Look at it this way, the Panthers can ease into the three-day draft era.
The NFL announced Thursday that next year's draft will be conducted in prime time, with the first round being held Thursday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m.
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That won't impact the Panthers, unless they want to see what San Francisco does with their first-rounder from the Everette Brown deal. So GM Marty Hurney and his staff can kick back, watch Office and 30 Rock re-runs and get ready for Friday night's (6:30 p.m. start time) second and third round. If they switch it to Grey's Anatomy while they're not drafting Thursday, they should be made to forfeit future picks.
Rounds 4-7 will be held Saturday morning, beginning at 10 a.m.
The draft's been a weekend-only event since 1995, but this kicks the first round into what's typically the biggest TV-watching night of the week.