NFL Draft: NFL Should Consider Different Venues

Scott ReighardAnalyst IApril 26, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  A general view of the Draft stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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I have spent several years talking to friends about the NFL draft. First, the idea of mocking a draft is an arduous, time-consuming process. Sometimes it's a futile attempt to boast that you know what you are talking about, while other times it's a comfort in that you actually hit on several picks.

The point of this article is to look at the draft in a different light. I don't know about you, but I am tired of hearing, "Live from Radio City Music Hall...". It's time for the NFL to consider changing venues for the NFL draft.

The NFL draft is the premier professional draft. No other sport even comes close to what the NFL draft offers. And, since so many millions tune in, wouldn't it be a good idea to at least consider the following idea?

My suggestion can go two ways, as long as the draft is not always broadcast from New York. Yes, New York is certainly a media mega-outlet. Many prospective first-round draft choices are paraded around the city, go on talk shows, etc. But, when you have ESPN and the NFL Network, we pretty much know these athletes almost as much as we know our own kin.

Okay, here it is. I suggest the following. The NFL draft should be held either in the city of the team that has the dubious distinction of selecting first overall, or in the city whose team has just won the Super Bowl.

Obviously, if we went with the latter, the draft would be in New York again this year, but what about Indianapolis? Don't you think the fans of Indianapolis would be excited about hosting the NFL draft? Of course, we all know they host the NFL Scouting Combine, and the owners' meeting always seems to be in the uptight coastal town of Palm Beach, Florida. It's OK, I went to high school there, I speak from experience. So the pattern for the NFL is well patterned.

Anyhow, I say change it up.

My other suggestion, should the NFL not consider my first suggestion, is to perhaps create a five-or-10-city rotation. I would think that L.A. or Dallas, or Miami, or even Minneapolis would be great places to hold the NFL draft.

Opponents to this will say that New York is the best place to hold the draft because it has such a diverse group of fans. Perhaps, but it's hard to know that over the cacophony of New York fans who start screaming like they just got a freebie shot from Kim Kardashian when it's close to their pick.

I am just suggesting that the NFL, who considered moving the Pro Bowl around, think about moving the draft site. It would add variety, would give other teams' hometowns something to really look forward to, and would provide a new excitement to the circus atmosphere that is the NFL draft.

So, tell me what you think. Should the NFL stand pat in New York or move around, spreading the wealth, so to speak?