2017 NFL Draft Preview
A few months after both the college and pro football seasons end, sports fans tend to look ahead to the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft gives football fans a brief few days of being able to look ahead to the coming season, in what is typically a very long offseason. The number of players taken in the draft from SEC schools is always an impressive one. Arkansas fans view it as a good way to see which talent the Razorbacks will be losing but also which players will move on from other SEC schools.
Most NFL fans that live in Arkansas have a wide variety of teams that they will pull for, but the majority of those will keep an eye on the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys. The draft gives people a chance to declare the season over before it begins or give them some hope before painful playoff eliminations in December. For those not interested in those areas, being able to watch the city of Philadelphia boo NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should entertain everyone else.
The draft will begin Thursday night with the first round going on most of the night. The remaining six arounds will take place over Friday and Saturday. The first round of the draft will see plenty of SEC talent come off the board throughout the night. Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett will likely be the first pick in the draft and heading to Cleveland. The Crimson Tide of Alabama will likely see Jonathan Allen and Reuben Foster both be taken early in the draft as well as Tim Williams and Marlon Humphrey. Division rival, LSU will have several players come off the board on night one as well. Fans can look for LSU players Jamal Adams and Leonard Fournette to each go early in the first round.
As for the Razorbacks that are looking to be selected in the NFL draft, they may have to wait a few days before they hear their names called. Defensive end Deatrich Wise should hear his name called between the fourth and sixth round. Wise is a solid pass rusher and a number of NFL teams will be looking at Wise as an option. Razorback fans should look for Jeremy Sprinkle, Drew Morgan, and Dan Skipper to go anywhere from the fifth round to being a free agent pick up. The draft this year is a solid draft on the defensive side of the ball and fans should expect to see teams try to restock defensive talent.
The NFL draft is a much needed cure for monotony and fans should sit back and enjoy it. The Arkansas Red-White game is this week as well, but the bottom line is to enjoy the sporting events over the next few weeks, it is going to be a long summer.