This is true, but how is it different than what happens to your average 7th rounder? It's about time the league properly pandered to actual football fans, people that might know who is available after 7 rounds are up. It's a silly idea, but it's nicer and more legit than most things the NFL does.
they are already being told where to live and work based on the idiotic whims of morons. The crowd can only be better. In real terms you'll see local undrafted heros like Mayonset going to the Jets. Would that be so bad?
For the players? Yes. They go from a having a chance to pick the best spot for themselves as an UDFA to an NFL team owning their rights. And, if they wind up being cut, every week spent with the team that "drafted" them in the 8th round (by fans, not management) lessens their chance to catch on with another team that may have been a better fit. Adding an 8th round at this stage of the game does nothing more than create a Mr. Irrelevant for each team in the interest of pandering to the fans.
Who is our starting RB on opening day? Ivory? Goodson? Powell?
A primary rotation of Ivory and Goodson? Ivory definitely has to carry the rock to earn his keep. By the way, all the critics who cite his last two seasons and say he's done nothing seem to ignore the fact that he rushed for over 700 yards in 2010. If he stays healthy, he could really be a beast as a starting RB.
When you cut through all the subterfuge, in every aspect of life and football there are only three possibilities: things can be getting better; things can be getting worse; or things can stay the same.
I hardly expect a quick 180, and although I may have thought about a different direction with some of the picks, there is not a lot to bitch about in the overall scheme of things. We've drafted four high quality players. All seem to be excellent value, so there were none of the usual reaches that have been synonymous with this team. We've got a new, no-nonsense, no-BS GM who is walking the walk. We have a new OC, with a proven track record. We have a load of cap room coming our way.
In short, the team is moving in the right direction. So, I have to be optimistic for the future -- which, by the way, extends beyond 2013.