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If you’re a pro or college football fan and you haven’t yet read Pete Williams’ landmark investigation of the NFL draft—simply titled, The Draft—you’re not quite the fan you think you are.
Williams went behind the scenes not just of draft day but of the entire process, interviewing pro scouts, coaches and GMs as well as college coaches, highly touted players and their agents to produce an incredibly revealing portrait of how things really work in the land of million-dollar bonus babies.
PETE WILLIAMS podcast excerpt: “The NFL draft is a year-long process that begins now; the scouts will be digging in on the 2011 draft in a few weeks. It’s nothing they just start in January with the Senior Bowl. They have at least one eye on these players as soon as they start showing potential, which for a lot of these guys could be their freshman or junior years.”
If that’s all Williams ever produced, it would be a pretty good career of which to boast. But he’s also written five Core Performance books with Phoenix-Arizona-based athletic trainer Mark Verstegen, the latest of which is Core Performance Women.