With college season in flux, Saints' Sean Payton says scouting will be challenging

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The Big Ten and Pac 12 announced their 2020 seasons would be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The other Power five conferences are planning to move forward with their seasons, but the uncertainty surrounding college football creates several questions about next season's NFL draft particularly with regards to scouting.

While the pandemic may not currently affect franchises' evaluations of NFL hopefuls, Saints head coach Sean Payton said scouting, overall, will be challenging this season.

“I don’t know that we’re planning on seeing scouts on the road anytime soon and we’ll have to adjust accordingly,” he said. “I think there’s quite a bit of uncertainty relative to what conference you are playing in...whether or not you are going to have games. There’s a lot. 

“I’m getting the news just as you are, so we’ll have our personnel involved any way shape or form and obviously they’ll have more time.  The college scouts I’m talking about, will have more time to evaluate game video of these players last year, and if they are playing this year...but I think that’s part of our adjustment.”

Payton said in a normal season scouting college players wouldn’t have begun yet.

““This time of the year, normally, our scouts would be here at training camp,” he said. “They’d be out at practice evaluating position groups and then begin to get assignments in the preseason relative to the other teams.  In other words, they’d be helping the pro department with the tasks of evaluating the other rosters.”