I've had this argument so many times in so many different leagues that I'm loathe to discuss it again. Additionally, the fact that we're both perfectly content with starting the draft early means the argument is entirely moot anyway.
Bottom line is that it comes down to your philosophy regarding the draft. Your philsophy is that the draft should reward the active owner who has followed college football, the Senior Bowl, the Combine, Pro Days, and the NFL Draft. I have done all those things and can certainly get behind that sentiment.
In my opinion though, the NFL landscape changes on a daily basis and drafting players now when a thousand different things will change before the start of the season is strange, especially when the opportunity to draft later easily exists. Use last year as an example: to me, drafting a player like Mikel LeShoure or Ryan Williams now when they will suffer season ending injuries later seems silly. To me, drafting a player now like Chris Polk who may not even make the Eagles roster seems silly. Or worse yet, Polk gets cut and ends up on a team like the Packers where he could challenge for the starting role.
Why not draft in late August when all these things are known commodities and everyone can make an informed decision? Yes, injuries strike randomly, and during the regular season too, but you can't do the draft then. Bottom line is that your philosophy is to reward the active owner and leave injuries and roster spots up to complete luck and rolling the dice. My philosophy is to draft as late as possible, like 2 weeks before the season starts, so that every manager can make the most informed decisions possible. Anything earlier than that, especially in June and not even July training camps, is by my definition ridiculously early, and we'll just have to agree to disagree.