Late draft, later draft?

Posted by Darren Urban on May 1, 2014 – 9:56 am

First, the facts: The NFL has made no decision about when the 2015 draft will take place. They have made that clear. But there has been plenty of speculation that the league has embraced the idea of a May draft instead of late April, in order to spread NFL news out even further across the calendar. This morning, it was floated the notion that maybe, just maybe the NFL would actually push the draft back another week next year, to mid-May.

The NFL is going to do what it is going to do. I’m not a big fan of a later draft, mostly because I’m not a big fan of the incessant pre-draft analysis even in the years before a late April selection. It seems like it’s going on forever this year (and we still have a week to go) and another week, well, you get the idea. More importantly, you wonder what it means to have these rookies essentially lose two weeks of transition time. Or three weeks if it moves another week later. As it is, the Cardinals’ draftees will arrive one week before OTAs start. That’s one week to kind of digest the playbook before going on the field with veterans. Do I expect Bruce Arians to again split the work into two groups much of the time? Yes. But less time for the rookies isn’t a good thing.

(Of course, it affects every team equally, so …)

You wonder if at some point it pushes the Cards’ summer work later too. Arians is keenly aware of getting his staff enough down time before training camp opens. Even though everything is a little later this year, the Cards’ final minicamp day is actually a week earlier than last offseason, giving the coaches a solid month-plus off before the grind really ramps up.

The Cardinals have been sensitive to how the later draft can impact their work in the draft room too. “What you have to watch out for now is not to overanalyze,” Arians said. “You have a grade on a guy, you go back and watch him, you try to find out some more stuff, and pretty soon there won’t be anybody worth drafting. You won’t like anybody. Fall in love with them and take them.”

Frankly, that paralysis-by-analysis has always been a pitfall even before the draft came later. There will never be any way to know how the date change impacts the picks and realistically, teams will adjust. They always do.


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18 Responses to “Late draft, later draft?”

  1. By T. Stone on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    I vote for moving it back even further. I don’t know what I would do if I wasn’t able to come to this blog and see the 7th mock draft (all different) by the same dude on the same day, day after day after day.

  2. By D on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    Hate the delay, which in part due to every sports dude, internet geek and so called talking hairdoo on TV being called a Draft Expert. Curious to see the success rate of the prior drafts and the reason why these people are still employed.
    You must drink Irish Coffee Darren to have to read all of the Fan’s Mock Drafts and still be sane.

  3. By T. Stone on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    Other than the NFL film stuff, I wonder if a team would be willing to make their draft board, and decisions public after the fact. Say for the first couple of rounds. I respect they have to protect feelings and reputations for a certain amount of time, but even the government has a declassification of secrets after 20 or so years. Would be an interesting story for a energetic reporter and certainly for fans. I would be interested in the process and draft board 2003 and 2007 for sure. What do ya say Darren? Can you get right on that since the draft seems like it is never going to get here?

  4. By Chuck 1 on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    T. Stone,


    Some of our fans have ODd on mocks.

  5. By LadyBird04 on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    I gave up looking at the mock drafts weeks ago. So much baloney – all the writers have required words/articles to write and there just isn’t anything new to write about – (Sorry Darren – you have been able to avoid mindless repetition) so they just change a players slot one day and move him around again the next. Hate the delay.

    The rookies are being shown around all the teams – eating big meals all over the country and how can they be in any shape when the finally report. Too much off time for these young players who don’t all have tested self-discipline to keep in shape

  6. By SteveG on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    Still time for a few more “revised” mocks fellas!! Come on now…All you have to do is read a few more blogs from the other guys just like you…Clueless and unaware to get it “Just right!”.

  7. By clssylssy on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    This delay of the draft has been a major fiasco with fans becoming “mocked out” by the middle of April and beginning to lose interest in any regurgitated “insights”about somebody’s “falling stock” or the latest “must take”. Two words: overkill and backlash. In the league’s quest for cornering the market of the sports world dollars the No Fun League hasn’t learned anything from other major sports who have flooded the market with extended seasons only to lose viewers and fans to other sports for the sake of diversity. I agree with D and admire your fortitude for enduring these preseason gas attacks aka “mock drafts”; perhaps you deserve a preseason bonus too! Counting down to Training Camp, and also the day Roger Goodell is out of office!

  8. By erik on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    I agree the NFL is starting to dilute it’s product. This is now the only website I come to just to check on my Cards! I will not even click on article relating to the draft at this point, and I am normally much more into it. It is very funny to me that these people are regarded as “experts”. If that were the case, they would be employed by one of 32 teams.

    24 hour news is destroying the world!!!

  9. By T. Stone on May 1, 2014 | Reply


    Goodell has stabilized this league. The only players that don’t like it are the one’s who are not smart enough to realize they get tested for the hippy lettuce once a year and the one’s that like to beat women down like they are their drinking buddies. And if I may suggest, tell D Wash to ride the pine for 2 games for his stupid actions.

  10. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    “Arians said. “You have a grade on a guy, you go back and watch him, you try to find out some more stuff, and pretty soon there won’t be anybody worth drafting. You won’t like anybody. Fall in love with them and take them.””

    Keim was equally refreshing in his direct responses and insight shown when Paulie Pencil neck (as he calls himself) and Wolf asked him Qs about draft prospects (on vid from Tail gate party at UP Stadium last week).

    Thats part of why I love BA and KEIM, they just focus, prepare, no BS, get it done right and move on the next issue or free agent or pick. These guys are really, really good… and Michael Bidwill is letting them do it, fueling it with $$ and constant improvements (bubble practice field, high tech at stadium et al).

    Amazingly good team of owners, managers & coaches. Btw, Veldeer and Mathieu are absolute studs.. great interviews by Paul…

  11. By ored on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    and BR had an article on best coaching staffs…did’nt even have us in the top ten,not much respect there,we’re just gonna have to prove ourselves the old fashioned way…there can be only one,lol.

  12. By T. Stone on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    “Who the Hell is Mel Kiper?

  13. By clssylssy on May 2, 2014 | Reply

    Saw that and I believe it was best GM/Coaches and only named the top five. In all honesty it takes more than a year to gain any kind of credibility although we, in Cardinal land can see the beginning of something great. In this league, it’s hard to accomplish anything unless the Owner is on board to let the football people do what they do best and until recently that hasn’t been the case in Arizona either. Michael Bidwill is trying to let that happen now and be the facilitator for change rather than the road block. I do think that BA/Keim have grabbed a lot of attention and respect from their peers which is a beginning. In five years, they’ll be ranked right up their with Bilicheck, Newsom/Harbaugh, Loomis/Payton!!

  14. By red c monster on May 2, 2014 | Reply

    the late April date was just late enough to peak the public’s interest. The 2 week delay I feel has caused people to become sick of mocks, trade speculations, and so-called analyses. Those have in turn become direct character attacks on these unfortunate prospects simply because there IS NOTHING LEFT TO TALK ABOUT. If I have to hear one more time whether Clowney loves football enough or whether Johnny Football brings too much drama, I am going to lose it. All that the 2 week delay has done is allowed me time to question why any of these so called draft experts are considered such when they usually have no scouting, playing, or front office experience . Hey NFL: Take Heed. I’m sure I’m part of the majority on this one. The market is being over-saturated. I can’t wait for this mock circus to be over.

  15. By ored on May 2, 2014 | Reply

    when looking forward to the draft,try looking at it from this perspective…if veldheer and cromartie play to expectations and cooper comes in strong,that’s like three 1st round picks,if minter justifies his 2nd round selection,it’s almost the same as a pick this year since he saw mostly ST last year,if jefferson can prove he was worthy of a mid round pick last year,and williams finally gets a chance and breaks out…well then,the draft might just be an aftershock.

  16. By Coach K on May 3, 2014 | Reply

    I pray this is how the draft falls for us:

    1. Ryan Shazier
    2. JuWuan James
    3. Kareem Martin
    4. Ross Cockrell
    5. Ahmad Dixon
    6. Jeff Janis

  17. By o on May 3, 2014 | Reply


    we are fortunate that the next generation assumed control and cleaned house,put the right people in place and got out of their way,not only that,bidwill is going full on supporting their decisions with no meddling,he’s also doing right by the fans,increasing their veiwing experience and helping bring big event games to our cutting edge stadium,nice to see we have an owner changing old perceptions and making the cards relevant.with the new vision from owner/management/coaching staff,our stadium and practice facilities,and weather(besides the heat),we will be an in demand option for players,even if dansby chose to bolt,we’ll see how that works out,if dockets’ claim holds true that the front three did much for the success of the linebackers,then we should see little drop-off in linebacker production,anxious to watch minters’ production this year.just between our backfield and offensive frt.line we should show improvement,we really have the ingredients to battle for top dog in our division.

  18. By Dr. G. on May 3, 2014 | Reply

    D – What a great metaphor – the Talking Hairdo! The sprayed Bu font, of course… I’m glad I never quote Kiper… He would be in favor of 6 more weeks! I do enjoy comic entertainer Gruden though he’s also on boring reruns now…

    Darren – Diluted is just not enough for this extra waiting time – the ole paralysis by analysis… the root word of course…anal… currently defined as simply over the top superfluous detail… becoming delusional…but I get the exasperation…it’s a virus…

    CoachK – After all that, I commend you on the fortitude to go at another mock… you must have some brass going on…

    By spreading the news over additional time, they might just chase some of the fans away from sheer boring repetition from the talking hairdos…I like that little moniker… Be well Cards Fans….

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