Fans of struggling teams so often pin their hopes of a quick turnaround in the franchise's fortunes a new star under center (which is understandable as no player in team sports has a bigger impact on a team's success than a QB has on an NFL team) but no matter how great you feel in April it is worth noting that it is a real gamble every time.
Day 1 of the 2021 NFL draft is in the books - so we will take a quick look back and pull out a few picks that we liked and a few that we didn't like quite so much (though it really didn't feel as though there were any absolute howlers this year),
In the late 1980s, Jimmy Johnson, head coach of the then-struggling Dallas Cowboys, concluded that trades involving draft picks, with no set currency value for each selection, were complicated at best and almost impossible at worst. Johnson, alongside team exec Mike McCoy, who came from a non-football background and was well known for having an analytical mind - got to work on a system that was the first step on the way to turning draft-day dealing from an art... to a science.
In what could be the most anticipated draft for years, we are going to be grading the draft as the team's picks come in. It kicks off Thursday evening in Cleveland, Ohio. The Jacksonville Jaguars hold the No. 1 overall pick and officially go on the clock at 8 p.m. ET. ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network will air coverage of the first day.