By: Jason Sarney
They say in real estate it’s “location, location, location.” In the NFL Draft, many say go “Best Player Available. With that said, looking at this situation of no live gatherings, and logistical difficulty with limited meetings, limited live-workouts and limited physicals with team doctors, “Geographical Drafting” could factor in here.
What do I mean by that? It is the fact that a tie could simply be as easy as a) who have we seen lately live? And b) who can we get to our facility the quickest and safest.
Having laid that foundation, I am not saying this is the golden rule, but if the Saints are looking local, there is a New Orleans kid and LSU star, Grant Delpit, that may entice the safety needing Saints. With that said, cornerback Kristian Fulton is also a triple-threat for them. Local New Orleans kid, an LSU stand-out, and plays a need position.
While not the gospel for each and every pick of course, those later rounds and those 50/50 toss-ups in the earlier rounds at the same position can have a slight edge going to the defensive back from Clemson for the Panthers, instead of a prospect from a West Coast school and/or being home-based there.
So here are just some prospects that could make logistical sense to be drafted by “home-town” teams, and/or local products of an area that is close to their University and/or NFL represented city.
*Some cases, not at all every case.*
Grant Delpit – Safety – LSU – Hometown - New Orleans, LA – Prediction = Saints
C.J Henderson – Cornerback – Florida – Hometown – Miami, FL – Prediction = Jacksonville
Zack Baun – Defensive End – Wisconsin - Hometown - Brown Deer, WI – Prediction = Packers
Jeff Gladney – Cornerback – TCU – Hometown – New Boston, Texas - Prediction = Texans or Cowboys (DAL is early for him in 1st round – could slide to #40 with HOU)
Van Jefferson – Wide Receiver – Florida – Hometown – Brentwood Tennessee – Prediction = Buccaneers OR Titans both make sense.
Kenny Willekes – Defensive End – Michigan State – Hometown – Rockford, MI – Prediction = Lions
Devin Duvernay – Wide Receiver – Texas – Hometown – Sachse, TX – Prediction = Cowboys
Cole Kmet – Tight End – Notre Dame – Hometown - Lake Barrington, Illinois - Prediction = Bears (Graham could groom him)
A.J. Terrell – Cornerback – Clemson – Hometown – Atlanta, Georgia – Prediction = Falcons and Panthers need a CB.
Harrison Hand – Cornerback – Temple – Hometown – Cherry Hill, NJ (may as well be Philly) – Prediction = Eagles
A.J. Green – Cornerback - Oklahoma State – Hometown – DeSoto, TX – Prediction = Cowboys
Ben Bartch – OL – St. Johns (MINN) – Hometown – Datyton, OR – Although far from Minnesota, the Vikings have seen plenty of the Minnesota college, Division III star - Prediction = Vikings
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