Exactly the point.
And worth a mention on the draft analysis...
When I was younger, the PFW draft previews were written by a guy named Joel Buchsbaum. And yes, he talked to sources, but the majority of his analysis was done slavishly watching game tape. He wrote what he saw, not what someone else did, and his draft previews were the best in the business.
Buchsbaum died relatively young (40s I think) and I don't know that anyone has really filled his shoes since.
These days most draft analysts go off of hearsay from scouts or scouting services. They consider the job too big to be done on their own (and they may have a point) so the vast majority of what you read or see from Kiper, McShay, Nawrocki and others is all second hand. Some of it's good, some of it's bad, but very little of it is original.
That's another thing that's symptomatic of sports journalism today being somewhat lazy.
I know I probably sound like an old man hyping up the good old days, but then again, I guess that's what I actually am
Yeah I always get in arguments with people who take Kiper and McShay's word as gold. If these two guys were truly gifted at scouting NFL players they would be working for a team right now. Not to mention both of those guys look like they might be able to squeeze out one pushup between the both of them.
I used to like Mike Mayock but when he called Cam "lazy" before the combine a few years ago, man that just shows you haven't done your homework.