I've gotta tell you, I had my doubts about this "Draft on Thursday night" plan, but so far, I think it's working out pretty well for us.
Now, I loved the Saturday Draft and all that entailed; mainly, me sitting in a comfy chair and absorbing just staggering amounts of inane NFL chatter until I dozed off, and then woke up, and just kept doing it.
Those were good days. I liked those days.
This is a totally different experience, though, and I don't think it's a bad one. I don't even think this was an intended benefit when the NFL decided to move the draft to primetime on a Thursday night, but the awesome thing is this: We've got a full day and a full news cycle, right in our face, just ahead of the Draft.
This day, this random Thursday in April, is like a nine-hour, built-in pregame show for a five-hour event that, realistically, could (and probably should) be done behind closed doors, with no fanfare, in about 15 minutes.
We didn't get that under the old format. Anything that starts at noon on a Saturday generally means I'll be waking up at about 11:58 a.m. Maybe some news would creep in overnight at a time when everyone's doing something else, but that was about it, as far as anticipation goes.
Today, you're all at work, you're all stuck in front of a computer (with the exception of what I imagine is a large percentage of Shutdown Corner readers who are unemployed), and if you've got to be stuck there, you might as well have a day full of sweet, sweet draft talk to keep you entertained. If things break just right, it could be one of the best work days of the year. Right up there with Pretzel Day.
I'm glad you're with us. And tonight, we'll be here with a Live Chat through the first round, starting at about 7 p.m. It would be sweet if you could join us then, too. We'll be taking your comments, questions, polls and fondest Matt Millen draft memories, live, as things unfold.