I really like the draft format that started last year, what with the Thursday night prime time round one coverage. Mainly, because it's easier for me to plant my ass in front of the TV on a Thursday night than it is to try and get my wife and kids to disappear on a beautiful early spring Saturday afternoon. And anything that gets me less shit from my wife is OK by me. There is, however, a drawback to the whole weekend that is rearing it's ugly head on this site, and I imagine, many others like it. By seperating the first round from the the rest of the draft, it gives us time to overanalyze EVERYTHING and find the nearest bridge to jump off.
Would you ever go to see a movie, particularly one that you have been anxiously awaiting, and leave after 15 minutes, complaining that the whole movie was a disaster? The plot has not had a chance to develop, you have not had nearly enough time to develop any empathy or hatred for the characters, and there has not been nearly enough time to gain any perspective on the movie as a whole. But there you are, angrily walking towards the exit, proclaiming the director to be inept. You probably wouldn't do this. You would sit out the whole movie, see how it develops and how it ends, and form an opinion based on the project as a whole. Right?
So why, then, are so many of you already crying about "another awful draft"? It was the first round of a seven round draft. There are still 6 more rounds and two more days to go. This draft has barely begun. The three most widely mentioned QB's on this site (Mallet, Kaepernick, Dalton) are all still available. Only one RB is off the board. Not a single "speed" receiver has been picked. I have no idea how rounds 2-3 will play out. And let's be honest, neither do you.
As far as Pouncey, I know it's not a sexy pick. But can any of you argue that he fills a dire need, either at guard or at center? And maybe getting a solid interior lineman is not the greatest value pick at 15, but I'm not going to get crazy over a "safe" pick until the entire draft unfolds, and I can see where we stand. And stop telling me that interior line is "the most unimportant" position on the field. Weren't you the same guy who was telling me to give Tyler Thigpen a pass on that Chicago game, because our interior line was decimated? Guard and Center sure looked pretty goddamn important on that day, didn't it?
Now, I'm not saying I love the pick either, but I really can't scream from the mountaintops when 6 of the 7 rounds are still untold stories. On Sunday morning, I may post something here whining and crying and calling for the heads of the entire front office, but it's simply not fair to do that now.
So for now, let's sit back and try to enjoy the rest of the movie, cause you simply never know when Tyler Durden is going to turn out to be the narrators' alter ego, do you?
Also, let's pray for some sort of clearance sale at Coach or Banana Republic tomorrow, so she'll take the kids and get lost for the day...