The NFL draft 2010 was supposed to be the big story this month. However, the NFL draft for 2010 follows the Donovan McNabb trade and the Ben Roethlisberger scandal. Even though this is the biggest day of the offseason, Roethlisberger may still overshadow all the picks and deals this week. It seemed hard to figure that the draft could be overshadowed this year, especially since it has been expanded for prime time. But the NFL draft 2010 is still on the way tonight, as it will proceed like no other before it.
Normally, this event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, with the first three rounds on day one and the final four on day two. However, the league and ESPN have expanded it into prime time for the first time ever. As such, tonight’s NFL draft 2010 opener will only feature the first round.
The first round is the biggest one of the bunch anyway, so it gets the first night all to itself. Afterward, the second and third round will be featured in prime time on Friday, followed by the last four on Saturday. For three nights, instead of two afternoons, the NFL draft 2010 will reveal where the stars of tomorrow will go.
The big story this week is quarterbacks – though not all of them are rookies. Thanks to Ben Roethlisberger’s mess, there are new questions on whether he could be part of a draft deal. If the Steelers are really looking for a new quarterback, they might want to trade up to get one from the rookie class. But even if they don’t, questions about Roethlisberger’s future are overshadowing the draft anyway, as well as the rest of the offseason.
Aside from Roethlisberger, Sam Bradford has the largest buzz of the NFL draft 2010. His selection as a number one pick seems assured, although there’s still speculation on whether the Rams will trade for it. However, it looks like the Rams will not trade the pick and will take Bradford, while the likes of Ndamukong Suh, Jimmy Clausen, Gerald McCoy and Eric Berry will be among the top 5.
As for Tim Tebow, no one expects him to be taken in tonight’s first round. As such, Friday’s night NFL draft 2010 action will be dominated by Tebow, whether he gets taken in rounds two or three or not. But if someone actually gambles and takes Tebow tonight, it will be the biggest story of the whole week.
For those who think this event is already overstuffed with mock drafts, speculation, and Mel Kiper Jr, the NFL draft 2010 will test them more than ever. But will the new format yield surprises and big deals, or go as expected?
Tonight’s first round begins the drama at 7:30 p.m. est on ESPN, with two more nights left to go.
New York Times- “Viewers Guide to First Round of the 2010 NFL Draft”
Bleacher Report- “2010 NFL Draft: One Final Mock Draft”