The National Football League Draft, also called the player selection meeting, is an annual event in which the National Football League teams select eligible college football players.
College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities.
The National Football League is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference.
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It serves as the league's most common source of player recruitment.
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The basic design of the draft is that each team is given a position in the drafting order in reverse order relative to its record in the previous year, which means that the last place team is positioned first.
From this position, the team can either select a player or trade their position to another team for other draft positions, a player or players, or any combination thereof.
Certain aspects of the draft, including team positioning and the number of rounds in the draft, have seen revisions since its first creation in 1936, but the fundamental methodology has remained the same.
The original rationale in creating the draft was to increase the competitive parity between the teams as the worst team would, ideally, have chosen the best player available.
In the early years of the draft, players were chosen based on hearsay, print media, or other rudimentary evidence of a player's ability.
The ensuing success of their corresponding teams eventually forced the other franchises to also hire scouts.
Colloquially, the name of the draft each year takes on the form of the NFL season in which players picked could begin playing.
For example, the 2010 NFL draft was for the 2010 NFL season.
2010 was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2010th year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations, the 10th year of the 3rd millennium, the 10th year of the 21st century, and the 1st year of the 2010s decade.
However, the NFL-defined name of the process has changed since its inception.
The location of the draft has continually changed over the years to accommodate more fans, as the event has gained popularity.
The draft's popularity now garners prime-time television coverage.
In recent years, the NFL draft has occurred in late April or early May.
The 2015 and 2016 NFL drafts were held in Chicago.
2016 is the current year, and is a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2016th year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations, the 16th year of the 3rd millennium, the 16th year of the 21st century, and the 7th year of the 2010s decade.
Chicago is the third-most populous city in the United States.