NFL Draft 2011: What Would It Be Like Without the Draft?

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NFL Draft 2011: What Would It Be Like Without the Draft?
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The NFLPA has recently urged the class to boycott the draft. The whole presentation of the draft will change.

When something as vital as the players is taken away from the draft, it makes you wonder what the world would be like without the draft all together. No more Jets fans booing every pick, no more emotional player reactions and no more over analyzed Mel Kiper Jr. interviews.

What would the NFL be without the draft?



Pros

1) No More Draft Coverage for Months in Advance

I, apparently, am the minority on this one. But I cannot stand hearing about each draft prospect from February until the draft finally comes in April.

By the time the draft rolls around, I am so tired of hearing about it that I don’t even want to watch it.

2) No More Draft “Experts”

What qualifies Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay as draft experts? All they do it relay information that is told to them by NFL scouts and front office personnel.

They were just as wrong as everyone when they thought JaMarcus Russell was going to be a great NFL quarterback.

3) No More Combine

I do not understand how people can sit around all day watching people run 40-yard dashes on the NFL network; 6.6 million people tuned into he combine this season to find trivial answers about players such as Cam Newton and Nick Fairley.

If this is worth watching, then why isn’t track and field a popular spectator sport?

 

Cons

1) The Same Teams Would Dominate

If you give the players total control of their landing spot, then most players would choose to go with the best teams.

There would be no balance of power in the NFL.

Why would someone go play for the Cleveland Browns when they could go play for the Steelers?

2) Rookie Pay Scale?


If all of the rookies just became free agents, then how would they regulate their salaries? What would happen is the rookies would start making more money than they seasoned veterans.

This would only bring about more contract disputes and arguments over money. 

3) No “Special Day” for Rookies

Simply signing a contract is not the same as getting draft.

Young players would not get to experience that moment of joy when they shockingly hear their name called by the commissioner.

Without a draft, there is less emotion and no element of surprise.

4) No More “Late Round Steals”

If every rookie is a free agent, then there would be very little reason to take risks on late round talent.

Teams would have the opportunity to sign more proven and experienced depth to fill their roster.

If it were not for the draft, people like Tom Brady may have never been given a chance in this league.

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