Every single year the NFL Draft outdraws Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association.
And the reason is simple: it’s such a mystical fairytale.
So many hardcore fans pin their hopes and dreams on one player and then when a different name is called, they belt out a cascade of boos. The thing I will be looking for is what the Jets do. Even though the 86th annual NFL Draft will take place in Cleveland, there will be plenty of Jets fans to either love or loathe the next franchise quarterback after Sam Darnold was shipped to Carolina.
In Green Bay there is a lot of intrigue as well. General manager Brian Gutekunst has traded up in three straight drafts and now with the Packers picking No. 29, there’s a real chance that he could do it again.
The question is what direction the Packers will go. Do the Packers add more weapons on offense like receivers Rashod Bateman or Terrace Marshall? Or does the Green Bay brass take to heart how Tom Brady picked the Packers apart and beef up the defense with a corner like Caleb Farley or Asante Samuel, Jr.?
There are so many pundits trying to pinpoint who each team will pick. But nobody really knows anything after the first two picks. Even guys like Mel Kiper, who has been churning out analyzing the NFL Draft since 1984, doesn’t really know anything. His hair may look perfect on TV, but most of the information up to this point has been a smokescreen.
And that’s why this is such a spectacle. To the average fan, it’s just a guy reading names into a microphone. To others though, it’s a well-played made-for-TV movie that often makes chiseled, first-round picks turn into a puddle after realizing their childhood dreams.
The Packers have 10 picks in this draft, but only have three in the top 100. That includes two fourth rounders, two fifth rounders and two sixth rounders. But that shouldn’t scare you because Kamal Martin was a fifth rounder last year and really turned heads by becoming a starting inside linebacker and a dynamic playmaker. Another excellent fifth round pick by Gutekunst was JK Scott. I realize that the punter position is easily forgotten, but Scott has been a top five punter in the last two years. That’s a huge weapon for a team.
The first round talent gets all the praise, but Gutekunst is going to make his money with the seven picks from round 4 on. Can Gutekunst become the King of Thrift and pull out some more gems?
Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on “Clubhouse Live” and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn