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Shooting from the lip…draft edition

NFL draft: Shooting from the lip

USC linebacker Keith Rivers is surrounded by family when he gets the call from the Bengals letting him know he is the ninth pick in the draft.

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USC linebacker Keith Rivers is surrounded by family when he gets the call from the Bengals letting him know he is the ninth pick in the draft.

Staff writer Tom Jones looks back at Saturday's NFL draft.

Best idea

By reducing the time limit on first-round picks from 15 minutes to 10, the first round was held in less than 31/2 hours, which has to be some kind of record. And it was apparent that teams had their acts together. Had each team used its allotted 10 minutes, the first round could have taken more than five hours. Teams averaged less than seven minutes per selection.

Number of the day

26 Percentage of correct first-round picks — right player, right team — by ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. from 2005 to 2007. That's really good if you think about it. On Saturday, Kiper hit on five of the first six picks and nine out of 31 in the first round — 29 percent. Say what you want about Kiper. Make fun of his hair if you must. But give the guy his due. He knows what he is talking about.

The coverage

One cannot help but be impressed with the endless preparation and amount of information ESPN provides before, during and after every pick of the draft. It borders on overload, but how could one possibly fault it for providing too much information? (Although Keyshawn Johnson's black-and-white checkered shirt with a pink tie falls under the negative connotation of "too much information"). The NFL draft is ESPN at its best. That's impressive considering it's a live, unpredictable event, especially this year with nine trades in the first 23 picks.

Best quote

"I'm happy as all outdoors."

LSU's Glenn Dorsey, after being selected fifth overall by the Chiefs

Sign that the world has gone crazy

Not one, not two, but three local radio stations carried the draft Saturday — 620-AM, 1010-AM and 1470-AM. How many local stations cover presidential debates or State of the Union addresses? I don't know the answer, but I'm guessing it's fewer than three.

Most tired story

Jets fans at the draft. We get it. The draft is in New York. The Jets play in New York (well, New Jersey). Their fans go to the draft. They chant. They yell. They boo. They act like idiots. This is still funny? Or interesting?

"The Jets have just won the Super Bowl!" Chris Berman yelled when the Jets cheered the pick of Vernon Gholston. Anyway, enough of making a big deal about Jets fans even if their biggest event of the season isn't an actual game but a draft.

Spoiler alert

ESPN took some steam out of the drama when it showed USC linebacker Keith Rivers on the phone with family and friends celebrating in the background while the Bengals were on the clock. Moments later, ESPN showed Rivers wearing a Bengals hat and Cincinnati's pick still hadn't been announced. And it broke the news on the Ravens taking Delaware QB Joe Flacco with the 18th overall pick.

NFL draft: Shooting from the lip 04/26/08 [Last modified: Saturday, April 26, 2008 9:03pm]
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