I'm a native of Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul. It was there that I was inflicted with the curse of being a Minnesota Vikings fan. There is still no known cure, though many times I wish there was. I'm also an avid follower of the Minnesota Twins and of course, the Iowa State Cyclones.
Here are some random thoughts about the NFL draft.
First and foremost, I find the coverage of the whole event a bore. The ESPN and NFL Network blabbermouths really add nothing to the conversation and I can get pretty much all the info I need on Twitter so you certainly won't find me glued to the t.v. this weekend. The less Chris Berman in my life, the better.
If you're glued to the t.v. waiting for an Iowa State player's name to be announced, you'll probably want to find something to fill the time because you won't here many. You could say that about any NFL draft, really. While ISU stalwarts like Jake Knott and A.J. Klein have gotten a lot of pub around here for their pro prospects, I would expect that Klein is the only one drafter, though Knott has an outside chance, and neither would go until the late rounds. Knott's shoulder injury moved him from sure-fire mid-round pick to a gamble and while Klein may turn out to be a steal, he's not exactly a hot commodity. I think both, however, will land in the league somewhere.
O.k., I'll admit I watched a little draft coverage last night, but only to find out who my Vikings would take. Word is they did pretty well for themselves but more importantly, they, like the rest of the league, passed on the chance to take Manti Te'o in the first round. That's probably for the best. I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up in purple but as a mid-round selection. The Vikings seem to really like Notre Dame guys.
More and more every year there are players selected, even in the first round, that I've never heard of. And I'm a pretty avid college football fan. Thing is, I almost exclusively watch Big 12 games so if you're not one of ISU's opponents, I don't know you. I think it also goes to show that talent is everywhere. I mean, the first overall pick went to Central Michigan (I seriously had to look that up to make sure I got the right directioal Michigan college). It goes to show that if you have the talent to have a chance in the NFL, they will find you.