Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces D.J. Fluker (Alabama) as the number eleven overall pick to the San Diego Chargers during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Checklist

Are you ready for primetime and the 2014 NFL draft?  Well are you?  You may think you are ready, but the draft is a marathon, not a sprint with an estimated 51 hours of draft coverage!  I compiled a checklist for myself and realized that this may be helpful for others.   Remember, when shopping, cooking, inviting and charging you have three days of fun to fill with good stuff.  Do not plan anything but draft viewing on Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday afternoon.  If you have not already taken the time off, start coughing in front of your boss as soon as you are done reading this!  First round begins Thursday at 5 p.m, Chargers time (Bolts do not pick until round 25 – unless they trade up!), followed by the second and third rounds on Friday at 4:00 p.m.  Rounds 4-7 will be held Saturday, May 10th at 9:00 a.m.  Are you ready?  Check the list:

NFL Network or ESPN – You may not have NFL Network, but you should.  This year, however, the draft is also on ESPN for those who are in areas where their cable provider has not figured out what is important.  If you do not have either, you should call your cable provider or a friend right now.

Drinks – Make sure you have enough on hand for three to four hours of draft viewing over three days.  You do not want to be running out to BevMo in between rounds and miss something.  Also, make sure you get breakfast drinks for Saturday, mimosas or Bloody Mary’s are part of the experience.  Remember to have celery on hand, not only for the Bloody Mary’s, but the heartburn that may come from crappy draft picks.

Food – Think snackfest.  Stock up on hummus, pita, chips, veggies, cheeses, crackers, olives, fruits and other things that do not require cooking.  If you are making guacamole, make sure you get at least 5 avocados per person.  Only thing worse than running out of guacamole is when your team drafts Ryan Leaf!  If you want something hot, think crock pot.  Nacho cheese or chili?  Yes!

Extra Power – Make sure you have power cords for laptops, iPads and phones close by, plugged in and ready for action.  If you are like me you will be looking up stats on players as the draft rolls on, tweeting, updating Facebook and possibly shopping for a new jersey.  You do not want to be looking for a cord while Goodell is about to announce.

Have fun and enjoy the draft.  #IStillBelieve

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  • tonyloc1970 .

    You forgot to discribe how to have your significant other go along with the plan because some of us have partners that don’t see this as a major event . Crazy I know, but as I read your atricle I kept saying to myself, DAMN I wish I had a girl like that lol…

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      LOL… I just gave my wife plenty of notice, and I have assured her she will be posted up properly in the bedroom, with the second TV. I will even bring her snacks, drinks, whatever…Maybe throw in a back rub tonight to sweeten the deal, and make her happy. That way… I WILL BE THE GM!!!!!! MUAHAHAHA!

      • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

        Smart man.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      Well, I do not have a suggestion for this one since “love of football” was a deal breaker for me when choosing my spouse. He was not a Charger fan when I met him (49ers), but now he bleeds blue just like the rest of us. I like Peters suggestions below though.. possibly a present and a trip to get a pedicure as well. :-)

      • tonyloc1970 .

        Nice! Thanks for the sugestion.

  • Cooper

    I have ESPN and NFL Network. I’ll be in class when the Darft starts and I don’t know which station to record. It’s tough for me because I can’t stand Todd McShay for ESPN or Charles Davis of NFL Network. These two make watching the draft miserable. Any suggestions???

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      There are a bunch of sites doing a live feed. And of course, there’s Twitter. You can be covert in class and still follow the action. :-)

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  • Nick619chargers4life

    Good idea about the extra power , I would have forgot all about that.

  • Edward Sherman

    i have Dtv i just hope a storm doesn’t roll in and take out my satelite

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Mimosas on Saturday morning… good call, Cindi! Thanks for the checklist!