In a video clip that I saw mentioned on The Big Lead right before I left work, and then heard on the radio while driving home from work, and then saw on SportsCenter when I got home from work, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. duke it out verbally over whether or not Matthew Stafford should be the #1 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.
Basically, Kiper thinks that if you have Stafford rated high enough (top 10) then you take him at #1 because he’s a QB. McShay thinks that more mistakes are made that way and that the Lions should take the best player available.
Personally, I side with McShay on this one. True, I’m not sold on Matthew Stafford, but even just in the broader debate about general draft strategy, I side with take-the-best-player argument. If the QB is in your top 3 but maybe not #1, and there is a huge difference between the top 3 and everyone else, and you’re starved with a QB, then I can see going QB. Otherwise, make the safer choice and be sure you improve your team.
The guys over at Tirico Suave (a great blog by the way, and I encourage you to click that link and browse their site) have a pretty good breakdown of it:
Todd McShay does his segments in HD.
Mel Kiper does his is in SD.
McShay uses gel in his hair.
Kiper uses mouse.
McShayâ€™s draft board is on an Excel spreadsheet.
Kiperâ€™s is scrawled on the wall of his cave.
Both men despise each other.
Watch for yourself. The fireworks starts a few minutes in so feel free to fast forward through the civil drivel at the beginning. It gets fun when Todd McShay starts rolling his eyes and Kiper inexplicably acts like people always talk over him. Here is the video:
Todd McShay-Mel Kiper Jr Video: Should Lions Draft Matthew Stafford #1?
What do you think?