Mike Jones, USA TODAY Published 5:47 p.m. ET April 22, 2020 CLOSE SportsPulse: Mackenzie Salmon connected with top wide receiver prospect CeeDee Lamb ahead of the NFL draft. He explained why he should be the first receiver off the board and what makes this class the deepest ever. USA TODAYAs the NFL, its teams and future players gear up for a draft that will unfold in an unprecedented manner, the unknown looms large. But NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith has confidence the league and its teams will wind up pulling off the draft in an efficient manner. Flexibility and innovation are key, Smith stressed, both for a successful draft process and for the league as a whole as decision-makers continue to navigate a modified offseason and still face uncertainty regarding the starts of training camps and the regular season.The absence of pre-draft visits and follow-up physicals because of travel restrictions implemented in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic have left teams with less information on players than they’re accustomed to. Those restrictions have sparked concern and speculation that teams will be less inclined to draft players with prior medical histories, and some within the league have worried that limited information has made


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