Join us each day as we count down towards the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The countdown runs from 50 to zero and the number of days remaining will inspire the post for that day. Think of this as your NFL draft paper chain that loses one link each day!
48 days remain until the NFL draft gets started. What can we do with the number 48?
48 hours is two days, the length of time it took to conduct the NFL draft from my earliest memories until last year.
Lions fans have joked about the draft being our Super Bowl for a number of years. While the NFL Draft will never surpass the Super Bowl it is fair to say that it is the second biggest event on the NFL calendar. The NFL Draft has become so big that the league lengthened its duration from two days to three days and put the first round in primetime. The fact that the draft can capture the attention of a weeknight primetime viewing audience speaks for itself. The decision to hold the draft over the course of three days rather than two seems to be the right call.
Players drafted number 48 overall by the Detroit Lions:
Lee Riley (1955), Steve Junker (1957), John Lomakoski (1962), Wally Hilgenberg (1964), Charlie Weaver (1971)