The Chaos and Changes Created by the Coronvirus in the Draft in Real-Time (1 Viewer)

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I just talked to someone who knows front office personnel and coaches on a bunch of teams. He said the virus created unprecedented Chaos before and during the draft. Here's how he summed it up:

-Not being able to fly out and view team workouts of players of interest negatively impacted scouts and coaches' ability to assess players to the depth they like to double-check: speed, directional change, attitude on field etc....
- Not being able to fly players in to team headquarters for extensive interviews had the same impact as the above bullet and for teams who have a very defined culture and who highly value team culture. This really impacted teams' ability to evaluate fit.
- Not knowing if there will be a season had most teams front offices creating multiple models including financial impact analysis based on guessed scenarios: no season, season but no or limited fans, partial seasons with no or limited fans, if they have to pay players this season if they don't play, if they don't play, how will the NFL rule on final year of contracts, tagging and designations. This came into play for a number teams especially on the early round picks - assessment variables they rarely had to deal with on draft day before

In the virtual team War rooms during the draft, it was 2x to 3x the chaos of normal drafts that was only worse because of the virtual nature and few teams being able to get all the key decision-makers in a single room

Teams were flying around sometimes in like panic mode right before their pick when it became pretty clear which players would be options and frantically calling/Zooming scouts and coaches to check things like:

- "Did anybody really check out the reported off-field behavior issue?" One thing he heard was that a head coach said, "Our freaking head scout is in the toilet and we have to decide in 60 seconds. Tell him to piss in a freakin cup. We need his input now!" lol
- If so, or even if not, "Does anybody think this was a one-off mistake or part of the kids personality? How strongly do you feel about that?"
- "Was anyone able to double-check poor performance in one or more areas at the Combine where the player performed poorly or incredibly well? If not, what's our best team guess on that?"
- "Who checked-out how the player's teammates respected or not their team play, leadership and performance? If not, what's our best guess? Is anybody on the eval team willing to take a risk and vouch for this player?"
- "Did anybody talk to their parents. Will they be supportive or a problem?"
- "What do you mean we can't get in touch with our head scout who talked to that player. We pick in 2-minutes. Keep calling!" One coach said, "What do you mean Zoom just dropped him. What in the hell is Zoom! I don't care about Zoom. If I don't get his feedback in the next 30-seconds I'll zoom something up his arse if we make a mistake on this pick!" - lol

The end result is that teams' ability to evaluate players was severely hampered. This created fear to the coaches and front offices because of the level of risk, both in potential player performance and character. To teams drafting, the smart teams view every pick from a "Risk/Reward" basis. Based on much of the criteria and processes above. Ultimately, in most cases, this all made teams much more conservative than previous years trying to reduce risk more than value reward as they did at times in previous years.

In my friend's personal opinion, he thinks the teams that took very conservative approaches will be better off in the long run. And that a few teams, especially those loaded with draft picks that did not put much emphasis on risk, will get a few steals, but also a lot of mistakes.

And most of this was taking place in minutes and even seconds. Apparently it was 2x more adrenaline-pumping than any other previous draft and will take 2-3 years to see who played this Virus situation to their best advantage.
 
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i am not a front office nfl person and i could have told you the same thing

guido - there were more stories that were hysterical. Not hysterical to the teams picking, but to observers removed from the results. Apparently, a number of GMs and HCs are not tech savvy at all. There was a lot of cursing going on about the online web conferencing challenges and cell networks being jammed or decision makers in remote areas where cell connections sucked

edit "Tell that SOB to run to the top of the hill behind his house like when he actually played ball and could actually move his fat arse!"
 

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i am not a front office nfl person and i could have told you the same thing

But could you have told us this?

"that a head coach said, "Our freaking head scout is in the toilet and we have to decide in 60 seconds. Tell him to piss in a freakin cup. We need his input now!"?

"What do you mean we can't get in touch with our head scout who talked to that player. We pick in 2-minutes. Keep calling!" One coach said, "What do you mean Zoom just dropped him. What in the hell is Zoom! I don't care about Zoom. If I don't get his feedback in the next 30-seconds I'll zoom something up his arse if we make a mistake on this pick!"
 

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"What do you mean Zoom just dropped him. What in the hell is Zoom! I don't care about Zoom. If I don't get his feedback in the next 30-seconds I'll zoom something up his arse if we make a mistake on this pick!"

It was going so well until this, which was obviously not actually said by anyone.
 
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"What do you mean Zoom just dropped him. What in the hell is Zoom! I don't care about Zoom. If I don't get his feedback in the next 30-seconds I'll zoom something up his arse if we make a mistake on this pick!"

It was going so well until this, which was obviously not actually said by anyone.

Sounds like you were in on the calls. Please share more that I did not hear about.
 
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There’s a reason Baun fell and it was very likely because of the urine sample and teams’ difficulty assessing its importance. The Saints risk was offset a bit by his ultimate price tag. But without question he is the highest risk draft pick
 
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I wish we could still get info from Coach Pete on this Swimmer

You did on this post - lol. Coach Pete's name seems to create severe unhappiness, pain, suffering, anger and even clinical depression to a small percentage of SR members. During these brutal times of the virus, I want to express my caring for all those having an extra special hard time and don't want to increase their fear and unhappiness with Coach Pete threads. And Pete doesn't want anymore official "Coach Pete" threads on SR.

He told me 2x more stories than I shared here, most really funny about the draft.

There were a lot of F-bombs being dropped by GMs and HCs during the entire draft. Another story was that the non tech-savvy HCs and GMs, and even many of those who had little experience with video conferencing software, occasionally or often not sure when they were only on Zoom with their draft team or when they were actually on air. Apparently there were numerous incidents where HCs are GMs were texting, "Are we freakin on TV or is this still private to us? Can I speak my feakin mind clearly without Gruden hearing who we want?"

There were rumors that the networks were delaying the national feedback of teams for 3-5 seconds because of the level of cursing from uncertainty by the teams if they were on air or not. For those of you in TV media, is this even possible to temporarily delay a live broadcast?
 

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