the Redskins drafted in front of the Patriots and chose QB Heath Shuler at #3. The Patriots chose Willie McGinnest at #4. Of course there were many big named draft picks that were busts for the Patriots. Arguably, one of Parcells worst picks was Kicker Scott Sisson aka "Missin Sissin" who had a 53% Field Goal Percentage. I remember, that Parcells had a hard time admitting he had made a mistake and a few games were lost that year because of it. Regardless, the entire NFL share Draft busts. That's just the way it goes.
BTW, for those who want to criticise everything the Patriots do, have at it. If the team has a bad game I will say they played a bad game but for the most part, I am a "Homer" and proud of it!