The NFL draft has transformed into a sports and media event all its own, from a once quiet affair to the multi-day television extravaganza featuring:
- Nine million utterances of the words "reach," "value," and "explosiveness."
Mix in Jon Gruden talking about how much "he loves this kid" and Joe Theismann pontificating about how good Andrew Luck would have been "when I was a quarterback," and you could devise a drinking game that would knock people unconscious in seven minutes.
- Delightful shots of players languishing as their stock free-falls, or video from their homes as they try to pretend to not be horrified that they were just drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. You cannot put a price on such things.
- Mel Kiper's Hairbot (it may be sentient, and if it is, we're all going to die).
The draft also features any number of thrills and surprises from the teams themselves, who never cease to amaze us with their ability to make terrible picks, bad trades or forget how to tell time.
Here are a handful to look forward to for 2012.