EA Sports will do its part by creating a “virtual moment” for the extremely unique 2020 NFL Draft that’s scheduled later this month.
Strange times, indeed. While you (and yes, I mean you… unless you’re one of those rulebreakers who’s prancing around in the streets without a care in the world) hunker down in isolation at home, thoughts fly.
What will the world look like in a few months? Will the baseball season ever start? Should I even think about sports? What’ll happen to the 2020 NFL Draft?
If the last question pinged in your brain at any moment, don’t fret; it’s a legitimate question.
Obviously, things will look different this year. Instead of Las Vegas holding the draft, the NFL has announced it will be run remotely. And, interestingly, EA Sports is doing its part to help.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the maker of the Madden NFL sports gaming franchise will create a “virtual moment” featuring commissioner Roger Goodell and each draft choice.
As the NFL works on a virtual draft experience for prospects, 2 interesting notes:
— EA Sports will create a virtual moment of the prospect walking out on stage meeting the Commissioner.
— Each prospect will choose a HS to receive a $2,500 grant towards their football program.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 3, 2020
In addition, each prospect will choose a high school to receive a $2.5K grant towards its respective football program.
The moment will showcase a virtual meeting between the commish and each first-round draft choice. The company has gone as far as to already reach out to the potential picks and ask them how they’d like to be depicted when walking on stage to greet Goodell.
This means whoever the New York Jets select at No. 11 (Andrew Thomas, Mekhi Becton, Tristan Wirfs, Jedrick Wills Jr., Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb), he’ll have his unique virtual walk-up displayed at the time of the remote announcement.
Now, since EA Sports is pitching in, get out of those streets immediately (if you’re one of those knuckleheads mentioned at the top of the article) and pop in Madden on your PS4 or Xbox 360.