The 2015 NFL Draft Will Be Shorter Than Previous Ones


The 2015 NFL Draft is making a lot of changes.  What was once an annual event held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City will now be held in Chicago, Illinois.  But that won’t be the only change made for the biggest night in the lives of many young football players.

According to Pro Football Talk, two other changes will be made to the later rounds of the draft that will help speed things along.  Sometimes, taking the time for 4 rounds of draft picks on the third day of the event can seem to take a very long time.  However with the rules that were amended by the league offices could help make things go along much faster at the 2015 NFL Draft.

Here are the changes that were made to the 2015 NFL Draft by the NFL’s league offices:

Jan 28, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Choose Chicago president Don Welsh speaks at a 2015 Draft celebratory reception at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

All compensatory picks will have only four minutes to make a selection.  That makes sense since compensatory picks cannot be traded.  That means that teams should already have a good idea of what kind of players and position should be available.  In addition, the fact that these picks can’t be traded should add stability  let teams better prepare for when their selection is coming up.

  • All seventh round draft picks will be on a 4 minute timer.  I’m not sure if I like this one or not.  It almost means that these players and their futures are not as important as those that were picked one round in front of them.  Still, this shouldn’t be that noticeable of a change to viewers at home.
  • What do you feel about these changes?  Do you agree with moving the 2015 NFL Draft along a bit faster?  And why do you think these changes were made in the first place?  Discuss your opinions in the comments below.

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