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The 'Bonus Choice': An NFL Draft Rule We Need to Bring Back Yesterday

Why did this ever go away? While we're throwing all of sports and much of society into upheaval, let's go ahead and switch things up with the boring, old NFL Draft, too, and dust off this bad boy.

To be completely honest, I don't see how this is much more inequitable than the NBA or NHL, which give an opportunity to the 14th- and 15th-worst teams, respectively, to win the No. 1 overall pick. In the NBA, there's a 58 percent chance the top overall pick doesn't even go to one of the three worst teams — each of the three worst records receives just a 14 percent chance of winning to No. 1 selection. At that point, let's just get nuts and throw the whole league in there.

Now, I do understand that this bonus choice sounds like it was unweighted, which veers from the model used by the lotteries in the NBA and NHL Drafts, but we can amend it to fit our 21st Century ideas. Every league talks about how it wants to prevent tanking; well, this ought to do the trick.

And in the age of social media, this would give the NFL an even greater amount of attention it so desperately craves from February through April. Professional football is already a 12-month enterprise, but this would take things to heights nobody has ever seen before. I have no idea how high the ratings for the quarantine NFL Draft are going to be, but I can only imagine what the numbers for the first re-installment of the bonus choice random draw would look like.

Make it happen, NFL.