I also found this article to be surprising, even though I watch football I do not follow the draft process or really know what goes into it. Even though I can definitely see the dehumanizing effect this process has on the draftees, I think the idea of a homoerotic subtext seems a little extreme. This could also be that I simply do not take part in this process or watch/keep up with it. I agree that these draftees are seen as commodities in this way, and are in the position to be judged, though I also don't think I completely follow the idea that there is a sense of "white dominance operating strategically" in this whole process. The overall idea of this article is interesting and opens the door for an interesting discussion on the commodification aspect and how the draft process allows for bodies to be bought and made a spectacle out of (which I think it quite sad given the lifelong injuries that many players sustain after being a part of the organization).
DQ: How would this idea be different if the league was still dominated by white players? What would the author say in that case?