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NFL Draft Moving Back Two Weeks Next Starting In 2014


The NFL Draft is moving from the last weekend of April to mid-May, starting in 2014 and possibly continuing in recent years.

Because of a reported scheduling conflict at Radio City Music Hall in New York,, the league has decided to push back what has lately become a made-for-TV event. So far, the NFL has said the move is just a one-year switch, but there has been speculation this could be a long-term change.

Despite the later draft, the NFL has said there would be no other major alterations to the offseason schedule. The scouting combine will remain in Indianapolis and be held Feb. 18-25. The new league year will start on March 11 and the rookies' reporting schedule to offseason workouts will not be affected.

Teams will continue to have the same number of offseason workouts and OTA practices.

As for the 2015 NFL Draft, teams were informed the league is considering a wide variety of options, including moving the Draft to another location and remaining in late April. However, if the pushed-back draft goes off without a major hitch, it's possible the NFL will continue this timetable for future years.

In 2010, the draft moved to a three-day event with the first round beginning on Thursday, followed by the second- and third-rounds on Friday and the remaining four rounds (4-7) wrapping up on Saturday.

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