Posted May 28, 2013

2014 draft officially moved to May 8-10

NFL Draft
(Craig Ruttle/AP)

The 2014 NFL draft will take place May 8-10. (Craig Ruttle/AP)

The NFL has officially announced that its moving the 2014 draft back two weeks from the normal start date, with Round 1 set for May 8 next offseason. That’s the only change to the calendar that the league will undertake; there had been rumors that the annual scouting combine would shift to a later date as well, perhaps taking place after the open of the league year and free agency.

We took a look on Audibles last week at the potential fallout of the NFL’s scheduling adjustments, but this could wind up being a lot of bluster over minimal news.

The most pressing issue was the possibility of swapping the league year’s start date and the NFL combine. Under that scenario, teams would have had up to two weeks prior to the combine to dive into free agency, meaning that many of the elite free agents might have been off the table and most teams would have had a better sense for their areas of need heading into the combine.

Instead, the status quo will stay in place, with the combine set for Feb. 18-25 and the league year beginning on March 11.

It still remains to be seen exactly how teams take advantage of their extra pre-draft prep time. NFL rules still will limit teams to bringing in 30 prospects for pre-draft visits, but scouting departments may be able to cast a bit of a wider net as far as who those 30 prospects are with more days in their back pockets.

The impact on rookie minicamps also is still up in the air. Every team, to this point, has held a rookie camp in early May, followed by a set of OTAs (offseason team activities) later in the month and then mandatory minicamp sometime in June. The 2014 draft will wrap on May 10 — by that date this year, all 32 teams either had completed or just opened rookie camp.

When all is said and done, the NFL’s delayed start to the draft probably will have a negligible impact on the offseason. Only if other key league dates are moved, for the 2015 season or beyond, will franchises really have to adjust how they do business.

7 comments
grogseal
grogseal

Another example of the NFL ignoring those who they (should) serve and common sense. Can the 18 game schedule be far behind?

Goodell has often been referred to as the NFL czar. I think the title went to his head.

PhD2014
PhD2014

No one including NFL execs thinks this is a good idea.

JoeBellmore
JoeBellmore

Ah yah, the 'ALMIGHTY' NFL. I believe this is an attempt to steal news stories from MLB, not to mention the NHL and NBA PLAYOFFS. What a bully move by the NFL, its all about the $$.

cyber92sax
cyber92sax

This is effing stupid. There is no reason to put the draft off even longer. It's already a circus now. What was once a small event has been turned into a (needless) spectacle by the NFL Network and its sports news cronies. But, with all the other useless sports events (e.g. the All-Star Game, the Pro Bowl, golf), the leagues will not get the message unless we stop watching them. Stop giving into the hype and send a message to these crocks that we are onto their relentless quests for more dollars. And maybe spare a kid some humility, as he won't have to think he's God before he steps onto a pro field.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I am SOOOO glad. Two more weeks to enjoy mock drafts from every sports fan with a computer. Two more weeks of listening to who is or isn't #1, or is or isn't first round, or who is or isn't destined for the pro bowl (which what is SHOULD be delayed by the way). What a great decision by Roger (RGZero) Goodell.

RobLambeth
RobLambeth

@JoeBellmore Other than to hardcore fans, the NHL and NBA only matter during the playoffs, and barely even matter then. The NFL is king, get used to it.