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ESPN, technology have increased draft's profile

Updated: April 22, 2005, 4:37 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

The seeds of parity were sown some 70 seasons ago by Bert Bell, the Philadelphia Eagles' prescient general manager. The National Football League, still in its infancy, was a rich-get-richer proposition where players sold their services to the highest bidder. Bell, the future commissioner, proposed something radical: a draft of college players with the weakest team drafting first.

On Feb. 8, 1936, the league's nine teams convened at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia, where the Eagles, ...

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