The NFL Draft is this evening. Somewhere along the line this became an "event" so HUGE that ESPN felt it necessary to stretch it across three days (schedule is below).
Every year there's "the guy that drops" - the guy who was supposed to be taken at the top of the first round but falls and falls and falls and all the while he's falling they keep showing him at the draft with that look on his face, that look that you're supposed to believe is "why I am falling so far?" but really means "Why the hell did I come to this?" instead.
Okay, maybe Warren Sapp had that "why am I falling" look on his face, but I don't recall that look on Aaron Rodgers face in 2005 when he fell and fell and fell all the way to MY Green Bay Packers at #24 while Alex Smith was drafted #1 by the 49ers. (HAHAAHAHAHA!!!!)
Early mock drafts had Randy Gregory being taken in the top five. Then came his admittance to failing drug tests because of marijuana. Today's final (it says "Final" in the title, but there could be three or four more done by tonight) SBNation.com Mock Draft has him going #13th to the New Orleans Saints.
Gregory is attending the draft. Is he going to be "the guy that drops" this evening?
- Round 1: Thursday, April 30, 8pm ET
- Rounds 2-3: Friday, May 1, 7pm ET
- Rounds 4-7: Saturday, May 2, 12pm ET
Where: Auditorium Theatre - Chicago, Illinois
Television Coverage: NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN 2 for all three days
Internet Streams: NFL.com Live
Total Picks: 224 regular picks (32 teams over 7 rounds) plus 32 compensatory picks
Selection Time Limits:
- Day 1: Round 1 – 10 minutes
- Day 2: Round 2 – 7 Minutes, Round 3 – 5 Minutes Per Pick
Day 3: Rounds 4-6 – 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick
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This probably seems a little early for Gregory. The fact is, though, that he's far too talented to slide far in the draft, and Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan would have a field day figuring out how to use him in a number of ways.
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