Stories in today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer and Florida Times-Union examined the new three-day 2010 NFL Draft format with the first round kicking off in primetime on Thursday, April 22 (7:30 PM ET on ESPN and NFL Network).
In the Plain Dealer, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (right) discussed draft strategy. “I think the second round will now be like the first round,” Belichick said. “Take those [top] 32 players out of there…now you’re starting all over again for that second round. And I can see it being approached more as that first round. In the past, you rolled into that round. Now, [teams can] actually stop and have the whole night to sit there and think about it and talk to other teams and develop a new strategy. Everybody does that on the second day; now we have three days. It’s a different dynamic.”
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland echoed those sentiments in the Times-Union. “These guys are not just first- and second-day players anymore,” said Ireland. “They’re first-, second- and third-day players now. It will be a late night Thursday and Friday, [but] I’m looking forward to it. I think the format will be interesting. I like the time to think about your most important picks.”
Jaguars general manager Gene Smith noted the positives for fans in the Times-Union story. “It gives the fans an opportunity to feed their hunger and passion for football,” he said.