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Encyclopedia > NFL draft

The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns, through seven rounds[2], selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. A (sports) draft is the process by which professional sports teams select players not contracted to any team, often from colleges or amateur ranks. ... NFL redirects here. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...

The draft is always presided over by the NFL commissioner, currently Roger Goodell. Roger S. Goodell (born February 19, 1959, in Jamestown, New York[1]) is the Commissioner of the National Football League, having been chosen to succeed the retiring Paul Tagliabue on August 8, 2006. ...


The Draft

The draft is usually held the last weekend of April at a site in New York City. It usually begins just after Noon Eastern Daylight time with the commissioner opening the draft by declaring the team with the worst record in the league as being on the clock. This means that they have 15 minutes left to get their pick up to the stage, where it is announced to the world. The draft ends late Sunday afternoon with the announcement of the final pick of the 7th round who becomes noted as Mr. Irrelevant and the last person picked in the draft though teams have the right to snap up any undrafted college players by signing them as free agents. Mr. ...

Minutes allowed between picks per round

  • 1st Round-15 minutes
  • 2nd Round-10 minutes
  • 3rd-7th Rounds-5 minutes

See also

Note: From 1967-69 the NFL and AFL held a combined draft. ... This is a list of professional football drafts. ... Mr. ...


  1. ^ Branch, John. The 2000 Liars Club/ Draft makes Broncos coach cloak intentions, Colorado Springs Gazette, April 9, 2000, available online via findarticles.com, accessed May 7, 2007.
  2. ^ http://www.nfl.com/draft/history/fulldraft?season=2007&round=round1 accessed September 16, 2007

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Preceded by
Mario Williams
1st Overall Picks
JaMarcus Russell
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