Sunday, July 02, 2006
What I’m Reading – The Draft: A Year Inside the NFL’s Search for Talent by Pete Williams.
This book by Pete Williams is a good look at the NFL Draft and especially the events surrounding it. Williams follows some teams (mostly Atlanta and Tampa Bay) and several players through their quest to find players for their team or get drafted as a player. The history of the draft and how it got to be the huge event it is today is fascinating.
Williams unfortunately writes in that dry “I’ve written for newspapers for too long” style which gets tiring. The content is good, though, especially when he covers things a sports fan just can’t read in the sports section like behind the scenes at the NFL Combine and agent negotiations among other things. I would recommend another book that covers the draft to a certain extent, which is John Feinstein’s brilliant Next Man Up.