After months of endless analysis and speculation we have finally come to the pinnacle of the Spring, and no, I’m not talking about baseball coming back, the Kentucky derby or even the NBA or NHL playoffs — I’m talking about the NFL Draft.
Yes, the biggest weekend of the year. The NFL Draft is always one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year that isn’t an actual competition. And in comparison to other league drafts the NFL Draft is certainly the moneymaker.
You can’t tune into ESPN at any time from the moment college football starts to the day of the draft without hearing constant analysis on the players that will be coming out.
And even when the draft is over there is still weeks of analysis on those picks — analysis and analysis, plenty of analysis.
Everyone is dying to see where “Johnny Football” will end up and just what the Houston Texans are going to do with that No. 1 overall pick. Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have a daily bout that takes place on the ESPN network with each of them flopping their picks around like it’s going out of style.
Apparently, somewhere along the way, it was communicated that the general public wants 24-hour coverage of the NFL Draft for months leading up to it.
Seriously, it has gotten out of hand. The draft is a big deal and yes it is a fun program to watch (at least the first few rounds), but really, how much in-depth coverage do we need? If I see one more Jadeveon Clowney segment I am going to lose my mind.
The draft should get a good amount of coverage in the few weeks leading up to the actual event, but it seems like we have been watching the same thing on replay for months now.
And it doesn’t help that they moved the date of the draft back a few more weeks — even more time to get all of the analysis that we need, just in case you were running low.
I feel like I have Sammy Watkins’ combine and pro day numbers fried into my memory. Honestly, I am very happy for the players who are going to be drafted; it is a big day for them that they have been working towards for years now. But it is ridiculous how much coverage these guys are getting, especially the top caliber guys who have headlined the news for the last several months.
It’s just a shame that a few of these players will end up being wash ups in the NFL. That’s the tricky thing; you can never really tell who is going to be the next superstar. And more often than not its not even one of the guys who gets drafted in the top 5.
But hey, those are the names that the public will remember, so let’s go ahead and put the 20-23 year olds on a shrine before they ever even play an NFL game.
I love the draft, don’t get me wrong, but I will be honest when saying that I watch a whole lot more ESPN after the draft is over and we can begin covering other things.
I’m not sure if any sporting event deserves as much flat-out coverage as the NFL Draft has gotten.
Tyler Rollason is a Winder-Barrow High School graduate and mass communications major at the University of West Georgia. He writes a weekly sports column for the Barrow Journal. You can e-mail comments about this column to firstname.lastname@example.org.