NFL Looks To Speed Up The Draft

Tuesday, October 23rd 2007, 3:14 pm
By: News On 6

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- When the first round of the NFL's 2007 draft dragged on for a record six hours and eight minutes, league officials took notice. Now they've decided to do something about it, reducing the time between picks in the first round from 15
minutes to 10, and the second round from 10 minutes to seven.

The league also moved the starting time of the draft from noon EDT to 3 p.m. and limited the first day to two rounds instead of three.

In recent years, teams have often used most of the 15 minutes in the first round, entertaining trade offers or making them.

The time between picks will stay at five minutes for the last five rounds, which will take place on Sunday.