It’s easy to roll your eyes when reporters grumble about the delayed draft, because frankly, nobody cares what we think.
But the NFL pushing the draft into May isn’t necessarily any more popular for teams than it is for the media.
Bills General Manager Doug Whaley admitted he wasn’t a fan of pushing things back.
“I’d say, for us, it doesn’t help us,” Whaley said, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “I’m a firm believer in the saying, ‘study long, study wrong.’ I like to go with my gut, my gut feeling.”
Of course, he’s not just flinging darts. He’s been studying for this test all year, as he usually does. Now, the process gets dragged out, causing teams to adjust schedules.
Whaley pushed the Bills’ final draft meetings back two weeks, and gave his scouts a week off for the Easter holiday.
“We wanted to get away, clear our brains,” Whaley said. “We’re tired about thinking about it. So we said, ‘You know what? Instead of sitting here, banging our heads up against the wall, let’s go and refresh ourselves, get ready to attack the last two weeks.'”
But scouts and personnel men aren’t conditioned to relax this time of year, so you wonder how much time off some of them actually took, and whether the time off really was.