Heading into the draft, Aaron Rodgers was all-but-guaranteed to be the first overall pick.

Just who REALLY decides draft prospects' fates?

Heading into the draft, Aaron Rodgers was all-but-guaranteed to be the first overall pick.

Within the past handful of years, it seems as if the NFL Draft has gained more and more publicity. I think it’s safe enough to say the draft is a bigger deal nowadays than it was just a mere five years ago.

The suspense seems to build with every passing day as fans grow more and more anxious as to who their team will take. For me, this has really begged the question, who REALLY decides who gets drafted and where.

Mock drafts nowadays are easier to find than cheese in Green Bay. It seems as if everyone has their professional opinion as to where prospects will be drafted and why. This is all fine and dandy but to a certain extent I believe we, the media, truly dictate where a fair number of these prospects go.

People like Todd McShay, Mike Mayock, and Mel Kiper Jr. are more popular this time of the year than at any point after the draft is over. I have to say, however, that some of the positions players have been drafted at in the recent past have been because the media has dictated it.

Last year, the buzz was whether or not the Indianapolis Colts would draft Andrew Luck first overall or not? Thinking back on it, did the majority of mocks and media not have the Colts drafting him? There was probably a solid week of indecision from all the experts as to who the Colts would select. In the end, it seemed as if the experts almost had the final say as to Luck was better or more deserving to be first overall than Robert Griffin III.

Does the media dictate where players get drafted?

Some teams and general managers I believe are more prone to what the outside mocksters and experts say than others.

I would even go as far as to say some markets may influence draft strategies as well. One might go as far as to say the New York Jets were pressuerd into drafting Mark Sanchez.

If I remember correctly, Sanchez was not projected to be drafted quite that high, but the New York media seemed to have the Jets conditioned to draft a quarterback regardless of the overall position of their pick.

As much as I don’t want to bring his name up yet again, to say that the Denver Broncos reached when they drafted Tim Tebow where they did is a complete understatement.

And just what really drove the Minnesota Vikings to draft Christian Ponder where they did? Talk about a pick that came completely out of left field and even caught the experts off guard.

“Draft and Develop” has certainly proven successful in Titletown.

While it seems some teams give in to expert opinions of who they should take and where, we should give Ted Thompson credit for his philosophy.

It has been proven to work and in the long run can only benefit the team itself. We should also credit him for being oblivious to what the outsiders say.

He has stuck to his guns with his “best player available” way of thinking and to-date really only has one major flaw in Justin Harrell.

So weigh in Packer Nation. Just how much influence does the media have on teams and who they draft?

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Tags: Aaron Rodgers Alex Smith Andrew Luck Christian Ponder Justin Harrell Mel Kiper Jr. Mike Mayock Robert Griffin III Ted Thompson Tim Tebow Todd McShay

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.katorski James Katorski

    Having watched the Packers quarterbacks come and go since Lombardi was rolling over every team they played almost, the present day scenario is you play backup for the Pack until your contract runs out after getting drafted, and are called on by another team to take soon to be open qb positions and if you play fairly, you’re a millionaire. How many San Diego or Cleveland or Den., Az qb’s can say that? You might see the same thing coming out of N.E. Pats, but not for qb’s and not as much as Green Bay. They owe it all to Mick McCarthey, the “Guru” quarterback maker” who knows best: how to make a quarterback/playing the system, which would be a good name for a book on him, along with “the least bragged about or spoken about, or given credit for, as far as I’m concerned. The system and the bond he puts together play into each other and the player is made. I.E. Brett Farve, & Aaron Rodgers, not to mention the players who never saw the limelight in Green Bay, but became rich after a couple years on the Packers bench and went on for league dollars, the Pack can’t afford any more, as will be the case, just like mentioned today with Justin Harrell. Thanks, I couldn’t remember his name the other day, but we have not seen more and 2 dozen plays from him in league games. He looked poised in pre-season games, but they sit the 6′ 7″, 4.6 second, size 6XL & tall pass rushers often, or they are out waiting to sign. That said, Harrell will still get a lucrative sign-on and roster salary, making making more for him than other positions. Nice job on your story today & sorry for my slop.but GB is home for me and I know not only good coaches, but front office production, is running A-1, Top Notch, and T.T. wouldn’t have it any other way. Being a Ron Wolff child, TT inherited a winning team, in winning traditions, that has Vince shaken up every Sunday, rolling over in his grave. He’s probably saying, ” How the hell can they put together a team that throws pass after pass like that? I don’t believe this team, they pass to open up the running game most of the time. Yes sir, Coach Lombardi, so they do, in your name.”

    • Luke Hanish

      Thanks for reading James. Anyway, I think I get the jist of what youre saying. With this being said, what does a successful draft look like in youre eyes Thursday?