Well after an NFL off-season that gave us Peyton Manning's speed dating circuit, the New Orleans bounty bust and the betrayal of Mark Sanchez in New York finally, FINALLY its time for the greatest off-season time waster of them all, the NFL Draft. And what a beautiful, magical thing it is too, as if distilled from the tears of Tim Tebow himself. Literally months can be whiled away by the football enthusiast on the possible and probable outcomes of an NFL draft . There's more numbers to crunch than a life time of tax returns, more gossip to revel in than several waiting rooms of Women's magazines and enough backroom wheelings and dealings to make Gordon Gecko feel ethically apprehensive. Then there's the big day itself. So big...it actually takes three days. If there's one thing the NFL knows its how to put on a show, and whilst you won't find the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders 'shakin' their thang' in between picks or a leather clad Madonna appearing through a hole in the floor to grind up on Roger Goodell, the whole thing still has an air of theater about it. Which, considering it is more or less a middle aged man reading out the names of the world's newest millionaires, is quite an achievement. Seeing the excitement of last year's losing fans as their team drafts a potential franchise player, or the look of unbridled relief on the faces of the drafted as they realize that they've finally joined football's elite and won't have to play Arena Football, are some of the most deeply enjoyable moments in sport. Add to this the constant drama of franchise brains trust being 'On the Clock,' like some uber high stakes game show, and you'd better grab enough God Damn snacks to last you from Andrew Luck to Mr Irrelevant, because buddy you ain't going to leave that couch for a while. It's also great to see the increased coverage NFL events like the Draft are starting to get in the Australian press, with jokes about helmets and linemen's guts thankfully giving way to a more in-depth analysis. The fact is that whilst for a lot of the draft their is a 'trainspotting' element for NFL diehards, anyone who has the vaguest interest in how professional sport operates as an entity would get something out of the Draft. So make sure you've had a squiz at NFL Down Under's Draft TV Guide , fired up your computer to rant as your team blows their priority pick and cleared your diary of any distraction like work, family commitments etc because trust me, this is one draft you're not going to want to dodge.
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