News NFL Proposing to Move Draft

Discussion in 'CFL League Talk' started by Flash, May 20, 2013.

  1. Flash

    Flash Member

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    So the NFL is talking about moving their draft to mid-May. That would seriously affect the CFL Draft and those borderline prospects that sign camp deals afterwards. Now their rookie camps would run the week before CFL camps were to open instead of a full month before. If you thought the CFL Draft was hard to predict before this would make it insane!

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Bronko

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    We definitely need better "protection" of our canadian players. Perhaps a regulation that canadian players can only be brought into the NFL immediately after graduation IF AND ONLY IF THEY ARE FIRST ROUND PICKS (that should stop around 95% of the NFL poaching)

    After that, the CFL draft becomes sacrosanct. Our 9 (or how many we have) teams can draft 7 rounds x 9 per round = 63 players overall, from either NCAA, small USA colleges or CIS, even canadian junior.

    The player must play at least one year of CFL ball before being eligibe for a supplementary NFL draft where the NFL can draft up to 1 Canadian player (recent grads only) per team and then sign them to an NFL contract after their option year in the CFL is played out. They could buy out the option for a flat fee (I'd suggest $400,000 per player) plus they'd have to pay out the CFL team for developing the drafted player (regardless of whether they play one down or nothing in the NFL). . . .perhaps as much as $500,000 a player.

    Only way to stem the tide is to put a protective halo on our players. Otherwise, its all downhill. All we get is recognition that some of our athletes are good enough to play in the NFL. That and $1.80 gets you a medium coffee at Tim Hortons.
     
  3. PAUL74

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    I don't think there is a way you can stop a canadian player from signing with an NFL team that is not under contract with a CFL team? These Canadian players have every right to sign with who ever they please. What you propose is something they would do in a communist country like Cuba.

    What I could see happening is that the import ratio might have to be changed maybe down to 6 starters and 18 Canadians on a game day roster. If the CFL does get up to nine teams it is going to be hard to find quality home grown boys to fill all the spots and the CFL will see a major decline in quality football. Especially in the fall after each team gets a few season ending injuries.
     
  4. iso_55

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    You can't stop the NFL from doing anything. Different league & different country. If we ARE SO G.......D WORRIED about the NFL then we have to do what the CFL used to do. Open training camps on June 10th or 15th like back in the day. Start the season second week of July. Grey Cup last week of November or first Sunday in December depending on how the dates fall. It was like that thirty years ago. Just do the same. Otherwise just carry on as usual.
     
  5. Flash

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    Why not go the other way and bump the league up. Make the players commit one way or the other. Training Camp May 1st to May 31st; season opens the first weekend in June.
     
  6. iso_55

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    Why would they commit? To what? Forty eight thousand dollar rookie salary? No decent CFL prospect would ever sign until they explored all their options south of the border.
     
  7. Flash

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    Well they are basically getting room and board to attend these NFL camps. Don't most of the draft picks sign a deal that's worth more than the league minimum? Aren't the first round picks getting $80,000 or so?
     
  8. iso_55

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    Yes, you are correct... But every player who has a chance to go to the NFL will pursue it on their timeline & the NFL's. Besides, the CFL would get zero media attention if they opened training camps first week of May with the SC playoffs on. That is normally second round & TSN, Sportsnet & CBC are using all their resources covering all the different series. Imagine it here if the Flames were playing. Or in Toronto with the Leafs?? There'd be no media or public following any CFL teams. TSN would not want the CFL starting that early in the season. CFL knows it, too. Never happen. And truthfully, as big a CFl fan that Iam...I wouldn't want it either.
     

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