Monday, April 28, 2008

This Year's Draft...

I have to say; this year’s NFL draft was a little bit boring. I know there are a lot of people out there that would have you believe that watching any draft is boring, but I’m compelled to disagree.

I know that a draft consists of hours of premeditation, and is on, non-stop for about 8 hours a day for 3 days in a row. There isn’t a lot of “sport” to watch per se either. There aren’t a great deal of highlights, and there isn’t anything to really root for. But for some reason, I really like watching at least some of the draft over the course of its 3-day presentation. And apparently, since there has been talk of moving the draft off of ESPN and on to a major network channel and shown on Prime Time, I’m not the only one.

But this year was dull. For the first time that I can think of, the top 5 prospects were taken with the first 5 picks. Yes, it sounds like that’s the way it should be. But usually there are trades, bartering, negotiations lasting well into the night with both players and teams. 1st round draftees and particularly the top prospect fighting for more money with a team that wants to make sure they are under contract before dawn; a multi-million dollar chess game so to speak…

2 years ago the Texans shocked everyone by negotiating with Mario Williams until dawn to sign them as the top pick and letting Reggie Bush fall to the Saints. How’s that working out for ya? Last year L.A. took JaMarcus Russell first only see him hold out for more money and better terms. And let’s not forget about Brady Quinn getting blown off until about a dozen picks later. Love that drama…

Not this year.

This year, the top 5 picks went to first 5 teams. No one seemed unhappy about their lot in life. No one was upset about going to a team that would be rebuilding. Jake Long, the top pick in the draft, was so thrilled about going to the 1 and 14 Dolphins that he signed his contract 4 days before the draft was held.

Where’s excitement in that?!?

On the bright side, the Bengals seemed to do okay for themselves. Keith Rivers from USC will hopefully shore up a struggling linebacking corps, and taking 3 wide receivers should help to fill the void that will allegedly be left by the frustrated Chad Johnson. Too bad about him too, he could really teach these kids something. A few big tackles and a safety will hopefully help plug the run defense and aid the secondary. We’ll see in a few months I suppose.


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