And so is, for that matter, ESPN The Magazine’s NFL Draft Issue. Funny how that works out. But seriously, I think this is one of the best issues we’ve put out all year. Eli Saslow’s story on former LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu is an absolute must-read. And Ryan McGee’s profile on Marcus Lattimore will have you cheering for the former South Carolina running back who’s still recovering from one of the most gruesome knee injuries in recent memory.
I had two projects in the issue. The first of which was pretty standard: Our annual dueling mock drafts with ESPN experts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. (see pdf here or below). Regardless of the fluidity of draft prognostications, there are some really good tidbits of information in each of their mocks. The second project—a 1-32 ranking of the best-drafting NFL franchises since 1994 (see pdf here or below)—was something my colleague LaRue Cook and I have been wanting to do for awhile. The only problem: We weren’t quite sure the best way to devise such a ranking. Luckily, Neil Paine and the folks over at Pro-Football Reference are smarter than us and quickly used their vast statistical resources to give us a comprehensive—and statistically-sound—list. Enjoy! (Except for you, Browns fans. There’s not much to enjoy, is there?)