NFL drafts new plan

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster left practice yesterday with a calf strain but teammate...

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster left practice yesterday with a calf strain but teammate Andre Johnson was quick to inform the media that the Foster is not badly hurt. (Getty)

DION CAPUTI, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:21 PM ET

Late April in the NFL is widely recognized as draft time to fans and front office people alike.

The annual phenomenon has almost exclusively been associated with the fourth month of the calendar year since 1980.

That changes next year, for at least one off-season cycle.

On Monday, the NFL announced the 2014 draft will be held May 8-10, rather than it’s usual dates, due to a scheduling conflict with venue Radio City Music Hall in New York.

According to NFL Network reporter Albert Breer, the date change has been discussed as a “trial” internally, and the league may opt to make the move permanent if it proves successful.

The last time the NFL draft spilled from April into May was 1985, when the Buffalo Bills selected future Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith first overall.

Sports Illustrated writer Peter King shared a quote from one NFL owner who strongly opposed the move in his Monday Morning Quarterback column.


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