PALM BEACH, Fla. – As an early-to-bed, early-to-rise type, Ted Thompson would rather have the three-day NFL Draft start bright and early each day.
But the Green Bay Packers general manager also knows that the popularity of the draft means he’ll be staying up late for the first round on Thursday, April 26, and for the second and third rounds on Friday, April 27. The fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds finish the draft during the day on Saturday, April 28, which is more Thompson’s style.
“I’m not really a night person. The first round thing, when you’re picking at 11 o’clock or something, that’s not when I’m at my best,” Thompson said Tuesday at the NFL Meetings at The Breakers, just as he was about to depart to attend an on-campus pro day elsewhere. “I actually preferred just the setup when I was living and working in Seattle, because the draft was at like 8 o’clock in the morning (and by) 1:30, you’re done.
“(But) the league likes it this way, so the league gets to tell us what we do.”
The Packers will be busy on the final day, with three fourth-round picks and four seventh-rounders. That means the team will make nine selections on Day 3.
“That’s always good,” Thompson said. “It’s OK. The last day doesn’t drag on into the night so much. I think they start pretty early in the morning. It’s those late nights that you have to watch me. We have people in the building that don’t allow me to make decisions (at that hour).”
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