Pro Sports Drafts – Why Don’t They Follow Up?

I love sports.  I grew up watching the Big 3 American sports, Football, Baseball, and Basketball.  Sorry Hockey & Soccer fans, while those sports are large in their own right, I don’t consider them among the Big 3 in the US.

Every year, I look forward to the NFL, MLB, and NBA Drafts.  The draft gives your team hope and fuels the fire for the next season.  I remember growing up in the 80’s when information about the players who were drafted was limited to what you were able to catch on ESPN or read in Sports Illustrated or The Sporting News.  You were lucky to get in-depth coverage on the Top 10 players selected.  Now, with the internet and the growth of cable TV, you have 1000’s of places where you can get in-depth coverage on EVERY player selected in the draft.

Sam Bowie - Remember him? Drafted #2 in the 1984 NBA Draft, ahead of Michael Jordan.

This makes it a lot of fun at draft time because  every player has upside and potential.  You get the draft capsule that says a player is the next Favre, Manning, Kobe, or Jordan.  However, what’s missing is the follow up 3-5 yrs later.  Wouldn’t it be cool if the same analysts  did a “Where are they now?” story on each player drafted 3-5 yrs later with a comparison to the original draft capsule and prediction of their future potential?  Maybe that article exists today, but it’s not on the mainstream sports websites and TV stations.  I’ve seen on-off specials on specific players, but nothing in-depth.

What do you think?  Would you like to see a story like that every year?

Tim Couch - How about this guy? Drafted #1 in 1999 ahead of Donovan McNabb.

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