Draft Week Has Different Kind of Buzz This Year
John Fennelly , Lead Writer
Most years the NFL Draft is a coming-out party, such as last year, when the first two picks (Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III) were pretty much locked up before the throngs descended on Radio City. They arrived for their coronations to great fanfare. Legends were born.
This year, the draft is wide open, lacking the buzz and excitement from not having such marquee players. There is no franchise QB, freak WR or once-in-a-decade defensive game-changer in this class. It is, however, filled with scores of lunchpail types, rising and falling talents and interesting projects.
Some teams will be playing it safe. Some teams will decide to gamble and hope to get lucky. Other teams will make picks that will have most of us wondering what they are thinking.
The 2013 NFL Draft class holds no guarantees. It’s the biggest crapshoot in years. So, why isn’t there more of a buzz?
The mystery alone should be driving up interest. The backstories will rule this year at Radio City. There will be a lot of second-guessing and backslapping from the pundit pool. Fans will be polarized over their team’s choices. So, this is the kind of draft that could make or break a club.
The Kansas City Chiefs hold the first pick and are still undecided what they will do with that pick. They said they have narrowed their choices down to three players and have still not ruled out trading the pick away.
The San Francisco 49ers have 13 picks and there’s no way they’ll use them all. They were seconds away from hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in February and with seven of the first 131 selections at their disposal, this draft belongs to them. They can trade up and down the order to get the players they want.
In the NFC East, the Eagles will select the highest – fourth overall – and have nine picks. Dallas has only six picks (one in each of the first six rounds) but they select 18th, which is right before the Giants, who have eight selections (they were recently awarded a compensatory 7th rounder).
Washington will be on the sidelines for Round One, surrendering that selection to the Rams last year in the trade that landed them the right to draft RGIII. They still have seven picks, though. They got a fifth rounder from New England in the Albert Haynesworth trade.