The powers to be at the National Football League did the right thing on Tuesday, tweaking the NFL Draft to be a bit more fan friendly for those that enjoy spending a Saturday afternoon of their life in front of the TV with their draft guides and mock drafts. First off, the first round is going to be shorter time wise. Where in the past teams had 15 minutes to make that all important first round pick, now teams will only have 10 minutes. The draft was also moved from starting at noon to 3pm, making it easier for those that need to say – cut the lawn before the long day of watching college players become rich.”We believe this will make for a more streamlined and efficient draft,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement issued during the league owners meetings. In addition to the above mentioned changes, the Saturday portion of the draft will only be rounds one and two, not one through three. The second round will also be shorter, as instead of having 10 minutes to make a selection, now teams will only have seven minutes.
This last year’s first round was painful beyond belief to watch, as it set a record in length of 6 hours and 8 minutes. Give some credit to commish Goodell and company for making this anticipated event better for fans to be able to sit through. The 2008 Draft will be held on April 26th and 27th in New York at Radio City Music Hall.