NEW YORK — Hello, NFL fans. I have the privilege of being the first to give you a shout-out and welcome you to NFL.com’s coverage of the 2010 NFL Draft. Thanks for checking in. It promises to be a big week as the draft goes primetime over three days.
The feeling of draft week took a more firm hold Wednesday morning when the 17 prospects who are in town visited NFL headquarters in Manhattan.
The prospects split in two groups, one getting a tour of the NFL officiating command center, while the other spent time with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the corner office. I was only privy to a few minutes of the meet-and-greet with the commissioner before the cameras had to leave the room, but the group — Sam Bradford, Bryan Bulaga, Eric Berry, Gerald McCoy, Derrick Morgan, Demaryius Thomas, Trent Williams, Brandon Ghee and Dan Williams — was pretty tight-lipped as they settled in a circle to chat.
“So are you guys nervous or excited?” Goodell asked at one point.
As if on cue, the prospects unilaterally responded, “Both.”
The prospects will be on an award tour around Manhattan the rest of the day, and we’ll be with them for much of what they experience, so be on the lookout for a few blogs, plus photos and video. The group already visited CBS’ “The Early Show” and is headed to Central Park for an NFL Play 60 event. They officially will meet with the media for the first time this afternoon, followed by a visit to Mount Sinai Children’s Hospital, ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange and the annual photo shoot atop the Radio City Music Hall marquee.
– Frank Tadych