The 2010 NFL draft has already become anticlimactic for Bears fans.
The first day of it, any way.
In a move to squeeze every possible prime time minute out of the draft, the league has made the draft a three-day event and will kick things off on Thursday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. with the first round taking place that evening. With the Denver Broncos already owning the Bears' first-round pick as the final part of the bounty they paid for Jay Cutler, it might be a slow evening.
Rounds two and three will be held on Friday starting at 5:30 p.m., and the rounds four through seven will begin starting Saturday morning at 9 a.m.
"We continue to look for ways to make the draft more accessible to more fans," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. "Moving the first round to prime time on Thursday night will make the first round of the draft available to fans on what is typically the most-watched night of television."
The league estimates that the evening action will conclude at 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.
It could make for more jockeying on Friday and Saturday before the thing gets started again. It used to be that picks at the top of the fourth round were a hot commodity. Teams finished up the third round on Saturday night and started evaluating their boards. When they saw a player they really wanted, they'd be motivated to pick up the phone and try to get in position at the top of the fourth round when the action resumed Sunday morning. Now, teams will be able to examine their boards over the course of two evenings and plot potential moves.
We can't imagine this is something that agents are looking forward to dealing with. When an agent has a client with hopes of being a high pick and he starts to slide, it's never a great position for the agent, who can be an easy target for the player to blame.