A 30-day NFL draft warning

April, 8, 2014
Apr 8
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A month from Tuesday the NFL will hold its first May draft. So, consider this the 30-day warning until the Denver Broncos go on the clock.

And will all that extra time -- last year's draft, by comparison, was April 25-27 -- mean better preparation or simply more opportunity for paralysis by analysis?

"I think it's like anything, it's how you use your time," said Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway. "You still take all of the information you have from the scouts, all your personnel guys on that side, coaches, and you make a decision. And you use the time you have to make that decision. I don't think you get in a situation where you have too much information. It's just a matter of how you manage the situation. Gather the information and make the decisions you think are best."

Certainly there is a chance for plenty of over-analysis on all fronts. In large part, the NFL has always been a vocation where people will take one more look -- at anything -- if the clock allows for it, whether it's really needed or not.

But when it comes to evaluating defenses during the season, Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase has always talked about the balance between the power gained by knowledge and not being aware of when enough is enough. He calls it "chasing ghosts."

"That when you keep going back to things that likely don't impact what you're doing," Gase said.

Overall, there are few fans of the May draft among people around the league, and many of the Broncos' staff are included. Scouts are ready for the draft by the time the scouting combine ends in February. Teams get the much-needed medical exams on the prospects at the combine.

It's coaches who have to catch up on the draft once the season ends, and teams that use their coaches as a bigger voice in the draft process or have the head coach instead of a general manager at the top of the personnel department could benefit at least some from the May draft.

But in the end, the extra time will only really mean something to those who knew how to work the draft board before they had two extra weeks to do it.

Jeff Legwold

ESPN Denver Broncos reporter

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