NFL Still Considering Keeping Draft In May And Making It Last For Four Days

If your hoping that the 2015 NFL Draft will be moved back to its normally time in April, you will likely have a while to wait until the league makes a final decision on the matter as they’re noncommittal as of right now.

Commissioner Roger Goodell, recently told Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network that’s he’s still unsure if the draft will remain in May moving forward or if it will move back to its customary April time frame, as the league is still considering many options, both for date and location.

The league reportedly moved the draft forward a few weeks this year because of scheduling conflicts with Radio City Music Hall.

While a good portion of the fans might not be overly happy with enduring a few more weeks of mock drafts until the actual draft takes place, there’s one current head coach that is happy to have the extra time to prepare.

According to Darlington, new Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith recently told him that he enjoyed having a few extra weeks before the draft — especially being as this is his first year with a new team. Darlington, however, thinks Smith might be in the minority with his thoughts.

If you need one other thing to stress about that is draft related, Goodell also told Darlington that the league will consider stretching the draft from three days to four days. Being as the draft now starts on Thursday night, that means it could potentially last through Sunday.

Pretty soon, players will be handed helmets and shoulder pads immediately after they are selected and asked to step right on the practice field after taking care of media commitments.

  • MP34

    I’m an NFL fan, so therefore Roger Goodell really doesn’t care what I want or need. BUT, why don’t they move the draft to some point EARLIER… like March or early April, when the weather is still cold in most of the country, and I’d be more likely to be stuck in front of the TV for hours at a time. I know the NCAA Tournament is in mid March, so maybe the week before that. Or, the weekend after the championship.

  • grw1960

    Heard that was a possibility on some talk shows recently.
    Also that the Combine could be in March in 2015.
    All I can Say is , YUCK

  • cencalsteeler

    Four days? C,mon, Goodell. Three days is pretty slow if you ask me!! Next your gonna do an ESPN special on the NFL schedule release. Seriously? LMAO!! Here’s a thought…. How about condensing the draft down to two days? Now, it’s like watching paint dry… let’s pick it up a little Goodell, not draw it out more!!
    Plus, with todays technology, we pretty much know the pick before it’s announced, so why drag it on further?

  • Jeff

    I think it should be moved back to April. That was just the right amount of time to let the anticipation build and really get excited for the draft. Now, ya hear some grumbling, because it really is just annoying at this point. I’ve seen ten thousand mock drafts and a few dead horses beaten along the way.

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  • Jacque Strappe

    The machine that is the NFL can pull it off because of it’s popularity. I think it’s stupid. It’s TV dollars Goodell is trying to milk. Not a Goodell fan.

  • Biggie

    Back to April and 3 days is enough. I prefer Saturday and Sunday like it used to be.

  • Nolrog

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  • As much as I love the football that is played under the auspices of the NFL, the NFL itself is making it harder and harder to be an NFL fan (unless you’re able to ignore most the off-field BS). And, yes, Goodell’s a huge part of the problem.

    Consider: the refusal to deal with head injuries (by essentially turning itself into the tobacco industry); the atrocious way it ignores the needs of retirees, many of them deeply scarred; the money-making machine that could go so far as to put players in even more harm’s way (18-game schedule) and that in any event has become shameless in its manufactured pursuit of every last dollar the fans can pony up (yes, including a ridiculous four-day draft — it’s already bad enough); and its shameless manipulation of a willingly manipulable media establishment through endless propaganda (including that new Kevin Costner movie, though pretty much everything Goodell says amounts to propaganda).

    Sorry for the rant, but it’s all quite disgusting.

    Thankfully, there’s the actual football to love, though it really is best to try to forget, while we’re enjoying it, that Goodell and his ilk are running the show.

  • Yes, the coming NFL dystopia. You just forgot all the Samsung selfies.

  • Tullydew

    If it was 4 days how would they split it up?

    Wed…. Round 1
    Thurs…Round 2
    Fri……..Rounds 3-4
    Sat…….Rounds 5-7

  • dgh57

    For the sake of a lot of fans sanity move the draft back to where it used to be if not sooner! The anticipation of the results of the draft always get the best of me!

  • wdhammer

    Saturation will kill the NFL .

  • cencalsteeler

    You mentioned Goodell and head injuries. One thing that baffles me is we have Nike coming in and reinventing the uniforms. Tighter, lighter, and design savvy. Gloves that form emblems when put together. Designer cleats. Coaches sideline apparel. Don’t get me wrong, that’s nice and all, but where are their priorities? Marketing.
    Now, with all the concussion testing and amount of money researching head injuries and on field injuries, one would think their attention is geared toward helping the players, right? What I don’t understand is they have not addressed the helmet since my playing days. Riddell had the plastic shell with the foam inserts and Bike had the plastic shell with foam inserts with an added air halo. The helmets, in general, are the same as back then, except for maybe some fancier facemasks. Why aren’t helmets made from Kevlar and the interior gel infused? Does Goodell really have his priorities in order? And while were at it, what happened to knee pads, hip pads, thigh pads and tail bone pads? I see players want to be faster, but at the expense of more injuries? The technology is there, it’s just being used in the wrong manner if you ask me. Improve the helmet and let the game of football get back to how it was supposed to be played.

  • AzheDraven

    Damn you Goodell! Your way of running things just annoys the f* outta me.
    His moving the draft, expanding playoffs, international series (more like London series to me), moving the pro bowl, making sponsor money of everything. Just awful.
    I don’t know how much nfl fans are in England, but I reaaaaally don’t think that much, but I can assure you there are a lot more fans of football on Mexico. They even try to get London to fall in love with the jags. No one will fall in love for a team that sucks.
    Here on Mexico there are A LOT of Pittsburgh, Dallas, Oakland, SF, and maybe even Green Bay fans. You could just throw us a bone. Lol.

  • I think you answer your own question: He may have his own priorities in order, but he doesn’t have current players’, former players’, the long-term league’s, or the game’s priorities in order. For him, it’s all about rapacious profiteering off what to many is coming to look more and more like a gladiatorial bloodsport that uses and abuses the players (and don’t even get me started about how race and class play into this equation).

    Yes, it’s all about looking good, and getting all of us to buy more and more NFL-approved merchandise. (Notice the marketing to women that’s becoming more and more prevalent? Hey, my wife looks awesome in her Steelers apparel, but the marketing effort is massive.) But you’re right. What about next-generation equipment to keep players healthier and make sure the game can be played safely? (Think about how many parents don’t want their kids playing football.) Seems like a billion-dollar industry should do a bit more R&D with an eye to the long-term health of the sport and league.

  • Jeff

    I wouldn’t mind Goodell if he just admitted that each and every decision that he makes is driven by money… But he tries to act like he’s some kind of sorcerer that is only there to serve the fans and make them happy

  • steeltown

    4days? …..madness

  • Jason Brant

    Goodell makes me want to kick puppies.

  • Isn’t it long enough as is! You don’t need 15 minutes to decide picks should be a 9 minute time limit.

  • Nolrog

    Oh, that would have been good. Jadeveon’s selfie, sponsored by Samsung, will be posted on the official NFL twitter page. Jadeveon, Inspire the World, Create the Future, and take your selfie.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Funny that you should mention gladiatorial bloodsport, because I have been telling people this for ages. The similarities between the Roman Empire at it’s pinnacle and the US today are glaring. Football players today are the equivalent of the gladiators.

    Billions in marketing, betting, you name it. Money, Money, money. You have to admit that they certainly do a good job of keeping games close, if at all possible. And don’t forget how much they want parity. All kinds of stuff that make you wonder.

  • chris ward

    I hope the NFL moves it back to April, not a big fan of change, and 4 days is absurd. I liked in late April, how it use to be and keep it at 3 days.

  • We may be getting to the point where football needs to be rescued from the NFL.

  • But of course it’s a culture-wide problem, not just limited to the NFL or to sports generally.

  • Maybe Ellen should co-host.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Yes, and yes. Too much talk. Let’s play ball.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I don’t care what weekend it happens on, but 4 days is crazy. Just too much time. do Round 1….Day 1, Rounds 2-4….Day 2, Rounds 5-7….Day 3. I would do Friday night, Saturday night, Sunday night.

  • Bartholomew Wimer

    They could make it last a whole month over April and May. Have it on Fridays. The first Friday have picks 1-5, the second 6-15, third 16-32, fourth rounds 2-3, and last rounds 4-7. They could drag it out. Instead of having a month of stupid mock drafts, you’d get a month of actual news, more trades.

  • j m

    Roger Goodell would outlaw handoffs if he thought doing so would extract 1 more TV rating point.

    He caters to the marginal fan at the expense of the hardcore fan, because he knows the hardcore fan will never leave.

    I despise Roger Goodell.

  • joed32

    Poor pups!

  • Agreed, but there’s just so much time to fill before the draft.

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