When I sat with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in 2004 I had carefully prepared him to expect the Chargers to trade their pick to the New York Giants. I told him the Giants would take QB Eli Manning, the Chargers QB Philip Rivers. The first two teams in the draft order I thought likely to take Ben a little later were Buffalo and Pittsburgh. But the Giants had told Ben's coach that if the Chargers took Eli Manning they would take Ben as the fourth pick.
The Chargers picked Manning which meant that scenario could come to fruition, but I still thought the trade would happen. The minutes passed oh so slowly which ratcheted tension to an excruciating level. No trade was announced until all but seven seconds remained on the clock, and then as they were about to lose the pick the Comissioner announced that the Giants had swapped picks with the Chargers, taken Manning and the Chargers had taken Rivers.