No suspense: Sam Bradford No. 1, Suh No. 2
A Thursday night NFL Draft: It's less drunk!
In Roger Goodell's ever-increasing attempt to turn every single piece of business that his league conducts into the best TV show possible, the NFL Draft started on a Thursday night for the first time ever. Gone are the drunks from Saturdays past — replaced by the drunks of Thursday present.
Truthfully, there seem to be less inebriated souls wandering around the Houston Texans' annual draft party at Reliant Stadium this evening. Which would add to the reputation of Houston being a place where people actually work. It's hard to get completely toasted by 6:30 p.m. if your boss doesn't let you off until 5 — not that many folks here haven't given it the old college try.
This rule doesn't seem to apply to the fanatics in New York who are attending the draft live. They may be a little less drunk as well, but at a certain point, additional alcohol becomes largely irrelevant. The football mob in Gotham has still had enough to be plenty loud and cause TV volume adjustments across America.
In the continuing tradition of NFL Draft morphing into long, tedious waits for the inevitable, the St. Louis Rams took Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the No. 1 overall pick — a move that's been known for more than a week. With the second pick, the Detroit Lions — participating in what qualifies as the Super Bowl for that woeful franchise — did surprise by not finding a way to mess up their pick. The Lions plucked defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the game-changing force who likely still has a starring role in Texas quarterback Colt McCoy's nightmares.
Tampa Bay took Alabama defensive tackle Gerald McCoy with the third pick. And the Washington Redskins just produced ESPN draft hair guru Mel Kiper's first "that's a gamble" of the night by selecting Oklahoma offensive tackle Trent Williams fourth.
Only 14 more picks till the Texans are on the clock ...
Amazingly, with only the first round taking place tonight, the draft is going much faster than normal. Thirty minutes in and we've already seen four picks ... that qualifies as supersonic speed for this event (it takes at least an hour to get four picks in on a usual Saturday — these are front office execs with late dinner plans).
What do you think? Do you like the NFL Draft's venture into prime time?