We are in a new world as we try to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, but for the NFL, the show must go on and that means a virtual draft. Drafting remotely doesn’t sound all that difficult for the millions of Americans working from home, but NFL teams are quite secretive and will be discussing important tactical moves via programs like Zoom.
Ravens coach, John Harbaugh, is worried about cyber-hacking during the draft. On a call with Baltimore Sun’s Jonas Schaffer, Harbaugh said, “Every time I read something in, like, the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times that talks about how messed up Zoom is, or some of these other deals ... I immediately text it to our IT people, and [director of football administration] Nick Matteo’s one of those guys, and they assure me that we are doing everything humanly possible.”
Zoom has had trouble with hacking, especially now with the platform getting extremely busy with social distancing being the norm across the country. That has prompted the company to increase protections, enabling default waiting rooms and passwords. Those changes likely won’t stop NFL teams from worrying and preparing for the worst.