Panthers’ G.M. will conduct final day of the draft via Skype

AP

Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman will be 800 miles away from the team’s draft room today, but he’ll still be running the show.

Gettleman is in Worcester, Massachusetts, where his son is graduating from Becker College today. So he’ll communicate with the rest of the team’s personnel staff via Skype, and he’ll still make the Panthers’ picks in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds of the NFL draft.

“Through the process of technology, nothing will change. The process will be exactly the same,” Gettleman said, via the Associated Press.

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson gave Gettleman permission, and the Panthers have been planning to do it this way for months. in March. The Panthers’ defensive-minded head coach Ron Rivera, joked, “If all four picks are defense, you know what happened.”