Way back in the day, the NFL draft went 16 rounds. And they still got it done in one day. Now it’s seven rounds. And it takes three days.
Blame ESPN. Hard to believe, but when they started televising the early rounds back in the 8os, it was dismissed as a non-event that no one would watch. Now the hype in the weeks leading up to it rival the Super Bowl.
And yet, there are still the early round busts. And the future hall-of-famers found in the late rounds. Fans know this. But when you are a sports fan all your team’s problems are going to be solved by the new kid in town.
And today’s fan has probably sifted through 20 or 30 online mock drafts and will actually recognize an obscure player taken in the 6th or 7th round. And they will grade their team’s draft even knowing full well you can’t tell for two or three years how good a draft was.
Chances are, even the most optimistic Patriots fan wasn’t geeked about their 6th round pick in 2000. But quarterback Tom Brady has won three Super Bowls.