Saturday, April 26, 2008

Changes To The Draft

by: Michael Steffes

It is way to early to make a statement on this either way, but one thing I will be watching closely is how the changes in format to the draft play out. Will be be a success or a failure?

If the top four picks end up playing out exactly as have been reported, my feeling is that would be a black mark against the changes right off the bat. One of the reasons the draft has become so successful is that people enjoy the suspense of it. That is why ESPN and NFLN have a combined 8 million analysts on hand. Granted there will still be more suspense later in the day, but is anybody else already worn out by the pre-draft talk. Lots of talk, not a lot of substance. Lets get too it.

Another thing I will be interested in, is how tomorrow feels. It seems like it will be more entertaining, starting at 7am PST and the picks coming quickly, but it also seems to be a lot to cram into one session. Considering that the second day now includes the pivotal third round, I hope that a little more attention is paid to each pick. In years past, the networks would allow three or four picks go buy before announcing them, and then just brush over the teams and selections. It was frustrating for Seahawks fans, and now it could be even worse. END