April 29th, 2012, 8:34 am · Post a Comment · posted by naveau
While I have no idea if Trent Montgomery, Brandon Weeden or even Andrew Luck will turn out to be great NFL draft picks, I have noticed something different about the NFL draft and college football recruiting.
It seems like most pro football fans dislike 90 percent of their teams draft picks. And if you’re a New York Jets fans, make that 99 percent.
On the other hand, college football fans fall in love with 99 percent of their favorite team’s recruits. Of course that changes when the recruits get on the field or turn out to be not good enough to ever get onto the field.
But college football’s national signing day is a lovefest. Ever hear Urban Meyer or Jim Tressel or Nick Saban or Kirk Ferentz get booed as they announced their latest crop of recruits?
NFL draft day is different. It seems like a day for unhappy people to vent. It’s a day for airing of grievances and recalling past draft day disasters and predicting future flops.
Of course maybe my view is skewed since since the three NFL franchises closest to Lima are the Browns, the Bengals and the Lions. For most of the last 20 years, they’ve given their fans good reason to be unhappy on draft day.