I simply can't explain it. As is popular to say these days, it is what it is.
I love following the NFL draft, which this year will be held April 28-29 at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
It makes no sense, yet I'm riveted. I'll watch to see which player the Carolina Panthers select with the No. 1 pick. Will it be Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, Auburn DT Nick Fairley, Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller or, maybe, Auburn QB Cam Newton?
I'll criticize the Can't-hers if they don't take Fairley - much as I did when St. Louis took Sam Bradford over Ndamukong Suh last year. (Suh, by the way, was the 2010 Rookie of the Year, thank-you-very-much.)
But neither you, I suspect, nor I know 90 percent of the available players. (Hmm, Mike Pouncey of Florida? Let's see, his brother starts for the Steelers . . . Must be good.)
Of what I'm almost 100 percent sure, though, is two West Virginia Mountaineers made bad career moves in regard to the draft. Running back Noel Devine should have made himself available after his junior season instead of returning to WVU. And safety Robert Sands should have stayed for his senior season instead of making himself available for this draft.
Devine was considered one of the top four or five backs last season at this time. Now he's barely one of the top five available Big East backs. According to NFL Draft Scout rankings, Devine is the 22nd best back available, behind conference peers Jordan Todman of Connecticut (No. 7), Delone Carter of Syracuse (10), Bilal Powell of Louisville (16) and Dion Lewis of Pitt (20).
Sands is in a better position, listed as the fourth best available free safety. But he's projected as a third- to fourth-round pick. Even the NFL's own Web site predicted such a destiny. It complimented Sands as a "well-rounded" prospect, but went on to say his "main flaw is a lack of short-area quickness and fluidity in man coverage. Sands could hear his name called early on Day 2."
One doesn't apply early to the draft to be called on Day 2.
"I think you're right on the money," said Mike Florio, the West Virginian most wired into the NFL. "The buzz on Sands is he could have used one more year [in college].
"As for Noel Devine, he tried to get up from being a third- or fourth-round draft pick and then injured himself. Now he's going to suffer in the draft."
It's a shame for both kids if the draft goes as we expect. And Florio has his fingers firmly on the pulse of the league. Working out of Bridgeport, he owns and operates ProFootballTalk.com and appears on many of NBC's pre-game NFL shows. On Sunday nights during the season, he makes appearances with Bob Costas.