NFL Will Proceed with Virtual 2020 Entry Draft



Josh Hobbs, Editor

On Monday, football fans around the world found out some rather good news, that the NFL was still planning on holding the 2020 draft in late April. But this time around, the NFL Draft will not be what we are accustomed too, where players and fans from around the world watch as their team drafts the future of the franchise. 

This time around, the draft will be carried out virtually, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. All 32 teams were sent a memo by NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, announcing the decision, after he previously stated in late March that the draft would not be hosted in Las Vegas, which was the original plan. 

“Because of these circumstances, Clubs have been advised to prepare to conduct the 2020 Draft entirely outside of their facilities and in a fully virtual format, with club personnel in separate locations and able to communicate with one another and Draft headquarters by phone or internet, said commissioner Goodell in the memo, “We have reviewed this matter in the past few days with both the Competition Committee and CEC, and this will confirm that Clubs will conduct their Draft operations remotely, with club personnel separately located in their homes.”

Ever since the sports world was put on hold due to the coronavirus, all teams have been working just as hard to prepare for a situation like this. We have seen numerous videos and pictures on social media of how teams have had to adjust to the unfamiliar situation.

Some have raised their concerns over the new process. The Baltimore Ravens and the Los Angeles Rams have already raised their concerns over the possibility of other teams hacking. 

“Yeah, big concern,” Coach Harbaugh said during a pre-draft conference Zoom call Monday. “Every time I read something in, like, the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times that talks about how messed up Zoom is, or some of these other deals … I immediately text it to our IT people, and [director of football administration] Nick Matteo’s one of those guys, and they assure me that we are doing everything humanly possible.”

Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff told NBC Sports that he’s worried about how you “make sure your conversations are protected. Someone could hack into this Zoom [interview], and you’re probably not going to learn a lot. Hacking into a team’s draft room on Zoom is probably a lot different.”