NFL teams rely on game tape with virus altering pre-draft routine

In a world without COVID-19, NFL teams would be evaluating players on pre-draft workouts. Due to the spread of the coronavirus, teams will rely on game footage.

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April 1, 2020 - 10:12 AM

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Let’s go to the tape.

NFL teams are having to rely more heavily on game film of college prospects as they prepare for the draft at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has halted business as usual across the globe.

The social distancing spawned by the coronavirus emergency has halted pro timing days at college campuses. It’s also led the league to forbid teams hosting prospects at team headquarters or from visiting them for in-person interviews, face-to-face meetings that are usually such an integral part of the annual evaluations that can make or break a franchise’s fortunes.

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