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    I just want to get some opinions of some of the people on this forum. I was thinking, is the process leading up to the draft too long? I mean, I understand the combine is very important, but why do we have to wait almost a month after the Senior Bowl? Pro Days don't have to take almost two months and the draft being on the last weekend of April is really a stretch.

    Don't you think if the NFL Draft is held in late March or early April could benefit some rookies in being able to participate in OTAs instead of being behind?

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    Originally posted by bucfan12 View Post
    I just want to get some opinions of some of the people on this forum. I was thinking, is the process leading up to the draft too long? I mean, I understand the combine is very important, but why do we have to wait almost a month after the Senior Bowl? Pro Days don't have to take almost two months and the draft being on the last weekend of April is really a stretch.

    Don't you think if the NFL Draft is held in late March or early April could benefit some rookies in being able to participate in OTAs instead of being behind?
    I think it's to give all teams a reasonable amount of time to focus on it. Teams participating in the Superbowl have about a month less to focus on the draft and whatnot.

    Also, free agency has to happen before the draft, and there needs to be a good amount of time for that too. Resigning your own free agents and other free agents can be time-consuming processes.

    I don't think rookies would really benefit from those OTA's that much, rookie camp takes care of it. And there are plenty other OTA's for them to take advantage of.

    Props to clover_jeez!

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    • #3
      Decades ago the draft was held in late february, of course then teams would just bring the latest copy of Street and Smiths magazine and go from there, things have obviously changed. I dont think the league wants to be in your living room for 12 months a year but probably 9 or 10 months at least.

      Pro days sort of dont make it for me, they're too scripted and teams can have guys in anyways. It's almost like let someone do something as many times as it takes to get it right and then say "see i told you he was good".

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bucfan12 View Post
        I just want to get some opinions of some of the people on this forum. I was thinking, is the process leading up to the draft too long? I mean, I understand the combine is very important, but why do we have to wait almost a month after the Senior Bowl? Pro Days don't have to take almost two months and the draft being on the last weekend of April is really a stretch.

        Don't you think if the NFL Draft is held in late March or early April could benefit some rookies in being able to participate in OTAs instead of being behind?
        Would like that. I'm very impatient when it comes to draft day.

        Super Bowl is over first Sunday of February. Senior Bowl the day prior.

        Start Free Agency earlier (Monday after Super Bowl).

        Have the combine (first weekend in March).

        Have the draft at the end of March. (Pro Days are a waste, IMO)

        Is this unrealistic?

        "I don't do Pro Days, we send our scouts to those. I would rather spend my time watching film. The eye in the sky never lies. Functional Strength and athletic ability are the first things we look for in a college prospect." - Mark Dominik, Buccaneers GM

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        • #5
          I think it is just about right, the Combine and pro days provide time for players to recover from injuries and assures more players an opportunity to show their wares.
          If the Combine and pro days had to be completed for an early Feb. draft, a lot of players would still be recovering from their college season and teams would have far less ability to judge the talent. Most teams don't spend a whole lot of time on the draft until their playing season is over where their best scouts are busy scouting their next opponent. They need the post season to really assess talent especially after the junior declare.
          And proud of it!!!

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          • #6
            Personally, I think it's important that the draft is held at such a time that the all-star games, the combine, and college pro days are held before it.

            The all-star games are important since it allows teams to see first hand how players take to coaching and it allows guys from less successful programs or who didn't play that much a stage on which to shine.

            The combine is obviously important, if for no other reason than the physical and the interviews.

            Pro days are important because not every worthy player is invited to the combine. For example, Green Bay's rookie nickel back Sam Shields was not invited to the combine last year, but his 4.28 40 at his pro day certainly helped him hook on with an NFL team. Since there are 256 players drafted every year, it's going to be a logistics nightmare if you tried to get everybody who's going to get drafted or sign as a rookie undrafted free agent at the combine. Simpler to just invite whoever they invite now, and just give the guys who are passed up an opportunity to shine. Also, the pro day allows a chance at redemption for guys who have a bad combine for whatever reason.

            As long as you get all those things in, you can have the draft whenever. If I had to do away with one of the three, I would probably eliminate the college all-star games, which would be too bad since that's actually part of the process that's the most fun for fans (including myself).

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            • #7
              Originally posted by PossibleCabbage View Post
              Personally, I think it's important that the draft is held at such a time that the all-star games, the combine, and college pro days are held before it.

              The all-star games are important since it allows teams to see first hand how players take to coaching and it allows guys from less successful programs or who didn't play that much a stage on which to shine.

              The combine is obviously important, if for no other reason than the physical and the interviews.

              Pro days are important because not every worthy player is invited to the combine. For example, Green Bay's rookie nickel back Sam Shields was not invited to the combine last year, but his 4.28 40 at his pro day certainly helped him hook on with an NFL team. Since there are 256 players drafted every year, it's going to be a logistics nightmare if you tried to get everybody who's going to get drafted or sign as a rookie undrafted free agent at the combine. Simpler to just invite whoever they invite now, and just give the guys who are passed up an opportunity to shine. Also, the pro day allows a chance at redemption for guys who have a bad combine for whatever reason.

              As long as you get all those things in, you can have the draft whenever. If I had to do away with one of the three, I would probably eliminate the college all-star games, which would be too bad since that's actually part of the process that's the most fun for fans (including myself).
              I understand the importance of Pro Days, but do they have to run through March and April? I think thats way too long.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bucfan12 View Post
                I understand the importance of Pro Days, but do they have to run through March and April? I think thats way too long.
                I'm thinking that they string out the process because not all schools have indoor facilities that are appropriate for holding a pro day, and in many parts of the country March is still winter.

                If they moved up the draft, everybody would make do though.

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                • #9
                  Pro Days are there for injured players who can't participate in the combine to get a chance to demonstrate their skills.

                  Props to clover_jeez!

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                  • #10
                    The draft process is too long, and it's that way on purpose. Think about it. The longer the span between the end of the regular season and the draft, the more build-up and anticipation as well as more media coverage. The NFL knows this, and they have capitalized on it. Essentially, it's marketing (very good marketing I might add).

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                    • #11
                      It may seem long to us because we all love the draft. We probably all wish that it was tomorrow.

                      But the teams need all the time they could get. With the millions of dollars the teams drop on these players, they need as much 'scouting" time as they can get.

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                      • #12
                        It's just as long as any other off-season. If I was an owner paying people millions of dollars, I'd like to have some time to research everything about them.

                        It's the best part of the season for draft junkies like me.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Babylon View Post
                          Decades ago the draft was held in late february, of course then teams would just bring the latest copy of Street and Smiths magazine and go from there, things have obviously changed. I dont think the league wants to be in your living room for 12 months a year but probably 9 or 10 months at least.

                          Pro days sort of dont make it for me, they're too scripted and teams can have guys in anyways. It's almost like let someone do something as many times as it takes to get it right and then say "see i told you he was good".
                          Only to be friendly with baseball, who bit the steroids bullet for all the major sports here...I'd love to see the day where the NFL gets taken to the Supreme f'n Court about a steroid/PED issue.

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                          • #14
                            Yes, the NFL should change the Draft process because fans get bored and impatient in the off-season...

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                            • #15
                              The amazing thing is for all the time and effort poured into the draft now I'm not sure the results are notably better than when guys showed up with Street and Smith's.

                              What they should do is pull it back some to eliminate the time for private workouts.

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