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NFL Draft Twitter account ‘asks’ for lottery, gets flooded with angry replies

May 16, 2019

Was this a publicity stunt, or a covert way of the NFL expressing a desire to change its draft rules?

Either way, this tweet sent by the NFL draft’s official account Wednesday was an easy way to gauge public reaction to adding a lottery system to pro football, which would match the way the NBA and NHL operate.

“Hey, NFL, we want a draft lottery, too,” the tweet read, one day after the NBA draft lottery awarded the New Orleans Pelicans the No. 1 overall pick in June’s draft despite the Pelicans having the seventh-best odds to win the pick.

Hey, NFL, we want a draft lottery, too. NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) May 15, 2019

Unlike the current model in basketball and hockey, the NFL draft always decides its draft order starting with the worst regular season finish to best among non-playoff teams, then ordering the playoff teams by when they are eliminated.

The tweet had over 2,000 replies Thursday morning against just 565 retweets and 4,000 likesa ratio suggesting the idea was not popular.

pic.twitter.com/1uOzm7ayrF Josh (@joshgar40) May 15, 2019

pic.twitter.com/qpE8oselvf Jay (@irishjay) May 15, 2019

Nah, yall will find a way to give the Patriots the #1 pick Mike (@Love4Heisman) May 15, 2019

Hey @NFL please fire whoever sent this tweet thank you Bason Jotterill (@jmm057) May 15, 2019