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NFL Moves the Draft to Prime Time

Posted by Eric Allen on July 24, 2009 – 1:50 pm

In just a few days, the Jets will be up at SUNY Cortland for the beginning of their 2009 training camp. And we’ll preview camp and our coverage early next week here on newyorkjets.com, but I just wanted to quickly touch on three league topics before our final weekend without football until February!

Draft Adds a Day, Goes Prime Time

In an anticipated move, the NFL will hold next year’s first round of the draft on Thursday night, April 22. Then the league will hold the second and third rounds on Friday evening and finally conclude the draft with rounds 4-7 on Saturday.

"We continue to look for ways to make the draft more accessible to more fans," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. “Moving the first round to prime time on Thursday night will make the first round of the draft available to fans on what is typically the most-watched night of television."

Start times for the 75th draft, which will be held at Radio City Music Hall and covered by both ESPN and NFL Network, will be 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.

If I’m a football fan who lives on the East Coast, I love the switch. You can still get in your full day of work on THURS and FRI and then make evening plans to watch the early rounds. But if I’m a football nut out west and can’t dictate my work hours, I might not be too crazy about the move.

More importantly, how will it affect the scouts? The draft will start two days earlier than usual, so they’ll be pumped to get it going and spend less time overanalyzing. Another positive for those in the war room will be the ability to restack their boards after the first and third rounds and possibly make better decisions in the later rounds.

Favre Watch Continues

Here’s some advice for folks tired of the Brett Favre saga — this is America, people, and you control what you read, what you watch and what you listen to. Don’t get upset about something silly because the Jets have completely moved on from Favre.

The guy is a legend and I applaud Mike Tannenbaum for going out and trading for No. 4 last August. It was the right move at the right time. The Jets ultimately decided that acquiring Favre was not only a unique opportunity but it gave them a shot at a championship last season. And after 11 games last year, the Jets appeared a sure shot for the playoffs before a forgetful stretch run.

So many things have changed since late December. The Jets have a new coach in Rex Ryan and they drafted Mark Sanchez, who they believe will be their franchise quarterback for years to come. Sanchez will have to beat out veteran Kellen Clemens for the ’09 job in training camp, but he is the Jets’ future.

If Favre decides to ultimately sign with the Minnesota Vikings or stay “retired,” it shouldn’t matter to any Jets fan.  This organization has headed in a new, exciting direction and is not looking in its rearview mirror.

Ruling on Vick

According to multiple reports, suspended quarterback Michael Vick met with Commission Goodell in New Jersey this week. Vick has completed his sentence for financing a dog fighting operation and yearns for a return to the NFL. 

Goodell, who indefinitely suspended Vick back in 2007, has said he’ll make a decision in the “near future.” If Vick is reinstated, it will be interesting to see if there are any suitors for him.

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20 Responses to “NFL Moves the Draft to Prime Time”

  1. By CCY on Jul 24, 2009 | Reply

    A 5-day draft? Painful—simply painful. Of course I remember the day when the draft was held before Christmas, and we could sit with our draft lists watching the bowl games!

  2. By Ira on Jul 24, 2009 | Reply

    I hate the move to change the draft to weekdays. It takes away from the Draft Weekend. I think it will be a one year and done and they will go back to the weekend. I really don’t like things Goodell is doing with this and taking games overseas. He should take care of the on going and growing off the field problems and leave the tradition of the NFL alone. Its not broken don’t try to fix it.

  3. By Ray on Jul 24, 2009 | Reply

    Yeah this is a great move. Unless you work a second shift job. Why meddle with things that don’t need to be meddled with. The NFL and all the other sports for that matter, throw out these lines about making things “better for the fans”. That is bull. This is about one thing, money in their pocket. Only TV people thinking about ratings think that sports should be anywhere but on weekends.

  4. By Ira on Jul 24, 2009 | Reply

    At some point Vick will be back in the NFL and more than likely with the Raiders. I don’t think the owners will do to Vick what the NBA owners did to Roger Brown and Connie Hawkins who were banned from the NBA for point shaving during their college careers. Hawkins finally got to play in the NBA later in his career after the ABA folded.

  5. By Row on Jul 24, 2009 | Reply

    The NFL is a sellout! Everyone wants to find a way to make the most popular sport (IMO) in the world more popular and money making. How about remembering why we love football? Why is it roughing the passer if you “Hit the QB and land with full force on top of him”? Why is it a penalty for celebrating a TD? What message are we sending? Bring back Vick and Stallworth, but can’t celebrate a TD? ????

  6. By Mike Jet Vet on Jul 25, 2009 | Reply

    Row your kidding right ? Why is it a penalty for celebrating TD’s let me explain why because today’s players think its a privilege for us to have them play in the NFL not the other way around .. I’m sure we as fans wouldn’t have cared about the celebrating if they didn’t take it to the extreme like Cell phones on the field sharpies diapers on footballs.. What next marching bands after Td’s

  7. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 25, 2009 | Reply

    I agree with everything above except the implication that Hawkins actually shaved points. He barely comprehended what he was getting into and the school, by paying no attention to his academic development, was no help. As for Goodell’s bad ideas, the worst one of all is 2 pre-season games and 18 regular season ones. Injured and exhausted players in post-season won’t be “better for the fans.”

  8. By Vincent Coster on Jul 25, 2009 | Reply

    I agree about Favre. it was a bold and exciting move at the time, and got us all pumped up last August, but it is really a big nothing now. We have so much more to look forward to this season and I really hope that we can get to the play offs and beyond.

  9. By KKahanu on Jul 25, 2009 | Reply

    This new draft schedule is a bad thing for the west coast…but if you’re in Hawaii trying to watch the draft like I have in the past 12 years i’d have to take off work to see it. The draft will start at 2-3pm in Hawaii.

  10. By Ira on Jul 26, 2009 | Reply

    Yeah what happened to Brown and Hawkins wsa a shame. Can’t believe that in todays local papers no one mentioned the need of a TE and that Keller will be a big part of the passing game this year. When they do go to an 18 game schedule they will have to up the active roster # and overall teams rosters to prevent teams and players getting wiped out by injuries.

  11. By Howard on Jul 26, 2009 | Reply

    not so sure i like the move of the draft but it really is no big deal i’ll be watching it,as for farve he used the jets,as great a player as he has been we were used by him to get to minny if he goes there,this was set up by farve from the start and tannenbaum played into this situation

  12. By Mike Jet Vet on Jul 26, 2009 | Reply

    CONT. I’m with the league rule on this 1 excessive celebrating after TD’s is all about bringing attention to themselves & sends the wrong message to there teammates & the youth who look up to these Characters . . I have no problem with the Draft being on prime time with all the stupid reality shows I welcome it .. Rather watch the draft or any sports related to football then that torture

  13. By supercooljetfan on Jul 26, 2009 | Reply

    im a real big fan of the draft and have no problems the days or times its been on… but i must say im a little eager to see how this thursday night first round is gonna be like… i THINK it actually might be a good thing

  14. By supercooljetfan on Jul 26, 2009 | Reply

    even though i think the jets got a playoff caliber team and i hate seeing them have losing season id be willing to give rex a 1 free non complaining year this year if they do bad thas how confident i am that hes gonna turn this team around for the long haul

  15. By Ira on Jul 27, 2009 | Reply

    The big questions that will start to be answered this week are QB, Gholston,WR,TE,when and will Leon show up, who will be their punter? Many more then in the past prevoius years but it will be very exciting. Believe in omens?Just for the record Saturday i was stuck in traffic and the truck in front of me had an Appalachian State sticker on the back. Good be a good thing for Murrell. GO JETS!!!!

  16. By Ira on Jul 27, 2009 | Reply

    When the Jets start the season their 1st four games are against some very good teams. Thing is all 4 teams they face are strong up front and good at stopping the run. The weakness all 4 teams have is their secondary. So if its Sanchez or Kellen they will need to be able to throw the ball against these teams. Reps at camp for both will be interesting. Good Luck to all rookies reporting today.

  17. By Ira on Jul 27, 2009 | Reply

    The last three Jets1st time HC’s have all had winning seasons. 2000 Groh 9-7,Herm 2001 -10-6 and playoffs and Eric 2006 -10-6 and playoffs. Can Rex continue that trend? I think if things go right and they get a few good breaks they will. GO JETS!!!!

  18. By 41 years and still waiting for SB on Jul 27, 2009 | Reply

    I see what’s new this year but still I say:


    All that junk last year about 22 interceptions – maybe some Jet fans will remember a guy named Joe Namath who played for the Jets and compiled an interception record that far exceeded his TD record. Notwithstanding, I love that guy and would take him back in a minute. Same with me for Brett FAvre.

  19. By Green88 on Jul 27, 2009 | Reply

    Randy, I am taking my grandparents to Florham Park for training camp in late August. Will the bleachers be available or will it be standing room only? Thanks in advance.

  20. By Eric Allen on Jul 27, 2009 | Reply

    Green88, as with the three days of minicamp practices at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in early June, the three days of camp practice in late August will be standing room.

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