Canceled Pro Days, no facility visits
A disadvantage that all organizations share this year is the lack of Pro Days teams were able to attend. According to a Pro Day schedule from NFL.com, more than 85 NFL Pro Days were canceled due to the travel ban.
Despite more elaborate scouting departments and advanced analytics, teams are left in the dark this year when it comes to draft prospects. Without the ability to visit with prospects personally, the Steelers will be more likely to miss on players this year due to medical concerns they didn’t catch, athletic testing they didn’t get to observe, or character issues that weren’t foreseen.
In addition, teams always take the time to bring players in for facility visits prior to the draft to examine them physically and make sure they would be a good fit. The best substitute this year was video chatting with them on the computer, which is hardly an equal substitute.
Pittsburgh won’t be the only team at a disadvantage here, but compared to previous years, there could be a lot of draft misses as a result of the canceled Pro Days and visiting period.