If you're a first round draft pick, however, that time frame shrinks considerably. In fact, thanks to NFL apparel sponsor Nike, the jerseys are ready to go in less than 30 seconds, and in time for the players to hold up the jersey and take a picture with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The LA Times has a quick rundown of how it all works, and it's actually a pretty great souvenir for these guys who are taken in the 1st round:
When Commissioner Roger Goodell was handed the name of the selection backstage, so was the jersey jockey who quickly lined up the last name and pressed it onto the shirt. The speed record Thursday was 30 seconds, from getting the name to having a jersey ready to go -- 30 seconds!
There was time to spare too, because Goodell read the name, then the player got time to celebrate with his family. Then, someone from the NFL staff would walk the hot-off-the-press memento onto the stage.
They also considered giving out jerseys for guys who are drafted later, but scrapped the idea.
That's probably a good idea, since it's really just not the same. That having been said, this is a pretty awesome memento for players who get taken in the first round. Frame that puppy and put it up in the man cave, gentlemen.