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Unorthodox offseason means unusual, unpredictable NFL draft

2021 The only certainty in the confusing NFL draft is that Trevor Lawrence is going to the Jaguars for the first general election.

Beyond that, it really’s anyone’s guess, following the annual parade of championship prospects to the most illegal elections.

The cancellation of the COVID-19 election կրճատ The fall season or rack seasons were followed by the cancellation of the epidemic announcement ացումը The cancellation of individual interviews this spring due to the epidemic.

Teams had to rely on Zoom calls to identify players.

“I have already said that. “What we’re doing is educated divination,” said Giants CEO Dave Getlman. “So this makes us a little more uneducated, not having this personal connection to these players.”

Although all 32 teams received the videos from all 103 business days, the lack of a homogeneous, electronic schedule led to the questionable 40-yard line speeds being manually clocked.

“It is difficult to compare an apple with an orange. “You want everyone to run on the same surface,” said Charging GM Tom Telesco. “It’s the biggest part of the Indianapolis plant when the players come in and do the physical training.”

Only 150 players went to Indy for physical exercise this month, leaving spotted medical reports in the conscription of many athletes out of 259 sets.

All of this should lead to the weekend of the 2021 season, when the NFL hopes that sales will replace the abandonment of a “normal return to sport” in society.

“It’s a very complicated project,” said Mel Kipper Jr., an ESPN analyst. I always say “mysterious / complex” project, because the teams did not have 40-yard speedometers և other measurements և did not manage to mix on their own և to boost prospects.

“Refusals make things even more difficult,” Kuiper added.

“It’s a year like no other,” agreed Duke Tobin, director of the Bengals Orchestra. “There are players in this project who have really played college football for just one year. You design. ”

More than ever!

“There are guys in this project who will be putting on pads for the first time in 20 months in August,” Gatelman said in surprise. “And some of those guys have very, very high marks.”

Hall of Fame executive Bill Polia called this year’s project a return to the past, before technology changed the scout world.

“I think it will probably be less homogeneous than it has been in the past, which is not a bad thing,” Polia said.

NFL network analyst Daniel Rem Jeremiah said the consensus this year was as vague as Tyreek Hill in men’s coverage.

“Look, group opinion is a real thing,” Jeremiah said. “When you get scouts walking around together, we go to the same schools. You’re in the same places watching the same players. “Everyone ends up talking, you kind of get some consensus on some players.”

The same with the combine.

“It simply came to our notice then. “I think in some ways it is better because you get individual grades,” said Jeremiah. “But I can not remember more disagreement, just talking to friends around the league about special players, where (ratings) are so different.”

Jeremiah also sees this change as a positive development.

“It makes it fun,” he said. “I think a lot of the teams I’ve talked to have really tried to reduce their board design more than in previous years.”

Do you know what else is missing?

The whole batch of candidates.

Due to the epidemic, giving the NCAA an extra year of jurisdiction left the crushing players in school. In mid-April, less than 700 players signed a standard representation agreement with an NFL agent, about a third of the regular number.

That left these tough training sessions with college-leading performances to replace the one-time scout factory if they were unlucky enough to be invited to the Senior Cup, where each team spent 15 minutes with them.

The result of all these factors is a dizzying project that is loaded at the top but is blindfolded at the bottom.

“We had many children returning to school. “That will affect half of the project,” Jeremiah said. “That’s why everyone I talk to across the league is just saying, ‘We don’t know what we’re going to do with the sixth or seventh round. If I can get rid of them, I will get rid of them “only because next year’s class, in the sixth or seventh round elections, will be really valuable.”

Those who take risks may find gems this year, but the temptation will be to win the 2022 election, when the set of prospects will be much deeper, և I hope it is better checked.

This weekend, “there will be less to learn about a person’s character because you just did not spend time around him,” said former National Executive Director Mark Dominic.

“The Senior Cup was 15 minutes, many grandmasters did not even go to the Senior Cup. So they did not really meet the players. “

This spring, teams were allowed up to five hours of video conferencing, thus mitigating the blow of not entering or being interviewed at the plant.

However, the team doctors could not get their hands on them.

Last year, everything stopped before the combine, so the teams had good medical reports on the prospects of the top 330. This year it is less than half.

“You have incomplete medical information about these guys, the general manager is not afraid of anything more,” said Rem Jeremiah, who added that the teams “are not puzzled by the football side of the assessment. “(They) mostly make fun of medical items.”

However, to the shock of everything, Brillie Moore, in the narrow suburbs of Kansas, boldly predicted for this year’s draft class that was to take such an unusual side-by-side path.

“Ten years from now,” Moore said, “this lesson will be special because of the mental rigor that everyone has built to pass, to play full-time, off-season this year with the whole climate.”


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