when the NFL goes shopping for meat on the hoof — the draft. It’s an event that has grown into an industry, going from city to city — at least pre-COVID-19 — with draft parties, , and around-the-clock programming with draft analysts predicting future success and failure for hundreds of young men hoping to continue their football careers.
It’s a time whenfind out who will be their new loves or whose name they will curse in years to come.
Thedramatically, from a conference call exercise to an elaborately staged event, with hugs from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
What is often missing are thethat led to the draft picks that became stars of their new teams — like when the Washington Football Team drafted a little-known linebacker in the 18th round (yes, there were 20 rounds of the draft back in 1965,) out of North Carolina — someone who had never watched an entire NFL game on television who would go on to be a Hall of Famer.