NFL Draft 2011: Is the Draft Over-Hyped?

Pat MarrujoContributor IMarch 4, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Cam Newton passes the ball during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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It seems like more than ever, the NFL is trying to push the draft as one of the most important days in sports. Although it might be important for teams, what is the draft and why does the NFL make it such a huge deal?

As soon as the football season ends, the NFL uses the draft to keep their names in the headlines after the Super Bowl. The NFL tries to keep the casual fan’s attention by continuously breaking down the weaknesses of each team.

Draft “experts,” like Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, tell you why a certain quarterback cannot translate to the NFL or how a running back’s small hands will cause him to fumble a lot in the NFL. Does the casual fan really care about all that stuff?

In reality, the draft itself is very boring. It is a bunch of guy in suits sitting around in New York, waiting ten minutes for a team to finally make the pick everyone knew they were going to make. It is dull and takes way too long.

Before the draft even begins, fans must endure the NFL combine. This is the where all the madness of the NFL draft begins. Millions of people tune into the combine coverage on TV and watch as each player runs their 40-yard dash. Is it really that interesting?

If you think that draft hype goes away after the draft takes place, then I have some bad news. As soon as players are drafted, then we all must meticulously break down how much money they will make. For months, the sports world will be consumed with hold-outs and agent/ownership disputes.

I wish the NFL draft was like it was before ESPN, not televised. I don’t need to hear 1,000 reasons why Cam Newton is going to be a superstar in the NFL. I want teams to draft their players, shut up about it for a while, and then showcase them once games start again.

Let me know what you think about the NFL draft. Do you love it or do you hate it and why?