The Draft: A Year Inside the NFL's Search for Talent

The Draft: A Year Inside the NFL's Search for Talent

by Pete Williams
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The Draft: A Year Inside the NFL's Search for Talent by Pete Williams

An explosive look at the NFL Draft from the inside out that exposes the multilayered feeding frenzy that swarms around America's top college players.

The Draft follows a handful of NFL hopefuls through the ups and downs of the 2004 college football season and the predraft process, culminating with the 2005 draft. Among the prospects are Virginia defensive end Chris Canty, who overcomes a devastating early-season knee injury to reestablish himself as a top draft hopeful, only to suffer a detached retina in a nightclub skirmish; and Fred Gibson, a talented but rail-thin Georgia wide receiver who struggles to put on the weight needed to go over the middle in the NFL.
It's a complex environment, with college coaches attempting to protect their "student-athletes" from exploitation (while fully aware that they can only remain competitive if they attract NFL-caliber players to their schools), along with sports agents and NFL scouts trying to stay a step ahead of their competition.
These parties provide a multi-angled view of the world of emerging NFL talent. The reader follows the season through the eyes of a host of power players and scouts, from veteran agent Pat Dye Jr. to Jerry Maguire clone Jack Scharf, to the coaching divisions of Florida State University and the University of Virginia---headed by longtime Bill Parcells disciple Al Groh. Also central to the narrative are the Atlanta Falcons and executives Rich McKay and Tim Ruskell (now with Seattle), who use a character-based evaluation system to set their draft board. These parallel stories weave together, culminating in draft weekend, to create a gripping and fascinating look at a world few see from the inside.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429910019
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,196,694
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Pete Williams writes about the business of sports for such publications as USA Today and Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal. He is the author or coauthor of six books, including the business motivational book Fun Is Good (with Mike Veeck). Williams lives in the Tampa Bay, Florida, area with his family.

Pete Williams is a contributing writer to Street&Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and is the author or co-author of eight books, including the Rodale titles Core Performance, Core Performance Essentials, Core Performance Endurance, and Fun Is Good. He lives in Safety Harbor, Florida.

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Draft: A Year Inside the NFL's Search for Talent 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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mregister2 More than 1 year ago
This book provides a good glimpse behind the scenes of the NFL Draft process. Unfortunately, it jumps around too much and tends to repeat itself. If you are a fan of the NFL Draft, it is definitely worth the read.
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Timothy Johnson More than 1 year ago
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