Being a diehard Browns fan, the most exciting thing to look forward to has been the draft. It, along with Springtime, means new life. Rebirth. Hope. The promise of good things to come.
We just made it through one of the harshest winters most people can remember, and one of the strangest and most frustrating Browns seasons ever. Which is something to say, because since 1999, we’ve seen it all. (Except a winning season, the playoffs, etc.)
And so our thoughts turn to thoughts of new life, hope, and the promise of a fresh start: the 2014 NFL Draft.
I admit it: I am a draft geek. I read all the mock drafts that I can; I have had the dates of the draft written on my calendar for at least 5 months now; I read about all the pre-draft player visits and team workouts; I follow the draft on my phone when I’m not near a TV; and I clear my schedule to watch the draft on TV. The early rounds, anyway.
So who do I think the Browns will take in the first round?
I have no freaking idea.
One of the best things about the draft is the unknown. For me it’s like a kid waiting for Christmas, not knowing what present is waiting for me under the tree. Will it be an official Red Ryder carbine-action, 200-shot, range model air rifle (a franchise quarterback?) Or will it be socks (a defensive lineman?) Got me. And that’s OK.
Because I’ll be watching the draft, and following it online, and reading about every chance I get, because the draft is all about rebirth and hope, and we need as much of that as we can get in Brownstown.