4 Ways to Occupy Yourself Until the NFL Draft


For NFL fans, the months between the Super Bowl and the draft for the following season is always an excruciating wait. With no games to occupy your attention, there’s nothing more to do than scour the back pages of your preferred newspaper for the latest gossip. Will your franchise step up and take home the Vincent Lombardi with that key acquisition next time around? It’s the hope that kills you.

We’re familiar with that pain all too well, which is why we’ve compiled a brief list of some non-NFL activities that can keep your fingers busy and your mind active until the draft rolls around at the end of April. Because just like a watched pot takes an age to boil, so too does time crawl on its belly if you’re simply waiting around. Take your attention away from the sport with these pastimes and before you know it, it’ll be draft night once more.

Switch sports

Just because football is enjoying some downtime, that doesn’t mean you need to go cold turkey on sports altogether. The NHL season continues apace throughout spring, while WWE’s Wrestlemania takes place at the start of April and the NBA play-ins are scheduled for later in the month. Alternatively, if you want to move away from American sports, the English Premier League comes to a climax in spring, with some of the best teams in world soccer duking it out for the title.

Visit an online casino

The advent of online casinos has revolutionised the gambling industry. Whereas a visit to a casino would once have involved decamping to Las Vegas and spending a small fortune on a hotel (not to mention your play money), nowadays you can log onto the internet and play real online slots from anywhere in the world. It’s not just limited to slots, either; poker, blackjack, roulette and more are all at your fingertips, with real money available to be won. There’s nothing like the thrill of a flutter to occupy your mind.

Binge a TV series (or five)

Thanks to the rise and rise of streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu and Apple TV, there is now more online content available than you could ever hope to consume in your entire lifetime. Whether it’s catching up on old classics like The Wire, The Sopranos or Breaking Bad that you missed first time around, or staying apace with the latest seasons of thrillers like Succession, Ozark and The Mare of Easttown, there’s sure to be something that grabs your attention.

Troll internet forums

The internet is a fascinating rabbit-hole of a place, full of useful (and plenty of useless) information to pique your interest. Whether it’s scrolling through photos on Instagram, exchanging opinions on Reddit or getting embroiled in arguments with random internet users on the forum of your choice, the world wide web is an endless source of amusement. By spending hours (or days) exploring its nooks and crannies, you can learn lots you didn’t know about the world and its inhabitants.

The wait until draft day is invariably a difficult one, but keeping yourself busy with these four suggestions could help to make it go that bit quicker.

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