The draft has evolved since when i was a young kid back in 1976, yet some of the worst picks that the Seattle Seahawks have made will haunt some of us forever.
Brian Bosworth made the list of the NFL’s top 10 worst draft pick as did Rick Mirer out of Notre Dame.
I have to admit i thought for sure Bosworth would be a great pick and even did my part as a Seahawks fan and purchased a Boz Jersey, now it’s a worthless piece of garbage like the Boz became.
Well i could get into writing a complete article of these 2 idiots, but ill leave it short and sweet because of the traumatic memories still in my head of these 2 fools might cause a moment of trauma relapse and make me do something bad.
So get a load of some tidbits of last years Draft with Aaron Curry and others as they experienced the NFL Draft first hand!
Curry began thinking about what to wear in late February. The draft was held in April. Two months of planning for a moment he spent years imagining culminated when Seattle chose him with the fourth overall pick.
“It was living a dream,” Curry said of that moment. “Growing up, you watch it every year.”
Well, maybe now you do.
But in 1976, prospects sat at home and waited for the phone to ring. No television coverage, no commissioner stepping to the podium as a nation watched. If a player was waiting in a green room to be chosen it was only because he made an odd choice of interior paint at home.
Steve Niehaus was in his room at Notre Dame on April 8, 1976 when he got the call telling him he was the first draft choice in franchise history. Mel Kiper Jr. wasn’t yet old enough to drive when the league’s 28 teams got together at the Roosevelt Hotel in the middle of the week to make 17 rounds worth of picks.
Even when the draft was televised for the first time in 1980, it was available in so few homes that the Dallas Cowboys had to scramble just to get the broadcast available in their headquarters.
Curry was born in 1986, so he doesn’t remember when the draft was an afterthought. Today, two networks televise an event that has expanded to three days and developed its own vocabulary of mock drafts, sleepers and the Wonderlic test used to measure a player’s smarts.
Other than the Super Bowl, the draft is the biggest day on the NFL calendar. Well, the biggest three days now because the draft lasts longer than ever and has been moved to prime time. It will start with the first round Thursday night, continue Friday and conclude Saturday.
“It’s overkill,” said Curt Warner, the Seahawks’ first-round draft pick in 1983. “That’s my opinion. But I’ll be watching like everybody else. At least some of it.”
The party got under way at Jillian’s in downtown Tacoma, a hometown celebration for Marcus Trufant’s impending selection in the 2003 draft.
Just one thing missing: Trufant.
He was tucked away with his family, watching from a distance.
“All the pressure and stuff at the draft, I was at a local hotel,” said Trufant, who was chosen No. 11 overall by Seattle. “We waited until I got picked and then we went over to the party.”
The draft is a spectacle now, but it’s also a spotlight.
Two years ago, Brady Quinn waited through more than half of an interminable first round. Projected as a potential top-five choice, Quinn was chosen No. 22.
Disappointment is just part of the drama of draft day. Fans of every team have something to watch and wait for, watching who their team selects in what is the single most important factor in determining a franchise’s success.
“Reality television,” Warner said.
It certainly is, growing into an event that no one could have imagined when it was televised for the first time 30 years ago.
“It’s just amazing what has happened,” Green said. “It’s a big show now. It’s a huge show.”
The draft has become a destination in the dreams of today’s players, which is why Curry began thinking about what suit to wear two months in advance.
“You see those guys in the green room, those are the best guys in college football, period,” Curry said. “And then you actually get to the part when you’re in there, it’s just a special feeling.”
The memories evoke a smile.
“The air is so thick in there,” Curry said. “Me and my wife always talk about how you know you’re going to get drafted because you’re in there. But you’re waiting for your phone to ring, and until it rings, you’re on edge.”
So as much as things have changed since Seattle’s first draft in 1976, one thing remains the same. Players are still waiting for that phone call.
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