By Eric Schmidt

Tonight is finally the start of the 2013 NFL Draft. Personally, I have to say this day could not have gotten here any faster. We are all that much more closer to the start of the NFL regular season (131 days) but I don’t think I could have endured another couple of weeks of the rumor mill. The trade of New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wore on me.

The rumors, the speculation, the smokescreens, the disinformation, all of it-very taxing. Is this team trading up? I’ve read stories in the last few hours which have the Buffalo Bills selecting six different players in the first round. Rumors suggest West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is going to three different teams. Syracuse quarterback Rayn Nassib is linked to three different teams. Alabama’s CB Dee Milliner’s surgical record.

While away from the computer, I see that there was a discussion online this afternoon over whether television coverage should tip their hand if they know the team’s pick before Roger Goodell officially announces the selection. Seriously? In this day and age of “I need information and I need it yesterday?” Anyone on Twitter that followed the Boston manhunt last week will realize that regardless of what networks do, there will be someone tweeting out selections prior to the announcement. That is just representative of the culture we now live in.

I have purposely left many rumors alone in the last few weeks on this site.

You can mock as many drafts as you want, but one thing is for certain in the next three days, there will be some shocking moves. There always are. I believe that the New England Patriots will try to trade out of the first-round in order to acquire more selections. I also believe that the San Francisco 49ers will move up, bundling many of their 13 selections.

It will be a busy three days in the NFL world, but I’m very happy that we have finally reached this point. Now if I could just collect one dollar for every time I hear the phrase “best player available” or “upside potential” in the next 72 hours.

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