The Philadelphia Eagles did their homework by meeting with a few 2020 NFL Draft prospects before the league’s decision to eliminate pre-draft visits.
The goal was to meet with 30 of the best prospects from the NCAA before 2020’s NFL Draft in April. Then, in the wake of everything that has gone on with the COVID-19 pandemic, league offices felt as though it would be wise to end pre-draft visits for the remainder of the current offseason. Before that, the Philadelphia Eagles had reportedly met with a few prospects following the most recent scouting combine.
At times, pre-draft visits are designed to allow teams the opportunity to sit down with players they didn’t have time to meet at the NFL Combine. At other times, the goal is to meet with guys they don’t know to gauge personalities, how prospects approach preparation, and how well they interact with coaches.
The pre-draft process allows the scouting department to create player assessments for their records. When these same players possibly hit the free-agent market in a few years, teams won’t be granted the same level of access.
There’s a lot of useful information that can be gained from pre-draft visits. Unfortunately, between now and the league’s annual selection meeting in April, that’s no longer going to be a part of the pre-draft process. Teams are going to have to be more creative.
Last week, multiple reports surfaced of players the Eagles have met with and other players that they would have had the league not decided to forego the process of allowing teams pre-draft visits. Let’s focus on three of them. We begin with someone who could throw a wedge in the revolving door the Eagles have at linebacker.