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About the NFL Draft: The National Football League Draft, also called the player selection meeting, is an annual event in which the National Football League (NFL) teams select eligible college football players.
It serves as the league’s most common source of player recruitment.
The basic design of the draft is that each team is given a position in the drafting order in reverse order relative to its record in the previous year, i.e., the last place team gets positioned first. From this position, the team can either select a player or trade their position to another team for other draft positions, a player or players, or any combination thereof.
After each team has utilized its position in the drafting order, whether by trading it or selecting a player, a round would be complete. Certain aspects of the draft, including team positioning and the number of rounds in the draft, have seen revisions since its first creation in 1936, but the fundamental methodology has remained the same.
Currently the draft consists of seven rounds. The original rationale in creating the draft was to increase the competitive parity between the teams as the worst team would, ideally, have chosen the best player available.
In the early years of the draft, players were chosen based on hearsay, print media, or other rudimentary evidence of a player’s ability. In the 1940s, some franchises began employing full-time scouts.
The ensuing success of their corresponding teams eventually forced the other franchises to also hire scouts.
Colloquially, the name of the draft each year takes on the form of the NFL season in which players picked could begin playing. For example, the 2010 NFL draft was for the 2010 NFL season. However, the NFL-defined name of the process has changed since its inception.
The location of the draft has continually changed over the years to accommodate more fans, as the event has gained in popularity. The draft’s popularity now garners prime-time television coverage.
The NFL Draft 2014 News:
Behind Blondie Park Recommends: A must see film about the NFL Draft
NFL Draft Day starring Kevin Costner
At the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.
Draft Day Movie Trivia:
- The movie originally centered around the Buffalo Bills instead of the Cleveland Browns but the studio changed it to the Browns because the production costs in Ohio were actually cheaper.
- Initially passed R by the MPAA but Lionsgate appealed the rating and got a PG-13 rating without cuts.
- The trick used by the Washington Redskins of taping a $100 bill to the back of the play book seems inspired by an anecdote of JaMarcus Russell. His coaches in Oakland did not believe he was watching game film and once purposely sent him home with blank DVDs to watch. He returned claiming he watched the video and liked the game plan, obviously lying. There was a similarly story in the 80’s about Randall Cunningham.
- The trade Cleveland makes in the movie is similar to the real-life trade made in the 2012 NFL Draft where the Washington Redskins traded their 2012 #6 overall pick, 2012 2nd Round selection, 2013 1st Round selection and 2014 1st Round selection for the 2012 #2 overall pick in order to select Robert Griffin III.
- The team Sonny trades for the top pick was originally supposed to be the New York Jets but they dropped out of the movie at the last minute.
- In the final scene, a football player’s uniform is seen with the name “MEDJUCK” on it. Joe Medjuck is a long-time producing partner of director Ivan Reitman.