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Lions’ Matt Patricia is well prepared for 2020 NFL Draft

Matt Patricia, Lions

Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia is not concerned about the proceedings of the 2020 NFL Draft, which will take place virtually later this month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Team executives and coaches will have to coordinate via technology due to the fact team facilities will be closed, but Patricia said he and his staff will be unfazed due to proper preparation (via Jeff Risdon of USA TODAY):

“We always prepare for whatever we need to do from a work standpoint, from a job standpoint, whether it’s camps or the draft,” Patricia said via the Free Press. “We’re going to be ready to go for whenever the NFL decides we need to do that, so that’s what we’re pushing towards.”

However, Patricia did acknowledge this as a very different offseason because of the “face to face” nature by which teams usually conduct scouting business:

“In the football world, we are very face to face … we have a lot of meetings, group meetings, and being able to watch film and be able to discuss topics in kind of that boardroom setting has been a little bit of a different challenge for us.

“But certainly there’s different apps and software out there that we’re using right now to be able to kind of do those things, which is great and so we can stay on top of the work that needs to be done.”

Of course, the Lions are just one of the 32 teams who will have to show their adaptability in this unprecedented draft format.

Nevertheless, Patricia seems confident Detroit’s front office will maintain their methodical approach.

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