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#pounditSunday, May 16, 2021

Sean Payton is a big fan of the virtual NFL Draft

Sean Payton

The virtual NFL Draft has gone better than many expected, with virtually no technical difficulties. One coach thinks it’s gone so well that future drafts can take some cues from this one.

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said that some “adjustments” could be made to future drafts, and felt that fans enjoyed being able to see draft picks in their houses with their families instead of attending the draft.

“This has gone so well, and I know there’s a way you’re used to doing things, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see maybe some adjustments made,” Payton said on ESPN during Sunday’s draft coverage. “I think the fan loves to see a little bit more of the interaction with each of these draft picks in their houses rather than in some setting where they’re all in their suits.”

Payton may have a point — there’s something fun about seeing draftees in their homes with their families celebrating a huge moment in their lives. There’s also been some charm in seeing executives at home, and it’s led to some funny moments.

Still, most are probably eager to get back to a more traditional draft setting. Perhaps in the future, the league can add some extra feeds to the homes of draftees for extra access in addition to those who formally attend the draft itself.

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