Sports The 7 things we hope happen in a Zoom NFL Draft
CFL decides to postpone its 2020 global draft due to COVID-19 pandemic
TORONTO — The CFL postponed its 2020 global draft due to the COVID-19 pandemic Tuesday. The draft was scheduled to be held April 16. It will now coincide with the opening of training camps. Teams remain scheduled to open rookie camps May 13 with training camps getting underway May 17. However, last week CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said the league was looking into all contingency plans regarding all facets of the 2020 campaign amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. In a statement Tuesday, the CFL said all the top global prospects will be invited to Toronto for a combine before league officials.
Head coaches and general managers are officially staying home for the 2020, which means proceedings . That’s right, one of the league’s biggest weekends of the year may essentially be run like a massive work Zoom meeting.
We here at SB Nation are used to conducting our business using remote technology. The same may not be said for NFL personnel, however, who tend to come from generations more accustomed to archaic forms of technology. With that, here are our predictions for how the draft might go horrifically wrong, based on years of our own video call travails.
Dog/cat/baby/ferret ruins everything
Working from home means working next to my dog much more often. And while he has the fuzzy-wuzziest wittle ears, he’s also an attention diva who loves to come marching onto my lap whenever I’ve started a call, occasionally stepping on the keyboard and opening several applications I didn’t know I had while ruining whatever I was working on. This is how thewill draft a punter at No. 3 overall.
Draft is four weeks away, and the NFL says it’s not moving
Multiple General Managers want to press pause on the draft. The NFL finds their position unpersuasive. “We are moving forward with the Draft as scheduled,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via text message on Thursday morning. The 2020 draft begins four weeks from today. The General Managers subcommittee recently voted 6-1 to recommend a [more]“We are moving forward with the Draft as scheduled,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via text message on Thursday morning.
— Louis Bien
Papa John walks through the shot with no pants on
We all have that one friend who we can’t help but associate with, despite people saying it’s a terrible idea. For Jerry Jones, that’s Papa John. At this point, I assume Papa John’s permanent state of being is pantsless, and I have a sneaking suspicion that at some point during the draft they’re going to cut to Jones in his palatial estate to get his thoughts on the’ draft pick.
Then it happens.
In the corner of the screen a breathless, pantsless, former pizza mogul will saunter on screen — slice of pepperoni is his right hand, container of garlic sauce in his left. Scratching his crotch with the very same slice he’s about to eat. Jones wont notice, but the world will. He will linger on screen entirely too long before realizing what’s happening and leave the frame. We will screen shot it, so it can live forever.
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— James Dator
Bad internet connection disasters
I’m specifically referring to the moment when a team goes to announce its draft pick, the internet begins to cut out, and we don’t hear the name of who was called, only for the connection to magically stabilize immediately right after. The speaker thinks everyone heard them, and chaos takes over.
Is this a horrible way to be drafted for the draftee? Yes. But the draft is already in shambles, so we might as well get a meme-able moment out of it.
— Whitney Medworth
Most videoconference setups allow you to change your user name, assuming that you will do this for smart and necessary reasons. That assumption is a security flaw, and you, general manager of the right cutthroat NFL team, can exploit it in the following manner:
- Right before the draft starts, change your name to “ Front Office.”
- Simultaneously, kill the power and internet connection to whoever’s running the actual Bengals draft. You’ve seen movies. You can figure this part out.
- You, as the false Bengals, are now on the clock. And you’re drafting ... Jake Fromm, Georgia quarterback!
Chaos will ensue as the other franchises and media struggle to figure out what on Earth just happened, and by the time the Bengals get back online, we’ll be four or five picks deep. If they try to explain what happened, everyone will assume they just got cold feet and tell them to deal with it. More likely, they’ll act like drafting Fromm was the plan all along to save face.
Good advice from Tom Ford to look presentable at meetings Zoom
© Provided by Vanity Fair Since the start of confinement, everything has been done through interposed screens. Meetings with colleagues on Zoom , aperitifs with friends on Houseparty , family discussions on FaceTime… So many meetings where everyone appears in their true light, lit by the light of the computer or smartphone, and sometimes pixelated.
— Ryan Nanni
Screen sharing disaster
One of the easiest mistakes to make when you’re on Zoom is accidentally screen sharing something private. The chance of it happening increases tenfold when you’re under pressure, and I can’t think of a situation more stressful than trying to figure out a piece of technology while you’re supposed to make a decision about your team’s future. On television, no less.
I hope the worst case scenario here is seeing a browser tab with an NFL owner’s preferred grocery store and not something more private.
— Hector Diaz
Someone forgets to mute their Zoom line, and the entire world gets to hear a team talk about its big board
Whether it’s a Zoom call or a regular audio conference call, there is always at least one person who does not mute their line, letting us hear people yelling in the background and other random conversations. Normally, it’s just an inconvenience. During the NFL Draft, it could prove disastrous to a team’s plans.
Zoom-Client reveals Windows credentials
© DEFAULT_CREDIT Bug (Image: Shutterstock) The application converts UNC paths into clickable links. This in turn causes Windows to automatically send the login data including a hash of the password to the remote server. An attacker could intercept the data and crack the password with freely available tools. The video conference app Zoom, which is enjoying increasing numbers of users in times of the COVID-19 pandemic, apparently has a security problem.
And yes, I’m saying that if this happens, there is about a 95 percent chance it’s the Raiders.
— David Fucillo
A team logs off too early
We’ve all been there. You’re on a fantasy draft that you are just so totally over, so you set that bad boy to auto and leave it the rest of your fate to the sports gods. I’d say it would be a phenomenal power move from Bill Belichick to just close up shop after the fourth round, but I think he’s a little too persnickety to leave anything to chance. Instead, here’s to hoping Gruden forgets how many rounds there are, and the Las Vegas Raiders take a backup long snapper in the sixth.
— Caroline Darney
Video chats to home workouts, draft prospects get it done .
UCLA running back Joshua Kelley was looking forward to visiting various NFL teams, checking out their facilities and meeting coaches before the COVID-19 pandemic changed the pre-draft process. “I think that would’ve been really dope because I’ve been a fan of the NFL for so long and to get a chance to actually be in a facility and see what goes on would’ve been really cool,” Kelley said. Instead, because the NFL on March 13 barred all in-person pre-draft visits, Kelley and other prospects had to do “virtual” visits with teams. Their conversations with coaching staffs took place on video conferencing technology like Skype, Zoom and FaceTime.