I live in NY and started going to the draft in 1990 when it was held at the Marriott Marquis. My first year I arrived at around 6:30am and was 97th in line to get in. They had a contest where you would guess whom each team would pick in the 1st round. I submitted my form and went up into the rafters above the floor where the team tables/reps sat. I remember trying to get the attention of the Seahawk reps but they wouldn't give me the time of day. We ended up taking Tez which I was very very happy with. Later on in the draft, right before Dallas took Emmit Smith, Tagliabue got up to the microphone and announced my name as the winner of the contest. The winner by the way got 2 tickets to the following years Super Bowl (Giants/Bills). I was literally speechless. My friends went nuts and eventually I realized what happened and went to claim my prize. After I returned to my seat people were motioning to me to look down at the floor where the team reps were. It so happens that the Seahawk reps saw that I won the tickets and were motioning to me congratulations and giving me the thumbs up.
I will never forget that day and even just writing about it now brings back memories. Like the time me and Fireman Ed (tool Jets fan) had some words. I used to go to the draft every year but it has gotten so crazy there that I have not gone in about 7 years. I really miss those days though of going to see it live.