Current NFL players watch the draft, too, especially those whose future could be affected by their team's top selection.
The New York Jets have a few of those players, namely:
QB Christian Hackenberg: If the Jets draft Mitchell Trubisky or Deshaun Watson in the first round -- or any quarterback, for that matter -- it would dramatically alter Hackenberg's future. When he was picked in the second round a year ago, he was perceived as The Next Man Up on the team's always-spinning roulette wheel at quarterback. Coach Todd Bowles said recently that Hackenberg will compete for the starting job this summer, but the landscape would change with a first-rounder in the fold. Hackenberg likely would be a backup and possible trade bait in 2018.
QB Bryce Petty: He will be expendable if a quarterback is selected at any point in the draft. The Jets tried the four-quarterback thing last year, and it didn't benefit anybody. Petty, who recently began throwing as he recovers from shoulder surgery, would be the odd man out. He has no trade value.
S Marcus Gilchrist: There's a reasonable chance they will take a safety (Jamal Adams or Malik Hooker) with the sixth pick. If that happens, Gilchrist, already on thin ice, likely would be released. He's recovering from major knee surgery and may not be ready for training camp.
RB Bilal Powell: His strong finish last season prompted Bowles to say that Powell could see a larger role in 2017, but that won't happen if they pick running back Leonard Fournette. Powell would remain in a complementary role, along with Matt Forte, whose roster spot is protected by a $4 million guarantee.
WR Eric Decker: It's hard to imagine the Jets picking a wide receiver at No. 6, but the position could come into play if they trade down. In that case, they'd consider Mike Williams or Corey Davis. Decker, recovering from hip and shoulder surgeries, is due to count $8.75 million on the cap. They could save $7.25 million by designating him as a June 1 cut.