Pro football fans should enjoy the faster-paced NFL Draft this weekend from Radio City Music Hall in New York. Last year's first round crawled to a finish in a sleep-inducing 6 hours, 8 minutes. This year the time between picks has been trimmed from 15 to 10 minutes for the first round and 10 to seven minutes for round two. Rounds 3 to 7 remain at five minutes. Even with the slow pace, the draft still brought in good ratings last year, including a 4.4 in Oklahoma City. Pushing back the start from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CDT) also should increase viewership, particularly on the West Coast. ESPN producers have worked to trim the fat. Some of the on-air talent has been dropped, including a separate set from Bristol, Conn., on Saturday. "We need to be fleet-footed,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Jay Rothman said. "It's going to take a lot of discipline of people on the set. Everyone can pile on every subject matter that's when it becomes the tale wagging the dog.” Rothman said he hopes the network will still supply a lot of analysis and debate. "We found that fans love debate. They want banter about their team.” Of course, that means a lot of Mel Kiper Jr., reeling off his encylopedic memory with details on every draft choice. A good addition this year is Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN's best college analyst, who will provide a different perspective from the second set. On Sunday, "Around the Horn's” Tony Reali will moderate a panel of NFL writers — Jeffri Chadiha and Michael Smith (ESPN.com), Charean Williams (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) and Steve Wyche (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) — as they debate the draft's winners and losers. The NFL Network (Cox 252) also will have extensive coverage, headed by host Rich Eisen and draft expert Mike Mayock.