Bill Belichick prefers to have NFL Draft in April

By Ryan Wilson |

Does this look like a man who's excited about having the draft in May? (USATSI)
Does this look like a man who's excited about having the draft in May?. (USATSI)

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Ratings may have been through the roof last month, but for Patriots coach Bill Belichick, the preference is to move the NFL Draft back to April.

Because of a scheduling conflict at Radio City Music Hall, the league pushed the 2014 NFL Draft back to the first week of May, two weeks later than usual. And that meant two more weeks of mock drafts, obfuscation from the teams and speculation from everybody else.

“Yeah, of course,” Belichick said, via the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe. “I mean, the sooner you have your players, the easier it is to start, not only getting them integrated into your team but also building your team. There are certain things you get in the draft, then you have to fill other areas of the team with veteran players or college free agents or whatever. When that process is going on, you can see every day you pick up the transactions, every team has got -- not every team -- but there's probably 5-15 transactions on a daily basis. Of course, if you had the draft, you can move that whole process up. Whatever it is, it is. It's not my decision, but I would go for an earlier draft, absolutely.”

Belichick isn't alone in his thinking; Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said the same thing last month for pretty much the same reasons. And Bills general manager Doug Whaley admitted that he gave his staff the week off during the Easter holiday because, "We wanted to get away, clear our brains ... We're tired about thinking about it."

Of course, none of this matters when the NFL decides when to actually schedule the 2015 NFL Draft, though April 30 has been mentioned as "gaining traction" because it avoids the Mother's Day weekend.

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