When I was in high school (I'm 41 now) and into my 20s, before the Internet gave me the information fix I craved, I had a news subscription to Pro Football Weekly and also made sure to get their draft preview material.
Joel Buchsbaum was one of the first, best, and most eccentric draftniks and I loved reading his stuff for PFW. He passed away in 2003, when he was 48 years old. He was a tiny little weird looking recluse who ate, breathed, and **** the NFL Draft before it grew to it's current popularity.
I'm not sure how long PFW's 'Whispers' and 'Way We Hear It' type columns have been around, but I have always remembered reading them and other columns (like 'Audibles') and they were always the first things I looked for when my latest copy would arrive in the mail.