This is insanity. I love having something to look forward to all year around when it comes to the NFL but the wait was already pretty damn rough in years past, this extra 2 weeks is crap. Moving it back even further…. ugh, hopefully they take a poll or something on NFL.com.
I actually think the draft could work in May IF they spread out the Free Agency, the Shrine game, the Senior Bowl and the combine. There is no reason to hurry all that sh!t and cram it all together and then have a long void before the draft. That said.....don't fix what ain't broken.
Goodell is just trying to over saturate the market so that the NFL is in the media all year long. He doesn’t understand that absence makes the heart grow fonder or that oversaturation will dilute the product and people interest in it. It’s good to have a few months with no football news. It makes it all that much sweeter when OTAs and Preseason start up.
I actually think they will move it back to where it was. Coaches and GMs dont like the new date and will let the owners know. They know the value of getting rookies in the fold and with playbooks as soon as possible. The only people who benefit from the move later would potentially be the owners, but I think enough of them will listen to their football people that its worse for them and the team in general. The owners will likely be ok with it since they are about to move the draft out of NYC and auction it up to a city similar to how they do a super bowl. They will squeeze their dollar out of it.