Draft Countdown: Just one more day

One freaking day. One more for scouting personnel across the league to figure it out, so to speak. Hopefully the Panthers have, as they’re in the leadoff spot.

Draft Countdown: Terrible Twos (Leaf, Mandarich)

Almost there. We’re just two days away from the spring’s biggest sporting event (Stanley Cup, NBA Finals? Ugh.) In a couple more nights we’ll all be seeing how far a certain (iconic?) quarterback falls, if Chan the man (Gailey, of course) is comfortable with an Ivy Leaguer under center, and what the two Johns (Fox and Elway) do in the two-hole.

Draft Countdown: Thrills start in three days

Three…more…days.

If you’re a draftnik, and if you think Mike Mayock and Mel Kiper are like Axl and Slash, then you know what’s in three days. The path to prime time is getting short, as draft weekend starts Thursday.

So if the NFL draft is just three days away, then what are some good draft 3s?

Draft Countdown: Four offers real value

Four. In some Eastern cultures that number is bad luck and represents death. For a lot of fans, it will be death by a thousand paper cuts waiting for Thursday … Day 1 of the 2011 NFL Draft. Four is football at its essence: Four downs, four quarters, and going way back, the Four Horsemen. But what does the No. 4 signify in the world of the draft? Round 4 kicks off the last day of draft weekend, which is often low on hype and high on value. Speaking of value, there’s been some good fourth-round picks from the last couple of years, but nothing like the 2006 draft. Here’s a sampling: Owen Daniels (98th overall), Brad Smith (103rd), Jahri […]

Draft Countdown: A five-star Saturday

The 2011 NFL Draft is only five days away. So on this Saturday, when you’re sitting around watching “Saved by the Bell” reruns, general managers and scouting personnel around the league are doing everything they can to get ready for D-Day. With five days left, they don’t have much time …

Draft Countdown: Six days to Thursday

Six Days to Sunday. NFL Films did a documentary special in 1995, but as good as it was, it would be hard pressed to beat the drama and suspense of the six days leading up to the NFL Draft. If only we could be flies on the wall in various scouting departments around the league, where they have six late nights left to work on their draft boards.

Draft Countdown: Elway was heavenly seven

Seven. One week. That’s how long until the most meaningful days on the NFL’s spring schedule. Seven, starring Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, and Morgan Freeman, may be the best thriller ever

Draft Countdown: Crazy 8s

Eight is Enough. As bad as that ‘70s TV show was, it can’t be any worse than having to wait any longer for the start of the 2011 NFL Draft. And eight just happens to be the number of days until the draft begins.

Draft Countdown: Dressed to the 9s

Nine Tonight. I’m not sure what Bob Seger was singing about on that tune, but as of this evening, there are just nine more until we get to April 28, day one of the NFL Draft. This svelte number traditionally has meant a lot to many people, from nine lives to Roger Maris (a No. 9), and his 61 home runs.

Draft Countdown: Tark was a perfect 10

Ten. It’s more than Bo Derek in 1979. It’s even more than Pearl Jam’s best album. Right now, 10 is how many days we have left on the Path to Primetime. You might be wondering what that number means in the lexicon of the NFL draft.

Draft Countdown: 11 days ’til ’11 Draft

It’s April in the NFL, which means it’s pretty quiet, except for the fact that one of the coolest weekends of they year, draft weekend, is just 11 days away.

Draft Countdown: A dozen days ’til draft

It may not be “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” but it is 12 days until Christmas for a bunch of college kids … the best amateur football players in the country.

Draft Countdown: Not-so-unlucky 13

Unlucky, that’s what people think of when the number 13 comes to mind. With that many days to go until draft time, how much misfortune is synonymous with 13 in NFL lore… and the draft?

Draft Countdown: T-minus two weeks

Two weeks. That’s how long we’ve got until Day One of the NFL Draft. Two weeks goes by fast. Remember how fast your two-week, low carb diet went? Okay, maybe not… but April’s biggest weekend is right around the corner. So with 14 days left, where does 14 fit in the pantheon of draft history?

Draft Countdown: 15 is your lucky Starr

With just 15 days to go until the NFL draft, the Path to Primetime rolls along.

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