The first 10 picks of the NFL draft took just under an hour and a half, a pace that would put the Ravens on the clock sometime tomorrow morning, but don't despair. The pace generally picks up after the first 10, since I'm pretty sure that the NFL and ESPN intentionally squeezed every minute out of the top picks.
I mean, really, did the Kansas City Chiefs need all 10 minutes to decide whether they were really going to pick Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher? Did the Oakland Raiders really need all that time to realize that they were going to screw up the No. 3 pick so it was probably a good idea to trade it to the Dolphins?
Frankly, it would have been all right with me if they had given Jacksonville a half hour for the No. 2 pick, because they need all the help they can get.
Give the NFL credit. What other league could stretch its college draft over three days and still get weeks of walk-up coverage and decent ratings for most of a weekend? Let's just hope Roger Goodell doesn't pull a hammy walking across the stage or we may never find out who the Ravens are going to take with the 32nd pick.
Last year, we didn't. The Ravens traded out of the first round, making the draft night at the Ravens facility an evening highlighted by lots of unrequited intrigue and a giant barrel of Utz Cheez Balls.