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In 2008, A New And Improved NFL Draft

The NFL has streamlined this year's college player draft, resulting in changes in the selection process.


The draft, always one of the most anticipated events of the NFL offseason, is scheduled for Saturday, April 26-Sunday, April 27 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The changes are as follows:

-- Only Rounds 1 and 2 will take place on Saturday. Previously, the first three rounds of the draft were conducted on Saturday.

-- The draft will start at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, three hours later than the previous start time.

-- The time allocated for each pick in Round 1 will be 10 minutes. Previously, the first round time was 15 minutes.

-- The time allocated for each pick in Round 2 will be seven minutes. Previously, it was 10 minutes.

-- Round 3 will be moved to Sunday and remain at five minutes per selection. (Rounds 4-7 will also remain at five minutes per pick.)

-- The draft on Sunday starts at 10 a.m. ET rather than 11 a.m.

The changes should make the draft "more efficient" for TV networks and for fans watching on television, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.

The NFL Draft will be televised by NFL Network and ESPN.

The Redskins have the 21st overall pick in the first round.

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