NFL Draft Buzzword Translator

The NFL Draft Buzzword Translator

The 2014 NFL draft is six days away, which means we are nearing the end of HOT TAKE SEASON! Over at The Whistle, we created a NFL Draft buzzword translator to assist the younger generation of sports fans navigating the BUZZWORDS most frequently heard this time of year. Beyond that, this was a chance for me to wear a suit to work, yell loudly and show off my average at best acting skills. Leave any buzzwords we missed down below in the comment section and check back later in the day for our final 12 pack of New York Jets observations and predictions before the NFL Draft. 

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • KAsh

    That video was way too short to cover all the terms.

    “our NFL draft expert” – “some guy we pay to hype up the draft; he does nothing but gather all the draft news off the internet.”
    “looks the part” – “…until the ball is snapped”
    “mismatch nightmare” – “was taller and faster than the scrubs he faced in college”
    “tough to bring down” – “runs into instead of around defenders”
    “extremely athletic” – “…to make up for his lack of skills” or “…just like everybody in the NFL”
    “plays taller than he is” – “he is too short, but I like him anyway”
    “[insert adjective] route-running” – “the degree of positivity/negativity of the adjective is the degree to which I like the prospect (i.e. “bad” – dislike, “good” – like, “great” – man-crush); route-running itself is entirely subjective”
    “explosive” – “moves before thinking”
    “upside” – “an extremely athletic, explosive mismatch nightmare that looks the part according to our NFL draft expert”

    I am sure there are a lot more left.

  • hillel

    I like watching the draft to see how wrong the so-called experts are.

  • Justin C.

    Heck, I think it would be hilarious if either Jadeveon Clowney or Sammy Watkins are still available after the top ten teams select their players. That would make a LOT of “experts” look foolish. Sheldon Richardson was not hyped up much by the experts last year, and the Jets drafted him with the “better” defensive tackles still on the board. Gosh, the Jets made a great decision.

  • Hillel

    Yes Justin, this is true. If I recall correctly, the “experts” questioned the Richardson pick when it happened. Now I don’t even listen to the hype. Frankly, I don’t even know who Jadeveon Clowney and Sammy Watkins are, although I’ve heard Clowney’s name mentioned a few times. So much of “news”, not just sports news, is generated from nothing in order to sell ads.

  • KAsh

    All you need to know:

    “The best pick of the 2008 NFL draft.”

    – ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper on Vernon Gholston