Chalk this up as one of the weirdest headlines I’ve ever written, but strange times call for stranger methods.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn is going above and beyond to make sure his stay-at-home NFL Draft goes off without a hitch. Per Schefter, the Detroit Lions I.T. (Information technology) director Steve Lancaster will be parked out in Quinn’s home driveway to help deal with any technical issues that may arise during the entire three days of the NFL Draft:
Lions GM Bob Quinn said Detroit’s Director of IT, Steve Lancaster, will be stationed in a Winnebago in his driveway for all hours of the three-day NFL Draft, in case there are any technical issues. Lancaster will go home each night, then return to the RV for draft’s resumption.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 21, 2020
Last week during his pre-draft press conference, Quinn stated just how important his I.T. team has been over the past few months:
“The I.T. staff from the Lions, I can’t say enough about those guys,” Quinn said. “It’s been absolutely amazing what those guys have been able to do for myself and a lot of people in the organization to get us up and running. You guys know who you are, and I’ll just say I can’t imagine a better crew in the league. They’ve been really, really outstanding.”
Earlier in the week, the NFL ran a mock draft to test out technology. Per various reports, there were a lot of hiccups early in the draft, with one report suggesting bandwidth was a big problem and another report saying communication was an issue for some teams.
Hopefully the precautions Quinn is taking will help make sure the Lions aren’t one of the teams that deals with any sort of technical issues this weekend. With the third overall pick, Detroit can’t afford to take any chances.