2020 NFL Draft: 3 bold predictions regarding the first round

Brandon Aiyuk, Steelers, NFL Draft
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The NFL Draft is usually full of surprises and this year, that should especially be the case. Teams haven’t had nearly as much access to players as they normally do and as a result, there could be some disparity between draft boards.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NFL teams cancelled almost all of their in-person visits with prospects. That limited the ability to gain more information about each prospect to help better the decision making process, including medical examination.

Additionally, many prospects had to record their own version of a Pro Day and send the video to teams. They weren’t able to have NFL scouts witness and verify the results in person. That could hurt the stock of players that were relying on a traditional Pro Day as they were unable to participate at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The decision making process for the actual selections by teams will be different this year, too. The head decision maker will be in their home office making the final call without having a traditional war room arrangement with other members of the front office next to them.

It’s safe to say, this year’s NFL Draft will be different. That could open up the possibility of plenty of unexpected outcomes when it comes to making selections and deciding to make trades. Regardless of what transpires, it will serve as a needed break from reality for many.

With that being said, there are three bold predictions about how this year’s NFL Draft could unfold.