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Charles Davis

Celebrating a decade of NFL Drafts, 2016 analysis could be most challenging

CHICAGO —- Not exactly a news flash: the NFL Draft is a pretty big deal for football fans and teams.

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I’m lucky to have teammates like Daniel Jeremiah (center) and Curtis Conway. Here, at the 2015 NFL Draft.

I pinch myself each year I’m involved. Hundreds of sports media professionals from throughout the world gather to bring you the first NFL action of the year since the Super Bowl, and I’m grateful to work with my NFL Network colleagues for the 10th year.

As we approach our second night of NFL Draft coverage, I want to take a few minutes to answer questions that I was asked throughout the scouting season.

The numbers

Two hundred fifty-three football players answer calls from NFL general managers and player personnel to tell them they are being drafted. When we advance further into the 7-round NFL draft, anticipating picks can be challenging. For that reason, I research in the neighborhood of 400 players leading up to the draft. However, I will use a fraction of that information – about 20 percent – which I gather from personal scouting, film and paper study.

There are lots of people that work on our broadcasts, and our input is divvied up well.

Don’t sleep on these guys

The 2016 NFL Draft is full of sleepers; too many to name. I do have a couple of favorites, though. Will Redmond, a cornerback out of Mississippi State hasn’t gotten the attention he deserves because he continues to work on a comeback after tearing his ACL during practice last season. I also like wide receiver Bralon Addison of Oregon. He plays the game fast and has excellent return game skills.

Regardless of draft order, lots of young men’s lives have and will change during the next few days. I wish them well and can’t wait to see the great football accomplishments many will achieve.

©Charles Davis; charlesdavissports.com, 2016

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