The NFL Draft and Risk v. Reward when Finding an Employee

by Matthew Stollak on Monday, May 6, 2013



Caught this tidbit on the St. Louis Rams draft in Peter King's Monday Morning QB column at SportsIllustrated.com:
Many have said the Rams are going to have one of these risky high picks -- Janoris Jenkins, Alec Ogletree -- blow up on them, the way Pacman Jones and Albert Haynesworth blew up on Jeff Fisher in Tennessee. I didn't use it in the story for space reasons, but COO Kevin Demoff admitted to me that it was likely that one of these days they'd have an issue with one of the high-risk guys, and it was simply the cost of doing business when you take a talented player who has had issues.
For most NFL teams, draft picks are like gold.  With only 7 rounds, they are, for the most part, scarce items.    They represent opportunity: to fill a position of need...as leverage in a trade...to improve the quality of one's team.  First and second round picks are even more valuable as they are one's you can least afford to gamble on. 

As an employment strategy, do you agree with the approach by COO Demoff?    Is the price of landing that top-notch talent worth it if it doesn't payoff?

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As an NFL Draft geek, I'd love for more industries - sports or otherwise - to adopt this type of recruitment! :)

Imagine the top 200 economics graduates in North America being herded into Radio City Music Hall. Tremendously exciting.

by Insight247 on June 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM. #

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