The NFL Economy of Talent

Conor Smith, Crown Staff

Time is closing in on the most important day on the NFL calendar-aside from the Super Bowl, of course- and that is Draft Day. Draft Day is when aspiring college football players get selected by various teams to become a part of the franchise in hopes of bringing home a championship ring and trophy at the end of the year. Even before it starts, teams are already dropping, adding, and trading players for the upcoming season. For instance, the Chicago Bears have dropped Jay Cutler as the quarterback and have picked up Mike Glennon. Jay Cutler has since been picked up by the New York Jets, being reunited with Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall-former Bears players.

Another aspect of the Draft is where the rookie players come from, and what makes them qualified to enter the NFL. To do this, there has been a combine, a staging area with tests, set up by the NFL. This gives the rising stars a chance to appeal to teams, and display the great level of skill they can bring to the table to potentially create a championship team.

In the rising star category for the quarterbacks, Trevor Knight has been leading in almost all tested categories. In the lineman category, Nico Siragusa has been a consistent top five player in all tested categories and has much to show in both size and power, but lacks in certain movements with both feet and hands. And for the defense, T.J. Watt has made noticeable success in the combine by consistently being top five in the tested categories for the linebackers, and is also the youngest brother of two pro-players already in the NFL: J.J. and Derek Watt.

So as the season gets closer by the day, as does the draft, there should be many trades and talk about the up and coming generation of aspiring NFL stars. With so many talented and powerful athletes, this season should be interesting as they bring different strengths and weaknesses to the table.