The 2020 NFL Draft is a few days away and with the NFL set to hold a fully-virtual draft, the league will be hosting a mock draft on Monday to help teams prepare.
All 32 teams will take part in the NFL’s virtual mock draft, which will take place at 1 pm EST. The virtual experience will be a two-round mock, per ESPN’s Field Yates, and allow for organizations to adjust to the new set up.
The NFL wanted to find a way to help provide teams with a practice run and address numerous concerns for the fully-virtual draft. Among the issues clubs had, several believe trades would be impacted and that hacking would cause significant problems.
Fortunately, the NFL is putting several safeguards in place to assure general managers that the process will be smooth.
Monday’s mock draft, the third simulation done by the league, will use a randomized list of 2020 draft prospects. As detailed by The Athletic, each team will be assigned different prospects when they are on the clock and the general manager will type in the pick then submit them through Microsoft Teams.
The final mock draft will allow teams to make trades, giving them time to test out their communication methods and learn how to agree to and submit deals in the virtual format.
Credit to the NFL for taking a thing football fans love and using it to help teams prepare for this unique experience. It’s the perfect way for clubs to adjust to this unprecedented event without leaking any of their draft reports.