The NFL Draft is one of my favorite times of the year. I listen to draft coverage all of April. I make my own mock draft. I’m even wearing a suit and Chicago Bears hat to work today (don’t judge me). Even if you aren’t as extreme as me, there are still plenty of reasons to watch the NFL Draft on Thursday night. Here’s a list of the top 5 reason to watch:
5. Draft “Experts”
Unlike other league’s drafts, the NFL Draft is extremely unpredictable outside of the top couple picks. Teams do a great job of disguising who they are targeting, and the draft is full of trades. This recipe makes it almost impossible for the best draft experts to get even 50% of their mock draft correct. Want to feel better about your last place March Madness bracket? Print off a few mock drafts from several experts and get your red marker ready.
4. Mispronounced names
Just like last year, the 2nd round of the 2012 NFL Draft will have former NFL Players announcing their team’s selection. With NFL alumni like Terrell Davis, Barry Sanders and Eddie George reading off their past team’s pick, there are sure to be some brutal pronunciations. Early favorites to have their name butchered on Friday night are Kelechi Osemele, Amini Silatolu, and Alameda Ta’amu.
3. Fashion Nightmares
Bow ties and draft hats are an amazing combination. Unfortunately the only events that these two are an acceptable combo are drafts. The NFL Draft always has its fair share of questionable fashion choices. The NFL draft will make everyone feel better about their wardrobe.
2. Watching the Last Player Left in the Green Room
I like to refer to this as the “train wreck pick”. You can’t help but feel bad for the player that is left staring at his phone waiting for it to ring. Aaron Rodgers is the most memorable individual to go through this painful experience. With 26 players invited to this year’s green room, there’s sure to be a few players left at the end of the first round.
1. Watching Dreams Come True
This is by far the best part of the draft. The real emotion that is displayed when these young men embrace their family members when they get that phone call saying they’ve been selected. The countless hours of training and sacrifice made by each player, and their supporting cast, culminates in this one moment. In my opinion the NFL Draft is the best reality television in existence.