Cowboys offer sneak peek into how they're conducting pre-draft meetings amid the coronavirus
NFL teams are prohibited from any in-person prospect meetings ahead of the draft
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has prevented NFL teams from basically any in-person preparation for the 2020 draft, including oft-anticipated interviews with top prospects. But that's not stopping clubs from racking up meetings with big names who could be selected later this month, as evidenced by a sneak peek inside the Dallas Cowboys' virtual pre-draft process.
The Cowboys took to Instagram this week to document their "first-ever digital interview," a conversation over Zoom with Oklahoma quarterback and potential early-round draft pick Jalen Hurts. Both the coaching and scouting teams, including new head coach Mike McCarthy, were involved in the video conference, while team owner Jerry Jones can be seen conversing with Hurts and his fellow staff.
The Cowboys, of course, aren't the only team utilizing such technology. Just this weekend, the New England Patriots were also said to have used a video conference to , one of their potential draft targets. With all pro days and prospect visits to team facilities cancelled ahead of the draft on April 23-25, this is simply the new reality for both sides involved in the pre-draft process. In fact, the draft itself could look similar, with the NFL with approximately 50 different prospects, as well as team representatives.
As for Dallas specifically, Hurts seems like a long shot to land with the Cowboys, especially considering how high he figures to go later this month (our Josh Edwards has him going in the third round to the Pats in his Dak Prescott.). Then again, we have no word yet on whether Jerry Jones is also using Zoom time to talk contract with
Pick Six Newsletter
Get the day's big stories + fun stuff you love like mock drafts, picks and power rankings.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
Shuttered amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the XFL may not be dead just yet
This despite suggestions that in-person minicamps could still be possible in June
Up to 230 cars will be allowed inside the complex to watch classic movies and old Dolphins...
The lineman clears the air on a potential return for the players
Singletary last coached in the NFL in 2016
Check out how the interior of the $2 billion stadium is shaping up
Here's the perfect way to keep track of all your schedule leaks and updates in one place
CBS Sports is bringing you live updates and analysis as the 2020 NFL Draft wraps up on Saturday
Live scores, highlights and updates from the Jaguars vs. Colts football game