The Good Old Days
I miss the good old days of the NFL draft when we rung our hands until the Commissioner stepped to the podium and announced the first pick of the draft. With this announcement, a new trend is appearing where the first pick is signed before draft day. I look forward to my one day a year when I get to spend a solid 10 hours in front of the TV to watch the draft, and having the first team sign their pick before the Commissioner even thinks the words “on the clock” just takes some of the novelty out of the whole thing.
I get that the Dolphins were never going to be able to trade that #1 pick because no one wants to pay #1 pick money (OT Jake Long’s contract is for five years, $57.75 million, with $30 million guaranteed.), so they should just go ahead and sign whoever they want, but come on…for us little people, let us have this one shred of enjoyment of the whole process.
On a different note about the draft, I just saw that it isn’t starting until 3pm this year. In past years it has started at 10 or 11 in the morning, even noon. But now, the draft coverage is starting at 11am and the actual first round doesn’t start until 3pm. (Rounds 3-7 start at 10am on Sunday morning) I understand that they have reduced the amount of time the teams have for each pick, but seriously…What is the world coming to?!?! I think the NFL just ruined my weekend…and that’s usually something only the Patriots can do.