Thoughts about the three-day National Football League draft, which begins tonight in Philadelphia at the city's Museum of Art:
-- Loudest cheer: When the Eagles make their first-round draft pick.
-- Second-loudest cheer: When former Eagles’ quarterback Ron Jaworski hits the stage Friday to announce the team’s second-round selection.
-- Loudest boos: For NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Cowboys’ first pick.
-- 52: Number of references to the movie character Rocky on the ESPN and NFL Network telecasts of the draft – just on the first day.
-- 0: Number of times that television coverage actually takes the viewer inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Come to think of it, I’ve never been inside it, either.
-- 136: Projected number of arrests of rowdy and drunken fans.
-- 3: Projected number of arrests of entitled, self-absorbed and drunken players drafted earlier in the day.
-- 91 percent: Chances that Cleveland will mess up its first-round selection, the first of the entire draft.
-- Wildest Eagles’ draft scenario: The team trades its first-round pick for Patriots’ cornerback Malcolm Butler, an idea proposed by ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.
-- Personal preference for the Eagles’ first-round pick: Dalvin Cook, running back, Florida State. Runner-up choice is Christian McCaffrey, running back, Stanford, whose dad Ed was a star athlete at Allentown Central Catholic before playing in the NFL.
-- Best guess as to the Eagles’ first-round choice: Derek Barnett, defensive end, Tennessee.
-- First Penn State player to be drafted: Chris Godwin, wide receiver. Hoping he’s available for the Eagles when they pick very late in the third round.
RANDOM SHOTS AND SECOND THOUGHTS:
-- NBA playoff pick: Cavaliers. LeBron James is like every team’s best athlete in Little League baseball: He would pitch, bat fourth and, when necessary, just take over the game.
-- Failed business idea No. 1,257: Phone booth window-washer.
-- In golf, my slice is so bad that after I swing, I’m required to yell, “Five!”