The fact that the NFL Draft has even become an event people care so much about is part of the problem. We’ve turned it into a spectacle instead of observing it for what it is.
This isn’t like watching all the kids get picked on the playground for a pickup game and then laughing at the kid with the ego who doesn’t get picked first.
Well...it’s a little of that.
Mainly, the draft is about teams making decisions and picks that help them plan for the next three to four years. The first few picks might be about landing a future star, but the primary goal is to develop depth and maintain a foundation that helps the progress of the organization. At least - that’s what it should be. For the Lions, it appears to be about giving Matthew Stafford a shiny new toy every year.
It was tough to keep the list this short, but here are my top five reasons the NFL draft is horrible.
5. The most exciting things are still boring.
What was the most exciting thing that happened last night? The possibility that the Dallas Cowboys might draft Johnny Manziel? (Something that didn’t actually happen.) Was it seeing Jadeveon Clowney get taken with the No. 1 pick? We’ve been expecting this for the past three years.
I’d argue the best part of the night was when Twitter blew up with the picture of Johnny Manziel drinking a beer in the green room while waiting to hear his name called. We were heartbroken to learn that it was a photoshopped picture, but that’s par for the course with the draft. It’s never as good as you hope.
Last night was 3.5 hours of my life that I’ll never get back, and I didn’t even watch most of the Draft! I casually followed most of the events through my Twitter timeline while watching episodes of Revolution on Netflix. I don’t want to hear your argument that my activities were even more boring than the draft because that’s not the point. If Elizabeth Mitchell is in it, I'm watching.
Unless you get paid to cover the NFL, why would you care enough to follow this garbage? If you’re a fan of a particular team, they usually get about 10 minutes of coverage while they’re on the clock. If you’re a fan of a particular player, you could spend three hours wondering if he’ll get picked and then see him wind up with a god-awful team. You know what I mean, Manziel fans.
Do we really have nothing else better to do?
3. The Hype
How long have we been hearing about this year’s NFL Draft? How many quarterbacks must go through Jon Gruden’s quarterback camp? By the way - why does Gruden have a special feature with quarterbacks? It’s not like he was some sort of QB wizard who produced all these hall-of-famers.
There are more fluctuations in the stock of certain players than projections about Apple stock leading up to the announcement of a new product. It feels like Teddy Bridgewater went from being the possible No. 1 pick, to third round pick, back to first round pick, depending on which day you looked up his status.
Actually, your first mistake was looking up the draft status of any potential player. Just don’t do it. Ever.
2. The Media Coverage
Between Chris Berman yelling at me, Jon Gruden wanting all 32 teams to take a quarterback with their first pick, Pete Prisco giving out grades five seconds after a player has been taken, Mel Kiper talking forty times, and Deion Sanders having no idea how to conduct an interview, there’s really no place to go for quality coverage of this event.
Twitter is the best option because it’s really nothing more than gifs, YouTube videos and jokes directed toward every team for every pick made. That’s all I want from sports anyway.
1. Mock Drafts
If you made a mock draft, you fail. If you read a mock draft, you fail. If you’re already interested in the 2015 mock drafts, may God have mercy on your soul.
No one knows how a draft is going to work. Stop reading mock drafts and giving people the opportunity to make a living off such stupidity!