Cancellations Complicate Pre-Draft Process
The NFL offseason has come to a screeching halt. Like the NBA, NHL, NCAA and virtually every other American sports organization, the NFL -- at least most of it -- has adjusted to the growing threat posed by the Coronavirus by almost entirely shutting down its vital offseason operations. As early as Monday of this week, some NFL teams were already pulling coaches away from travel to pro days and advising scouts to drive, not fly, to schools in their regions. By Friday, scores of teams had barred coaches from traveling and scouts from attending pro days. The NFL cancelled its league meetings. The new league year and free agency, slated to start Monday, could be delayed. One by one, schools announced cancellations of pro days. The Eagles on Friday announced a near-shut down of operations at NovaCare Complex, including top-30 prospect visits. Other franchises have reacted similarly. One agent told me he pulled two of his prospects off flights. One longtime AFC scout told me he'd be surprised if all remaining pro days weren't postponed by Monday. It's unclear and unknown how long the freeze on the league's pre-draft process will last, but for a look inside how the shutdown impacts the pre-draft process, check out this Inside the Birds video from Adam Caplan and me.
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