Our good friend Peter King checked in with Nestor this week on WNST as we are less than two weeks away from the 2016 NFL Draft in Chicago.
This is the second year that the draft is being held later than usual in the calendar year, and count Peter King in as someone who is not a fan of the most recent change.
“It’s hard to take any more of the hype,” King said. “The teams don’t need any more time. I always think too, with the later draft, what you’re doing is you’re hurting the chances of important players for that year’s team contributing to that year’s team. Let’s say for the sake of argument that you draft a quarterback that you’re hoping can play that year. The later you draft, the less time that important player to your franchise has to develop and get ready to play. And that kind of bothers me.”
“I think teams can easily be ready in the middle of April, but pushing it into May I think really starts to effect the product on the field the following September,” King said.
Talk turned towards the top of the draft, where the Rams now hold the number one pick while the Browns hold the second pick. King believes the Rams prefer Jared Goff, which would present an interesting situation for Cleveland.
“I’ve heard that Cleveland is very very willing to get out of number two, and Cleveland is certainly not set on taking a quarterback,” King said. “I think Cleveland’s guy would be Goff, and if they can’t get him, my gut is they’re going to trade.”
To hear Nestor’s complete conversation with Peter King, listen here: