What a difference there is in the two draft systems! All of us have witnessed the pomp and circumstance of the NFL draft. It is a media “darling”. The baseball draft was also on ESPN, but I doubt whether many of you tuned in to watch. When the NFL is drafting, almost every team takes their full allotted time before they make their pick. They seem to want to draw all the suspense they can out of their 15 or so minutes on the clock. On the other hand, when a baseball team’s name comes up, the Commissioner hardly has time to get to his mic before the name is released.One difference, of course, is that the baseball draft is open to high school graduates while in the football draft you must have played some college football before you are eligible. That means that most of the football names are much better known; there has been weeks of hype on TV as to who the top drafts are going to be. In the case of baseball, most of the work is done by a very dedicated, but virtually unknown, group of scouts. They work the various high school and college games all over the United States and in many foreign lands. Football, on the other hand, is going after players whose names have been on an ESPN list for at least 6 months before the draft ever starts.It doesn’t really matter in which draft your name is selected because the end salary is very similar if you are good enough to make the big time.