… and other tidbits from the league’s overhaul of the NFL Draft — and as far as I’m concerned, it’s never too early to talk draft, even if your team is headed to the Super Bowl.
1. With only the first and second rounds taking place on the first day, Day 2 will likely become the most lengthy of the weekend (except in cases where the Broncos trade the remainder of their picks to move into the fourth round, as they did in April).
2. The first day of the draft now begins at 3 p.m. EDT, 1 p.m. MDT — three hours later than it did last year. It can still stretch well into the evening, however, because it starts so late.
3. With 10 minutes per pick for the first round, it can last no longer than five hours and 20 minutes — five hours and 10 minutes for 2008 because the New England Patriots were docked a selection. With a 15-minute time limit as in previous years, the first round could have endured for eight hours, but it never did; last year’s first round was the longest in league history — six hours and eight minutes, which is 76.666667 percent of the potential time that could be used. If that percentage carries over for this coming year, the first round would be four hours, five minutes and 20 seconds.
4. At seven minutes per pick in the second round, it can last no longer than three hours, 44 minutes. That means the latest the first day of the draft can end is at 11:54 p.m. EDT (9:54 MDT) — eight hours and 54 minutes after commissioner Roger Goodell puts the first team on the clock.
5. Better get up early on Sunday; the third round begins at 8 a.m. MDT. I’m sure the West Coast teams are thrilled with that change.
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