Mickey Loomis wants to postpone the draft

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The G.M. subcommittee privately (until someone leaked it) lobbied the NFL to postpone the draft on Tuesday. Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis is publicly doing so.

“I’d be personally in favor of delaying the draft, so that we could get some of the work done that our scouts and personnel people ordinarily do,” Loomis tells Peter King in the latest installment of the Peter King Podcast. “And then just the logistics of trying to conduct the draft with not having access to your draft rooms and your offices creates a lot of logistic problems. This is not a fantasy draft that you conduct out there with just a list of things on a piece of paper. There’s a lot of things that go into it to prepare, and there’s a lot of work that is done during the draft. Listen it’ll be very, very difficult to conduct that and do it in a way that you’re doing justice to the process.”

The G.M. subcommittee reportedly wants a delay due both to the incomplete nature of the information due to the COVID-19 pandemic and due to the fact that some states have “stay at home” orders and others don’t. (The NFL apparently reacted to the latter concern by shutting down all team facilities.)

“A large part of the information process hasn’t happened yet,” Loomis added. “And a lot of that gets done in the months of March and early part of April. And obviously we haven’t been able to do that. It doesn’t make it impossible, and yet it makes it much more of a gamble, much riskier than it would be ordinarily.”

But the risks will be the same for everyone, and if the draft proceeds as scheduled it ultimately will show which teams are good at making the most out of the least information. Or which teams are just lucky.

It probably will be the latter. The draft already is a crapshoot. Proceeding without complete information will make it even more crap than shoot. But given the league’s insistence on proceeding with free agency as scheduled, don’t bet that the league will do anything other than tell the various teams to deal with it.

16 responses to “Mickey Loomis wants to postpone the draft

  1. Mickey Loomis shouldn’t even have a job after BountyGate. This is also the guy that set up electrical equipment to eavesdrop on opposing coaching staffs for 3 YEARS.

    This is the only GM I have heard of that wants to postpone the draft. I still see no good reason to do so. No health risk involved whatsoever. I really don’t care that Mickey Loomis is unprepared for the draft. That is his own fault.

  2. It is too early to say right now, but the 2020 NFL season could be postponed, even a chance that is gets cancelled. Postponing the draft for a few weeks should be a simple decision that can be made now.

  3. I don’t know, but if by March you don’t have all the info you need for an Draft that’s happening in April despite all the resources of an NFL team…. you probably are not good at your job.

  4. I really don’t understand his thought process. Major corporations across the globe conduct business without face to face meetings. Why does the NFL think they can’t do this?

  5. there is only one GM in the league that could do a better job than me…and that is Kansas City Chiefs Brett Veach. All these other clowns in the Good Ol Boys Club are on par with Matt Millen

  6. Maybe this will prevent the inevitable overthinking, where they poke and prod at prospects until they find the weakness that will get them to pass on them. Could end up drafting better.

  7. Postponing the draft is ridiculous. These players have 1-4 years of tape you can watch 24/7, which should be 98% of the evaluation anyway. By now if your field scouts dont have a great feeling on a kids character then you need new scouts. NFL teams better be ready to draft asap so they get as much time with the new additions as possible before camp starts. Delaying draft will only prolong new players ability to contribute the first year. Mistakes will be made in the draft just like any other year.

  8. Hi Mickey, if you don’t know who you want to draft with at least 3-4 other scenarios by now, you’re already behind in the game.

    Virus has zero effect on a draft just like free agency.

    Get it together man.

  9. Mickey can’t set up his “war room” with online conferencing like the rest of us are doing now? His scouts can’t watch tape and report back via email and video chat? Literally the only reason to delay the draft would be to get it back to the big TV spectacle it was. Teams are better off getting the players on board now and sending them playbooks to start looking over.

  10. Not a Saints fan and I don’t care about Mickey Loomis one way or the other, but the vote was 6-1 in favor of delaying. No clue who’s on the NFL GM subcommittee, but it’s not just him pushing for it.

    Of course I’d like the draft to stay when it is, but I assume that people who actually are involved in drafting players (e.g., GMs) know a bit more about what it’s like to go through the process than Joe Average complaining about how easy it is to do this stuff remotely.

  11. First it was free agency. Then the league figured out a workable (if temporary) solution to the contract details around physicals.

    Now, it is the draft. Someone will figure out a workable solution. If not, that pushes back the window for OTAs, pushing back the window for summer camps, preseason, and the start of the regular season.

    Cooler heads will connect the dots between keeping the schedule on offseason activities, and ringing the register for televised games in September.

  12. The thing is – No team has any kind of advantage, and everyone is starting from the same page. The playing field is as level as it can possibly be.

  13. Sounds to me he is not prepared. Scouting should be done during the college seasons and film should be reviewed to confirm your board after the combine. I guess someone forgot to prepare for the test.

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