Six ways coronavirus shutdown will alter 2020 NFL Draft

Six ways coronavirus shutdown will alter 2020 NFL Draft

Drew Rosenhaus’ established March and April routine includes traveling to college pro days, not shopping online to construct a makeshift weight room.

He is used to prepping NFL draft prospects for in-person interactions, not sending reminders to find a quiet room at home, put away electronic distractions and dress to impress on a one-hour WebEx call.

But these are just some of the necessary steps taken by the 32-year powerful NFL agent, while grounded at home, to fill the gaps after most pro days, facility visits and private workouts were canceled under coronavirus social-distancing restrictions.

“We’re taping a virtual pro day from A to Z for our clients and distributing it to all the teams,” Rosenhaus said. “We’ve done everything from helping our clients get home gym equipment to connecting them with Peloton, and arranging for them to do social distancing, but find fields where they can go workouts in.”

When the 2020 NFL Draft begins Thursday, decision-makers will have fewer testing numbers, medical evaluations and character insights than usual at their disposal.

What will this year’s vastly different preparation ultimately mean on draft day? Which teams are best-positioned? Which prospects might be most impacted? The Post spoke to experienced agents, scouts and executives who concluded:

Tua Tagovailoa
Tua TagovailoaAP

Continuity matters

Seventeen of 32 head coaches have been in their current jobs less than three years. Four general managers (two of whom are coaches) will be running a draft for the first time. Only five coaches and eight GMs have held the same job since 2010.

“The staffs who have been together a long time — so the general manager knows everyone’s voice in the room — will benefit,” Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy said. “Some guys are high-graders. Some guys are low-graders. The GMs who value what their scouts say is big. That sounds pretty simple, but that’s not the case in most places.”

Area scouts will be difference-makers

A GM with time-tested faith in one area scout over others could default to selecting multiple players from the same region of the country, admits former Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik of SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“It’s the teams that have area scouts with the most knowledge of their players,” NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. “It’s not that you are going to miss out on 40 [yard dash] times. You have to rely on what area scouts were able to gather in the fall to build the profile of what these guys are like as people, workers, football intellect.”

Caution with injury concerns

Limited team-player interactions means limited medical information. Former can’t-miss quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the most notable candidate to slide because of it. There are many more in the middle rounds.

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