4 Reasons to Watch the 2016 NFL Draft

April 28, 2016

From this evening through the 30th, Chicago will be teeming with talent as the NFL builds their dream teams during the draft. Watch the magic happen on ESPN (Ch. 206) and NFL Network (Ch. 212), and take a look at some our top reasons for tuning in below:

The Post-Peyton Hangover

With Peyton Manning off to pasture, the Denver Broncos are faced with what some call a post-Super Bowl hangover. How will they replace their Hall of Fame quarterback? Heir apparent Brock Osweiler decamped for Houston in free agency. Although they are flirting with the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick, Denver is planning to use the 31st overall pick to take a young QB. With one Hall of Fame QB looking down from the executive suite, and the memories of another still fresh in the minds of fans, the signal caller of the future will face a daunting challenge.

Another Renegade Comes to the Bay 

Chip Kelly’s high-octane offense stalled in Philadelphia after a fast start, but Bay Area fans are hoping the renegade coach can reignite the 49ers offense this year. The team is mum on the future of Colin Kaepernick and Kelly has been known to bet the house on a chance to get the QB of his dreams (as he tried to do last year with Marcus Mariota).

Hollywood or Bust

The city of Los Angeles hasn’t had a pro football team in 21 years. But now the Los Angeles Rams are back in Southern California for the first time since 1994. To christen their move to the nation’s second-largest media market, the Rams made waves by trading five picks over the next two years for Tennessee’s number one and a couple of later-round picks. It’s no secret the Rams want a QB. They have their eyes on Cal’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz. Now they have the luxury of taking the man of their choice—in the City of Angels.

Flying Higher

Not to be outdone, the Philadelphia Eagles traded up to the number two pick by sending five picks to Cleveland. Having signed Sam Bradford to a two-year, $35M contract, the Eagles basically conceded they are looking for a franchise QB in the draft. They then hurriedly announced that Bradford was their starter. Cold comfort for the veteran signal caller, who has now demanded to be traded. On the Cleveland side, fans may have been perplexed that the Browns front office gave up a chance to land a premium prospect at QB. It’s not as though they’ve had 24 different starting quarterbacks since 1999—or have they? But the Browns were not suitably impressed by either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz, and took Philly’s slew of picks (two first, a second, third, and fourth over the next two seasons) in order to solidify other needs, and will leave Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, Austin Davis, and Connor Shaw to vie for the top spot.

Check out the NFL 2016 Draft April 28-30 on ESPN (Ch. 206) and NFL Network (Ch. 212).

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