With teams not being able to meet with and work out potential draft prospects due to the coronavirus restrictions, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has proposed adding three more rounds to the 2020 NFL Draft. According to the New York Daily News, this proposal was made to league officials in a recent conference call.
This would eliminate some of the frenzy surrounding the undrafted free agents, but considering teams generally bring in much more that three extra rookies, there will still be the wild-west atmosphere as teams try to fill out their rosters once the draft is concluded.
Colbert ostensibly suggested the idea because he believes that teams will be prone to more mistakes without the additional evaluation time. Colbert’s stance is that a 10-round draft would widen a club’s margin for error.
As an FYI, the Steelers don’t have a pick in the first, third, or fifth round this year, but they were awarded a third-round comp pick and they have an extra fourth-rounder from a trade.
Any changes to the draft would likely need to be approved by both the owners and the NFLPA.
The NY Daily News also reports that teams are allowed to conduct hour-long video-conference meetings with prospects up to three times per week, and that they can interview as many prospects as they want as long as they alert the league to their interview list.
Without any formal workouts scheduled, teams have been asking prospects to film themselves doing specific drills.
What are your thoughts on adding three rounds to the draft?