As a result of COVID-19, the NFL Draft will be fully virtual later this month. The fact that the team reps will have to be located separately in their homes makes things complicated enough, but Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh sees another potential issue: hackers.
The Ravens will be using Zoom, a video-conference service, to communicate, and Harbaugh knows that the platform has been attacked by hackers in the past:
“Yeah, big concern,” said the Ravens coach, according to Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun. “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.”
Harbaugh has also wondered if coaches or executives from opposing front offices could breach the Ravens’ conference calls and potentially snag information:
“We’ll see what happens,” the Ravens coach said. “I really wouldn’t want the opposing coaches to have our playbook or our draft meetings. That would be preferable, if we can stay away from that.”
Baltimore owns nine picks in this year’s NFL Draft, and general manager Eric DeCosta says the club is currently considering around 185 players. That’s a lot of information.
The Ravens are coming off of a 2019-20 campaign in which they won a league-best 14 games and captured their second straight AFC North division title. However, they fell to the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.