Report: Kevin Colbert suggests three more rounds of 2020 draft

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In adjusting to the limited-info reality of the 2020 draft, Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert has invoked the franchise’s legendary, four-Hall-of-Famer draft (and one undrafted Hall of Famer) 1974 process. Colbert reportedly wants the next draft to have another similarity to 1974: More rounds.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that, in a recent conference call regarding the unprecedented 2020 draft, Colbert suggested three extra rounds to the seven-round process, given the absence of player visits to team facilities, most Pro Day workouts, and private workouts.

Colbert’s suggestion, which likely will go nowhere, underscores the reality that the draft, which is a crapshoot even in normal years, could be even more crap and less shoot this year. So Colbert reportedly thinks teams should have three extra lottery tickets in lieu of the open-season, free-for-all, land rush that happens after the draft ends.

One league source who already had real concerns about the no-holds-barred clusterfudge chase for undrafted free agents has expressed even greater worry that this year will be even worse as teams insist on firm answers from undrafted players even before the draft ends. It’s a blatant violation of the rules, but like so many other rules that routinely are broken, everyone does it.

27 responses to “Report: Kevin Colbert suggests three more rounds of 2020 draft

  1. It’s a fantastic idea. I don’t get why anyone would have a problem with it.

    I am sure the CBA is the only hold up here.

  2. I think seven rounds is enough. This way UFAs get a chance to go to a team that really wants them. This gives them a real shot to make the team. I’d be willing to state that there are probably more UFAs that make teams each year than seventh-round picks.

  3. I think this is a helluva idea! Without pro days, physicals and in-person interviews. GMs are largely flying blind when the draft gets to the mid rounds. Clubs would have to budget a little more to pay for the 8-9-10 picks but, yeah, I like the idea.

  4. “Even more crap and less shoot…” Perfect! I think Florio’s getting better with age:)

  5. How fitting?? Steelers don’t have a first rd pick and only have 6 total. Gee wonder why Colberts asking for picks.

  6. The best of the undrafted players actually can make more money and they also have the opportunity to pick where they think they can make a team. So agents would probably be against it.

  7. In that case, I would stipulate that the extra selections cannot be RBs, as they benefit from going undrafted and negotiating a 2nd contract sooner, because their careers end sooner

  8. tomthebombtracy says:
    April 7, 2020 at 8:52 pm
    The best of the undrafted players actually can make more money and they also have the opportunity to pick where they think they can make a team. So agents would probably be against it.
    ________

    Are agents or draft-eligible players part of the NFLPA? Its a good point but I’m wondering if they even get a voice in the matter.

  9. That’s a terrible idea. Well run teams like the Patriots will draft well, then have a field day with the undrafted players that would have been taken in those 3 extra rounds, not to mention that more players than usual that should have been drafted will fall out of the draft due to ineptitude by the usual suspects. They’ll be back in the Super Bowl in the 2021 season. So yeah, let’s skip this idea.

  10. Actually players drafted in rounds 6 and especially 7 prefer the UDFA way so they can choose themselves a better team for them based on team needs. Example is my Iggles. Most UDFA see a weak WR corp and the Birds are notorious for keeping UDFA’s.

  11. I like it! At one time, the draft had 30 rounds so we can certainly add a few more. Teams found some incredible gems back in the day Bart Starr was drafted in the 17th round. Deacon Jones in the 14th round. Jeff Wright in the 15th. Johnny Unitas in the 9th.

  12. While I believe the NFL will find some way to have a season in 2020 (hopefully), I think it will be a challenge for college football to coordinate rapid testing and isolate players of 150+ schools.

    If no season happens, GMs in 2021 then have to worry about:
    1. Not having a year of film to properly evaluate prospects
    2. Thinner talent pool with more juniors/seniors deciding to stay an additional year
    3. Players’ development possibly stunted from lack of practice/game reps

    Do GMs factor that in this upcoming draft and attempt to trade up for players they know/love using 2021 draft picks? For as unknown they may feel about certain prospects this year, next year has the potential to be 100x worse and should be factored in as a possibility for teams.

  13. I trust that successful Americans in every type of business with find ways to get things done without the need to fly and be face to face.

  14. Sounded good at first, but I prefer that UFA’s get to have some choice where they go instead of being limited.

  15. Why wouldn’t other owners want to get on board with this proposal? What’s the downside?

  16. I like it! At one time, the draft had 30 rounds so we can certainly add a few more. Teams found some incredible gems back in the day Bart Starr was drafted in the 17th round. Deacon Jones in the 14th round. Jeff Wright in the 15th. Johnny Unitas in the 9th.

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