The NFL did everything it could to add to the drama of their last prime-time television show for a few months, including convincing broadcast partners to not tip picks in advance.
But they also leaned on the membership, to make sure there was plenty of time to whip everyone to a fever pitch.
Peter King of NBC’s Football Morning in America recounts a story from the Raiders’ draft room, when they realized they were going to be able to draft running back Josh Jacobs. He describes coach Jon Gruden like a Golden Retriever, until General Manager Mike Mayock told him to heel.
“Can I call him?” said Gruden. “Can I call?”