The allure of the NFL Draft is intriguing for all football fans, including us in Packers Nation.
I understand that after all, what else is there to talk about for the fan bases of most teams between the months of January and April. How is our team, in this case the Green Bay Packers, going to get better? This of course ultimately leads to the conversation about the best available talent coming from the college ranks.
I am old enough to recall the early days of the 1980 brainchild of Chet Simmons and Pete Rozelle, an idea to broadcast the NFL Draft live on ESPN. The olden days, of long broadcasts filled with lots of air time where Chris Berman and Bob Ley used their genius and vast football knowledge to entertain NFL geeks like me across the land.
It’s pretty amazing from a technological perspective how far we’ve come. Even hacks like me get the opportunity to play Mel Kiper Jr. in front of the world. A spectacle that in 1980 looked from the TV to resemble a Hair Club for Men conference or time share event has evolved into a full fledge Broadway Show love fest chocked full of embraces between embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his new employees.
Why is the draft so fascinating? It must be for reasons other than scarcity. Is it a societal or primal urge to be picked, or selected? Or as Andy Warhol mused, everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame? Possibly living vicariously through the star offensive lineman from Central Michigan, because you played offensive line in high school?
I don’t know about all that. What I do know is the Green Bay Packers; my favorite NFL team did not win the Super Bowl this past season. Because of this they need to improve. They need help on the line on both sides of the ball and they need help in both the offensive and defensive backfields.
The 2013 NFL Draft intrigues me because it is a roll of the dice and an exercise in confidence. Trusting that Ted Thompson will fulfill the mad football scientist role he has assumed and will again pull together the right concoction of athletic talent, brains, brawn and football intuition to prepare the Green Bay Packers for another Super Bowl Run.
This is why the 2013 NFL Draft intrigues me. In Ted We Trust and Go Pack Go!
Why does the NFL Draft intrigue you?