Cory
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Cory asked in SportsFootball (American) · 7 months ago

Would the NFL be better if there weren't a draft?

It would make owners and GM's focus on making their teams better and developing the players they have, to be more attractive to free agents.

Not all the top players will go to the best teams (not enough starting positions) and there will be more of a balance in the NFL.

The best coaches and GM's will get to show off their best skills.

Update:

Selling point: Putting the decision on the player forces the teams to prove they are worthy of the player. Allows them to field a more competitive football team using the resources they have. Get better coaches and better GMs that can develop homegrown talent.

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  • 6 months ago

    So you want the NFL, the most competitive and interesting league to decline to what the NBA is becoming? But more so.

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  • Jeff
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    6 months ago

    Where do they players to replace retiring ones if they don't take ones right out of college?

    • Cory
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      6 months agoReport

      They go from college to free agency. No draft.

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  • I think some players would make a lot of money and most players would make a lot less money. The NFL might start looking like The NBA where a few teams would get some of the best players and the other teams will find themselves having to settle for whomever they can convince to play for them.

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    • Cory
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      7 months agoReport

      and who would take less money? we're talking rookies. Who would take less money? would a top rookie would take less money to be on a winning team? and still be a starter? what benefit is that for them? that's kind of an insult for a team to even offer that...as if they don't need them.

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  • 7 months ago

    It didn't work in MLB so why would it work in another professional league? The Yankees wound up getting many of the best players because of their histrical success and the chance for World Series money which in those days was often close to contraact pay.

    The most popular teams with the greatest chance for success would draw the best. The rest of the league would get the rejects. Good players would drift to the big market teams for better chances for publicity leading to more endorsements. The NBA used to have territorial picks before the draft and that didn't work.

    NFL doesn't develop players. NFL signs players who are developed then trains and coaches some of them them to adapt to NFL style and/or a team's need.

    • Cory
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      7 months agoReport

      NFL has a Salary cap. They have minor leagues to stash players. NFL doesn't. The most popular teams cant pay or have the best. Theres simply not enough room, money, and starting opportunities.

      The last two sentences just described development.

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  • You forgot to add MLB, MLS, NHL and the NBA.

    • Cory
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      7 months agoReport

      This is the NFL section

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  • DEBS
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    7 months ago

    Your assumption is that the NFL is about competition. The reality is it is about money. The NFL doesn't want a perpetual loser (Raiders) which is what a pure capitalist recruiting system would bring. A team like the Raiders would have to get very lucky to get enough hidden gems to get themselves out of the hole they're in as no rookie would sign with them if anyone else wanted them.

    The NFL has tried development leagues (NFL-Europe) but they failed. The NFL knows they are in trouble as athletes develop towards other sports with more opportunities from million dollar contracts down to barely better than minimum wage.

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    • DEBS
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      6 months agoReport

      I'm not sure why if I disagree with you it's like 'talking to a wall'. That's called disagreeing. You asked for opinions. I gave mine. If you don't like it, just move on.

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  • 7 months ago

    Not sure if the league would be better but it would be better for the players. Pretty much every other line of work you choose where you work, why should sports be different. If the salary cap stays in place teams wouldn’t be able to hoard all the players anyways.

  • 7 months ago

    That is the exact purpose of the draft, to rebalance the teams by giving top priority to the teams with the worst performance in the previous year.

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    • Cory
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      7 months agoReport

      The emphasis would be more on development, pitches, and team-building whether than which ever team can tank the best from the previous season.

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  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    And how exactly would that work?

    If you propose an idea, make sure to present your own ideas!

    The NFL needs a development league. Too many players with high expectations are given less years to become productive.

    • Cory
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      7 months agoReport

      Yeaaaaaa, if you don't have the balls to present your own idea with your name behind it, then you don't get the respect of an answer.

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  • 7 months ago

    Relative parity is what makes competitive sports interesting (and the draft is one of many measures in place to give everyone a roughly equal shot at getting the best players). If it were always the team with the most money attracting all the best players and coaches, and winning all the games it would be predictable and boring.

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    • Cory
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      7 months agoReport

      the problem the NFL has is, there are far too many poorly ran teams with bad management wasting talented players, simply because they had a bad season or two. Giving the decision to the players puts an emphasis on the team to be better and have to PROVE they are good during the season.

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