OPEN THREAD: The long wait for the NFL Draft

OPEN THREAD: The long wait for the NFL Draft
May 6, 2014, 8:45 am
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For much of the modern era of the NFL, the draft would fall in April. Now, the draft moves to May. But the reasons for the move are unclear.

Many suggest the NFL wants to extend it's various offseason events, to continue the most interest on the league even when actual games are months away from having been played, and months away from being played. Now that the league has successfully made the opening of the free agency period such a frenzied, must-watch event, why not push the draft back to create another frenzy.

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There is little doubt the NFL's plans for world domination, er, maximized revenues seem well on their way. But is it worth moving the NFL Draft a few weeks back and making the whole process take that much longer? Now college players won't enter NFL systems until that much later, contracts won't be ratified for a few more weeks, more rookies could miss training activities with teams, lose professional strength and conditioning opportunities, etc.

And what's the point? Why move the draft? Or does it not matter? Let us know what you think in the comments.