Saturday, April 26, 2008

Live-Blogging the NFL Draft

The NFL draft is such an interesting event. It's as if the minds behind the Miss America pageant, a reality show competition (Celebrity Apprentice? Survivor?), the BCS Selection Show and the Superbowl came together to produce the ultimate entertainment experience. And now I'm adding to the mayhem by (selectively) live-blogging as the top ten first round picks are chosen--selectively because I was momentarily sidetracked by a sudden urge to clean out my closet, and I missed the first four picks...

So I turned to ESPN's live coverage of the draft just in time to see the Kansas City Chiefs make Glenn Dorsey (Go LSU Tigers!--gotta love the SEC) the #5 pick in the first round. He and his family look so happy.

NY Jets fans appear to be quite thrilled about this whole thing. The Jets use their #6 pick to select Vernon Gholston out of Ohio State. Jets fans are so happy they can hardly stand it.

Apparently the Patriots traded their #7 pick with the New Orleans Saints, who in turn select Sedrick Ellis out of USC. Ellis does not appear to be in the building at the moment. I'm sure he's ecstatic, wherever he is.

The Gators make an appearance in the NFL draft! I'm as excited as a Jets fan right now. The Baltimore Ravens traded their #8 pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who select Derrick Harvey, a defensive end out of Florida. ESPN's commentators have mixed feelings about this choice...I can't believe they're talking smack!

The Cincinnati Bengals hold onto their #9 pick and choose Keith Rivers out of USC. He's at home in California, sitting on a couch with his family and tons of friends. He receives the good news on his cell phone, just ahead of Commissioner Goodell's announcement.

#10: Rounding out the top ten is...Jerod Mayo, a linebacker out of Tennessee. He is selected by the New England Patriots. He doesn't appear to be in the building (or sitting at home on a couch) either. But the commentators have lots of nice things to say about him. That's good, because I'm pretty sure that the crowd gathered at Rockefeller Center is booing the Patriots.

Here's the top 10:
1. Jake Long, Michigan (Miami Dolphins)
2. Chris Long, Virginia (St. Louis Rams)
3. Matt Ryan, Boston College (Atlanta Falcons)
4. Darren McFadden, Arkansas (Oakland Raiders)
5. Glenn Dorsey, LSU (Kansas City Chiefs)
6. Vernon Gholston, Ohio State (NY Jets)
7. Sedrick Ellis, USC (New Orleans Saints)
8. Derrick Harvey, Florida (Jacksonville Jaguars)
9. Keith Rivers, USC (Cincinnati Bengals)
10. Jerod Mayo, Tennessee (New England Patriots)

That was fun! Back to my closet...

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