Last year, I broke down how the first round of the NFL Draft went down. CAA led the pack with 6 clients selected in the first round. CAA was followed by Maximum Sports (5), and Octagon, BEST, FAME, and ProFiles Sports (all with 2 clients selected). Having 6 first rounders would be cause for celebration for any agency, even CAA, who has some of the most well known NFLPA licensed agents in the world. Could they possibly do better this weekend than a year ago?
Matthew Stafford, Jason Smith, and Brian Orakpo are guarantees to go in the first round. Other CAA clients who have a strong/solid chance of being selected in the first round include Malcolm Jenkins, Brian Cushing, Jeremy Maclin, Knowshon Moreno, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Eben Britton, Josh Freeman, and James Laurinaitis.
Obviously it would be entirely ridiculous if 11 CAA clients were drafted in the first round, but look at the names listed above. Could it not happen? Even if CAA matches the number it put up last year (6) or does slightly better, the company will have a lot to be happy about. It is rare to see any agency consistently capture a large amount of the top prospects in consecutive years. And then there’s CAA.
CAA’s main competition last year was Eugene Parker of Maximum Sports, with 5 clients taken in the first round. Eugene will have a sure first rounder again this year with Michael Crabtree. Tyson Jackson is almost a certainty to be picked in the first round as well, but after those two, it looks like Maximum Sports won’t have anyone selected for a while.
Who will take Maximum Sports’s position from last year? There really is no agency that has a chance to come even close to the number that CAA puts up. Those in the distance, vying for 2nd place in number of first round selections, will include Octagon, BEST, Athletes First, and FAAM.