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 most big-name programs, Notre Dame also 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 Irish aren't forecast to have guys taken at the extreme top of the draft board, the golden domers are looking to see the potential of a couple of first round talents taken in wide receiver Michael Floyd and safety Harrison Smith.
It doesn't end there.
If the projections prove out to be accurate, you can also look for the possibility of at least three other players going toward the back end of the draft with Darius Fleming, Robert Blanton and Jonas Gray.
In addition to a biased rooting interest, 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.
You know the drill—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 the Fighting Irish real time, so keep the laptop and smart-phones handy as everything unfolds beginning at 8PM ET Thursday, through the final selection made on Saturday.
Who's comin' with me?
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