The NFL really wants to keep the suspense alive during the draft this season.
On the heels of the announcement that there will no longer be camera shots of players on the phone with teams in the green room just before they are picked and hints that analysts on the networks covering the event will not report picks before they are announced comes word that the league is reminding teams to keep the wraps on things. Darren Rovell of CNBC reports that the league recently reminded teams to withhold announcements of their picks via any medium before they are officially made on the stage at Radio City Music Hall.
The Colts obviously didn’t get the memo.
It’s become a trend in recent years for teams to leak their picks out on Twitter before they get officially announced on telecasts. The league obviously wants to keep people watching the draft as opposed to simply following it via other modes of communication. Last week, Rich Eisen of the NFL Network said that the teams have to be part of that in addition to the networks.
We’d love to get PFT Planet’s help monitoring how good a job they are doing at the task. Shoot us an email or tweet — @ProFootballTalk — if you come across any teams sending out their picks before they are made in New York. We’ll give anyone who does a free subscription to PFT.