Tortoise time for NFL draft
Five more weeks until the National Football League college draft?
Can time pass any more slowly?
We still have five more weeks to hash and rehash and hash again all the possibilities on what the Browns will do with their 10 selections.
Five more weeks of throwing names out there in an attempt to see just how much this team is going to change in 2014.
Five more weeks of rampant speculation on what we’ve got to look forward to as the new season with the new coach and new general manager and new attitude approaches.
Why does it seem as though the draft should be next week? How much more of this pre-draft nonsense can we take?
How many more mock drafts do we have to endure before this is all over? Pretty soon, we’ll have to start mocking the mocks. Let’s get it over already.
Enough of these private quarterback workouts where all you have to do is fill in the blank when it comes to who is saying what and who is saying all the right things.
“They worked me hard,” said (fill in the blank). “They threw things at me I hadn’t seen before. But I was ready. I’m confident everything will work out for the best.”
“No matter that they asked me to do,” said (fill in the blank) after his private workout, “ I was prepared. I felt good. I think they liked me. I have no idea what their plans are, but I think playing in Cleveland would be great.”
(Fill in the blank) was next and said he couldn’t wait for the draft and was confident the Browns would take him. “”This is exciting,” he said. “This is something I’ve dreamed of doing my whole life. And now, it’s here. I think they like what I can offer.”
On and on and on it goes as the process unwinds at a maddeningly slow pace. The only saving grace is that the baseball season has begun and there is finally something to take our minds off the draft.
Maybe that’ll speed up the pace. Maybe that’ll be the necessary distraction to take our minds off the Browns. At least on a temporary basis.
Maybe with only a couple of weeks left before the draft unfolds will the interest ramp up again. Especially if the Indians get off to a hot start and offer a pleasant distraction. The Cavaliers certainly aren’t helping.
But if the Indians begin to struggle, that whole dynamic can change. At that point, it might be enough to at least think about petitioning NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to move the draft date up.
In the meantime, tick tock, tick tock, tick tock.
So who do the Browns take with the fourth pick?