NFL: Draft will be “fully virtual” with team personnel in separate locations

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The NFL told teams last week that they were deciding between allowing small gatherings of club personnel to work together during the draft or requiring everyone to work from their homes by themselves.

The league announced its ruling on Monday. In a memo delivered to all teams and obtained by PFT, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote that teams should prepare for a “fully virtual.” Club personnel will be located “in separate locations and able to communicate with one another and Draft headquarters by phone or internet.”

Goodell’s decision is based on a desire to have all teams operating in a “consistent and fair way” at a moment when some areas have more stringent orders restricting gatherings and/or movement than others. Goodell wrote that the league also wants everyone “to comply with government directives and to model safe and appropriate health practice” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teams have been preparing for this decision, so it likely won’t change much about their preparations for a draft that’s going to look completely different from what we’ve grown accustomed to over the years.

32 responses to “NFL: Draft will be “fully virtual” with team personnel in separate locations

  1. I guess this impacts the Saints the most publicly since they were purportedly planning to use Dixie Beer brewery to host their meeting.

  2. The chances a team doesn’t get their pick in on time just went up by a huge percentage. I would not be surprised if it happens in this draft.

  3. So I remember buying a newspaper back the late 80’s and early 90’s to find out who was drafted. I’d rather go back to the old way of the draft and stop all the bs that came along with the televised version. It’s been dragged out over 3-4 day tv even when it was done in 1 or 2.

  4. If there is no 2020 season will the 2021 draft be the same draft order or lottery? Or will there be no 2021 draft at all with college season? And will owners pay the rookie contracts when they may not play at all this year? What will happen with no rookie minicamps the weekend after for the 20-30 undrafted guys undrafted? Can undrafted guys rescind their interest in the NFL and hopefully go back to college for a year even if there is no college football and re-enter the draft next year, if there is one?

  5. Sure, those “war rooms” are large and could feasibly physically distance people, but who’s going to want to stick around when someone coughs and/or sneezes?

  6. None of the definitions of “virtual” fit this usage of the word. The 2020 draft will be remote.

    Remote
    (of a place) situated far from the main centers of population; distant.

  7. I’m just happy to have something to look forward to. Thank you NFL for not letting us down.

  8. The Patriots already have a team of hackers in place to hack into 31 other ZOOM meetings as soon as the draft starts.

  9. skins716 says:
    April 6, 2020 at 3:35 pm
    Draft trades and all should be locked in at least 2 days before to avoid mishaps.
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    That’s not how it works, for sooo many reasons.

  10. The technology exists to do this. If they practice the tech, and get used to how it works, they can make it work for them. That said I believe not allowing a gathering of less than 10 who are smart about staying healthy is an over reaction. This is the NFL avoiding bad press.

  11. it will be the most watched show in the history of tv!Fans will be suffering from withdrawal so bad by then. They would watch team colored paint dry if they put it on tv.

  12. They should all be using those dorky Oculus helmets and working together through the online. What type of avatars would they be using? Hmmmm…..fascinating….fascinating…..

  13. All legitimate questions. But the NFL will hold its season. All games will be played in the states where governors continue to believe that social distancing, quarantines, and the like serve no purpose. The NFL will buck the trend of data driven decision making because the dollar is more important to everyone involved (including most players if you are to believe the owners) and these days there is nothing more American than denying data or science.
    Frazier28/7 says:
    April 6, 2020 at 3:57 pm
    If there is no 2020 season will the 2021 draft be the same draft order or lottery? Or will there be no 2021 draft at all with college season? And will owners pay the rookie contracts when they may not play at all this year? What will happen with no rookie minicamps the weekend after for the 20-30 undrafted guys undrafted? Can undrafted guys rescind their interest in the NFL and hopefully go back to college for a year even if there is no college football and re-enter the draft next year, if there is one?

  14. Frazier28/7 asks many legitimate questions but gets voted down. Why? Does it hurt your brains to have to think too hard?

  15. The NFL is lucky this virus happened in todays day and age as opposed to 20 years ago, heck even 10-12 years ago. If this virus had hit back in say the year 2000 this would of been a much much bigger problem for the NFL.

  16. mytor1962 says:
    April 6, 2020 at 3:48 pm
    So I remember buying a newspaper back the late 80’s and early 90’s to find out who was drafted. I’d rather go back to the old way of the draft and stop all the bs that came along with the televised version. It’s been dragged out over 3-4 day tv even when it was done in 1 or 2.

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    Agreed. The televised draft is an absolute bore fest rivaled only by the combine. I’d even rather watch the Pro Bowl over them. S-can them both.

  17. whenwilliteverend says:
    April 6, 2020 at 3:14 pm
    What are they going to do if some team experiences an internet outage?
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    They will exercise some common sense and use an alternate provider (cell data, etc) or make contact via cell phone or landline. The odds of ALL of those going out are small barring some sort of natural disaster.

  18. Haven’t heard much about “Jersey Bill Parcells”lately. It would be an interested discussion to have “Jersey Guy Chris” interview Tuna and get his take on the upcoming draft;tell about what goes on in teams war rooms and how he would anticipate the upcoming draft to be conducted.

  19. Maybe this way guety won’t find the injured and half motor guys ala uncle Ted’s process. They should be tougher to stumble upon this way.

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