Number 1: This draft revealed one key fact....in case you were not aware, THE NFL GETS "IT." I think the NFL took it to the next level with this draft and really showcased why it is the most profitable and entertaining professional sports league. I believe the explanation is simple. NFL ownership, outside of a few exceptions (i.e., the Rooneys, the Maras, Green Bay), has become a billionaire boys club. One doesn't become a billionaire by accident, and the same drive and intelligence that drove these owners to become billionaires is permeating into how the league markets itself and its product. The owners get it, and the players would be wise to listen. One of the key additions to the last CBA was the scaled contracts for rookies. In addition to being a risk reduction device for ownership, it also had the effect of stimulating and encouraging trades and "maneuvering" in general which, in turn, resulted in a very entertaining and dramatic draft. Also, I think it was no accident that the draft came in at three hours on the nose. The marketing guys in the NFL know at least two things: (1) we love exciting, dramatic changes of fortune and a level of unpredictability in programs we watch; and, (2) we do not like to watch "open-ended" programs (when does it start AND end so I can plan around it like every other show I watch). The draft never lost its excitement because the next pick, if not the next two picks, were always "in." As I said on AIM last night, my wife (a football fan, but not an off-season, recruiting, spring practice follower) enjoys the NFL Draft as much as i do, even if for different reasons. The NFL knows this and sells this, quite literally, to advertisers. They have created a spring event which is no longer just the mechanism for bringing fresh talent in the league. It is a revenue generator. They have a three hour event which is the best "reality" TV out there, and advertisers are not stuck wondering who will be watching in hour 4.5. They have molded the draft into a commercially profitable event. The Player's Union is being myopic if they do not take the cue and be more willing to follow ownership. The best way for the players to male more money, as a whole, is not by getting a bigger percentage of the revenue to be devoted to salary. Rather, you create more revenue by developing a better product/ Would you rather have 52% of a league with revenue (or market cap to the extent it is applicable) of say, 9 billion, or would you rather have 48% of of a league worth 11 billion. The owners are greedy bastards, but they are smart greedy bastards that know what they are doing and who have hired very good people to run their collective "business." The union should take note. Number 2: Damn near all the teams had a good draft, or at least were able to make moves to get a player they needed without risking too much. You can thank the rookie pay scale for that. In particular, I liked both Cleveland and Dallas moving up to to get their guy. It appeared for a little while that neither Cleveland nor Jerry Jones would look like total ass clowns in the same draft, but then Cleveland drafted Weeden. Some of the moves down were just as bold, but we will not know if all of these moves paid off until we see what the picks are used for. Number 3: The SEC is still the place to look for "game changers," particularly on defense. 8 out of the first 18 and 9 out of 32 first rounders were from the SEC (4 from Bama, 2 each from LSU and South Carolina, and 1 from MS State). The "Big" conferences (Big East, Big 10 (or 12), Big 12 (or 10), Big East, Big West, Big Mountain, Big 8 and Big 9, etc.) provided 13 of the picks, the conferences with names of oceans provided 5 picks, the independent (ND) provided 2, and the mid-majors gave us 3. Number 4: The best four moves/picks of the 1st round: (1) Cleveland moving up to get Richardson. Dude is gonna be a stud, and he gave the best interview. My wife got teary. If you need to know more about Richardson, please read here http://deadspin.com/5856177/trent-r...cause-trainers-wont-let-him-try-more-than-475 (2) Dallas moving up to get Mo Claiborne. Take the return game out fo the equation and he is every bit as good as Patrick Petersen. He is as good a return guy as most, minus PP (3) Philly moving up to get Fletcher Cox when Carolina and KC passed on him and (4) Minnesota's patience in moving down and taking the least sexy pick in the top 10 (Kalil, who will be solid) and then getting back into the 1st round when one of their guys was still there at 31. Then again, I could be wrong about everything. But I will say this, even as a Saints fan with nothing to cheer or hope for in Round 1, I enjoyed this draft more than any other in recent memory.