REPORT: NFL forced to make the 2020 NFL Draft a fully virtual process

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The NFL will no longer allow teams to gather in offices, homes, or anywhere during the draft process. Making the 2020 NFL Draft the very first completely virtual selection process.

By Josh Davis

There have been some discussions about possibly pushing back the date of the 2020 NFL Draft. Club GMs have voiced their preferences, but commissioner Roger Goodell has informed the clubs that the draft will happen on the scheduled dates. But the process will be unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Last week, teams were instructed to find a place to meet, with a maximum of 10 people, 6 feet apart. The Saints decided to use an empty brewery that is owned by team owner Gayle Benson. Other teams were in the process of setting up similar accommodations, but on Monday, the league sent out a memo to all of the clubs, instructing them that this procedure would no longer be permitted.

The NFL will no longer allow teams to gather in offices, homes, or anywhere during the draft process. Every club employee involved will communicate with each other via phones and internet. Making the 2020 NFL Draft the very first completely virtual selection process. Never before have we seen this.

We’re used to seeing cameras set up in the homes of players who didn’t attend the draft to see draft-day reactions. But there were always rooms full of executives and coaches, making the decisions. Now, every individual club personnel will be in their very own homes. Selections will be done 100% remotely, and trades will have to be made on conference calls.

Since pro days have also been canceled for prospects across the country, players have resorted to recording workouts, and some are posting them to YouTube. QB Jacob Eason has one. Former NFL Pro Scouting Director Mike McCartney has also posted videos of players doing their private workouts.

EASports is setting up a virtual experience for the players, who for the 1st time in decades, won’t be in attendance. The entertainment media group has reached out to players to see what type of interaction they would like to have with the commissioner when their names are called. Donations will also be made to a high school of their choices in the amount of $2500 for the school’s football programs.

Currently, teams are under instructions to continue working as they can from home, and this includes all pre-draft operations. Virtual connections via programs like Zoom are being utilized, and IT departments have begun upgrading server sizes, and connection speeds. The league will choose in the coming weeks how teams will proceed.

We are in unprecedented times. And while we have been given instructions, it will still take time for this draft to go off smoothly. Clubs will be testing everything they have, working out any kinks in the system. But because these are uncharted waters, be prepared, things could go wrong.

That said, the NFL should be commended for trying to do everything possible to get this to happen. A sense of normalcy is what a lot of us need, not just as fans, but also the club members and players.

The NFL offseason has been affected in other ways by COVID-19, and this is still a very fluid situation. So to make sure you stay informed, bookmark this link, and always visit pigskinnut.com for your football news and analysis.

This will be a wild ride.

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