A Casual Fan's Guide to NFL Draft Rituals

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A Casual Fan's Guide to NFL Draft Rituals
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The NFL draft is a universally-anticipated event because it appeals to both the hardcore and casual fans of the league and sport.

Just last year, the NFL Network set a ratings record as an average of 757,000 viewers tuned into the event each day, according to the Nielson Company.

Hardcore fans appreciate the year-long process and know all of the players inside and out. They know how the draft works, and they know it well. 

Casual fans appreciate the annual rituals of the draft, but simply want to know who their favorite team is adding for next season.

In the following slides, we'll run down some of the rituals that fill out the draft for hardcore fans and keep the casual fans coming back year-after-year.

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