THE NFL DRAFT WOULD BE BETTER WITH ONE BIG CHANGE

     Watching the drafts anymore is a big deal in the NFL and the NBA-- not so much at all for baseball and hockey.  But the NBA does it the best-- only two rounds helps, but it's all done in one night.  And the best news-- the picks are no more than 10 minutes apart and it's five in the second round.  The NFL could do the same.  The NFL draft needs to tighten up.

     This year the NFL draft goes from 4-10pm on Saturday a move back from noon.  When the weather is nice in the spring, more people like to be outside.  But at 4 o'clock, especially around here given that the Lions have the first pick, more may tune in.  But the rounds need to go more quickly.  These teams don't need any more time between picks-- they've been studying these players for months if not years.

     The draft is popular and it is hyped endlessly from the end of the Super Bowl until it occurs in April.  Guys like Mel Kiper have become mini celebrities over their draft expertise.  People love to speculate on who gets chosen and goes where and it's fun for football fans.  The salary structure is truly flawed-- why should the first pick rake in millions when he hasn't played a down and others have played years and won't get close to the first pick's money?

     On Monday some will grade the teams and the letter marks will mean nothing but they generate conversation and interest and it's fun.  Then the season roles around and no one remembers who went where in the later rounds.  But pro football's popularity extends to the draft in April and this week end will be no different-- just shorten the time significantly between picks and watch the television audience grow even faster!

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