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ESPN, NFL Network agree not to spoil suspense of draft on Twitter

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Stay off Twitter if you don't want to find out who teams will take ahead of time. (USATSI)
Stay off Twitter if you don't want to find out who teams will take ahead of time. (USATSI)
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If you like a little suspense with your NFL Draft viewing experience, then stay off Twitter Thursday. Both ESPN and NFL Network, which will televise the league's biggest offseason spectacle, have again agreed to not tip the picks before commissioner Roger Goodell makes it official, reports SI.com's Richard Deitsch.

"Our staff [and] ESPN's staff that is in the know will not be announcing picks," NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger told Deitsch. "As we all know, these guys can get each pick because the teams for years call the player they will pick before they pick them and that player, his family and his agent know he is getting picked. But in Round 1 and even in 2 and 3, [we] will not tip the pick.

"We want that drama so when Commissioner Goodell announces the pick, that is the first time the world hears where the player is going. I would also discourage non-ESPN and NFL Network 'insiders' from tipping picks but I can't police them."

Discouragement noted, but the reality is that not tipping picks creates an opportunty for others in the know -- like CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora -- to do just that. The reason: Just like last year, there's no good reason not to.

“We're not a broadcast partner for the draft,” La Canfora told Ed Sherman before the 2013 NFL Draft. “I will be trying to get the information out as quickly and accurately as possible. What event is made more for Twitter than the NFL draft? If the teams have the information; if the guys in the production truck have the information; if the commissioner has the information; why wouldn't passionate football fans want it as well? ...

“It's very rare to have a job like this and you're charged with stifling information. It goes against every instinct.”

So, to reiterate: If you don't want to know who teams are picking, or what moves they might make up and down the draft board before Goodell announces it to the world, please, for the love of all that's holy, stay off Twitter.

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