The NFL is reportedly implementing an “optional” medical re-check policy to help draft prospects who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Noted NFL draft analyst Rob Rang shared the news on this development Wednesday, noting “Affected players who participate will be evaluated by a local third-party doctor with their results sent to all 32 teams.”
The NFL has locked down team facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic, and NFL team doctors have made it clear they won’t be doing physicals until the health crisis has passed.
With that in mind, this is a positive development that could potentially be very big news for players who have injury concerns. In particular, it is potentially very big for Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, whom we highlighted Tuesday as a player who could take a draft-day tumble due to his medical history and the inability for teams to properly evaluate him.
However, as noted by Albert Breer of The MMQB recently, teams may not fully trust a third-party evaluation — especially when it comes to a player who would be such a potential game-changer for their franchise.
This year’s draft is certainly going to be a heck of a lot different than anything we’ve seen in recent memory. It’s going to be fascinating to see how teams handle the unique circumstances.