Grading on a curve
Every draft offers value for those who understand the game within the game
When we watch a just-drafted athlete hug his mom, put on a goofy cap and smile for the camera in anticipation of a multimillion-dollar contract, it's natural to wonder how he could possibly be worth all that money before ever playing a minute in a pro game.
To read more about why the No. 1 pick in the NFL does not provide nearly as much value as the No. 1 pick in other sports, you must be an ESPN Insider.
MORE NFL HEADLINES
- Sources: Bears to start Clausen over Cutler
- 49ers release McDonald amid investigation
- 49ers' Harbaugh 'considering' Michigan job
- Rivera: NFC South champ worthy of playoffs
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
ESPN The Magazine: April 18, 2011
Check out what's in ESPN The Magazine's NFL Draft 2011 issue!