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Roger Goodell: NFL draft might increase to four days

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested Friday that the league's draft process might be adjusted again.

In an interview with NFL Media's Jeff Darlington, Goodell said the NFL will consider stretching the annual draft from three days to four. Regardless of the change, the draft will remain seven rounds in nature.

"We're looking at a lot of options with respect to the draft to create even more excitement around the draft," Goodell said.

Goodell is unsure whether the draft will remain in May or go back to April. Traditionally, the event would take place this weekend.

Per Goodell, the league is considering several options for the draft's date and venue.

Although ProFootballTalk recently quoted one undisclosed general manager complaining about the new two-week lull leading up to the draft, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith has said he is thankful for the extra time.



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"I was speaking with coach Smith this morning, and he thinks it's worked very well for him as a first-year head coach," Goodell said. "It gives him a chance to have his minicamp and evaluate his players and make some decisions on what he needs in the draft.

"There's some real positives to it. We'll balance that and we'll make a decision soon."

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban can gripe about the exponential growth of professional football, but he can't deny one of the primary reasons for the NFL's explosion: If a new rule hits a snag, the league's caretakers continue to tinker with the product until it offers maximum entertainment value.

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