This year the NFL Draft is going to unfold a little differently than it has in previous years, and for good reason.
Last year, the first two rounds of the draft were on a Saturday, and the final five rounds were on Sunday.
The years prior to the 2009 draft, you had the first three rounds on Saturday and the final four rounds on Sunday.
Well, the NFL took a good hard look at how these rounds played out and came to the conclusion that there were just too many rounds going down in a single day. So now they've decided to reformat, once again, how the draft days will play out in an effort to make it run much smoother.
It's not hard to imagine how the cramming of rounds into a single day can make draft days just about as hectic as can be. So, to give everyone involved in the draft some breathing room to operate more strategically and efficiently, the NFL is adding a third day to the equation. Now the first day will be completely devoted to the first round; the second day will contain the second and third rounds; and the third day will wrap up with round four through seven.
The addition of a third day to the draft is going to make the event's processes much less crazy for all the teams. For once in the history of the draft, they're - hopefully - going to have an adequate amount of time to really focus on their day's goals. They'll be able to inject more effort into analyzing and acting upon their objectives, and this will - I think - result in us seeing more trades occur over the three days than ever before - which will, as a bonus, bring a lot more entertainment value to those who watch it on TV and the Internet.
Will the 2010 NFL Draft represent a new draft format that will last for many years to come? Who knows? But, if I had to guess, I'd say "yes." How could it not be the setup the NFL's needed? I mean -- they added an entire day to the event! That's gotta improve its operations, right?
The structure's success or failure is something that, at this point, can't be predicted. But, just like there's so much excitement in the uncertainty of how the draft picks will unfold, it will definitely be fun to watch the new format play out. That's for sure.
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