A new wrinkle
The NFLs new draft format this April might add a few new wrinkles. Instead of holding all rounds on a Saturday and Sunday, the draft will be more prime-time friendly. It starts with round one at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22. Then on April 23 at 6:30 p.m. rounds two and three will be decided. It will wrap up on Saturday, April 24, starting at 10 a.m. for rounds four through seven.
After the first round, general managers will have all Thursday night and Friday during the day to regroup and possibly make draft trades. Same goes for Friday night between round three which is Friday night and round four which starts on Saturday morning.
I think they will be longer days. I think the teams that have the benefit of picking first the next morning will be in a good situation. You look at your board, you start to ask yourself how important Player A is, if you could just get Player A. ... I think youll see a lot of trading of those rounds, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said.
The Lions have the second overall pick. While there is more need on defense, Mayhew wouldnt rule out drafting an offensive player.