By Eliott Howes
Eyes will be fixed to see where collegiate standouts will end up playing football next season, with NFL fans hoping for a new star to be born in their city.
But what is the NFL Draft?
The National Football League Draft is an annual event in which the NFL teams will select eligible college football players. This is the most common source of player recruitment in American Football.
Each team is given a position in drafting order which is in reverse order of its record in the previous year (Super Bowl XLVI Champions New York Giants will have the 32nd pick whereas Indianapolis Colts will have the 1st pick). Each team will have 7 picks with the highly regarded prospects going first and the lesser prospects going last.
Getting the right man
The NFL draft is based purely on the judgement of the general managers of the 32 NFL teams with opinion divided among all NFL fans and analysts. By using the NFL combine and pro-days to scout potential recruits along with studying years of game film, NFL general managers will have a good idea of the player they are drafting come draft day.
Could the next first round pick be a ‘bust’ like the former Oakland Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell who signed a $67million contract in 2007, but went on to win only seven out of twenty-five games as a starter and was unemployed three years later. Or could the next first round pick be of the calibre of 11-time Pro-Bowler Peyton Manning who has won a Super Bowl and holds over 50 NFL and Franchise records.
Talent is not always limited to the early rounds of the draft. Among a group of future Hall of Fame inductees currently playing in the NFL, Oakland Raiders punter Shane Lechler and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady are among many stars that have been selected late into the draft.
Like every year, many gems will be found in the 2012 NFL Draft and it is certain that some of these players will go down in NFL history as greats but it’s likely some will leave the game without a trace.
The 1st Round of the Draft will be broadcast live on ESPN and NFL Network from the Radio City Music Hall, New York City at 8pm ET on 26th April, Rounds 2-3 will be at 7pm ET on 27th April and Rounds 4-7 will be at Noon on the 28th April.