The NFL is reportedly looking into moving the 2014 Draft due to a conflict with Radio City Music Hall. The reported date would be May 15th according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, a solid three weeks later than this year's Draft. Everything else on the NFL schedule would reportedly stay the same, including the Combine. Adam Schefter reports for 2015 and 2016, the NFL Combine would move to mid-March with the Draft taking place again in May.
Now, what does this mean from the viewer's perspective? There are a few ramifications that would come about when the NFL Draft is moved back three weeks that you would certainly notice on ESPN and other major networks.
1) Three more weeks of Draft prognostication. Were you sick of Mel Kiper and Todd McShay seemingly changing their minds on players on a daily basis and revising mock drafts? GOOD NEWS! They could do it another ten times next year leading up to the Draft! If the Draft was three weeks later this year, maybe Geno Smith would have stayed on the board until the third round.
2) A nonstop cycle of NFL coverage throughout the offseason. This year, and in most years, there's a bit of a lull from the end of the Draft into the beginning of OTAs. Next year, OTAs would likely end up beginning right after the Draft, and the major networks wouldn't even be able to take a breath between the end of the Draft and proclamations of "WOOHOO FOOTBALL" leading into minicamp and training camp.
3) Less impactful rookies. This is a more "on the field" observation, but three and a half weeks after the Draft this year, we've got a whopping total of three signed first round picks. Using that same timetable next year, nearly every first round pick would end up missing OTAs and a few would probably end up missing minicamps as well, unless the entire schedule was tweaked (which won't be happening next year, per that tweet from Ian Rapoport linked above).
4) More free agents signing with teams. With an extra three weeks before the Draft, teams will probably get more anxious with another three weeks for teams picking ahead of them to be linked to the players they want. This will likely end up leading to more panic from the teams to fill the holes with veterans as opposed to rookies, and will cycle more money into the hands of veterans, something that baseball is coming under fire over with their new collective bargaining agreement.
5) More time for players to get into legal trouble. Here's an example from this year. The Ravens signed Rolando McClain on April 10th (two weeks before the Draft). He was arrested on April 21st, the week of the Draft. He retired on May 15th. If Baltimore had an extra three weeks to process his arrest, don't you think there's a much larger chance that they would have released him or suggested he retire, and possibly spent a higher pick on a linebacker? Or what about the situation with the Browns, who spent a seventh round pick on Armonty Bryant this year only to see him get arrested for DUI a week after the Draft? Maybe the team wouldn't have spent a pick on him, and gone with another player.
Moving the Draft back isn't a solution to the schedule conflict. It'll just end up creating more chaos. Moving it up might actually be a better solution for the collective sport as a whole, but I highly doubt that Roger Goodell wants to potentially share any of the spotlight on ESPN and any other networks. His goal is to make the league a 365 day affair, and moving the Draft back is another step towards that, even if some fans want nothing to do with it.