This has happened to you before. It’s NFL Draft day, your team is on the clock, and suddenly commissioner Roger Goodell saunters to the lectern. “With its first pick, [your favorite team] selects [some player you’ve never of], defensive end out of [college you might’ve seen on TV].”
“Is that a good pick,” you ask yourself? The draft experts on TV chime in with their take.
“Now I like this guy right here,” says Jon Gruden. Sounds like a promising endorsement from the old coach, but then again, Gruden’s never met a draft prospect he didn’t like.
“This player has tremendous upside as a five-technique,” says draft guru Mel Kiper.
“Is that good,” you continue to wonder? “Should I be excited about a ‘high-upside’ guy?”
Then draft pundit Todd McShay chirps up, saying he doesn’t like high-upside guys. He views your pick as a “tweener” at his position.
‘”Oh boy. What are these people talking about?”
If you’ve been confused by draft day jargon, you’re not alone. Scouts, coaches and analysts use a lingo all their own when talking about prospective players. To cut through the noise and help you decipher draft-day chatter, here’s a guide to 10 insider terms you should know.
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