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The NFL Draft is this weekend, the last bastion for football fans until the dreadful Hall of Fame Game in August. How starved are people for football action? They actually watch sit through six hours of Chris Berman (unless they get NFL Network where you get Rich Eisen – which may or may not be an improvement).
But it does look like people would still prefer that over watching the WNBA (as evidenced below).
The draft should be a bit better this year for a couple of reasons. There will only be 10 minutes between picks in the first round. NFL teams have complained that it hurts their chance to strike a deal, but get over it. The draft’s beginning is so annoying because they take 15 minutes to even get the thing going, then it’s another 15 minutes before the first team makes the first pick. So you are looking at a full half hour before a pick is even made, and then averaging about four picks an hour. Yeah, they need to speed this up.
This, however, is not an invitation for the Dolphins to take the full 10 minutes. In fact, Jake Long should walk up to the podium with Roger Goodell right at noon to get this thing kicked off.
That’s another thing, the St. Louis FC is not permitted to negotiate with the No. 2 overall selection. That’s lame. St. Louis should make its pick already and keep this thing moving. Although that would cut in to the NFL’s made-for-TV event. Rumor has the boys at 280 Park Ave. (the NFL's headquarters) are not pleased with the Dolphins for ruining the first pick.
The draft also will be starting at noon on Saturday. Normally, that would be awesome because some sporting events start way too early in the morning out here on the West Coast. But there is nothing like sleeping through the first 10 picks of the draft and then jumping in to the thing before going to lunch.
- Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan will be at the draft this year. Don’t these guys ever learn? Aaron Rodgers and Matt Leinart took pretty big falls. Brady Quinn was given the Anne Frank treatment last year. Why would Ryan even bother? There is speculation that he could go to the Falcons, the Jets or Raven. But why would anybody bother dolling out first-round money for a quarterback who might not be even better than some of the guys who will be picked in the second- or third-rounds? Is there much of a difference between Ryan or Chad Henne or Colt Brennan? All of these guys are a crap shoot, so why waste a Top 10 pick on him? Don't say you weren't warned.
- One draft stud to keep an eye on is Kevin Smith of Central Florida. The dude rushed for 2,500 yards last season with Central Florida. Yeah, he was doing it in an easy conference, but racking up that many yards is hard to do on xBox. Running backs are another group that always seems to have more value later in the draft. Curtis Martin was drafted in the third round. Terrell Davis was a sixth rounder. The team that ends up with Smith will be pretty happy.
- Chris Long looks like he might fall to Oakland at No. 4, with St. Louis FC closing in on Glenn Dorsey, and the Falcons looking at Vernon Gholston. But still, the Raiders probably won't be able to resist taking Darren McFadden. Though that would mean that the Chiefs would end up with Howie Long's kid. Imagine that.
- Imaging that the Chiefs will blow all of its draft picks isn't hard, either. Carl Peterson has never really shown competence, and there is a good chance that the Chiefs will walk away empty handed like the Rams did in the Eric Dickerson deal.
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