Itâ€™s just days before the NFL draft and this fan has just about had it. Itâ€™s Prospect Overload time for me and Iâ€™m fed up with NFL draft predictions.
Iâ€™m tired of listening to Mel Kiper, Floyd Reese, Todd McShay, and Drew Boylhart. Iâ€™ve stopped reading the Huddle Report, ESPN.com, Pro Football Weekly, the Redzone.com and any other draftnik web site I havenâ€™t mentioned.
I donâ€™t watch the daily ESPN draft specials anymore and ignore the Bottom Line when it runs Melâ€™s predictions. Theyâ€™ve analyzed, over-analyzed, and are covering the same territory for the umpteenth time. ESPN is well into shill time at this point.
And weâ€™re going to learn something new in the next few days?
Not me. Iâ€™m stuffed.
Letâ€™s face it; nobody knows what Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta are going to do on Saturday and neither do the talking heads. Predictions are useless. Their philosophy of â€œBest Player Availableâ€ leaves open a wide range of opportunities, depending on who drops in the draft order and whoâ€™s available â€“ and whoâ€™s on their best player left on their board. Anyway, the Ravens draft board is as close as you can get to a state secret.
Ozzie told us as much earlier this week when the Ravens held their annual â€œDraft Liarâ€™s Lunch.â€ Take a quarterback at round 29? It better be Jamarus Russell or Brady Quinn!! Those of you whoâ€™ve read John Feinsteinâ€™s excellent chronicle of the Ravens 2004 season, Next Man Up, remember Ozzieâ€™s reply when Feinstein asked to see the Ravens 04 draft board, and I paraphrase Newsomeâ€™s response here: Information on my board never leaves this room. Why should I let you see it to put in a book for everyone to read?
As another famous Tony has said, â€œFuggetaboutit.â€
Next Saturday is going to be a regular weekend day for me. Iâ€™m not going to pay 15 bucks to attend Ravens draft day for the opportunity to watch Chris (The Orca) Berman pontificate for hours on end while I pay regular season prices for food and drink. I can stay home, do the same thing, and save myself a lot of money. At most, Iâ€™ll listen to Tony and the Gang on GAMETIME just to keep tabs on who goes where, but thatâ€™s about it.
Nothing important regarding the Ravens is going to happen before 4 PM at the earliest. Then Iâ€™ll dial up the World Wide Leader to see where we stand.
We know whoever Ozzie and Eric select in the first round will be a lock to start and star. The second round choice will have the potential for a solid NFL career. Personally, Iâ€™m much more interested in watching the second day of the draft. Then weâ€™ll see the real Ozzie magic â€“ what hidden gems he mines that will be Raven stars of the future.