Blowing Smoke: A Look at The 2009 Draft and The NFL Smokscreen-Part One


Published: April 30, 2009


... season. Let's take a moment to look back at to what led us to the this point.

The NFL draft is supposedly an intense game of cat and mouse with some elements of a poker world series match. Before the draft, teams are jockeying for position, disguising their moves, and trying to throw off every team as to what their true intentions are.

While it all sounds like a large conspiracy from the outside, teams invest millions of dollars in security groups and private investigators. They leak information to the media and hold their plans tight to their chest.

The main tool of the NFL organizations is the smokescreen. Many teams employ these to either push or pull draft picks to them. It can also be an effective way to get teams to trade up or down if done properly.

A smokescreen is defined by fans and the media as a comment, reaction, or statement declaring an interest in a subject or player that turns out to be false or meant as a distraction from the actual subj...

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