We’re now less than three weeks away from the 2018 NFL Draft. We’ve gotten to a point where most NFL fans have a pretty good idea of who they want their team to select with their top few picks. As with any fans, they are certain they are right.
“I’m going to be so mad if the Detroit Lions don’t draft [insert name here],” is something I’ve already heard a few times. “If the Lions draft [name], I’m quitting the team forever. I’m serious this time.”
While scouting has gotten easier for the layperson as information becomes easier to access, now seems like a good reminder that we actually don’t know a damn thing and NFL teams aren’t that much better, either.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Who is your biggest draft crush that you completely whiffed on?
My answer: Like many, I was caught in the Aaron Curry hype of 2009. But this wasn’t just a miss on Curry, this was me being wrong three times in one.
Not only did Aaron Curry have an underwhelming five year career after being chosen fourth overall, but Matthew Stafford put my biggest concerns about his accuracy to bed. The third thing I was wrong about that draft was the idea that the Lions could wait out another year for a quarterback, because the 2010 draft class—filled with the likes of Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford—was sure to be a gold mine. Whoops.
More recently, I crushed on safety/linebacker hybrid Jeremy Cash, due to a phenomenal highlight reel. I foolishly overlooked (or dismissed) his poor competition. I ended up picking Cash in the second round of the 2016 SB Nation Mock Draft. Cash went undrafted that year, and he’s already on his fifth team in less than three years.
Now it’s your turn. What’s your embarrassing draft crush?