We are on the doorstep of the 2012 version of the NFL draft. It's so close that we're ringing the doorbell, taking the shoes off and getting ready to snuggle up on the couch with meat products and fermented beverages.
While the festivities of draft day are a hoot for NFL fans and hecklers of Roger Goodell, it's also another opportunity to root for your favorite college team to make a splash by ratcheting up the NFL football factory—and to garner some bragging rights.
Like other programs, Iowa has a few good men looking to go from hobby to the launching of a career via millions of adoring fans—and plenty of coin.
And while the Hawkeyes aren't forecast to have guys taken at the very top of the draft board, they are projected to have the first Big Ten player taken somewhere in the middle of the first round when offensive lineman Riley Reiff looks to be selected
But that's not all.
In addition to Reiff, the "beak" is also looking to see a potential of at least six others who wore the black and gold get selected during the mid-to-late rounds of the draft. There's defensive tackle Mike Daniels, a couple more offensive linemen in Adam Gettis and Markus Zusevics, and wide receiver Marvin McNutt and friends. In fact, if the projections are accurate, Iowa is expected to do better than any other Big Ten Team this year.
In addition to some biased rooting interests, there will undoubtedly be no shortage of twisted plot lines and stories to follow throughout the seven rounds of supremely good theater as the nation's best college football players walk the stage in New York.
That's right. That means it's time to put the kids to bed, bribe the wife and lock yourself and some buddies up in the man-bunker for three days because it's about to get interesting.
We'll be covering every player drafted from Iowa real time, so keep the laptop and smartphones handy as everything unfolds beginning at 8 p.m. ET Thursday, through the final selection made on Saturday.
Who's comin' with me?
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