In 2014, the NFL Draft was held two weeks later than it had ever been held before. In 2015, more changes could be coming.
The location, date, and length of the draft are all topics currently being reconsidered by Commissioner Roger Goodell, the New York Times reports. Goodell has said the league is considering several changes, including expanding the event to four days and moving part or all of it to another location. The league may also hold the draft in early May again instead of April, its usual month.
According to the NYT, cities are lining up for the chance to host the draft.
After Goodell said recently that the league would consider moving some or all of the draft to another location, he received calls from civic leaders in Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as Cleveland, Green Bay, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Orlando, Fla., the league spokesman Brian McCarthy said. Not to be outdone, the Dallas Cowboys called last week and offered their stadium in Arlington, Tex., as a site.
While I'm not as opposed to some as the draft being in May (it shortens that annual terrible period of May through late July, where NFL news is lacking and we cover OTAs like crazed hawks), I agree with ESPN's Jemele Hill that expanding into four days would feel like overkill. Three is enough. The format of Round 1 then Rounds 2-3 then Round 4-7 makes a lot of sense, and has been a recent change that worked. I don't want or need a fourth day of the NFL Draft.
Broncos Draft Nuggets
See what I did there? Colorado sports through the core.
Are Wes Welker's days in Denver numbered? Mike Klis thinks the selection of Cody Latimer suggets so. Klis argues that trade-up gives the Broncos a plan for 2015, when both Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker will be free agents, and believes Welker will be the odd man out.
Speaking of that trade... Peter King notes that the Broncos that San Francisco 49ers GM Trent Baalke fleeced the Broncos with that Round 2 trade, getting the 57th overall pick for a much better deal than the Broncos surrendered for No. 56, and getting the same player they may have taken anyway.
Among the Broncos undrafted rookie signings, Jeff Legwold says the Broncos' thin running back situation will give Kapri Bibbs a shot, along with Duke’s Juwan Thompson. "Thompson played for David Cutcliffe at Duke – Cutcliffe was Peyton Manning’s offensive coordinator at Tennessee – and he came with a quality recommendation from Cutcliffe to the Broncos," writes Legwold.
"Teams were blowing up my agent, saying, 'We want him, let's make a deal.' My agent was negotiating and everything, and Denver was upping them every single time," Burse said. "That sold me right there. I was, like, 'Man, they really want me. I'm a Bronco. I want to go to the Broncos.' My agent agreed. It's a good spot."
Broncos don't make either Winner or Loser list in this ESPN Video featuring Trey Wingo, Bill Polian, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr.'s opinions on the draft.
Draft over, Broncos confident they have closed the gap with Seahawks - The Denver Post
Denver filled a void in the first round without panicking. Denver's draft looks favorable when compared to other NFL powerhouses Seattle and New England, writes Troy Renck.
Denver Broncos draft wrap-up - Denver Broncos Blog - ESPN
Jeff Legwold runs through the Broncos' best move, riskiest, most surprising, and more in the 2014 draft recap.
Broncos hope draft means now and forever - Denver Broncos Blog - ESPN
"Everybody on here, we feel really good about," said Broncos head coach John Fox. "We really increased our team speed. Really if you go through every position, even (tackle) Michael Schofield ran very well. They’re athletic, we hope they develop, but for sure, right away, we increased our team speed."
Broncos' draft picks will be asked to help on special teams - The Denver Post
The Seattle Seahawks' mauling of the Broncos exposed a need on special teams that didn't involve Trindon Holliday's slippery hands.
Broncos daughters Tate Schroeder, Delaney Nalen win state tennis titles
Tate Schroeder, daughter of Broncos cheerleader director Teresa Shear, won the Class 5A girls tennis No. 1 singles title. Meanwhile, Delaney Nalen, daughter of Tom, won the 4A state girls tennis championship at No. 2 singles.
Report: Bucs rejected trade requests for Mike Glennon - NFL.com
The Bucs actually rebuffed trade requests from at least half a dozen teams, the Tampa Bay Times reported, with some teams calling multiple times during the draft.
Michael Sam: I'm ready to show the world I'm ready to work - NFL.com
The St. Louis Rams made history on Saturday by drafting Michael Sam in the 7th round of the 2014 NFL Draft but the Missouri star told reporters he had no idea the team would pick him.
Mayock on Sam: 'Situational pass rusher, a really good first step' - NFL.com
NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock has been calling Sam a 'tweener since the combine, and he used that description again Saturday. He also said Sam's lack of athleticism is noticeable compared to other players looking to make the transition from defensive end in college to outside linebacker in the pros. Mayock also said, though, that Sam had "high-level production in the best conference in football."