7th May 2020

UDFA’s – Who Might Be Worth A Stash

Every year a couple of guys fall through the cracks. The NFL Draft is an imperfect, if dramatic, way of selecting future stars and despite teams spending more and more time, money and effort on scouting, background checks and analytics, they still miss. Wes Walker made five pro-bowls with the Patriots and Broncos. He was signed after the draft by the San Diego Chargers as most scouts thought he was too small to make an impact. Priest Holmes was one of the leagues most dynamic running backs early this century after breaking the Ravens roster as a free agent – …

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NFL Draft Losers

Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)

The period between free agency and the draft is probably the most dangerous for any dynasty owner. There is a real tendency towards assuming that free agency gives a definitive guide to team strategy and that the draft will then be used to fill any remaining holes. In practice it’s a minefield of banking on starters whose position is much more tenuous than you might think. The draft produces winners every year, but more often than not it crushes the hopes of dynasty owners who put too much faith in past production. This year was no exception and coming out …

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