Today is the day, folks! Today is the NFL Draft and for three days the league will step out of the courts and put aside the labor squabbling to pick some young talent from the college ranks. This is without a doubt going to be the most bizarre draft in NFL history, right now teams can’t trade players for picks or other players, only picks for picks, so a lot of the moves that we had hoped to see are still on hold.
Teams also can’t sign their players until labor peace is restored, they can’t even contact them to get them say, a playbook or workout routine. On the stage, as NFL executives and GM hold up jerseys with the first few picks and Roger Goodell, they better not utter a word about football or they could be in violation of the league-imposed lockout restrictions. Even with the status of the lockout being tenuous at best and Judge Nelson’s decision last night to deny the owners a stay, there’s still a lot of uncertainty about NFL business.
Regardless of all that though, it’s draft day! For the next 72 hours I could care less about all of the labor strife, I just want to enjoy the reprieve from all that and get excited about some young talent. The Bucs have plenty of questions to answer over the next few days, who are they looking at to help the pass-rush? Will their draft plans indicate what they actually plan to do with Aqib Talib? Barrett Ruud? Tanard Jackson? By Saturday night we should have a much better idea of where the Bucs stand going into next season.