I said goodbye to my wife and baby daughter early this morning, knowing that I won't really see them again until Saturday evening.
My home the next three days: Radio City Music Hall, with mornings spent at the nearby NFL offices. We will be cranking Around the League content with great behind-the-scenes access throughout the draft. So what will we be talking about here at this time tomorrow?
A run in the secondary
Last year, the big story was quarterbacks Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, and Christian Ponder all getting drafted earlier than expected. This year's run will be in the secondary. Stephon Gilmore and Mark Barron may sneak into the top 10, Dre Kirkpatrick could get pushed into the top 15, and even Janoris Jenkins' talent may be tough to ignore in the first round.
The boom-or-bust defensive linemen
The leftover quarterbacks
The Browns may like Brandon Weeden, but no one thinks he'll go in the first round. Kirk Cousins and Brock Osweiler figure to be forgotten, too. After Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick went at the top of Round Two last year, there will be a lot of speculation about teams angling for Weeden and Cousins.
Both are good, not great, wide receiver prospects. Floyd has a more pro-ready skill set that could appeal to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 7 when Blackmon is on the board.
Whether Jacksonville takes Floyd or not, look for the Jaguars to throw the draft's first curveball at No. 7. General manger Gene Smith thinks differently than the rest of the league and trusts his evaluation. It's hard not to respect that.
Oh, wait. No one will be talking about mock drafts. After months and months of variations on the theme, every mock draft completed since December will be completely forgotten and no one will particularly care who predicted the first round well.