By Steve Lansdale
The 2020 NFL Draft will be unlike any other. Originally scheduled for a mass gathering in Las Vegas, the new home of the Raiders, the league’s annual player selection meeting will be held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic, with teams calling in their selections (and trades) from their home facilities, and no players in attendance anywhere to shake the hand of Commissioner Roger Goodell after getting selected.
The NFL Draft is the most popular non-competition event in sports television. Millions gather around their TVs and laptops to play momentary GM, pondering how players will or will not help their teams, lamenting the players who went a pick or two too early, and decrying the trades that “everyone knows” made no sense.
This time of year also means mock drafts are out in huge number. When they first appeared a couple of decades ago, mock drafts were relatively rare and revered as some sort of blueprint for what really would take place when the event got underway.
In the time leading up to the draft each year, members of the media found a second purpose, beyond [habeabk]