Tuesday, October 23, 2007


At the NFL owners meetings in Philadelphia, the league cut from 15 minutes to 10 the time between picks in the first round of its draft.

The draft will start at 3 p.m. instead of noon and be limited to two rounds the first day instead of three.

Great idea, especially since the first round of the 2007 lottery lasted a record 6-hours, 8-minutes.

But why not shorten the second day to two rounds as well? Unless teams that sink millions into scouting don't know a thing about the art of drafting, it would seem the later you draft the lower the percentage of players who make teams.

Who needs seven rounds? Just begin the rush to find undrafted free agents a bit earlier.

Teams could cut back the dollars they pour into scouting or sink more money into it, whatever they want. We would get "sleeper" signings.

And above all, it would be a lot easier on the draftees. Instead of spending the weekend worrying about if and when they would be selected, they could say bleep it, I'll show them I can play.


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