I don't know about you, but I sure am anxious for the Detroit Lions to get on the clock this Saturday after reading about 3,000,000 mock drafts.
It has been well over a month since the NFL free agency period got underway, and we know that most of the activity in that is over with. The biggest signings we have seen in the past couple of weeks are quarterback Byron Leftwich with Tampa Bay and wide receiver Torry Holt with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
For NFL junkies who watch the NFL Network around the clock and check every NFL news source on the web at least ten times a day (like me), the draft is a fix in the midst of all the other sports' seasons that don't entertain me the least bit.
Here is my list of the top reasons NFL fans love this special weekend in April:
1. Non-Stop Action
If you don't have the NFL Network and you're an NFL fan, this day is like your birthday and Christmas combined. With ESPN and NFL Network both giving you every pick live, fans get analysis and stats about players virtually every second (unless both networks are on commercial break, I guess).
Then, when the first day is over and the excitement dies down a bit, a full day of coverage is back on Sunday. We love it because it seems to never stop.
2. The Excitement of Every Selection
I don't know about you, but every time I hear the ESPN chime and see a new team logo come up, electricity shoots through my body.
What's this clubs' options? Who is the best overall player available? Will they possibly trade down?
What we love is the silence as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell steps to the podium and the reaction of fans at their team's respective draft parties when their selection is announced.
It appears that everyone (online sources, forums, draft gurus, and even everyday fans) know exactly what their team should do come the big day. Well, we finally get to test the wisdom on Saturday.
I specifically remember Steve Young telling the ESPN audience last year that he was writing wide receiver Devin Thomas down for the Titans when they were on the clock. I then remember him asking for an ink eraser after the team made a good selection with running back Chris Johnson out of East Carolina.
So, "draft geniuses," put together a final mock draft. We want to see if your "knowledge" is any good.
4. The Wait is Over
For fans of teams that didn't make too big of a splash in free agency, this goes out to you.
Being a Minnesota Vikings fan, I've gotten nothing but inactivity, as my club decided that no free agent was worth paying the amount wanted.
But now, finally, we get to make our moves. After hearing about teams handing out huge contracts and filling holes with solid players, we get a shot. Let's just hope it works out.
5. NFL Fans United
This is the day for all fans, no matter who you cheer for or where you are from. Every team will make moves this weekend, and every fan base should have at least some excitement.
Even if you're from Carolina, who traded away their 2009 first round pick in last year's draft to move up and select offensive tackle Jeff Otah. You still will eventually have your moment, Panthers faithful.
But just because we're united doesn't mean I can't slam the Green Bay Packers' first round selection.
There is my list of why I believe we love the NFL Draft. I am sure there are many other reasons why fans can't wait for April 25, and I would love to hear about them.
The NFL rules fall and winter weekends, yet also snags this one in spring. It seems like it has been too long.