Ravens Draft: Q & A with Greg Cox of Walter Football

Gregory Cox, is a draft analyst for www.Walterfootball.com, a great site with tons of draft and player information. Greg was kind enough to take out time to answer some questions as it pertains to the Ravens and the upcoming draft. Seven questions were asked, so we’re breaking the interview into two posts.

Part I: Ravens Draft, Interview with Greg Cox, Draft Analyst, Walter Football.

1) Greg, we appreciate you taking time out to answer questions for our readers. Tell us a little about yourself and background? And how did you become an NFL draft analyst?

Greg Cox: I have followed the NFL my entire life, and started writing weekly game predictions longer ago than I care to admit. When the web and blogging became prevalent I was able to share those online. Then in 2005 I tried my hand at mock drafting and discovered a massive, passionate audience of draft followers I had no idea existed. It was a good fit for me because of my understanding of what teams need and the players capable of filling those needs. I have stuck with it ever since.

2) This timing of the draft is somewhat different in that the draft itself is before free agency. Do you think this changes the way teams approach the draft this year? What are you hearing?

GC: If the CBA situation spills over to the end of April when the draft takes place, teams have to react accordingly. That means drafting more for needs and filling holes on the roster in the event their “wish list” is not met with available free agents. Like everyone else following the situation I am hearing the situation is fragile. It could be over at any time and there is really no way to know. If a settlement is reached soon there is still a chance for an accelerated free agency to take place and a “business as usual” approach to the draft.

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