Draft (yawn) is over.


Byline: Josh Bousquet

COLUMN: Fantasy Sports

There's power involved with making a man sit around and do nothing but wait for 15 minutes. It's a force only exhibited by the two most powerful forces on earth - women and the NFL.

And with the former, there's only so much "I'm-putting-on-my-face" time one can stand before wondering just what sort of masked monster you're taking out that night.

Football, though, is a much different beast. The NFL can make us sit through 32 first-round draft picks, each allotted 15 minutes to make a decision on one player. Yet, people sit and watch endlessly, examining Brady Quinn's facial expression with slight sympathy that is steadily outweighed by sly enjoyment.

At least when watching the spectacle on TV, ESPN trots out Mel Kiper Jr., his fine follicles and encyclopedic knowledge to fill the space between picks. Some people actually showed up to Radio City Music Hall to watch this thing in person, though.

I was in New York City myself this weekend and was stunned by the number of NFL-uniformed draftniks milling outside Radio City about an hour before show time. I never made my way inside, though, for during the actual draft, I was engaged in the much more manly pursuit of seeing a Broadway musical.

Because, especially from a fantasy sports perspective, very little of it matters.

Of the fantasy position players chosen in the first two rounds of the 2006 NFL Draft, only one of them started in all his team's games - St. Louis tight end Joe Klopfenstein. And he only caught 20 passes, but one of them did get him a touchdown.

Five other players did play in all their team's games and there lies some more recognizable names.

There was Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who fell just short of 1,000 rushing yards (941) but led rookies with 16 TDs. The Colts' Joseph Addai was the lone rookie back to reach the 1,000-yard plateau, finishing with 1,081 yards and eight TDs.

Those two performances were achieved away from the top-of-the-first-round glitz, too, as Indy tabbed Addai with the 30th pick and Jones-Drew went to the Jags at No. 60.

So, of course, they haven't gotten the most press of last year's rooks.

The second pick of last year's draft, New Orleans' Reggie Bush, got the most commercial exposure during this year's draft, giving thanks that he fell all the way to No. 2 and helped the Saints to a division championship.

Bush may have the best long-term potential of last year's draftees, but in his rookie...

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