NFL ONLY HAS 2 DAYS TO FIX ITS VIRTUAL DRAFT TECH SCREW-UPS!

By Mimi Harrison

The NFL has only two more days before its virtual draft takes place.

Which doesn’t give them too much time to fix the tech glitches they encountered yesterday.

Selecting first overall in the NFL’s virtual mock draft on Monday, Cincinnati somehow managed to screw things up, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who tweeted that a “technical glitch” derailed things straight from the outset.

The NFL decided to hold the mock draft so that general managers from across the league would have the opportunity to get comfortable drafting in a virtual environment and get a chance to make sure their equipment is in working order.

But, as Schefter and his colleague Dianna Russini both reported, things did not go smoothly, beginning with Cincinnati. Whether the technical glitch was the fault of the league or the Bengals IT team is unclear at this point.

Asked a coach to describe this mock draft “You got the NFL main room-that only main people in the organization can log into, you got 15-20 scouts/ coaches on another meeting. You have to find a way to call prospects after you pick them, sign off on trades, lots of moving parts.”

In addition to technical issues like the ones the league dealt with yesterday, some people are concerned hacking could be a problem during the official virtual draft on Thursday.

Assuming they aren’t hacked and their internet doesn’t conk out, the Bengals are expected to take quarterback Joe Burrow out of LSU with the first pick of Thursday’s draft. Knowing that he is likely going to be the top selection, Burrow reportedly reached out to another former No. 1 pick in Peyton Manning.

“Joe called me last week,” Manning said. “We have somewhat of a relationship since he came down to our football camp last summer. He asked me about some of the things that I tried to do when I was a rookie that maybe he can apply to his NFL career — looks like it’s going to be with the Cincinnati Bengals. I told him, ‘Joe, when you’re the first pick in the NFL draft, you’re going to a team that has really earned the first pick in the NFL draft. There are going to be some holes there. There was a reason the Colts were picking No. 1 that year, there’s a reason the Bengals are picking No. 1 this year.’”

It’s the same reason the Bengals can’t even pick correctly during a mock draft that counts for nothing.

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