2014 NFL Draft scheduled for May 8-10

By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

The NFL has pushed the 2014 draft two weeks later but otherwise will not be changing the league's calendar, it was announced Tuesday.

The 2014 NFL Draft will take place May 8-10 inside of Radio City Music Hall in New York.

The news doesn't come as a surprise. Commissioner Roger Goodell warned during the league meetings that next year's draft would be pushed into May because of a scheduling conflict with the iconic hall, which was reportedly already booked for an Easter celebration.

Rather than simply move the league's most popular offseason event to a different location, the NFL chose to push the draft back two weeks. While the draft itself was moved, the NFL calendar otherwise will remain the same, with the annual scouting combine scheduled for February 18-25 in Indianapolis and the league year officially beginning on March 11.

The revised schedule gives teams two more weeks to prepare (or over-think) their draft strategy. Before Tuesday's announcement, some coaches and front office personnel publicly criticized the revised schedule, citing the need to acclimate the rookies to their new teams.

This specific concern was addressed as part of the league's statement, Tuesday.

"The change in the date of the 2014 Draft will have no effect on when rookies may begin to report to their clubs, the dates of offseason programs or the length of offseason programs," the statement said.

The greater disruption could come outside of the league as colleges could see a rise in personal Pro Day workouts throughout the late spring.

No plans for the location or date for the 2015 draft have been released.

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