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Continued: NFL draft analysts help feed the fans' frenzy for information

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 19, 2013 - 7:20 AM

While we’re on the subject of hope, maybe now’s a good time to share Wright’s unconventional career path, the one that since graduation from St. Cloud State in 2003 has had him working as a self-employed draft guru.

He has never had another job. Never had a boss. Never had a commute.

He has simply set up shop at home and gone about growing his DraftCountdown.com following by studying prospects, profiling their strengths and weaknesses and ultimately forecasting where their careers might head.

Last year, on the draft’s first day, Wright set a new traffic record for his site, drawing, he says, more than 185,000 unique visitors and collecting close to three-quarters of a million total page views.

“Every year I think, ‘Wow, that’s going to be tough to top,’ ” Wright said. “You’d think there’d be a ceiling.

“Somehow I’ve managed to top my numbers every year.”

Yet rather than question America’s draft infatuation, Wright rolls with it, understanding the obsession was the battering ram that opened the door to his dream job.

Wright’s original site, he says, was a primitive one-pager set up through an AOL account in 1997 when he was still just a junior at Hinckley-Finlayson dabbling with a hobby.

Yet the early mock drafts and complementary analysis Wright posted then gradually became more sophisticated and gained credibility while he was in college.

Quickly, his audience expanded. And when it came time to enter the real world, Wright opted against a career as a newspaper sports writer.

“I knew as a beginning reporter I was going to be in a newsroom, working the phones and taking the boxscores from the girls JV volleyball games,” he said.

The road less traveled offered Wright an opportunity to turn his draft-craze into his profession with the loyal following he’d already built instantly paving the way for advertising revenue through ad servers.

Now 10 years into that journey, Wright has never looked back.

He hasn’t struck it rich. But, he says, he makes a comfortable living each year through DraftCountdown.com and has seen no dip in his site’s popularity.

Nasty is nice

Chavous is four years into his post-NFL ventures, continuing to build DraftNasty.com with the expertise gained through 11 seasons playing with the Rams, Vikings and Cardinals.

And yes, Chavous admits, he receives more questions than he’d like about his company’s most powerful branding tool, the eye-catching Draft Nasty RV that he says has now been through 46 states since the company’s launch in 2009.

But Chavous also hopes true draft junkies find deep insight in the sophisticated grading scale he devised with the aid of his uncle Barney, a former NFL defensive end and assistant coach with the Broncos.

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Detroit 12
FIU 2 FINAL
Miami 7
Toronto 55 3rd Qtr
Philadelphia 49
Golden State 43 2nd Qtr 5:20
Brooklyn 49
Phoenix 26 2nd Qtr 9:51
Miami 29
LA Clippers 15 1st Qtr 6:09
Minnesota 10
New Orleans 7:30 PM
Dallas
Nashville 0 2nd Prd 11:02
NY Rangers 2
Carolina 7:30 PM
Chicago
Montreal 9:00 PM
San Jose
Virginia 40 2nd Half 13:23
Syracuse 29
Baylor 35 2nd Half 13:25
Texas 34
SE Louisiana 31 2nd Half
Northwestern St 44
Central Arkansas 21 1st Half 1:24
Sam Houston St 33
Norfolk State 6 1st Half 16:24
Howard 2
Bethune-Cookman 17 1st Half 7:26
NC A&T 23
Hampton 8 1st Half 15:27
Delaware State 8
Lamar 13 1st Half 15:31
McNeese State 9
Nicholls 11 1st Half 14:45
New Orleans 4
Incarnate Word 6 1st Half 12:49
Stephen F Austin 10
Prairie View 7:30 PM
Alabama State
NC Central 7:30 PM
Savannah State
Texas Southern 7:55 PM
Alabama A&M
Jackson State 8:00 PM
Ark-Pine Bluff
Oklahoma 8:00 PM
Iowa State
Grambling St 8:00 PM
Miss Valley St
Boston College 8:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Bethune-Cookman 55 FINAL
NC A&T 58
Hampton 78 FINAL
Delaware State 63
Norfolk State 63 FINAL
Howard 60
NC Central 54 FINAL
Savannah State 65
Texas Southern 81 2nd Half 2:32
Alabama A&M 46
Prairie View 28 2nd Half 4:44
Alabama State 56
Jackson State 48 2nd Half 11:58
Ark-Pine Bluff 54
Grambling 48 2nd Half 3:00
Miss Valley St 58
Tulsa 51 2nd Half 10:33
Cincinnati 43
(1) Connecticut 68 2nd Half 13:40
South Florida 43
UCF 39 2nd Half 12:19
East Carolina 50
Central Conn St 34 2nd Half 13:17
Bryant 35
Wagner 37 2nd Half 13:01
Robert Morris 46
Sacred Heart 56 2nd Half 11:00
Fairleigh Dickinson 63
St Francis-NY 62 2nd Half 6:00
Long Island 39
Mount St Marys 56 2nd Half 15:37
St Francis-PA 55
Temple 7 1st Half 12:49
Houston 6
Texas Tech 1 1st Half 14:50
(6) Baylor 10
Iowa State 5 1st Half 14:50
Kansas 9
SMU 9 1st Half 12:12
Memphis 9
Oklahoma 2 1st Half 14:30
Oklahoma St 6
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