The National Football League (NFL) Draft, also often called the Player Selection Meeting, is always an incredibly popular event for both live and televised audiences. This year, amid strict shelter in place instructions that are still being enforced, the live viewing has unfortunately been cancelled. However, just as your favorite desktop and mobile casino make it possible to enjoy slots, Roulette and all the other games that you love from anywhere, the broadcast will bring the magic of the draw to your very own television set. The wonders of technology never cease!
NFL Draft Basics
The NFL Draft has been staged annually since 1936, when it was created to even the playing field during rookie selection. The basic idea remains the same, and today all eligible rookies, who must have been out of high school for at least three years, are pooled together for the Player Selection Meeting. Historically, most candidates have been attending college and playing in their varsity teams, although the NFL rules do not stipulate that they have to be.
During the first round of the Player Selection Meeting, each team in the NFL is assigned a position on the selection roster, in reverse-order of their previous year’s record of performance. In other words, the winner of the most recent Super Bowl is last and lowest-ranked non-playoff side is first.
All teams are given a single pick, totaling 32 in each of the Draft’s seven rounds. Additional selections, called Compensatory Picks, are awarded according to how many free agents a squad lost in the previous year.
Picks can also be traded, so that a side makes no selections in one round in order to make multiple selections in another. Players can be used as bargaining chips in this way too; coaches and managers might decide that giving up a certain player is worth it because they gain more picks. In addition, teams are allotted a certain salary cap depending on how many picks they’re entitled to.
By now, it should be very clear that watching all the trading across the draft floor is as thrilling as any Super Bowl final! That’s why the televised broadcasts have become such hot advertising commodities, and why die-hard fans queue for hours for tickets to watch the events live.
Armchair experts around the world also spend a lot of time speculating over what will happen, and pouring over mock drafts for each team. These mock drafts are exactly what they say they are; mock-ups of what every individual’s ideal drafting session would look like. As you can imagine, the managers and coaches who participate in the NFL Player Selection Meeting go in armed with very careful game plans on who they are going to draft, along with contingency plans on what to do in every eventuality. Quarterback from LSU, Joe Burrow, has been tipped by many to be the number one overall draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals.
2020’s Draft With a Difference
The current physical restrictions that have caused so many sporting and other events to be cancelled have led to some major adjustments to the 2020 NFL Draft. As has been the case since 2010, it will take place over three days – in this case, it will start on Thursday the 23rd of April and conclude on Saturday the 25th of April.
This year’s Player Selection Meeting was scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has since announced that all teams will need to find alternate facilities. Other adjustments will also need to be made, since hosts, crews and everyone involved in the broadcasts will also need to maintain health and safety measures. In addition, the major exhibition days, where scouts and coaches check athletes’ abilities and make preliminary selections, have not been possible.
However, just as they say in the world of theater, the show must go on! What we do know for sure, at this stage, is that the Cincinnati Bengals will make the first selection and the Kansas City Chiefs will choose last in the first round. One bright spot for the most dedicated fans among us is that, this year, everyone will have to watch the action on a television or device screen. There simply won’t be any FOMO to be had!