Is not just a draft any more, it is a big media event now. It's the way of professional sport. I didn't mind It at all, the analysis and interviews all just part of the tapestry. Need to remember that as much as we might not be interested in other teams picks, analysis,and interviews, there were other people who were.On ya David, if you make 300 for Australia you can celebrate any way you want mate.
Just about every point you raise would be met in a one night exercise with no trading on the night and less time wasting. The purpose of the Draft is not to entertain you or me it is supposedly even the competition up. How can you defend a process that allows clubs six weeks to trade picks then allows them to swap on the night? You either have one or the other.
I didn't spend hours watching it, I only bothered to track the Port picks and I would probably have spent the same amount of time debating the Port picks if they had happened in one night and in half the time.
The general consensus seems to be that it took too long. Let me add to the examples of time wasting that other posters have raised,
Brisbane traded with us and took the number 22 pick. Yet when their turn to use it first up on night two came around they waited five minutes before selecting Deven Robertson. It was the first pick on night two and Brisbane had the choice of the entire field yet they had to discuss who to select and debate the selection among themselves. Even one of the FOXTEL team posed the question, what was there to debate?
If next year's Draft was one night, two or three minutes a selection with all pick swaps completed before the Draft I would be satisfied and you would probably get as much out of it. Oh, and if they cut out Gil's boring speech they would have enough time to present the top ten Draft picks after pick #10.