Misinformation overload is coming

AP

With the draft only 10 days away, get ready for even more rumors about players who are rising and falling.

Here’s the game.  A team that loves a player will put out negative information in the hopes that the player will fall to it.  A team that hates a player will put out positive information in the hopes that someone else will burn a pick on the player, pushing farther down the board someone that the team wants.

And if agents are doing their jobs properly, they’ll quickly throw water on any negative information that is out there.

Our pal Ross Tucker of Sirius NFL Radio summed the situation up perfectly on Twitter.  “Information is [a] valuable NFL commodity,” Tucker said.  “Not logical for teams to leak injury ‘concern’ info (M. Ingram, D. Bowers) if they’re really worried.”

He’s right.  Whether it’s about Alabama running back Mark Ingram or Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers or, most recently, Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor, teams that have concerns should keep their mouths shut so that someone drafting ahead of those teams will pick a player that those teams don’t want.  It’s fair to infer, then, that any team putting out bad information about a player truly likes the player, and thus wants the player to fall into that team’s lap.

Of course, it won’t stop reporters from reporting on the rumors without scrutiny.  And we’re not saying that anyone should.  But folks should take into account the teams with whom their sources are affiliated before swallowing the hook when it comes to rumors that could help fuel a slide to the team that inexplicably is willing to share otherwise confidential information.

18 responses to “Misinformation overload is coming

  1. Only the Jets are stupid enough to fall for this BS anyway……Call it the Vernon Gholston Syndrome….

  2. The Jets may be stupid enough to fall for it but despite their stupidity for the past two seasons they’ve made football interesting for their fans deep into January. Which is more than I can say of the rest of you turds.

  3. Pats fans like to think BB duped the Jets into taking Gholston. No one will ever know and if BB says he did we still won’t know.

  4. Don’t forget, some teams also do the sucker-punch, being all positive about a player so that others think they’re actually being negative when really they’re being positive and thus getting teams to skip on someone.

    You also have teams who get their draft boards emailed to the other 31 NFL teams or have a video of it unwittingly get out.

  5. Jerry Angelo is in trouble, he gets his first-round draft pick back so it’s time to show the NFL just how incompetent he is at picking in the first round.

  6. The Jets have made football interesting for even non-Jets fans. I mean, who wouldn’t love watching a fat-loud-mouthed idiot eating crow two years in a row.

    The Jets are a laughing stock and will soon be back at the bottom of the AFC, where they have been since the late 1960’s.

  7. But folks should take into account the teams with whom their sources are affiliated before swallowing the hook when it comes to rumors that could help fuel a slide to the team that inexplicably is willing to share otherwise confidential information.
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    Does this also apply to those in the sports media who are “encouraged” to help get a particular QB drafed higher than he should because of his agent’s inside connections???? Hmmmm….

  8. Just keep posting all these ridiculous stories about who is going where and which dumb ass coach is in love with this or that player. It’s all smoke and mirrors until they are on the clock.

  9. Everyone hated the lies except Mrs. Pinnocchio. She could often be heard exhorting him ” Tell more lies, Nocch, tell more lies! Oh God, bigger ones, yes, yes, yes!”.

  10. Am I the only one who’s bothered about teams smearing players’ reps and potentially costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars? I don’t think it would kill anyone if the draft were in the beginning of April after pro days and most team visit; it seems the past week or so the only draft news has been hearsay

  11. Man, then Cam Newton must actaully be the most loved/hated player regardless…and I this IS true, Jamie Dukes must ACTUALLY think Ryan Mallet is like Richard Simmons.

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