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The NFL Draft: A Time of Potential for All
That time of the year has come around when no football is actually being played, but it seems like there is nothing but football being focused upon. The NFL draft is upon us. Football is the most popular of the major sports in America, and the draft is the highlight of the offseason. It gives fans a chance to look at what their team is doing during the dormant period for football. It gives people the excitement of the game without any football being played. The draft is also a positive time for the NFL after so much negative attention has come this offseason through the bounty scandal.
So why does the draft seem like such an exciting time for NFL fans? It’s because this is the one time of the year when everyone has a chance. Whether it is the best team or the worst team in the league, everyone is equal come draft weekend. If anything, the teams who were worse off are better off for the draft because they get to pick first. The draft almost makes everything on an equal playing field.
Since there are no games being played, the draft weekend is all about potential. It’s a time of speculation. No one is really sure how the players who get picked will play once they reach the NFL level. Yes, they might have been stars and received numerous accolades at the high school and collegiate levels, but the NFL is a different animal. Sometimes, players who get picked in the first or second rounds turn out to be duds. Their playing styles don’t translate to be as successful at the professional level. On the other hand, some players in the later rounds turn out to be stars. The draft brings the excitement of potential, but it comes with a little bit of the unknown as well.
The national “experts” love to talk about the players and teams around draft time (I use the term experts very loosely). If these people were so good at what they do, you would assume some NFL team would be paying them good money for their services. They, like everyone else around draft time, can only use their football knowledge to speculate which players will turn into star NFL players.
The draft gives teams something to look forward to with the upcoming season. They want to see how these new players will perform. Fans are excited to see how much their favorite team will improve based on their draft picks. Yes, people will always speculate how good the draft was for each team. They will say which team had the best draft based on the players they picked up. However, no one will really know who had the best draft until we see how the players perform a few years down the road.