NFL Draft Talk Everybody knows that teams lie, cheat, and steal come draft season. But sometimes when you realize the EXTENT to which this goes on, it sort of baffles the mind. I firmly believe that teams that don't draft too highly (aka the smart teams) pump up players by telling their scouts to talk highly of them, by the GMs themselves pumping up these players "off the record" and then all of the draft sites follow suit. Look at all these draft sites. They all have the same players near the top. What is the likelihood that if 10 of us went out - completely separate - and graded all of the players 100% completely independently, that we'd all have the same guys near the top? Not very bloody likely. I think guys like Jason Smith, Aaron Curry, and the vaunted "third quarterback" (Freeman) who on a yearly basis seems to ascend nearly to the level of the best two is just a ruse created by good teams to bilk the shitty teams out of draft picks. Am I crazy? I think they know it's worth it. If they pump up Jason Smith, yeah maybe a hated rival gets Eugene Monroe, but maybe the Alabama tackle falls to them or something. I'm just using these players as example, I am no scout, but I tend to think a lot of the players that are pumped before the draft are the guys the good teams want the Detroit Lions of the world to pick early on. Oooh, Aaron Curry... He's the SAFEST PLAYER IN THIS DRAFT BAR NONE! How many times have you heard this statement about him? After all their drafting mistakes, wouldn't that sound great to the Lions to have the safest player in the draft? But there's no such thing as a safe player in the draft, and certainly not when you're talking about a non-pass rushing outside linebacker. He was one of, what, TWO decent players on the Wake Forest defense? How did he not get 150 tackles if he's that good? He ended up with 68 solo and was credited with 106 total... I guess if he's playing OLB they can run away from him to some extent, but I'm not all that sold on Aaron Curry for one.