The NFL draft always gives you some unexpected twists and turns. You see big trades, unexpected trades, you see players going earlier than expected or going to a team that wasn’t really considered prior. However, with the coronavirus has disrupted the normal draft process which has left us with less knowledge of what teams are doing than thinking than normal.
NFL Network’s lead draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah tweeted out that the lack of Pro Day’s where scouts go and spend time together and talk about prospects has led to a lack of group-think among analysts who often get their info from scouts.
I believe we'll see less groupthink in the draft this year. At pro days, coaches & scouts (from diff teams) spend so much time around each other & they end up forming a consensus on players. Not the case this year. Some will be shocked at how high/low these guys go.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 17, 2020
This is leading to many mock drafts who we all read and get an idea of how the first-round of the draft may pan out being more wrong than normal. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport spoke to an NFL General Manager who said just this. He told him that the media is “wronger” about mock drafts this year than they usually are.
So what does this mean? Well, it means that we should be in for a wild first-round of the 2020 NFL Draft. I say this because everything we think we know might be way off base or just a little off base. Some teams may grade prospects higher or lower than normal.
At the end of the day, where analysts the draftniks rank prospects don’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things. All 32 teams have their own draft boards and their own rankings of prospects. So, with less group-think among scouts who then relay their information to the analysts/media, we could be in for a wild first-round draft with some “reaches” or players who we think should go higher, drop lower than expected.
I’m here for that sort of nonsense to happen. We’re going to have Goodell announcing picks from his basements, teams making their picks remotely from home and just something we have never seen before. So, add in some surprise to the draft and we should have a fun first-round.
What surprise picks, trades, prospects going higher than expected, prospects going lower than normal, or such shenanigans in general do you think will happen next Thursday night?
News and notes around the league
Bears sign Rashaad Coward, J.P. Holtz, Ramiz Ahmed - ProFootballTalk
The Bears announced several moves Friday.
Besides releasing veteran tight end Trey Burton and signing veteran offensive lineman Jason Spriggs, which previously were reported, the Bears also signed offensive lineman Rashaad Coward, tight end J.P. Holtz and kicker Ramiz Ahmed.
Jaylon Johnson should be cleared by early August - ProFootballTalk
His surgeon, Dr. Peter Millett, said in a letter that Johnson is expected to make a full recovery “without any restrictions or limitations,” Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports. Millett said Johnson’s rehab is ahead of schedule, and he expects Johnson to be ready for “full unrestricted football activities” in early August
Report: Jamal Adams doesn't plan to participate in offseason program - ProFootballTalk
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Jets safety Jamal Adams is not expected to participate when the team convenes for its voluntary virtual program later this month.
Patrick Mahomes topples Tom Brady as top seller in player merchandise - ProFootballTalk
The man who has sold merchandise like no other has been superseded. For now.
According to the NFL Players Association, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes overtook former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in total merchandise sales, for the period from March 1, 2019 through February 29, 2020.
Roger Goodell on holding the draft as scheduled: It's important to have normalcy - ProFootballTalk
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league’s decision to have the draft as scheduled next week is part of keeping as much of a sense of normalcy is possible at this time.
Bengals QB Andy Dalton at peace even with uncertain future - NFL.com
Andy Dalton's future with the Cincinnati Bengals is uncertain, but even in unprecedented times, the QB is at peace with whatever happens, NFL Network's Michael Silver reports.
NFC Roster Reset: Bucs, Cards add spice to loaded conference - NFL.com
Will Tom Brady's Bucs upend the NFC? Are Drew Brees' Saints sitting comfortably above the fray? Can Kyler Murray's Cards make some noise? Marc Sessler assesses the pecking order in this loaded conference.
Which team is under the most pressure to nail 2020 NFL Draft? - NFL.com
With the 2020 NFL Draft less than one week away, decision makers are feeling the crunch as they finalize their draft boards. But which team is under the most pressure? Brian Baldinger says it's Dave Gettleman and the Giants, but four others disagree. Let's debate!
DeAndre Hopkins: Trade to Cards 'wasn't a big surprise' - NFL.com
It seems no one saw the DeAndre Hopkins trade coming at the beginning of free agency. Well, expect for Hopkins. The Cardinals' new All-Pro wideout said he'd been preparing for the Texans to deal him.
Von Miller's COVID-19 plea: 'Take this thing serious' - NFL.com
After testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, Broncos linebacker Von Miller has been vocal about the need to practice social distancing. He reiterated that message in a video Friday.
Roundup: Bears cutting TE Trey Burton after 2 years - NFL.com
The Bears are releasing tight end Trey Burton, just two years after inking him to a four-year, $32 million deal. After posting a career year in 2018, the former Eagle caught just 14 passes during an injury-plagued 2019.
Team fits for Jameis Winston; Panthers smart to pay McCaffrey? - NFL.com
With Jameis Winston still on the market, Bucky Brooks identifies three teams that would be a good fit for the free agent. Plus, did the Panthers make the right call on Christian McCaffrey, and which WR prospect is on the rise?
Top OT prospect Becton's combine drug test flagged - NFL.com
Mekhi Becton, projected to be one of the first offensive tackles selected in next week's draft, is one of multiple players whose drug tests from the Scouting Combine were flagged, Ian Rapoport reports.
Roger Goodell: NFL Draft-A-Thon great way to 'give back' - NFL.com
The NFL announced Friday that the 2020 NFL "Draft-A-Thon" will be hosted on the league's digital and social channels and will be featured across the live draft coverage on NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ABC on April 23-25.