They say the world of sports never stops, and that has become increasingly clear over the past few weeks. Much of the world has been asked to quarantine themselves in order to collectively help get the pandemic under control.
But with the NFL Draft just weeks ahead, teams have needed to use some creativity when preparing their draft boards.
This was mostly recently shown with the Las Vegas Raiders. According to Ian Rapoport, the Raiders have turned to FaceTime to conduct interviews with draft prospects, including Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert. Herbert has reportedly also spoken with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Teams have an expensive multi-year investment in many of these prospects. And missing on these players could set organizations back for a number of years. So when everyone is advised to quarantine themselves indoors, that has not halted teams from getting the information they need.
The Raiders only have the sixth-best odds to draft Herbert, but assuming this call went well, it wouldn't be much of a shock to see the team attempt to trade up for the Oregon product.
Should this prove to be an effective evaluation method, it will be interesting to see if the future holds more remote interviews and evaluations.
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