National Football League Draft


The national football league draft is an annual event where by the NFL selects eligible college football players into the National Football League.

High school football players who have been out of school for three years are eligible for the NFL draft. NCAA college football is the minor leagues for the NFL and the only source of player recruitment.

A selected few players are selected from professional football leagues like the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League but most players in these league went to college.

The national football league draft is a year around event for me and has become a hobble of mines since the early 1980's.

I start researching and watching whats going with my team the Atlanta Falcons as earlier as December during the NFL regular season. The draft was a 2 day event and now 3 day event for me. I clear me schedule for those 3 days.

The national football league draft has seven rounds and each team draft players in the 1st through 7th rounds. There are 32 teams in the NFL and each team get a selection in each round.

The draft order is determine by each team's regular season record, playoff record, with the exception of the 2 Super Bowl participants, who are placed at the end of the draft order.

Here are some specifics for tiebreakers:

  • If there is expansion teams, they will pick first. If there are 2 expansion teams, a coin is flip to determine who picks first and the other team will pick second in the first round of the national football league draft.

  • None playoff teams are ordered by their regular-season record.

  • Playoff teams are ordered by which round of the playoff they were eliminated.

  • The Super Bowl winner receives the last selection in the first round number 32 and the losers the get number 31 in the first round.

The remaining tiebreakers are determine by strength of schedule. Teams with a lower strength of schedule results in an earlier pick.

If the strength of schedule does not settle the tie, the division or conference record will be used. If the tie still can not be resolve, a coin toss at the NFL Combine is user to determine the national football league draft order.

(Note:) Strength of schedule is the combine records of a teams 16 opponents, including, divisional opponent twice, teams that are in the conference once in a three year cycle, and teams in another conference once in a four year cycle.

Because of each team's opponents combined wins and lose record are counted as a tie as a half-win, half-loss, this will add up to be 256 points, so a team whose opponents had more combined wins has a better strength of schedule.

Once the draft order has been determine, the selected order remains the same for each round. However, teams with the same record within the same status group "cycle" picks in each round. An example, is the 2008 NFL football draft, Arizona, Minnesota, Houston, and Philadelphia all finished 8–8, and picked in that order in the first round.

In the second round, the order became Minnesota, Houston, Philadelphia, and Arizona. That cycling continues through all seven rounds of the national football league draft.

Time Limits on Drafting Players


Each team has a representatives that attend the draft. Each round of the NFL Draft has a time limit each team must use to make their selection.

In round 1 the time limited for teams who are "on the clock is 10 minutes in each round, 7 minutes for each team in round 2 and 5 minutes in rounds 3-7.

If a team fails to make their selection in the designated time, the team that is scheduled to select next may move ahead of the "late" team by turning in their draft pick first.

This actually occurred in the 2003 NFL football draft, when the Minnesota Vikings, with the 7th overall pick, were late with their selection.

The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted quarterback Byron Leftwich and the Carolina Panthers drafted offensive tackle Jordan Gross before the Vikings were able to submit their selection of defensive tackle Kevin Williams.

Trading Picks


NFL teams can negotiate with each other before and during the draft for the right to trade a draft pick in a given round. An example, is a team may include future drafts picks in order to acquire a player during a trading period.

Teams can trade draft picks in earlier rounds for the right to draft an additional pick in a later round. Teams may have no picks or multiple picks in a given round.

Compensatory Picks


In addition to the 32 picks in each round, there are a total of 32 picks awarded at the ends of Rounds 3 through 7.

These picks are, "better known as" compensatory picks which are awarded to teams who have lost more or better players than they were able to acquire during the previous year in free agency.

A team that gain or lose the same amount of players but will lose better players than what they gain can beawarded compensatory picks at the end of round 7th in the national football league draft.

Compensatory picks can not be traded. The placement of these picks are determine by a proprietary formula based on a players playing time, post season honors with his new team and the players salary being the primary factor.

If there are fewer than 32 picks awarded in round 3- 7, the remaining picks are awarded to team in the order in a eighth round draft, (This is known as a "supplemental compensatory selections").

Compensatory picks are awarded each year at the NFL annual meeting which is held at the end of March. The pick are awarded about three to four weeks before the draft.

Salary Cap


The NFL gives each team a certain amount of money from the teams salary cap to sign their drafted rookies for their first season.

That amount is based on an unknown formula that assigns a certain value to each pick in the draft; hence, having more picks, or earlier picks, will increase the amount of money a team will receive.

The first overall pick in the 1st round of the national football league draft gets the richest contract, but other contracts rely on a number of variables.

These variables are previous year's second overall pick, third overall, etc., each player's position also is taken into account. An Example; Quarterbacks usually command more money than defensive linemen.

Drafted players are paid salaries comparable with the position in which they were drafted. High first-round picks get paid the most, and low-round picks get paid the least.

Non-drafted rookies may sign a contract with any team in the league. These rookie free-agents usually do not get paid as well as drafted players, most of them sign for the predetermined rookie minimum and a small signing bonus.

There are two phases of the rookie salary cap that will impact the makeup of rosters. First, the base salaries of rookie free agents do not count towards the rookie salary cap, but certain bonuses do.

Second, if a rookie is traded, his cap allotment remains with the team that originally drafted him, which make trades involving rookie players rare. (This rule does not apply to rookies that are waived by the teams that drafted them.)

Teams can also agree to a contract with a draft-eligible player before the draft itself starts. Teams can only do this if they have the first overall pick in the NFL draft, by agreeing to terms with a player the team has already "selected" which player they will draft.

A recent example of this would be University of Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions in the 2009 national football league draft.

The Lions, with the first overall selection in the draft, agreed to a 6-year, $78 million deal with $41.7 million guaranteed with Stafford a day before the draft officially started. By agreeing to the deal, Stafford had already been chosen as the first overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft.


Forfeiture of NFL Football Drafts Picks


The commissioner has the right to take drafts picks from NFL teams. I.E., In the 2007 NFL season, the New England Patriots were penalized for videotaping the New York Jets' defensive signals.

As a result, the Patriots forfeited their first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Also, the San Francisco 49ers were forced to forfeit a fifth-round pick in the same draft for tampering with a player under contract with the Chicago Bears.

They were forced to swap third-round selections with the Bears (moving the 49ers down and the Bears moving up six spots).

The Supplemental Draft



The NFL since 1977, has also held a Supplemental Draft to accommodate players who did not enter the regular draft.

Players generally enter the Supplementary Draft because they missed the filing deadline for the national football league draft or eligibility problems such as academic or disciplinary matters.

The draft is scheduled to occur after the regular national football league draft and before the start of the regular season.

Draft order is determined by the teams that had 6 or fewer wins last season, followed by non-playoff teams that had 7 wins or more, and followed by the 12 playoff teams.

In the supplemental draft, a team is not required to use any picks. Instead, if a team wants a player in the supplemental draft, they will submit a "bid" to the Commissioner with the round they would pick that player.

If no other team places a bid on that player at an earlier draft spot, the team is awarded the player and has to give up an equivalent pick in the following year's draft.

I.E If your team drafts a player in the 1st round of the supplemental draft, that following year your team will give up their 1st round pick in the NFL draft.

National Football League Draft Advisory Board


The draft advisory board are NFL scouting experts and NFL team executives who makes prediction on where college football player will be drafted in the NFL draft.

College football players who eligible and who are considering entering the national football league draft can request the opinions of where they will be drafted from the NFL draft advisory board.

There are plenty of well known college football scouts, such as Mel Kiper Jr and Scouts Inc.

The information that is given has been proven and fairly accurate, which can help college football players to determine whether to enter the draft or continue playing college football while improving their NFL draft chances.

NFL Combine


The NFL Combine happens every February with over three hundred of the nation top college football players invited to participate at the National Invitational Camps in Indianapolis, Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium (formerly known as the RCA Dome until 2008).

College football players will perform mentally and physically in front of NFL coaches scouts and general managers.

All 32 teams will send their top executives, NFL coaches, players personnel scouts and medical personnel will be on hand to evaluate, poke and prod, the nations top college football players who are eligible for the national football league draft.

Pro Day


Every College University has a Pro Day, this is where NFL scouts are allow to watch college football players participate in Combine workouts. These workouts take place because players feel more comfortable at their university campus than they do at the NFL combines.

College football teams who produce a large quantity of NFL players usually generate a huge interest from scouts and NFL coaches at their University Pro Day.

The Event Venue


The national football league draft has taken place since 1936 and has become a season of its own. This event event has gained in popularity, draws fans from around the world and had to move into larger venue.

The 2006 draft was held at Radio City Music Hall, the first time this venue has hosted the gala, and it has been held there ever since.

The NFL draft used to be a 2 day event starting on Saturday with the 1st and 2nd round, followed by Sunday the 3rd and 7 rounds. For the first time, the NFL Draft in 2010 was 3 day event.

The first round of the 2010 NFL Draft was on Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET, with the second and third rounds on Friday, April 23 at 6 p.m. ET, followed by Rounds 4–7 on Saturday, April 24 at 10 a.m. ET.

Tickets to the national football league draft are free and made available to fans on a first-come first-served basis. The tickets are distributed at the box office the morning of the draft, one ticket per person.

Long waits in line can be expected for fans hoping to get a live glimpse of their team's high-profile picks. Fans must arrive early in order to attend the draft.

2010 was the first year the national football league draft was moved to prime time. Tickets for the first two days, Thursday and Friday were available to fans who waited in long lines.

Tickets for day three, Saturday, are easy to come by, just by going to Radio City Music Hall in the morning.

"Mr. Irrelevant"


"Mr. Irrelevant", is traditionally given to the last overall pick in the national football league draft. This practice was started in 1976 by former NFL player Paul Salata, who founded "Irrelevant Week" in Newport Beach, California.

During the summer after the NFL draft, the new Mr. Irrelevant and his family are invited to Newport Beach for a week of activities.

I watch the the draft from start to finish while researching, eating, drinking and catching a nap or two.

I love this event!

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