NFL Network’s esteemed former NFL decision-makers Charley Casserly and Michael Lombardi conducted an hour-long conference call Wednesday afternoon, all in the name of expressing their latest draft-related opinions.
I particularly enjoy these calls because it gives a great scope of the available players and various NFL team needs. There’s usually great anecdotal material from the former GMs too. Last year, Lombardi shared an epic tale of how the 49ers and Jerry Rice came together in the 1985 NFL Draft.
This time around, Lombardi didn’t discuss past 49ers drafts, but he shared plenty of thoughts on this year’s top draft prospects. Casserly on the other hand, had strong opinions about the uniqueness of this year’s draft as it pertains to the league’s current work stoppage.
With free agency being delayed, Casserly thinks teams could potentially reach for players based on need and not what their draft board dictates.
“You may have an extra need and you may have to fill that position because you don’t know you can fill it with free agency later,” the analyst said. “You may have some reaches this year that are bigger gambles than in the past. Not having free agency creates more needs for your team.”
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