Draftniks and casual fans alike count down the days, hours, and minutes leading up to the NFL draft. It's the annual chance for every team to improve and inject optimism into their fan bases. Star power isn't as important as actual ability, and NFL front offices try not to let things like popularity affect their draft decisions, as it doesn't necessarily reflect a player's ability.
For casual fans, though, popular players are the main reason many people watch the draft. It's an intriguing storyline within an already-exciting event, and the plight of popular college stars is what makes the draft most interesting.
Where will so-and-so end up? Who takes the chance on this player and his injury issues, or that one and his character concerns?
It's like a great reality show combined with the most popular sport in the country all wrapped up into a three-day long TV marathon.
There are many stars in this year's draft, whether it's due to their high level of talent, their attention-grabbing personality, or their incredible college stats. Stars do not always remain stars, but for now, they are the best of the best, the brightest lights on college football's biggest stage. Who will be lucky enough to land these star players in the hopes they can take their franchise to the next level?