Reporters from ESPN and the NFL Network have agreed on a pact not to tip picks ahead of their official announcement during the first two rounds of the NFL Draft, which starts Thursday night at 8 p.m. SI’s Richard Deitsch relays that detail and more in his media column.
Once again, ESPN and NFL Network reporters have agreed not to tip picks thru first two rounds of Draft. Everyone else? Free-for-all.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) May 8, 2014
There are 10 minutes between picks in the first round and 7 minutes between picks in the second (which starts Friday night at 7 p.m.) Every NFL team has a war room in which team personnel hash out their plans for their upcoming pick, field calls on potential trades, and the like. When another team makes a selection, the pick is beamed into all 32 team war rooms a few minutes ahead of being announced on television. Hence it only takes one executive in one place to tip picks to a reporter, which he or she very quickly puts up on Twitter.
The pact has not been agreed on by reporters at other news outlets and was obviously made by the NFL in large part to get you to watch TV coverage of the damn thing. In 2013, the first round lasted 3 hours and 33 minutes. Happy viewing.