Clay On NFL Draft: Time To Speed Things Up

The NFL Draft is a wonderful thing … once it finally starts, that is. And it would be even more wonderful if it didn’t drag on and on and on.

“We shouldn’t have to wait 15 or 20 minutes or 30 minutes for the draft to actually start, when it’s starting at 8 o’clock Eastern so that it ends at midnight,” OutKick founder Clay Travis says. “Why not have the draft in a three-hour window just like a regular NFL game?

“Start it at 8, finish it at 11 Eastern, and go ahead and put the team on the clock that is picking first, the moment that the actual draft begins — as opposed to having 15 minutes of fluff, and then Roger Goodell announcing that the first pick is on the clock.”

Speed up the NFL Draft to make it more like a game in terms of time? It’s an idea that makes sense. So check out the video below for Clay’s full take.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. There are a lot of sporting events that I miss because they just run way too late. MNF and SNF come to mind. NCAAF Championship as well. You’s think they would cater to the EST market, as crowded and populated as it is.

  2. PREACH! These teams all know who they’re drafting coming in and know every alternative pick they’ll take if things change. Since that’s the case, let’s get the lead out! I don’t watch it. Just go to and see who’s drafted. It’s a torturous production to drag it out the way they have. I don’t know anyone who sits through this Jerry Lewis telethon called a draft now.

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