ESPN, technology have increased draft's profile
The seeds of parity were sown some 70 seasons ago by Bert Bell, the Philadelphia Eagles' prescient general manager. The National Football League, still in its infancy, was a rich-get-richer proposition where players sold their services to the highest bidder. Bell, the future commissioner, proposed something radical: a draft of college players with the weakest team drafting first.
On Feb. 8, 1936, the league's nine teams convened at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia, where the Eagles, ...
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