Nor did the NFL realize its growing sport would spawn its own unique language – NFL Draft Speak – complete with idiomatic phrases determining the future fortunes of first round picks.
Last year’s NFL Draft telecast surpassed competing NBA playoff game coverage. And now, the most televised non-athletic athletic event calls for expert analysis like never before.
ESPN and NFL Network analysts will be called upon to expertly decode NFL Draft Speak.
These pigskin pundits will dissect dozens of NFL prospects parading across the stage of New York City’s famed Radio City Music Hall.
Draftniks, draft watchers and draft attendees can now enjoy the magnitude of this three day event as football experts navigate you through nuances of the 2014 NFL Draft, while translating NFL Draft Speak into everyday language.
Famous football talking heads like Chris Berman, Mel Kiper, Mike Mayock, Chris Carter, Rich Eisen and others will:
Debate whether the Texans will take DE Jadeveon Clowney or OLB Khalil Mack in a last minute surprise with the draft’s first pick.
Determine whether OTs Greg Robinson or Jake Matthews impressed scouts more at the NFL Combine in Indy with their ability.
Decide whether WRs Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans wowed scouts more during individual workouts with their vertical jump.
Deem which sleeper -Darqueze Dennard, Calvin Pryor, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Bishop Sankey or Carlos Hyde – will make the biggest jump up the board on Draft Day.
Distinguish between the speculation of a Mel Kiper Jr. Mock Draft and the certainty of the actual NFL Draft, while forecasting the futures of those who will figure prominently in next season’s NFL Fantasy Football Draft.
Differentiate between projected draft busts and draft blunders, brag about a team’s best draft bargain and boast about this year’s draft’s biggest bleepin’ steal.
Destine if the NFL Combine’s best Workout Warriors increased their draft stock more and how their performances will affect salary cap considerations of NFL teams looking to trade up because they need a Cover 2 CB, a run stopper in the middle, or a game changer on the edge.
Dissect the times of certain first round picks in the 3 cone drill, 40 yard dash or 60 yard shuttle run.
Diagnose QB prospects Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortels, Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo and Teddy Bridgewater’s propensity to produce best in pocket or on a roll-out.
Decipher which players performed best on Pro Day, which were clueless at the Combine, and which diamonds in the rough will surprise on Draft Day.
Disclose how latent injuries to college stars are causing their draft status to slip.
Decree which rising stars excelled in their Cybex Strength tests, which brainiacs ranked highest in football smarts and sadly which dopes disappointed in their obligatory NFL drug tests.
Discuss why the dubious distinction of Mr. Irrelevant, the final pick of the NFL Draft, is really not a bad thing after all.
Sure, the idiomatic language of the NFL Draft may seem foreign to some. And yes, NFL Draft Speak may be confusing to the uninitiated.
But, let the football experts decode football’s most popular non-athletic telecast and help average football fans achieve their own personal Wonderlic best.
That way, the NFL Draft Speak of painstakingly probing player prospects who never even put on the pads on May 8, 2014 will be easily understood by all.
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!