The NFL Draft has turned into a three-day extravaganza, reminiscent of Woodstock and whatever ‘palooza we’re up to now. Atmosphere aside, however, teams still have the pressure of pressing the right buttons for the future of their franchises. Let’s take a look at one of the best cliches of this affair — which teams won and lost the draft?!
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- “Sports News Read Like Real News” told the tale of the displeasure from the Golden State Warriors for having to play the Jazz instead of the Clippers, because what the hell is there to do in Utah? (2:18).
- The Bridge Question of the Week is: Who won and lost the NFL Draft and why? Call in or text in your answer to 929-BRIDGE7, that’s 929-274-3437, and you’ll make it on the next show.
- This week’s guest was Eric Edholm, an NFL writer for Yahoo Sports and the Shutdown Corner blog. Eric has been at this writing this for a while and really knows his stuff when it comes to football, which you’ll pick up on pretty quickly. We chatted about his writing career, coming up with the term DEFLATEGATE and some of his recent works before getting into all things NFL Draft, including analysis for the first handful of picks and which teams did the best and worst.
- You can find Eric’s writing here and follow on Twitter @Eric_Edholm. The interview starts at the 9:15 mark.
– In the interview, we discuss:
How he got started in sports writing (9:35), is there’s ever any downtime while being an NFL writer (11:08), coining the phrase “Deflategate” (12:06), the inspiration for writing the piece about NFL Draft innovators Joel Buchsbaum and Mel Kiper Jr. (14:49), what the atmosphere in Philadelphia was like for the NFL Draft (18:26), if he misses the days of a one-day draft (19:59), what the draft is like for a member of the media (22:04), if anyone came after him for a wrong draft prediction (23:57), thoughts on the Browns taking Myles Garrett at No. 1 (26:08), if the Bears were wise to trade up one pick for Mitchell Trubisky and a great first day for 49ers GM John Lynch (28:15), if the Bears didn’t need to trade up to draft their QB (31:31), if the trend of taking RBs and WRs early is surprising and some thoughts on Leonard Fournette and Corey Davis (32:32), thoughts on the Chiefs trading up for QB Patrick Mahomes (35:33), thoughts on the Texans trading up for QB Deshaun Watson (37:48), the cliche of who won and lost the draft (39:56), his favorite non-mainstream storylines from the draft (42:07) and some of the projects he has coming up (44:37).
- “Good Try, Good Effort” recognized the J-E-T-E Jets!, Philly boos not deterring the Cowboys second round pick and the Clippers blowing another series lead in the playoffs (46:36).
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