The NFL Draft takes place over three days. There are seven rounds and 256 picks. In the first round, each team gets 10 minutes to make a selection. In the second, seven minutes. During the remaining rounds, each team gets five. When you break it down like that, 10 minutes doesn't seem like a lot, but add in all the talk and analyzing in between each pick and 10 minutes turns into forever.
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Speaking of analyzing, the media analyzes who the first pick in the draft will be years in advance. Many have wondered if Jameis Winston was going to be the No. 1 overall pick basically since he won the Heisman Trophy -- TWO YEARS AGO. Then, there is mock draft after mock draft after mock draft of Every. Single. Pick.
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Coming to a crawl
This really isn't the NFL Draft's fault, but doesn't it seem like every time you turn the channel back to watch you either 1. just missed your team go across the screen on the bottom ticker/crawler or 2. your team is about to come in when "Pick Is In" pops up instead. Thank goodness for the Internet
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Sometimes It's Embarrassing
Don't lie. Every one of you felt bad for Geno Smith watching him sit at Radio City Music Hall during the entire first round and not one team selected him. Or Johnny Manziel when the cameras seemed fixed on only him. Even if players do not make an appearance in person, many have cameras at their home while they watch. So if they go later than expected, their anguish is available for everybody to see for the rest of their life.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been on the clock since Dec. 28. And while they've only been figuratively on the clock, there has been talk about who they would take since before they officially earned the No. 1 spot. Luckily for them, they have all these events that will help with their selection. Events such as the NFL Combine, the Senior Bowl, each university’s Pro Day, personal interviews, Wonderlic Tests and individual team visits. So why the actually NFL Draft is only three days, it's a really, really long process.
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Most of the Time, You Don't Even Know Who the Players Are
"With the 236th pick in the NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select -- Jeff Janis out of Saginaw Valley State." Siri, who is Jeff Janis?
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The first round is on a...Thursday?
I know we are in the midst of the NBA playoffs, so TV scheduling is more difficult with everything we need to watch. But the round that everybody cares about the most, thus want to watch the most (most likely with beers and friends), is on a school night?
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Waiting for Results
After all the analyzing, you finally get to see which players your team selects. And then you wait. Practice doesn't begin until later in the summer, and the first preseason game isn't until August. Now we have more time to analyze how our draft picks will perform before they even take the field four months later.
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The Players Have No Say
I understand that playing in the NFL is a privilege. Many players say they don't care where they end up, just as long as they are picked. But isn't it weird that the players have no say in where they are going to play for the next few years? We all saw the look of disappointment on Eli Manning's face when he was drafted by San Diego in 2004. Imagine if the Chargers decided to keep him instead of trade him. While the players are allowed to be vocal about where they desire to play, the decision is ultimately up to the NFL. I know this is designed to help the worst teams in the league, and at least there isn't a lottery (hello, NBA), but all the power remains with the NFL, not the players.
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As Roger Goodell smiles during his obligatory first-round photos with players, do you think he's smiling at all the money he will be making at this event, all 256 incoming drafted rookies and the countless non-draft signings?