Bills GM on moving draft to May: It doesn’t help

Roger Goodell’s largely unpopular decision to move the draft to May this year has caused restlessness for football-starved fans.

For NFL teams, it’s no picnic, either.

On Friday — exactly one year since the 2013 draft, ironically enough — Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley intimated he’s not a fan of delaying the process.

“I’d say, for us, it doesn’t help us,” Whaley said, via “I’m a firm believer in the saying, ‘study long, study wrong.’ I like to go with my gut, my gut feeling.”

In order to accommodate the new schedule, Whaley pushed the Bills’ final draft meetings back two weeks. He also gave his scouts a week off for the Easter holiday, hoping to keep them fresh.

“We wanted to get away, clear our brains,” Whaley said. “We’re tired about thinking about it. So we said, ‘You know what? Instead of sitting here, banging our heads up against the wall, let’s go and refresh ourselves, get ready to attack the last two weeks.'”

Meanwhile, it may have been for naught, as the logistics behind the draft’s push-back have fallen through, according to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy.

The league hasn’t determined when or where the 2015 draft will take place, but one can hope it returns to its usual late April slot.

Zack Kelberman
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  • Bernie Dennis

    don’t you wish the NFL just came out and said they wanted a May Draft…instead of spinning a thin tale that they needed to postpone it because of a conflict at Radio City…with each of these contrived excuses… disguising the reason for a change ….the NFL loses a little credibility …. how can that be good for anybody…