My friend, 710Sports.com editor Brent Stecker, asked for some thoughts on the NFL draft, so here goes…
It lived up to the hype and was a more than welcome distraction from our troubled times. ESPN and the NFL Network did a simply fantastic job considering they had to change everything just six weeks out from the draft. ESPN host Trey Wingo gets a special nod for keeping it all on the rails.
Seeing the coaches was fascinating to say the very least. Of course Bill Belichick’s dog and Kliff Kingsbury’s cool house stole the show. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell probably did himself a lot of good as well. He seemed less the robot man in his ‘mancave’ and even encouraged the boo birds at the start. The extra touches with servicemen being joined as heroes by the medical professionals on the front lines to introduce some picks worked well as always.
By day 3 it just seemed like a fairly normal draft, which is a tribute to the coverage. It was a sense of business as usual that was badly needed and…what’s that? Oh, you wanted to know what I thought about the SEAHAWKS draft. Well, although I believe it’s impossible to evaluate a draft the day after, I’ve noticed it doesn’t stop people and I’m eager to hear what my 710 ESPN Seattle colleagues think on Monday. But forgive me if after eight weeks of isolation and no sports I spend a little more time enjoying that feeling of normalcy this year’s NFL draft provided before I put on my mask to go for a walk while keeping my distance from people. Sigh.