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Couch: The NFL Draft Is Back, In All Its Glitz, Glory . . . And Panic

The NFL draft used to bore me to tears. It was just a bunch of names of people who would almost surely never be the stars that we hoped. Now, the NFL has turned the draft into a spectacle, an event like the Super Bowl or Final Four roving from city to city. Three networks cover it, and it gives us the glitz and hope and bigness we all want, especially now. You know, just like the Academy Awards, which, I think, was held Sunday in the lounge of an airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines. The point is that the NFL knows who it is and delivers what we want, even if it’s just hot air. Who cares? It’s about knowing your audience.  This year, we’re going to get the return of the glory of the draft. Last year’s was done virtually via Zoom from bunkers across the U.S. due to COVID fears. This year, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has even been green-lighted to hug draftees again. We’re going to see five quarterbacks taken Thursday among the first eight picks or so, when franchises are supposed to be made. Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Mac Jones, Trey Lance, and Justin […]

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Written by Greg Couch

Greg earned the 2007 Peter Lisagor Award as the best sports columnist in the Chicagoland area for his work with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a college football writer in 1997 before becoming a general columnist in 2003. He also won a Lisagor in 2016 for his commentary in RollingStone.com and The Guardian.

Couch penned articles and columns for CNN.com/Bleacher Report, AOL Fanhouse, and The Sporting News and contributed as a writer and on-air analyst for FoxSports.com and Fox Sports 1 TV. In his journalistic roles, Couch has covered the grandest stages of tennis from Wimbledon to the Olympics, among numerous national and international sporting spectacles. He also won first place awards from the U.S. Tennis Writers Association for his event coverage and column writing on the sport in 2010.