Draft Day Build-Up

Forget your mock drafts, insider analysis and draft experts…once the first player is selected in the 2010 NFL Draft, all bets are off and there is no one (not even the Detroit Lions who currently have the #2 selection) who can predict what will happen next. The ONLY team that has any idea of what they are going to do is the St. Louis Rams with the #1 overall selection.  As you read this blog post, each team, over the next two weeks, will be holding some form of draft meetings finalizing and re-evaluating its draft board. These meetings help the actual draft process much more manageable and less chaotic. Contrary to popular belief, the “War Room” on draft day is about as non-warlike as many people think, but is full of many surprises, twists, and turns.

I have never been a gambling man, and would never be one to bet or wager any notable consideration as to where draft choices will fall or which team will draft which player on draft day.  The true excitement and fun comes in that each draft selection is that much more of a surprise for everyone; even the team that is selecting or in draft terms “on the clock”. Every team has its so-called wish list, as does each coach, scout, player, even the owners, but conventional wisdom tends to prevail on draft day and calm takes over. All of the arguing, bickering, and disagreements will soon subdue and the draft boards will be set.

With two weeks to go until the inaugural primetime debut of the 2010 NFL Draft, I am anxiously awaiting to observe how each team approaches its draft selections and whether the team drafted by need or by best player available. Now that is where the real fun begins!

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