Now that the 2012 draft is a thing of the past, we thought it was time to get back on the phone with our good buddy Greg Cosell of NFL Films and ESPN's NFL Matchup. OF course, we talked with Greg pre-draft regarding all the best players per position, and if you'd like to review, you can find those podcasts here:
Instead of going team-by-team and discussing who won or lost based on grades that make no sense at this point, we followed Greg's lead based on an article he wrote for the NFL Films blog regarding draft philosophy per team, and what an NFL team's draft can tell you about their future plans. Greg covered the Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his piece. We discussed those three teams in the podcast, but we also stretched that out to talk about more teams, general trends regarding players, and where the NFL stands at this point from a personnel and strategic perspective.
As Greg wrote in that article, "Organizations and coaches express their world view — what they want to be as a team — with their draft picks. I am not talking about the selection of individual players (i.e. this particular player over that particular player); I am speaking more generally about the positions targeted, and then more specifically, the attributes of those players. That addresses what kind of team they envision themselves being, how they believe they can best compete and win in the NFL."
As always with everything involving Greg Cosell, this podcast is a must-listen for those fans of advanced tape analysis. Subscribe to the Shutdown Corner iTunes link (in iTunes, go to "Advanced/Subscribe to Podcast," and paste this link in: http://ysportspods.podbean.com/category/shutdown/feed/). You can also use the link below to either left-click and listen, or right-click to save to your computer.