2012 NFL Draft: Football Nation Is LIVE From Radio City

Contributed by: Bill Enright
Last Updated: Apr 26, 2012 12:51 AM


Happy NFL Draft Day
In less than 24 hours the Commissioner of the National Football League, Roger Goodell, will step in front of a microphone and announce:

 
"With the 1st pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Stanford."
 
And I'll be there LIVE at Radio City to see it, as Football Nation's "man on the scene." Such an honor, so exciting, and it’s going to be one crazy day. 
 
In addition to updating, uploading, tweeting, photo-snapping, video-recording, and typing like a mad man during the 1st round (my first, 1st round experience by the way) I have a full slate of events hours before the Commish will step to that microphone at 8:00 pm est.
 
The first stop during my Draft Day Duty is at the NFL Headquarters on Park Ave in New York City for a Q&A with Goodell and then a tour of the NFL office. That’s at 1:45.  I’m guessing it will end around 3:30.
 
At 4:00 I need to pick up my press pass at Radio City. Quick shout out to Kerry Bryne for the hook-up with the media credential. Kerry, by the way, is grading each pick for si.com, so while you’re not checking out Football Nation, go read Kerry’s great analysis. We’ll have a grade for each pick as well, right here on FN.
 
At 6:00 all the NFL's headliners will make their way down the red carpet. I'll be there doing my best Ryan Seacrest impression. Luck, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson and the rest of the incoming rookies invited to the draft, along with some heavy hitters from the community of retired NFL players will be walking the carept. It's suppose to rain, so I doubt the NFL PR team will let these players ruin their brand new suits and shiny jewelry. But we'll see what happens. Besides all the action will be inside.
 
Between 6-8:00 it's a mix of player entrances and setting up shop in the media section, which is right behind the team tables. I’ll do my best to report what the members of the media are doing, what the atmosphere is like leading up to the draft, and of course try to get some perspective from the fans.
 
From 8:00 till about 10:15-10:25ish, picks will be pouring in. Goodell announcing Player after Player, Team after Team, #1 Jersey after #1 Jersey, and Photo Opt after Photo Opt.
 
I'm not predicting the 1st Round will be over by 10:15.  But that's what time I have to leave. Because after I take the NFL office tour, after I mess around on the red carpet, after about the first 20-23 picks, I have to run across the street and up to the 36th floor where the Sirius XM studios are located.
 
I’m co-hosting a radio show with Football Nation’s college football confidant Todd DeVries from 11:00 pm-1:00 am. It’s just two of the seven hours the FN crew will be doing LIVE Radio. On Thursday, we’ll be recapping the 1st round, talking about some fantasy football implications, and discussing the best remaining players. Todd is back on the air Friday night from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm, and then I’m back in the studio with Todd on Saturday from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm. Why am I not around on Friday? My future brother-in-law decided to have his wedding Friday Night. He’s a big Raiders fan and since Oakland doesn’t pay much attention to the draft, I’m guessing he doesn’t either.
 
Co-hosting with Todd is great. He's been following these players since the start of their college football career. So his knowledge of these incoming rookies is a perfect fit for a draft day show.  We have some great guests lined up including Kerry Byrne and some of our fellow writers from Football Nation. Check it out on Sirius 210 XM 87.
 
And after the show ends, I'll head home around 1:30 am. All in a days work folks.
 
But is this really work?
 
-Tour of the NFL office and the chance to ask some questions to one of the most powerful man in Sports.
 
-Up close photos with the 1st Rounders.
 
-Basically front row seats to the 1st Round of the NFL Draft.
 
-Host of Football Nation’s Draft Day Show on Satellite Radio.
 
No. This isn't really work. WELCOME TO PRIMETIME
 
Which is why I am so excited to have this opportunity. To me the Draft is one of the best events in the NFL. But not in the same fashion Week 1 is or the Super Bowl or even a pre season game.

 
The draft is different. There's winners and losers at the draft, but no scoreboard.  There's the “Locks” like Luck and RG3 and then there’s some surprise picks, some trades, some cheers from the crowds and of course some boos. Compared to a game, the draft offers an entirely different form of entertainment and excitement.
 
It’s somewhat chaotic but in a controlled way and that’s what makes it awesome.
Players waiting in the Green Room. Time ticking away when Teams are “on the clock.”
Phones ringing.  Celebrations and Sorrows. The NFL Draft has it all.
 
The anticipation and mystery of who will be the next pick creates such an enormous amount of drama, Hollywood Writers would KILL for plot lines like those found on Draft Day.
 
And when the picks are made, we as fans instantly make our analysis. Though our reactions may be immediate, we don’t get to see the result of the pick until the regular season, which is months away; and even then, some players don’t “break out” until their 3rd or 4th year in the league.
 
 But 5, 10, 15, maybe even 20 years from now, we will all look back and say “Wow, that 2012 Draft Class was LOADED” or maybe it will be something along the lines of “Andrew Luck is right up there with Ryan Leaf and JaMarcus Russell.” Who knows….
 
But that’s the beauty. Unlike a game when that clock reaches zero we know who won and lost, right away. With the Draft, it may take us years before we can really determine the success of a player’s career as well as the success of the team who drafted him.
 
And with that, I’ll remind all of you to follow Football Nation (FBallNation) and myself (FBNation_Bill) on Twitter for updates, my reactions from Radio City, and some photos/videos of some cool things I see throughout the day.
 
Interact with other fans during the Draft on our Facebook page.
 
Keep refreshing FootballNation.com because we’ll have a ton of NFL Draft articles published throughout the day and night.
 
Have fun and Happy Draft Day
 

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