The caffeine jolt for all NFL fans to make it through the sleepy spring is on us tonight. Of course, like most of the NFL season, the league sees fit to draw out its draft over as many days as possible so we talk about it longer. So it’s more a controlled drip of caffeine than a jolt, but we’ll take what we can get.
Not that there’s a lot of drama, at least at the top. You don’t trade up to #1 and #2 to take an offensive lineman or linebacker, so, barring some completely unforeseen circumstances, the Rams and the Eagles are taking quarterbacks. And practically every mock draft I’ve seen for the last month has had the Bucs taking Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, so there doesn’t feel like there’ll be much suspense for me either.
Of course, there’s a lot of talk about Jacksonville possibly trading down, and the Cowboys might do something crazy, either of which could throw things out of whack. Heck, I’ve seen whispers the Bucs might move up or down, depending on how things fall.
But really, draft day drama is an added bonus. It’s not like I’m not going to sit and watch the whole thing anyway. Because the real thrill for us football geeks is listening to the obsessive minutiae get discussed over each and every player, a three or four hour deep dive into football when we’ve had nothing but dribs and drabs since the Super Bowl. We’ve been on a diet and the dessert cart just showed up.
I do still wish the draft was on the weekend and was over two days — it felt more like an event that way — but the NFL wants those prime time eyeballs, so this is what we get. Besides, it absolves me of the terrible decision between watching Rounds 1, 2 and 3 or going to Tabletop Day. Now that would have been some drama.