It's officially NFL Draft season! Historically this has been my favorite time of the year. Or course, it can be combined with March Madness, The Master's, MLB's Opening Day and, if you stretch it out, the NHL and NBA Playoffs.
But as a football commentator the NFL Draft trumps them all.
I love to think of it as the one time in the entire league year where there is a formalized competition between all 32 teams. In essence each team is competing for each player.
Of course, the analogy breaks down a bit when you consider teams like New England who have no desire to actually draft players. Instead, Bill Belichick infuriates the rest of the NFL by playing the Mad Scientist, acquiring draft picks to acquire draft picks to acquire draft picks.
He never actually uses them, and when he does they always fail. And he is noted for having a draft board the size of my little pinkie (if you haven’t seen it, it is rather shriveled due to a birth defect—don’t worry I’m okay).
Yet, Belichick still counts because he’s competing; he’s just playing a different game with a different goal and a different scoring value system. In his mind, he’s winning and we’ll just keep that little secret from him that he’s not (yet somehow he keeps getting his team to the Super Bowl...ARRRRGGGHHH!!!).
In previous mock drafts, I assumed the Saints would be taking away a selection from Miami due to the Reggie Bush trade. We’ve since learned the teams will actually be swapping fourth-round selections, meaning the Saints will hold the 8th or 9th selection of the fourth round, and seven total selections in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Here are my opinions on what those selections should be.