Draft Winds Series
Simon Clancy, Richard Lines and Chris Kouffman have been contributing Draft pieces for the South Florida Sun Sentinel through columnist Dave Hyde’s blog since the 2009 NFL Draft. Dave Hyde is a distinguished sports columnist with the honor of having placed second in the Associated Press Sports Editors voting for nation’s top sports columnist in three out of four years.
The relationship that would give birth to the Draft Winds series started when Simon, our resident Londoner, saw a piece that Hyde wrote about the popularity of American Football in England, prior to the Miami Dolphins’ playing a game in London against the New York Giants in 2007. The two kept in touch and had a few beers together when Dave traveled with the team to London for the game. Somewhere along the way, Dave had the idea of showing his American audience that a British draftnik can provide just as much, and just as potent draft information as Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, or any of the other well known American talking heads. Since 2010, Dave has been gracious enough to extend his offer of putting original draft works on his South Florida Sun Sentinel blog to Chris Kouffman and Richard Lines, the other two founders of Universal Draft. The pieces are intended for Dave’s audience, comprised mostly of interested fans of the Miami Dolphins, and so the work is always laid out from that perspective.
Below are the archived ‘Draft Winds’ seasons: