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Old 04-20-2008, 05:45 AM   #1
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Default The clock will be ticking a little bit faster this year

The clock will be ticking a little bit faster this year
Sunday, April 20, 2008
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


The NFL draft two decades ago lasted 12 rounds and was held at one sitting, beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting well after midnight.

Saturday, only two rounds of the draft will take place, with five more concluding the two-day event next Sunday.


The league made a few minor changes in its draft format for the first time in years. Instead of having 15 minutes to make a pick in the first round, each team now will have 10 . The time between draft choices in the second round has been reduced from 10 minutes to seven. All other rounds will have five minutes between choices, as in the past.

Instead of having three rounds on Saturday, only two will be held, and the draft starts at 3 p.m. instead of noon. The draft will start with Round 3 10 a.m. Sunday .

Will the changes affect how teams do business ?

"I don't think so," said Kevin Colbert, the Steelers' director of football operations. "To me, 15 minutes is way too much time in the first round."

Colbert does not believe the shorter length of time will limit trades, which are made throughout the draft anyway when there has only been five minutes between picks.

But Tom Donahoe, a former NFL president and general manager, believes holding the third round until Sunday could affect some movement in that round.

"There will be a lot of good football players at the end of the first day who haven't been picked," Donahoe said. "So you'll probably see a flurry of activity at the beginning of the third round on Day 2. A lot of people who think a guy should have been a mid-first rounder and he's still there will try to move up to get that guy

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Old 04-20-2008, 09:42 AM   #2
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Good. I'm usually way drunk by time the Steelers get around to picking.
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Good. I'm usually way drunk by time the Steelers get around to picking.
LOL... me too.
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Good. I'm usually way drunk by time the Steelers get around to picking.
....I'll be drunk by the dolphins pick :
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this is bad for the first couple teams in the draft if they arent decided yet, that just sucks for them
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I'm so glad that its only 10 minutes now in the first round.....15 was to long...
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better for the fans worse for the teams its glass half full or half empty?
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i don't think that it will hurt the teams as much as u think... most of the time u arldy know who u are going to draft in the 1st rd.. u might tease some ideas about trading and etc.. the thing that sucks 4 the teams is the 3rd rd being on the 2nd day... 3rd rd only 5 min and thats when they won't have any chances to trade if there are players on the board thats still there and teams want to move up
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