The month of March and the beginning of April annually provide some of the most consistently exciting sports action of the year. Conference tournament week in college basketball turns into Selection Sunday which turns into March Madness all while Spring Training is going on in the background.
Then, right as March Madness hits its apex with the Final Four, Spring Training turns into Opening Day. And then, without even giving sports fans a breather, the greatest golf tournament of them all, the Masters, occurs the following weekend.
For the next two weeks, mercifully, we can all take a collective breather. But you would be wise to truly get some sports R&R over the next ten or so days, because things are about to get exciting and hectic again.
We are now about a week away from the NBA Playoffs getting started, and less than two weeks away from the NFL draft. And with each successive week, the MLB schedule becomes more and more important. We’re nowhere near the dog days of summer yet, but Toronto and Baltimore currently sit atop the AL East standings, so we can all just imagine what kind of urgency baseball coverage will get if that continues.
As we always try to do here at Midwest Sports Fans, we will continue our habit of previewing the big sporting events and giving you as much schedule and background information as possible to ensure that you a) don’t miss a minute of the action; b) know what to expect; and c) understand the context of the event so you can fully appreciate whatever transpires.
There are still a few more things to be decided in the NBA regular season so this morning we turn our attention to the NFL Draft with our 2009 NFL Draft Preview. Here are some of the particulars:
2009 NFL Draft Preview and TV Schedule
- 2009 NFL Draft date: April 25th-26th
- 2009 NFL Draft location: Radio City Music Hall in New York City
- 2009 NFL Draft TV Coverage: First day live pick-by-pick TV coverage on ESPN beginning at 4:00 PM ET
- 2009 NFL Draft TV Coverage: Second day live pick-by-pick TV coverage on NFL Network beginning at 10:00 AM ET
- Number of Rounds: 7
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And here is the 1st Round draft order for the 2009 NFL Draft:
2009 NFL Draft 1st Round Order
|2||St. Louis Rams||2-14|
|3||Kansas City Chiefs||2-14|
|9||Green Bay Packers||6-10|
|10||San Francisco 49ers||7-9|
|14||New Orleans Saints||8-8|
|16||San Diego Chargers||8-8|
|17||New York Jets||9-7|
|18||Denver Broncos (from Chicago)||8-8|
|19||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9-7|
|20||Detroit Lions (from Dallas)||0-16|
|23||New England Patriots||11-5|
|28||Buffalo Bills (from Philadelphia Eagles, originally from Carolina)||9-6-1|
|29||New York Giants||12-4|
And now a whole bunch of links to try to satiate your insatiable desire for NFL draft news and projections, 95% of which will prove completely meaningless come April 25th:
- 2009 NFL Draft List of Early Entrants — (MSF)
- Todd McShay – Mel Kiper Jr Video: the infamous argument over Matt Stafford — (MSF)
- 2009 NFL Draft Complete 7-Round Draft Order — (NFL.com)
- 2009 NFL Draft Predict the Pick Contest — (NFL.com)
- 2009 Mock Drafts — (NFL.com – all analysts’ mock drafts)
- Who is the ultimate #1 draft pick? — (Adam Rank, NFL.com)
- All-Time NFL Draft: the best players drafted at every first round slot — (Jim Reineking, NFL.com)
- Complete NFL Draft History Database — (ESPN.com)
- Mock Draft Machine — (ESPN.com)
- Todd McShay’s 2009 NFL Draft Tiers — (Todd McShay, ESPN.com)
- 2009 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 — (Don Banks, SI.com)
- 2009 NFL Draft #1 Pick Preview — (Peter King, SI.com)
- 2009 NFL Draft Underrated List — (Don Banks, SI.com)
- Underrated NFL Draft Coverage Website – (WalterFootball.com)
- BSO 2009 Mock Draft — (Black Sports Online)
Happy reading. I’ll be back as the week goes along with more interesting news, notes, and rumors — the latter of which is inevitable in the two-week run-up to next Saturday. The challenge is to sift through the mess and try to figure out what is actually true.
Which, of course, is why it’s usually better to just wait for draft day and see how the damn thing actually unfolds.