A made for TV event for more than a decade, the NFL Draft is moving to prime time.
This year the NFL tinkered with their draft presentation by reducing the time between rounds and moving the third round to the second day. I liked the reduction in time between picks as one assumes teams knew their man soon as the previous player was taken from the board. It made for better pacing and somewhat reduced the chatter one must endure from the draft experts. But moving round three to day two was going too far. Now third rounders aren’t a “day one pick” but just another guy from the second day.
Did selecting round three on day two throw you for a loop? Hold on to your hats folks, the NFL has blown up the draft. They’ve gone PRIME TIME baby! The draft will now be a three day extravaganza. Round one gets the spotlight Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. ET.
It’s the newest reality show, “Who’s the Next NFL Millionaire?” Wonder if Ryan Seacrest has the evening free? Or if Jay Leno’s new gig doesn’t work out …
The festivities will continue Friday night at 6:30 p.m. ET with the selection of rounds two and three. Those former day two picks (rounds 4-7) have been relegated to day three. They’re now an afterthought on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. ET.
This should give the NFL Network some extra programming to trot out in endless repeats over the summer. But will people watch the draft during prime time? Are the same people who spend Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons following the draft the same people who watch television on Thursday and Friday nights? Perhaps. Then again, the NFL may have reached too high this time.
What say you, gentle reader? Will you tune in during prime time for the NFL Draft?