So the NFL Draft was this weekend! The 1st round was on Thursday, and the event was a 3 day Vegas party! I turned on the NFL Network before the start of the draft and the 1st two people interviewed were Donny Osmond & Wayne Freaking Newton! The event has changed a bit since I began watching.
In 1983 I was in the 8th grade. John Elway was threatening to play for the Yankess, Dan Marino was getting skipped by everyone and I was hooked. I have loved the draft ever since!
Every year I do a mock draft. That is I make a guess at who will get picked in each slot, by each team. I wish I would have kept them all, so I could see thru the years how I have done. Well, this is 2022 and the 1st round is in the books, so how did I do?
My buddy Pete McDevitt for the last couple years has hosted a livestream for the draft. Check out his YouTube Channel at this link! The Pete McDevitt Show I was on his show this week and I made my picks live. Here is a link to the replay, I join the show at the 37:30 mark Replay of the 1st Round Well, before it all got rolling I said this…this is the hardest year ever!
Usually the 1st picks are the easiest, many years we, those of us who did this stuff, are VERY CONFIDENT in the top pick and sometimes the first 3 or even the first 5 seem pretty clear. Not this year. In 2022 not even the 1st overall pick, this year held by the Jacksonville Jaguars, was clear. The Jaguars had the 1st pick last year as well, and it was a 100% certainty that they would be taking Quarterback Trevor Lawrence. This year….who knew?
Well, the picks are in….32 picks in total in the 1st round.
Now again, I love this stuff. Next year will mark 40 years straight I have paid attention too, been a fan of, and made my picks for the NFL Draft. So, after almost 40 years you would think I would know what the heck was going on….
Not so much. I got 5 right. Out of 32. 16%.
And you know what? During the draft, as the picks came in, I felt like I knew what the heck I was talking about. I had fun. I got Picks #1, #2, #4, #9 and #20 right.
That was enough for me. Can’t wait to do it all again….for the 40th time….in 2023.