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Dre Kirkpatrick “dropping” on draft boards

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As the 2012 draft approaches, there’s increasing buzz that Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is “dropping” on draft boards.

The truth is he isn’t dropping.  The truth is that he was already lower than the media believed.  Which, as more information trickles out about the actual content of draft boards, creates the impression that the player is dropping.

That dynamic remains one of the fundamental flaws with the pre-draft process.  Draft experts put guys higher than they really are, which unreasonably raises their expectations — and which in turn sets them up for a major letdown when the truth comes out.

So whenever you hear that a guy is rising or falling as the draft approaches, it rarely if ever means any team has changed its views on a player.  Instead, it means that the media’s assessment of the player was wrong, and that the true assessments are causing the media to now move a guy up, or to move a guy down.

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25 Responses to “Dre Kirkpatrick “dropping” on draft boards”
  1. fitzmagic1212 says: Apr 25, 2012 11:44 PM

    all these guys rising and dropping this late to me is just media hype. these teams all have draft boards pretty much set imo

  2. 49erdynasty says: Apr 25, 2012 11:45 PM

    Spot on. Someone in the media willing to report it like it is.

    As a long time reader, thank you for making ESPN obsolete from February to August.

  3. jaggedmark says: Apr 25, 2012 11:46 PM

    I’m fine with him moving all the way down to pick 23.

  4. kathyisintheroom says: Apr 25, 2012 11:47 PM

    Dre Dre has been overhyped for weeks. He is a high 2nd round talent.

  5. Soulman45 says: Apr 25, 2012 11:49 PM

    Frist to say
    We will take him at 23 no question ask.

  6. bucrightoff says: Apr 25, 2012 11:59 PM

    So who’s lying this time to get him to fall to them?

  7. moagecu says: Apr 26, 2012 12:01 AM

    Like Todd Mcshay did with Jevan Snead?

  8. howardforvezina says: Apr 26, 2012 12:09 AM

    Good. Rather him than great father with four kids between 3 women.

  9. staffordsyear says: Apr 26, 2012 12:10 AM


  10. jluns275 says: Apr 26, 2012 12:14 AM

    Well said. You’re preaching to the choir.
    I try not to take the draftniks too seriously. If they really knew what they were talking about, some NFL team would be paying them millions to be a successful GM.

  11. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 26, 2012 12:27 AM

    So, relax Dre, you’re not moving backwards, it’s just that bus beside you pulling forward a bit. No worries.

  12. voxnovo says: Apr 26, 2012 12:34 AM

    But Mike, there are “insiders” in the media now, folks like Parcells, Polian, Casserly, etc., who can evaluate as well as the team personnel.

    And they’re now working for us, the public.

    Why shouldn’t that enable us (those of us who are attentive) to be on par w/ team personnel — at least as it relates to the draft’s early stages?

  13. marcolamorsa says: Apr 26, 2012 2:51 AM

    This dude is too stiff to play cornerback

  14. descendency says: Apr 26, 2012 2:59 AM

    It’s OK. He can come to NE and be a great DB.

  15. puppiesnkitties says: Apr 26, 2012 3:40 AM

    Enter the next coming of Kareem Jackson.

  16. blanchonegro says: Apr 26, 2012 4:54 AM

    good article. its about time the media admitted to what the smarter viewers already knew.

  17. tv426 says: Apr 26, 2012 5:24 AM

    A lot of this stuff is self manufactured drama from the talking heads. They want people to continually look at their mock drafts and moving people around is the only way to make it interesting. I always keep the mocks and look back on them after the draft. They do good to get even a quarter of the first round correct. Second round? Forget it!

    All bs.

  18. tjmullen10 says: Apr 26, 2012 6:13 AM

    Wow I really like Kirkpatrick. He will most likely go in the first round but now im hoping hes there early in round 2 for Buffalo. We have a chance to really make our team alot better these next few days.

  19. tropicpurple says: Apr 26, 2012 6:32 AM

    Here’s hoping he drops all the way to round 2, pick #3, 35 overall — Vikings!

  20. oldschoolomen says: Apr 26, 2012 6:38 AM

    Rising or falling, I think I’d rather have Kirkpatrick than Gilmore. Kirkpatrick has been a first round corner the whole time. Gilmore shot up draft boards without playing a down of football.

  21. reiriza says: Apr 26, 2012 6:58 AM

    I blame Mel Kiper

  22. bass1717 says: Apr 26, 2012 7:14 AM

    There is ZERO chance that all 4 of these guys from the Alabama defense will be impact players… least one of them will be a bust, just don’t know who

  23. greymares says: Apr 26, 2012 8:44 AM

    so if your saying that the media doesn’t know jack. you got my vote.

  24. simplesimon1 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:19 AM

    Come on Kirpatrick…..Drop all the way to #23

  25. simplesimon1 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:20 AM

    Good spelling …. I meant Kirkpatrick

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