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Who drafted whom?

I love football. Friday nights under the lights, when the air smells like the game and the crunch of pads and helmets sound off in the night air. Pep bands and cheerleaders, a hot dog and hopefully a hometown win - hard to beat.

All-day Saturdays on the couch, followed by all-day Sundays with the fellas in front of the television watching pigskin - that's for me.

The NFL draft, on the other hand, umm, it's going on this weekend, isn't it?

Luckily, I have friends who are beyond neurotic about the draft. Rumor has it the Vikings traded down with division foe Detroit and drafted nobody in the first round.

I heard this and wondered: "did you guys watch however many hours of draft coverage waiting for the late first round Vikes pick just to see it traded to Detroit?"

They did. The trade with the Lions also swapped fourth-round picks moving the Vikings from pick 128 to 100. They also picked up the Lions' seventh-round pick, No. 214.

My Vikings draft history is sketchy, to say the most. I'm usually one to crack a joke about them missing the clock that one year. I do recall last year when they picked Percy Harvin. That turned out well.

I have no real affinity for any NFL squad. I hope for the Vikings for the benefit of my friends. I'm a fantasy fan, mostly. Which, you would think might have me somewhat intrigued with the draft.

Not so much. The NHL playoffs are on every night. Football, to me, gets the middle seat in the back of the station wagon between hockey and baseball.

All three are easy to get wrapped up in and sometimes I try to take a step back and remind myself, "they're just sports."

Don't tell that to draft fiends. I got yawns when talking hockey and if baseball isn't about the Twins around here, many people just stare at me like I'm a freak.

National League?

So, I did my best to take note of the other teams in NFC North drafting in case I run into one of these friends. I'd like to do more than just nod and pretend I know what they're going on and on about, along with avoiding the whole hockey-baseball thing.

The Packers took a much-needed offensive lineman in Brian Bulaga, from Iowa.

The Lions snagged Jahvid Best, who my pals belittled as not enough running back to make a significant impact for the cellar dwellers of the NFC North.

I thought he lit up the Gophers well last year in the first Minnesota loss at The Bank. Best had five touchdowns on the ground as No. 8 California survived a scare at the hands of the Gophers 35-21. Best finished the game with 26 carries for 131 yards.

Sure, apples to oranges maybe, comparing the Gophers to an NFL defense. Either way, the Lions need all the help they can get.

With the second overall pick they landed what some experts are heralding as the new cornerstone of their defensive line: Ndamukong Suh, a defensive tackle from Nebraska.

No matter if you cheer for the Purple, the Cheeseheads, the lowly Lions or watch anything else, like me, at least you aren't waiting until the 11th pick of the third round like Bears' fans. I wonder how they are spending the first two rounds of this year's prime time draft. They must all be staring at Jay Cutler posters.

The second round, tonight, will probably get better Nielsen ratings than the Capitals-Canadiens game, but I know what I'll be watching. Drop the puck!

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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