Jared Allen won’t be glued to TV during 2020 NFL Draft

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At a time when many people are exhausting the supply of content of their streaming services (or if you’re old your VHS collection), former NFL defensive end Jared Allen isn’t jonesing to watch the NFL Draft three weeks from tonight.

In fact, the former Chiefs and Vikings star (who finished up with the Bears and Panthers), isn’t a big fan of the only live sports-adjacent show on television.

Asked if he planned to watch the proceedings by Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Allen replied: “I do not.”

“I know the kids being drafted are having the time of their life, . . .” he said, leaving the unspoken “but” hanging there, “I think the draft is probably the most boring thing to put on TV imaginable.

“I guess I’ve never been a big fan of sitting there and getting all crazy and ecstatic about a guy who hasn’t done a single thing in the NFL yet.”

The 37-year-old Allen’s dim view of the annual selection meeting is doubtless colored by his own experience.

He was a fourth-round pick from Idaho State, who went on to play 12 years in the league and collect 136 sacks, so clearly he comes from a perspective that this is all something less than science. As a result, he doesn’t believe the coronavirus-caused restrictions on pre-draft travel and pro days and interviews will prevent teams from drafting well.

“Well,” Allen said, “the NFL today is known for overthinking things. We have meetings about meetings. I personally don’t think the team visits mean much. They’re still able to talk to guys on the phone. You’re going to be able to do video conferences. You have all the tape on these guys. Teams already know all the red flags. They got all the info at the combine before everything got shut down.

“To be honest with you, I don’t think this will impact the [long-term success of a team’s] draft in any way.”

But either way, he won’t be watching it, even if that’s not a widely held opinion in the football world.

13 responses to “Jared Allen won’t be glued to TV during 2020 NFL Draft

  1. The draft takes waaaaay too long. I usually just check in on it with a draft tracker during the day(s) it takes place.

  2. “I think the draft is probably the most boring thing to put on TV imaginable.”

    Watching paint dry or grass grow is more exciting than the draft. All you have to do is check a couple times each evening and in 1-2 minutes can see everything that happened over the last 3 or 4 hours.

    I never watch it

  3. Personally, I loved the draft on Saturday as it was grilling, beers and my college football guys knew all these players and it was like an official end to winter. Now its all commercial and I can’t stand the punk players who act like they’re the new pimps on the block. Watching it on Thursday just isn’t the same and I’m not going to waste a vacation day for the day after.

    Money, like everything with this sport, has ruined something that used to be special.

  4. It’s great to have on in the background. Like say, at the friggin Vikings Draft Party I don’t get to go to yet again

  5. The entertainment value of the draft depends on your favorite team’s situation and your attitude. If your team has the #1 pick, things get pretty dull after that first pick. But maybe you’ve been studying up and have some opinions on who you’d like to see your team get. Then watching the picks leading up to your team’s pick can be very intriguing as you’re hoping you don’t lose the chance to get the guy you want.

  6. It’s pins and needles for me, as I can’t wait to see who the next Troy Williamson or Laquon Treadslow is going to be.

  7. h0metownzero says:
    April 2, 2020 at 3:19 pm
    It’s pins and needles for me, as I can’t wait to see who the next Troy Williamson or Laquon Treadslow is going to be.
    ————
    If only they could get a Damarius Randall, Rashaan Gary, Haha Clinton Dix, etc.

  8. There’s really no situation where Jared Allen can’t be insulting. It’s his special gift.

  9. Watch Day 1 to see the big name drafted. Beyond that, check in randomly when using the head.

    What do us Bear fans do this year for Day 1? Watch the Mack highlight reel?

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