Grading on a curve

Every draft offers value for those who understand the game within the game

Updated: April 7, 2011, 12:57 PM ET
By Peter Keating | ESPN The Magazine

When we watch a just-drafted athlete hug his mom, put on a goofy cap and smile for the camera in anticipation of a multimillion-dollar contract, it's natural to wonder how he could possibly be worth all that money before ever playing a minute in a pro game.