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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

Draft Nasty’s scouting profiles grade players across eight categories: speed, athleticism, vision/hand-eye coordination, balance, explosiveness/agility, size, strength and football IQ.

The size evaluation doesn’t only factor in a player’s height and weight but how well he manages that. The football IQ variable evaluates both the complexity of a player’s college system and how fast they pick it up and excel within it.

All the in-depth analysis is mainly geared toward Draft Nasty’s bulky predraft magazine, which last year was 296 pages.

Oh, and true to the site’s name, Chavous is always looking for a little extra edge in players.

“We want guys to have a little nasty,” he said. “When I played, I prided myself on that aspect of the game — having a bit of an edge, having some nasty to me.”

Growth spurts

With different approaches and perspectives, Chavous and Wright hope they can help satisfy the appetite for draft knowledge.

The former Pro Bowl safety uses assignments as a college football color analyst for CBS Sports Network and ESPN3 to enhance his scouting. Between booth assignments, he will find his way to Tuesday night games, Thursday nighters for additional evaluations.

Wright travels much less. His only big trip each year is a January jaunt to Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl.

Beyond that, Wright’s bond with his DirecTV — with three separate DVRs allowing him to record up to six games at once — offers a stay-at-home perk to the evaluation process.

Still, in the big picture Wright’s aim isn’t solely to assemble those popular mock drafts. That’s just an entertaining byproduct of all his film study and his nonstop search for hidden gems.

“Overall,” Wright said, “with all of this, I aim to be talking in November about guys everyone else is going to be talking about in March.”

That’s the name of the game in the industry: staying out in front.

Wright is, after all, trying to follow in the footsteps of his idol Kiper, who was waaaaay out in front of all this.

So perhaps it’s only fitting to let Kiper have the last word. His start came in 1978 when he was a teenager with a passion for the NFL, a fascination for the draft and a premonition that things could explode.

Kiper can remember the 17-round format of the draft, the 12-rounders too. He easily recalls the time-consuming pre-Internet days which required calls to every college program just to round up basic stats.

“To see this grow to this point? It’s tremendously satisfying for me,” Kiper said. “Because it’s shown that back at age 18, I actually had the vision and the foresight to get into something that down the road became as huge as this is.”


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