The only game in town
by John Jastremski
Apr 22, 2020 | 2139 views | 0 0 comments | 222 222 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I love the NFL Draft. I love watching so many of the top stars perform in college, and enjoy their coming of age moment transitioning to the next level.

Who will make it? Who won’t? Who has it? Who doesn’t?

I’ve always found myself captivated by the event, especially the first round, but usually after the first 32 picks the buzz starts to die down.

Spring weather and playoff basketball and hockey are usually the competition this time of the year. Not in 2020.

This year, the NFL Draft is the only game in town. It will be the most watched and most scrutinized draft in league history.

After all, what else is there to do?

The coverage of the actual event will be one of the most unique television experiences that any sports fan has ever witnessed.

You’ll have general managers and team officials working out of their homes.

Roger Goodell won’t be booed, and here will be no hugs or daps from players making their way to the stage.

Make no mistake, this year’s version of the NFL Draft will be weird. That said, it has some unbelievable storylines.

There is the improbable rise of Joe Burrow, who will be the eventual first pick in the draft. And then there are the question marks.

Will Tua Tagovailoa’s talented college career overshadow the countless injuries suffered in his three years at Alabama? Is it possible that Justin Herbert will be taken ahead of Tua as the second quarterback in the draft?

In the national spotlight, the quarterbacks will take center stage, but locally there’s a lot to get juiced up for as well.

The Giants pick fourth. Will Dave Gettelman get a brand new “Hog Molly” to anchor the offensive line, or will he favor a game-changing talent on defense in Isaiah Simmons?

I prefer the game-changing talent on defense, but the Giants are in a no-lose position with either choice.

For the other team in town, it’s pretty simple. Joe Douglas and the New York Jets must find a way to put talent around quarterback Sam Darnold.

They must come away with at least one starting linemen and a wide receiver - or two - in a class that may feature the deepest pool of talent at the receiver position in the history of the draft.

Thursday will be the most anxious and nervous I’ve been from a sports standpoint in quite a while. I’m not sure when I’ll be feeling these emotions again, but the sooner the better.

Hopefully the folks around the NFL have high quality Wi-Fi!

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