We are closing in on one of the best nights of the year. We will sit around for hours Thursday night and listen to a man read the names of other men off a sheet of paper. As mundane as this event sounds when you look at it that way, NFL draft night really is one of my favorite nights of the year. In a typical year, the draft intersects with the NBA and NHL playoffs and accompanies a full MLB card. With the sports calendar rejiggered and the winter sports pushed back, the playoffs are still a few weeks away, but the draft remains an exciting event to watch and a profitable one to bet. Now let’s draft some winners, shall we?
Patrick Surtain II Draft Position Under 10.5
First, how old are we? How is it possible that the outstanding former Dolphins cornerback has a son who is already entering the NFL? Nothing makes me feel my age more than seeing the kids of former athletes old enough to play in the pros. Anyway, with the Cowboys picking 10th, it seems unlikely Surtain will make it past that point. “People I really trust say Patrick Surtain is a lock to be taken by Dallas if he’s still available at 10,” said ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay. Most mock drafts agree. Before the Cowboys lost quarterback Dak Prescott for the season last year, they were engaging in a “basketball on grass” style, hoping to outscore their opponents and holding little chance of keeping teams out of the end zone. Owner Jerry Jones likes to make a splash, he was recently fawning over Kyle Pitts in an interview and last year he drafted flashy receiver CeeDee Lamb in the first round when Dallas had many other needs. Surtain isn’t another toy on offense but has some name value coming from national champion Alabama, a program from which the Cowboys plucked cornerback Trevon Diggs last year in Round 2. Here’s to a Diggs-Surtain reunion in Big D.