"Two Days in April" follows four college football players, Derek Hagan, Travis Wilson, Clint Ingram and DonTrell Moore, in 2006 through the Senior Bowl, combines, solo workouts, interviews(answering personal questions), and finally the NFL draft, while being coached and advised on their cliches.(Thank you, "Bull Durham.") The emphasis for the players is on the money, more than they have ever seen before, while that subject never comes up for the agents. I would have certainly thought it to be the reverse.(And I just want to go on the record as saying that I do not believe agents to be evil incarnate...) Of the four, the biggest question marks involve Wilson because of a recurring injury and Moore for playing for the University of New Mexico which is not in one of the power conferences.(Less prestigious schools, especially Hofstra have no problem getting their players drafted.) That only serves as a sign of how much any professional draft is a crap shoot and how little anybody knows(it can be predicted where a player will be drafted, just not what kind of career they will enjoy), no matter the endless bloviating.
Brought to you by the Roswell, New Mexico Chamber of Commerce, "Two Days in April" is an unsatisfactory documentary that even with the level of access given, lacks any true insight. The filmmakers err by ending the film on draft day(of 1400 hopefuls, only 255 are drafted) which is only the beginning of the players' story, instead of staying with them to follow their first year in the pros.
(Originally reviewed in the blog section on August, 7, 2008.)