The first round of the NFL Draft is the most popular action-less sporting event on television. On April 26th, dedicated football fans will sit in front of their televisions with silly anticipation. They will be wearing their football jerseys, eating their football food with their football friends. It's the springtime Super Bowl.
All the excitement is over the future of their beloved franchise. They wonder, will they get their quarterback of the future, or have to settle for another offensive lineman? Will they finally get a shutdown corner, or will they reach for an unproven defensive tackle?
These fans have such strong feelings about who their team selects in the first round because of the impact it will have on their franchise down the line.
For instance, the Oakland Raiders notoriously drafted JaMarcus Russell with the first pick of the 2007 draft. He is now unemployed, drinking "purple drank" someplace in the South.
Meanwhile the Raiders just gave up their 2012 first round pick to acquire Carson Palmer.
The following are the Russell-like duds NFL teams should avoid in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.