The 2011 NFL draft is still a ways away, but it has been a huge topic of conversation as the regular season has wrapped up.
Last year, the NFL estimated that over 22 million people watched the draft at some point.
But I think 22 million people isn't quite enough; the NFL obviously needs more.
Here are 11 genius ways to improve the draft and increase the amount of viewers.
I want to know if the guy ESPN is showing on the phone is about to get drafted.
Is it a general manager calling him, or his mother?
Caller I.D. would solve this problem and give us a hint as to whether the player ESPN has found on the phone is actually about to get drafted.
OK, so it'll never happen, but it would be awesome!
I'm not sure how fair it would be; however, it works in college football.
The players would take a lot less time to decide than the teams do. They could work out some kind of system to decide who would pick when and what teams they could choose from.
I can't think of a good way to make it work. Regardless, I'd watch it.
Maybe it's just me, but I don't like Roger Goodell.
What about you?
I know the average fan's interest in the draft ends after the first day.
By making the first three rounds the first day, it would maintain viewers longer; that is, if the time was managed in a reasonable manner.
Players drafted in the first three rounds are generally impact players; I know I'd like to watch my team make these picks.
Why should the draft be in New York every year?
Just like the Super Bowl moves, the NFL draft should move to increase interest in the league and allow fans from all over to be involved.
So, for example, Terrelle Pryor received improper benefits.
If he goes to the NFL, there is no penalty. If he returns to college football, he has a suspension.
The NFL needs to create some kind of penalty for players who cheat in college so they cannot get a clean slate by coming to the NFL. This is just one idea on how to do that.
The Carolina Panthers decide they are willing to wait another year for Andrew Luck to finish college.
So with the first round pick, they draft Andrew Luck for the 2012 season.
I'm sure there are some ethical problems with it...but oh well.
There is two ways this idea can go.
One: You predict the most picks right in the first three rounds correctly and win some cash.
Two: You are your team's biggest fan and know exactly what they need. Predict every pick they make and win some cash.
Both would make the draft more interesting.
A team just decided who they want to draft.
They send their cheerleading squad to his seat to escort him to the stage.
The New York Jets just failed to draft a player in their 10 minute alloted time.
The Miami Dolphins get to pick for them and waste their pick on a player no one has ever heard of.
It would make watching your rival's draft pick a lot more interesting, and it would guarantee that teams would draft quickly.
Every year, the most boring part of the draft is the amount of time it takes teams to pick.
What in the world takes 10 minutes to decide who to draft?
Did you just find out you had a pick? Did you not spend months discussing what players fit best for your team? Do you really not know which player left you want the most?
The process should take five minutes at most. By making it five minutes, it would keep people interested for longer and make people less likely to tune out.