Uncertainty of Seeing College Football in 2020 May Have Changed NFL Teams Thinking at Draft
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic and its potential affect on the college football season may have sparked urgency for team's who selected quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft
The uncertainty of the upcoming college football season may have sparked urgency within NFL front offices in need of a quarterback at the 2020 NFL Draft.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the NFL draft was conducted virtually, forcing teams to operate differently--and the thinking towards selecting players for the future may have been altered as well.
NBC’s Chris Simms believes the uncertainty of whether we will see college football this fall could have been a real factor for the organizations who selected quarterback’s at last week’s draft.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen with college football next year,” said Simms on Chris Simms Unbuttoned on Friday. “If there’s no college football season, and you’re a team that needed a quarterback in this draft, but decided to wait until next year--how’s that going to work?”
Simms also believes there is a much better chance of seeing NFL action than college football in 2020.
Due to the nature of the NCAA, the start of college sports will depend on how the individual school’s govern accordingly to the pandemic. If schools decide to continue with online learning going into the fall season, the questions about the fate of collegiate athletics are real.
Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert and Jordan Love were the four quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday.
The success of college football fuels the NFL draft and with a potentially altered season on the horizon, the thought process of teams who selected quarterbacks in 2020 may have been as different as ever in these unprecedented times.
“I wonder if that played into some of these organizations thinking about making sure they got the guy they wanted this year, in this draft,” said Simms.
The NCAA is an unique position when acting in accordance with the speed of the COVID-19 outbreak. A reliance of student and alumni support are crucial to the financial health of schools.
Playing games in empty stadiums has been discussed across all sports, and in the case of the NCAA, the question will loom in the coming weeks in an attempt to somehow compromise with the pandemic and the implications it has.
Green Bay, Philadelphia and Buffalo all picked quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft, despite already having starters solidified in that role. The aforementioned Love, Jalen Hurts and Jake Fromm were selected by the respective teams.
All three picks raised questions, and showed a sense of urgency from the teams--waiting until next year’s draft class to provide their organization with quarterback depth is not an option.