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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Spielman on draft changes

The NFL made some changes to its draft today, reducing the time between picks in the first and second rounds and limiting the first day to two rounds instead of three.

Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman said the changes wouldn't affect the team's draft preparations but might make for a more interesting second day.

"I think the biggest thing it does, by moving the third round to the second day, is it might increase the flurry of activity there," Spielman said. "In the past, when you went to the fourth round, teams were trying to get the best of the rest. In next year's draft, you might see some jockeying from teams that want to try to get some guy they have a second-round grade on."

In addition to cutting the time between picks in the first round (from 15 to 10 minutes) and second round (from 10 to seven), the NFL moved back the draft's starting time from noon EDT to 3 p.m.

"Probably from a fan standpoint, it makes it more exciting," Spielman said. "From a football standpoint, it won't be that different."


Blogger MD said...

The real question is will the Studwell, Spielman and Chilli be helping with the draft for other teams.

5:18 PM  
Blogger Proudhorn said...

md wins "moron comment of the day". Thanks.

5:29 PM  
Blogger mark said...

The good news is that T-Jack isn't making the draft choices. He couldn't make a decision in 10 minutes!

5:46 PM  
Blogger Proudhorn said...

Scratch that, mark wins.

6:06 PM  
Blogger Jeff in Omaha said...

Won't matter who or where tehy pick, the Vikes will find a way to screw it up.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Randy said...

It's fine to complain about the Vikings season, but it's hard to complain about last year's draft - AP is their best offensive player, Rice is tied for second in receptions, Robison leads the team in sacks, and McCauley is 6th in tackles.

Sounds like a very productive draft so far.

8:03 PM  

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