I donâ€™t care about the NFL Draft. You heard me.
Well, perhaps I should say that I am unimpressed with the NFL Draft. The spectacle and media attention doesn’t seem to phase me and at best I can muster an, “Oh. That’s nice.”
Iâ€™ve always looked at the Draft from the perspective of a Penn State fan rather than a Steelers fan. I never ask, â€œWho are the Steelers going to draft?â€ Iâ€™m more concerned about which Penn State players are being drafted and hoping that there are more Nittany Lions picked than Buckeyes.
In fact, I really only follow NCAA football to the extent of â€œDid Penn State win?â€ and â€œDid the Buckeyes lose?â€ I can tell you that Penn State lost the Outback Bowl this past January. But for the life of me I canâ€™t remember who won the National Championship.
As you can see, my focus on college football is very, very narrow.
So when it comes to the Draft, I never think, â€œWhich of these players would do well in Black and Gold?â€ Iâ€™m more concerned that a team I dislike drafts Evan Royster (oh Sean Lee, why did you have to be selected by the Cowboys last year?).
As a Steelers fan, I suppose Iâ€™m very spoiled. The Steelers have a history of drafting very well, especially in the first round. Their draft choices may not be high-profile college players, but these picks are big on talent. Who would have figured that some kid from Miami (no, not that one that you know about. The on in Ohio) would go on to win a Super Bowl in only his second year?
For most NFL fans, the Draft offers a little ray of light during a long off-season. I do enjoy the speculation and analysis. I certainly hope the Steelers will continue their trend of excellent selections. And above all else, I hope that Roysterâ€™s name isnâ€™t called by the Cowboys. Or the Ravens.