The concept of this article is really simple. You’ve probably figured it out already and it took a little while to compile all these tweets and articles, so with no further ado to you ....
Here’s what I found for the home virtual draft setups for all 32 GMs, and in some cases, coaches too. I will add to this list as relevant tweets and articles are brought to my attention. How do you feel about LA Rams GM Les Snead and HC Sean McVay handling this unique situation compared to the other 31 teams?
Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman
Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace
Bears GM Ryan Pace said today he will draft in his dining room. Has 7 monitors and a cord running from his router down the stairs to his setup to make sure internet is running smoothly. Noted a hiccup the other day when his wife vacuumed and accidentally unplugged his monitors.— Colleen Kane (@ChiTribKane) April 21, 2020
Detroit Lions GM Bob Quinn
Bob Quinn's home office setup:— Pride of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) April 17, 2020
- 3 monitors
- 2 laptops
- 2 cell phones
- main phone
Lions GM Bob Quinn said Detroit’s Director of IT, Steve Lancaster, will be stationed in a Winnebago in his driveway for all hours of the three-day NFL Draft, in case there are any technical issues. Lancaster will go home each night, then return to the RV for draft’s resumption.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 21, 2020
Green Bay Packers GM Brian Gutekunst
We lost Packers GM Brian Gutekunst about nine minutes into his pre-draft conference call— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) April 20, 2020
"Hope that doesn't happen on Thursday," Gutekunst said.
Key comments from Brian Gutekunst's pre-draft conference call + Larry McCarren remembers one of his favorite #Packers stories – Ron Wolf's trade for Brett Favre.— Green Bay Packers (@packers) April 21, 2020
3️⃣ Things ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/FDejLhX1RB
Brian Gutekunst has said multiple times on this call he likes to trade, and not just trade down. Mentioned attacking areas in the draft. He's proven that through two drafts. He's not afraid to move up or down to maximize resources/value.— Peter Bukowski (@Peter_Bukowski) April 20, 2020
Kansas City Chiefs GM Brett Veach
LA Chargers GM Tom Telesco
Chargers GM Tom Telesco is a man after my own heart with his Telework set up. Screens, check, TV, check, stuffed moose you’ve dressed up so you feel less weird having one way conversations with, check. #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/zwKqVhgwg6— Gannon Price (@geotechnically) April 15, 2020
Denver Broncos GM John Elway
Las Vegas Raiders GM Mike Mayock
“To be honest with you, for me personally, it is kind of what I’ve done for the last 20 years,” Mayock said. “I feel very comfortable sitting at my dining room [table] crunching tape, calling college coaches and looking to get any advantage and any information I can on any guy we’re interested in. To be honest with you, as a group, we’re embracing it and I think it’s been a great process.”
Baltimore Ravens GM Eric DeCosta
GM Eric DeCosta checking in with a tour of his Draft room setup: pic.twitter.com/Sqb6GfLY5A— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 22, 2020
Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert
GM Kevin Colbert said during #Steelers Zoom pre-draft press conference we are all going to learn from what we are going through now, and from their perspective it will make them more efficient.— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) April 20, 2020
The team has interviewed 125 players already - including 37 Facetime interviews. pic.twitter.com/cjLUkOAQkP
#Steelers GM Kevin Colbert on preparing for this NFL Draft: 'I think moving forward, we're all going to learn from this. We're going to find ways, not only in football, but in real life where we're all going to be more efficient at what we do.' https://t.co/4Zov154wUE— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) April 20, 2020
Cincinnati Bengals GM Mike Brown
Text from a participant on the NFL’s mock draft that started at 1 pm EST. “Mock draft today already technical glitch w Cincinnatis 1st pick!!! Brutal.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 20, 2020
Bengals Head Coach Zac Taylor
"We feel very comfortable with Joe Burrow as a prospect."— Joey Burrow (@FauxJeaux) April 22, 2020
Zac Taylor is giddy af pic.twitter.com/NWCdNys6Hm
Head Coach Zac Taylor speaks with the media ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft https://t.co/FtLacJaP3v— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) April 21, 2020
Cleveland Browns GM Andrew Berry
Andrew Berry said there will be 12-13 people communicating with him on draft night, along with a broader slack channel for more personnel— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) April 20, 2020
Dallas Cowboys GM Jerry and Stephen Jones
Adam Schefter said that some teams are saying it's not fair that Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones get to be in the same home on draft day.— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) April 7, 2020
Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones: pic.twitter.com/F4Qls4Bb4k
"I like the spot we're in at 17.”— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) April 21, 2020
Jerry Jones is confident 17th pick gives them options.
Philadelphia Eagles GM Howie Roseman
Howie Roseman said he actually had his home office redone by the Eagles IT department to basically give him everything he has at work at home. Says there are no excuses in this draft. #Eagles— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) April 16, 2020
“There are a lot of people going through very difficult times right now and, for us, we think this is an opportunity to provide a distraction for the fans and have the draft, and to do a good job.” - Howie Roseman#FlyEaglesFly— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) April 16, 2020
Eagles HC Doug Pederson
Doug Pederson's power move, and other details surrounding the Eagles' virtual draft set-up: https://t.co/wbrCLxxznL— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) April 20, 2020
New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman
Dave Gettleman trying to figure out what the Chargers want for Antonio Gates pic.twitter.com/oEbwhtGENd— Eliot Crist (@EliotCrist) April 21, 2020
Washington Head Coach Ron Rivera
You lead from the front and by example – lessons learned from my father’s experience in the @USArmy. It has guided me through life and to my job as new HC of the @redskins. Thanks to @USAA for sharing our behind-the-scenes look @ #NFLDraft prep #SaluteToService #HTTR #USAAPartner pic.twitter.com/KW4f4gkLeB— Ron Rivera (@RiverboatRonHC) April 21, 2020
Ron Rivera’s draft room is all set, and after several in-house mock drafts, so are the Redskins.— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) April 22, 2020
Inside the coach's digs, which will include his family and dogs: https://t.co/sGSlhCWw9f
New England Patriots GM/HC Bill Belichick
So when are we going to see Bill Belichick's draft setup?— Sam Minton (@sam_minton22) April 22, 2020
In terms of the draft, it’s a little bit different logistically over the last month from where we’ve been in the past. But as usual, Nick Caserio and his staff have done a great job of putting things in order, assembling information, following up on all the many things that we have to try to look at. I know it’s not normal, but I think we’ve had – we’ve accumulated a lot of information, we’ve had a lot of opportunities to talk about all the players and all the other things that are involved here in this process, and there will be more as we go forward between ourselves and the league and with other teams and so forth. So, still have some work to do in that area in terms of just seeing exactly how everything’s going to function. We’ve talked about it and have an idea, but we’ll actually put it into place early next week and just see exactly how it’s going to go. But, I’m sure that it’s all well thought out and organized from a league standpoint, and we’ll just do our part when we’re involved in the process. That’s really about where we are here and there’s some things going forward that haven’t been detailed out yet in terms of logistics and specific communications and so forth, but I think the general idea is to handle this the way it’s been handled in the past. We just can’t be together, so we’ll communicate in other ways to be able to exchange ideas and opinions and thoughts and make decisions. So, that’s where we are now.
Q: Because of the circumstances this offseason, have you mastered the technique of all this technology that you maybe have not bothered with over the years?
BB: I’d say master is probably not the right word, Dan, but I’m certainly better at it than I was four weeks ago. I mean, I didn’t know what half of this was. But, at least now I can do more than I did, let’s put it that way. So, I get a little better every day – learn a new button or learn a new thing to click on and see what trick that does. So, yeah, it’s been very, very educational as a first floor, maybe even the basement – I’ve lived below the first floor. Yeah, it’s been interesting to get educated on different technologies. Dan Famosi has done a tremendous job for us because he’s had to navigate a lot of this. I mean, there’s the coaching side of it, there’s the scouting, there’s the playbook and preparing for the offseason program side of it, meetings and so forth. Just to be able to deal with so many people that are – some are very proficient at some of the things we’re doing, and others, like myself, are remedial. And so putting things together on a lot of different levels for multiple groups and interactions that cross over different connections and needs and ‘can we do this with this type of meeting and this kind of conversation and can we do something else’ – you know, some are one-on-ones, some it’s five people, 10 people, 20 people, and we’re preparing for larger groups than that. So, there really are a lot of moving parts, and Dan’s done a tremendous job for us and tried to pull a lot of things together and remotely help out people like me that need a lot of help.
New York Jets GM Joe Douglas
Locked in.— New York Jets (@nyjets) April 22, 2020
Joe Douglas has a Joe Namath poster on his wall pic.twitter.com/rduJuAektp— (@NYJets_Media) April 21, 2020
Miami Dolphins GM Chris Grier
What makes this year different is that none of them will be at Grier’s side when he selects, so the feedback and the pressure-packed discussions must come by video hook-ups.
It’s not the ideal scenario by any means, but part of the new world in which we now live. It’ll be challenging enough for the teams with only one selection in the first round. But three first round selections? Made in the solitude of your own home? With an entire fan base anxiously peaking over your shoulder?
I’m sure it’ll be an experience unlike any Grier has ever had.
“It’ll be different,” he says, “but we’re ready to go.”
Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane
Bills fans have to love Brandon Beane. On unique draft situation:— Sal Capaccio (@SalSports) April 15, 2020
"Our approach is to nail this draft, and to make the most of it. And I hope some teams do make some mistakes, and some players fall that maybe wouldn't have otherwise. But we can't let that happen from our end"
PMT 4/17 is live featuring @BuffaloBills GM Brandon Beane + @JayGlazer comes on to apologize to Big Cat + America & we talk to star of new @HBO doc "The Scheme" Christian Dawkins.— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) April 17, 2020
- Fyre fests, flushmore, fiesta bowl preview & more
DL + LISTEN ---> https://t.co/nAh2Qz0Hyi pic.twitter.com/R97pYAs5gU
Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff
"You pray for a run on whatever position you feel you're strong at."— Justin Felder (@Justin_FOX5) April 22, 2020
We asked #Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff about this yesterday ... sort of. We asked, specifically, if he's hoping for a run on QBs. Here's his answer, and he'd have reason to feel similarly about tackle. pic.twitter.com/WNaBcG6D7A
Carolina Panthers GM Marty Hurney
Panthers HC Matt Rhule
Matt Rhule is virtual Draft ready pic.twitter.com/rt4fScIhHG— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) April 22, 2020
New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis
Good thing Saints GM Mickey Loomis has a generator at his home with storms in N.O. forecast during draft weekend. But does Sean Payton have one, too?— Glenn Guilbeau (@LSUBeatTweet) April 22, 2020
Saints HC Sean Payton
According to Saints players I talked to, Head Coach Sean Payton told them this morning they are not having a team-lead offseason program even if rules change. Payton held a zoom meeting with over 80 players a short while ago and said “We are not having an offseason program."— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) April 22, 2020
Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Jason Licht
And if all else fails?
Licht will pick up the telephone and call Ken Fiore, the NFL’s vice president of player personnel, and give the league the name of the Bucs’ pick.
There are contingency plans for backup plans, but despite the awkwardness and inconvenience of conducting arguably the most important draft in club history in a virtual fashion during the COVID-19 outbreak, Licht expects everything to go smoothly.
“Sometimes you can get over-technical in these situations,” Licht said Thursday in a conference call. “You want to make sure you have a hardline phone. You want to make sure you have several phones available to you, cell phones, what have you. But sometimes it comes down to old-fashioned picking up the phone and calling on the league office and saying, ‘We’re going to pick this player.’
“We’ll have all our scenarios done when the draft starts in terms of where I would trade up, where I would trade back. What we’d be looking for, what we would be wanting. What players we’re going to take in order — those types of things. But in terms of the technical part? We’re still working through it a little bit, but I feel very confident.”
But just in case, Licht will participate in a mock draft hosted by the NFL sometime in the next two weeks in an attempt to iron out any kinks.
“I may pick a kicker,” Licht joked on the Rich Eisen Show on Thursday.
San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch
Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider
John Schneider was talking about the setup in his house and said: "I'm not gonna lie to you I've had a couple of walls ripped up and had people in my house working on it."— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) April 22, 2020
Not sure how I didn't catch that at first. Man, what? lol
John Schneider is holding his own, 2nd NFL draft practice today with 4 other teams' GMs--to nail down how to trade virtually. Of course he is.— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) April 22, 2020
As Pete Carroll is saying even about #Seahawks technology for this unprecedented draft: Always compete. https://t.co/FoEOWsGyW4
#Seahawks GM John Schneider said his understanding is that there’s going to be an honor system in place for the virtual #NFL draft in which teams negotiating a trade that exceeds the time limit on their pick won’t be jumped by teams behind them.— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) April 21, 2020
John Schneider said they had one virtual prospect interview where the player was laying in bed watching TV.— Joe Fann (@Joe_Fann) April 21, 2020
Los Angeles Rams GM Les Snead
Les Snead still going with Instagram filter glasses. pic.twitter.com/cumHypdcJH— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) April 21, 2020
LA Rams HC Sean McVay
Scene from the Covid-19 era: Here's #Rams coach Sean McVay showing off the #NFLDraft "command center" at his home as he and GM Les Snead did a video chat with reporters today. I saw at least 6 screens. "It looks like I could set off a rocket ship at this thing, man," McVay said. pic.twitter.com/2SK3mcLm5x— Kevin Modesti (@KevinModesti) April 22, 2020
Sean McVay on his multimonitor 'command center' at home for the NFL draft. “It looks like I can set off a spaceship at this thing."— Gary Klein (@LATimesklein) April 21, 2020
Sean McVay shared a preview of his setup for the draft. He says it looks like he could set off a spaceship from his command center https://t.co/Gtn5vOI92y— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) April 21, 2020
Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim
During a zoom call with local media today, Cardinals GM Steve Keim wore a Pat Tillman jersey, referencing Tillman as a good reminder of the caliber of player they are looking for, including heart, passion and intangibles. Very cool. pic.twitter.com/RuYePT8Ssu— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 15, 2020
It's rare to see an @NFL GM wear a team jersey. @AZCardinals GM Steve Keim proudly displayed this Pat Tillman classic during his #NFLDraft preview presser.— Jim Omohundro (@jimohms) April 15, 2020
Learn more about the @pattillmanfnd and how Pat continues to inspire people of all ages. ⬇️ https://t.co/ZPYXl7cYr8 pic.twitter.com/J9YLVOyzhe
Cardinals GM Steve Keim, on working from home: “Unfortunately three of my sons think they know more about the draft than I do. So on a daily basis, I get their updated Top 15, who we should take, a lot of comments that I’m trash...so they would agree with a lot of the fans.”— Nick King (@NickKingSports) April 15, 2020
Fan art found in the sub of Steve Keim’s Zoom Press Conference pic.twitter.com/aiURmrfcGd— Arizona Cardinals | Reddit (@CardsSubreddit) April 17, 2020
Tennessee Titans GM Jon Robinson / HC Mike Vrabel
Houston Texans HC Bill O’Brien
Bill O'Brien, a stay at home coach, adapts to new guidelines https://t.co/KKjISv4Mjf— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) April 19, 2020
Bill O'Brien said he uses social distancing guidelines while meeting on his back patio with Jack Easterby, Matt Bazirgan at his home— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 16, 2020
O'Brien says he and Jack Easterby made the Brandin Cooks trade from O'Brien's back patio in Houston.— B. Scott from Hiram Clarke (@brandonkscott) April 16, 2020
Jacksonville Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell
“We will have everyone on a Microsoft Teams call, everybody that normally would be in the draft room will be on the call,” Caldwell said on April 16 when asked how the team will manage the draft virtually.
“There will probably be some additional people now that we are not limited by space. (Owner) Shad Khan will be on the call, too and Doug (Marrone), myself. Anybody that normally is in the draft room (will be on the call).”
Aside from being in a virtual draft room with their own personnel, Caldwell and Marrone will also be on another call for administrative purposes.
“We will also have a call that is tied to the league and Doug, myself and probably (Director of Football Administration) Tim Walsh will be on that call in terms of submitting that pick and for trade purposes,” Caldwell said.
Indianapolis Colts GM Chris Ballard / HC Frank Reich
How are #Colts GM Chris Ballard, head coach Frank Reich and members of their staffs preparing for the draft, and the offseason program, from home?@peter_king today gave an inside look in his weekly “Football Morning In America” piece. Some highlights:https://t.co/dBZ05EIsbZ— Andrew Walker (@AWalkerColts) April 6, 2020