Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Arians cautious not to overanalyze draft board
By Josh Weinfuss
Coaches don't have a say when it comes to how the NFL's calendar is laid out.
But if it was up to the Arizona Cardinals' Bruce Arians, the draft would've stayed in late April instead of moving to the second weekend of May. He and the rest of his staff were ready to start picking a week ago, but they're making a concerted effort to restrain themselves and not overanalyze.
"These next two weeks you can actually have your board set and try to go back and change it just because you overwork the process," Arians said. "I know [Cardinals general manager] Steve [Keim] and our crew does a great job so that's not going to be a problem."
But the temptation to keep evaluating and re-evaluating is tough to ignore.
In the never-ending quest to make the best pick, the pressure to get it right can result in a team overthinking its picks, especially with two more weeks to watch film. That's what Arians is hoping the Cardinals can avoid.
"You have a grade on a guy, you go back and watch him … you try to find out some more stuff, pretty soon there won't be anybody worth drafting," Arians said. "You won't like anybody.
"Fall in love with him and take them."
But Arians is fortunate. Because the Cardinals began offseason workouts and meetings last week, his role in evaluating prospects is all but over, which means he won't be tempted to turn on film at all hours of the day and nit-pick the downfalls of a potential Cardinal.
"It's more up to Steve and [vice president of player personnel] Terry [McDonough] not to overanalyze it right now," Arians said.