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Draft Days

It's draft weekend for the National Football League, so of course I have been glued to my television set. This year, for the first time in decades, they are holding the draft in Chicago instead of NYC, and it looks as though the whole city has gone crazy. Nothing can compare with the pulse-pounding excitement of a name being read out every ten minutes (five in later rounds).

Anyway, looks to me as if the Jets and Giants are both doing very well this year.

The Jets probably better. DT Leonard Williams, supposedly "the best player in the draft," fell all the way to Gang Green at pick #6, which should give us the best D-line in the NFL. And in the fourth round, the Jets finally found our Quarterback of the Future in Bryce Petty (who may well become the Quarterback of the Present if Geno Smith does not start playing better real soon).

But I liked the Giants' picks too. They picked up a promising pass rusher whose name I will never be able to pronounce, and made an aggressive trade to go up and get one of the top safeties in the draft... a definite need, given how many big plays the secondary gave up last year.

Round six is now in progress, and seven coming up. With luck, both of my teams will find a few diamonds in the rough with those late picks.



May. 3rd, 2015 05:43 am (UTC)
You know you're in the optimistic part of the NFL year when a quarterback who dropped to the fourth round in a weak year for QBs is a cause for optimism. In the spirit of the draft, I'll keep quiet about the success rate for QBs drafted in the past decade after the third round.

Mr. Martin, have you seen the absolutely brilliant article, "What if Westeros had a football league?" It actually designed new NFL uniforms based on your novels, and it's stuffed with jokes only an NFL aficionado would get; it's practically tailor-made for you.


George R.R. Martin
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