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Kiper mocks, so it must be draft season

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It's official. The annual NFL Draft frenzy has begun.

That's because ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper has come out with his first 2009 mock draft.

By the way, does anyone else find it ridiculous that Kiper's mock draft was the main story on the various Sports Center's all day, as well as on ESPN Radio's Sports Center every 20 minutes all afternoon?

Talk about making yourself the story. It's example number 9 million of ESPN making itself more important than the sports it allegedly reports on.

Not to be outdone, by the way, Don Banks of SI.com also released his first mock draft Thursday.

By the way, Kiper has the Giants taking Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis with the 29th pick in the first round. Banks has the Giants taking North Carolina wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.

Here are a couple of noteworthy non-Giants' stories.