Making Sense of the NFL Draft

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Insights into the current NFL Draft process as a predictor of eventual player success in the NFL. Current draft ranking criteria are examined and de-bunked and substitute criteria, supported by scientific research, are suggested. The book analyzes the analyzers. Making Sense is written in a “conversational” style, with numerous examples, lists, tables and references. More

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About Dr. Michael Lee

Michael Lee spent some time in the U.S. Army as a Paratrooper and as an administrative officer in the Army Reserve. He completed several degrees after high school, including a PhD in Academic Administration. Dr. Lee is an expert statistical analyst and is a trained historiographer. Lee is a published author and poet and holds a U.S. Patent in his own name.
Motivated by dreams of adventure and fantasy and grounded by a Great Grandmother born just after the civil war, Lee’s writing journey began in the eighth grade with a short science fiction story. His experiences included paid sports writing for a daily newspaper while still in high school and eventually evolved into a passion for writing book-length works, both fiction and non-fiction.
Dr. Lee takes pride in recently joining the company of other 1,000,000 word authors. He is grateful to the Florida Writers Association for their recent second place recognition of his book-length manuscript in the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award Competition.


Review by: Todd Rutherford on Feb. 14, 2011 :
Michael Lee, PhD and award winning author—with books such as No Patent for Murder and Tell-Tale Signs—churns up something different, but just as entertaining and informational: Making Sense of the NFL Draft: Glorious Promises…Flashes in the Pan.

There is little doubt that the National Football League boasts high television ratings—the NFL draft, in particular, draws a crowd of nearly 23.3 million. Without a doubt, NFL aficionados will truly appreciate this book, especially fans that are at the beginning stages of fandom and are trying to learn the nuances of the draft, how ownership and player contracts work, and lots more.

Lee accomplishes an impressive feat by imbuing the text with statistics to support his argument, while explaining NFL terminology in layman’s terms. Instead of being roundabout in his argument, Lee hammers home his reasoning: The NFL Draft is an effective indicator in which round the player will be drafted; however, there is no conclusive evidence that it determines how successful or “NFL-ready” a player will be.

Lee states, “The NFL Draft system was designed to maintain “parity” among all teams.” In other words, the teams with the worst records are awarded the higher draft pick. As a result, top college players will balance out the poor NFL teams and create a situation where no one team is running away with the Lombardi trophy every season.

More than anything else, Lee’s writing style is refreshing and fun, placing his sports writing skills on full display as he takes jabs at players and owners, and gives readers a behind the scenes experience with the National Football League. He sheds light on how medical benefits and retirement packages work for the players, the teams that draft the best, and overall strategies to predict performance.

Ultimately, Making Sense of the NFL Draft is as reliable as it gets. Lee states, “We examine 2518 actual draftees and the ‘draft process’ over a ten-year period, rather than predicting the ranking of only 256 players in a single year.” This is a highly recommended must-read for the NFL or college football aficionado.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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