The 2017 NFL Draft is here. As such, Round one is the top 32 NCAA prospects in the nation. How many Washington Huskies will be among the names called?
It’s Thursday, April 27, 2017. Fans of the Washington Huskies stand far removed from the hype, action and excitement today. If you enjoy the NFL, then you know that this is the day that the city of Philadelphia Pennsylvania takes center stage. Newcomers or natives alike will find plenty to do, see, eat, and appreciate over the next three days. But even if you are not reading this from the confines of an airplane, cab, or hotel in Philly, you can enjoy the event from virtually any sports bar, restaurant, or even the confines of your own home.
Tonight is round one. NFL Teams select players tonight whom they believe can start for their team immediately as a minimum. That give fans and spectators room to weigh in with their own opinion of potential difference makers.
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The Odds Are … Odd?
And that is an opening for odds and outcomes. Such as the oddsmakers laying a line on whether wide receiver John Ross will hear his name called in round one? Will he be the only one? Some mock drafts project Kevin King as a first rounder. And there is still the upside of Sidney Jones which could place him on the roster of a playoff contender this year.
It’s a game of cat and mouse. NFL teams rush the scarce positions initially in the draft, and then sweep after the positions of greater depth. In theory, there could be NFL starting caliber talent all the way into round three or four in this draft.
In fact, this year, the University of Washington Huskies boast eight players whose names have been entered into the NFL sweepstakes. That is a sizable number of players for a PAC-12 school. Only Utah (11 players) and USC (10 players) have more.
Today is a day for the beginning of NFL Dreams to be realized. In fact, those dreams inch ever closer to reality for young men across this great nation in the next week or so. In the end, it’s not the grand entrance these young men make tonight that will place them into the history books. Rather, it will be the achievements they make during their time in the NFL.