Minihane: We love NFL Draft for drama and hope

Minihane: We love NFL Draft for drama and hope
May 9, 2014, 4:15 pm
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"It’s hope. You have this idea that your team is going to get better, almost magically." - Kirk Minihane

The NFL moved its draft to May and the result was nearly a 50 percent increase in TV ratings.

It's guys sitting around in suits waiting to hear their named called. Still, It blew away the Bruins-Canadiens Game 4 and NBA playoffs in the ratings.

The Johnny Manziel drama was compelling, but still, why do we love watching the NFL Draft?

Gary Tanguay and Kirk Minihane are on Arbella Early Edition to discuss the mystery and the allure of the NFL Draft.

"We love the drama," says Minihane. "The Manziel stuff [Friday night]. That’s the reason why it was such a big night. Manziel was the center of this draft and once he started free-falling, Twitter picked up, it became… the biggest story in the country."

That's certainly part of the equation, but perhaps the draw is more personal. The NFL Draft taps into something almost child-like inside each of us.

"It’s hope," says Minihane. "You have this idea that your team is going to get better, almost magically."

Over the years, the Draft has become a spectacle, and that adds to the appeal as well. 

"It’s become a true production," says Tanguay. "You’ve got the red carpet, you’ve got the music of all the players, you’ve got the anticipation. I don’t think you have to be just interested in your team. I think as a football fan you can watch the draft and find it exciting and find it compelling.

"We are a country of games… if you can put yourself in the shoes of the real-life people who are doing it, as Americans, we love it." 

Why do you love the NFL Draft?