Last night we were treated to four hours of Draft coverage on ESPN, and it was as typical a draft coverage as there usually is. You got to hear Mel Kiper Jr., and Todd McShay spew their opinions for four solid hours, plus you heard from all the usual suspects. Sometimes there are good things that come from the Draft, then there are things that we can do without.
But once the first pick is made, that is all a moot point as NFL fans across the country start looking at and hoping their team makes the right call. The Carolina Panthers were the first team up and as they were expected to do, they chose Cam Newton with the first pick. As soon as the pick was announced, there were tons of people who were ready to anoint Cam as the next big bust, and there were people ready to label him a hall of famer.
While the guy has never taken an NFL snap, those thoughts seem like a snap judgement and unfair to some respect. But as with every number one pick, there will be a lot of hope and promise heading into the new season. As for the rest of the draft, picks clicked off one by one and were just about as expected. But the first surprise of the night had to be when the 49ers chose Aldon Smith out of Missouri and then the Jacksonville Jaguars traded up to get Jake Locker.
Locker going 8th was a big surprise to everyone because everyone outside of Todd McShay had him going in the 2nd round. After that shock, the draft clicked off at a good pace with pretty much everyone taking what was to be expected. While I am not considered a “draftnik” and I don’t spend hours looking at it. I think there were some good moves throughout the night. But the one thing people have to realize, is that there is a huge jump for these guys going from college to the pros.
So whether or not you love or hate your teams pick in round one. remember there are 6 more rounds to go and they will probably make some moves that will improve the team. So, prepare yourself for Round 2 tonight and I am sure there will be more surpirses and shocking picks in the next couple days. But the one thing a fan must remember about the following rounds, is that these are the guys who will contribute the most, because most of these picks are the unseen guys who don’t get the glory or a top pick.