On the 2 Saturdays before the Super Bowl, the NFL should hold the "NFL Draft Lottery Tournament". All non-playoff teams would be entered into a lottery with four teams being drawn from the lottery to play in the tournament. The selected teams would play each other for the #1 pick in the NFL Draft. This would be 3 actual games, as the winner of the tournament would get the #1 pick in the NFL Draft.
Inconsistent chatter from a Sacramento-based 'Sconi attorney.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Please note that the tournament would only decide the recipient of the #1 pick. Picks after the #1 pick would be based upon worst record - just like it is now. However, any team that didn't qualify for the playoffs would be equally eligible to get into the NFL Draft Lottery - it wouldn't be weighted like it is now in the NBA Draft. Rather, the team with the worst record in the NFL would have the same chance as a team that was tie-broken out of the NFL Playoffs to be selected for the tournament and, subsequently, win the #1 pick in the NFL Draft.
Also, by delaying the games until the two Saturdays before the Super Bowl, you give the selected teams the opportunity to terminate the management and the coaching staff from the prior season, and hire replacements. These replacements would then have a couple extra weeks of practice getting acquainted with their existing rosters.
Finally, more gate receipts. More gamechecks for the players. More concessions.
People would watch these games. It would also energize the fanbases of 4 of the worst teams in the league to win to pick-up the #1 pick in the draft.
Call it a Crazy Justin Idea, but it is a good one.