Seahawks GM John Schneider 'Ripped Up Some Walls' in House to Prep for NFL Draft

Blake SchusterCorrespondent IIIApril 21, 2020

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider walks on the field during warmups before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Seattle Seahawks' general manager John Schneider has apparently gone to great lengths in order to be prepared for the virtual NFL draft this week. 

The GM told NFL Network's Omar Ruiz he's "ripped up some walls" in his home to make the technology work in time for the first round of the 2020 draft on Thursday night: 

Omar Ruiz @OmarDRuiz

#Seahawks GM John Scheider says they’ve ripped up some walls to make the technology work in his house... he says working with crews in his house, in this time of social distancing, has been a challenge, but is confident they’ll be ready for Thursday.


With the NFL draft set to go completely virtual this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, plenty of franchises are taking precautions to make sure their homes are set up to handle the amount of bandwidth normally available at team facilities. 

The Detroit Lions' IT director will be stationed in a Winnebago outside general manager Bob Quinn's house for all three days of the draft, while plenty of other GMs are setting up as many screens as possible in their basements, dining rooms and home offices to make sure they're covered. 

Playing it on the safe side here with the technology seems wholly necessary. The NFL held a mock draft on Monday that suffered a technical glitch on the very first pick while other GMs complained of communication issues and lags. 

Schneider is trying to get ahead of those problems by rewiring his home ahead of time. 

That required bringing construction crews into his house while still following social distancing guidelines. 

Over the past few years, Schneider has found plenty of success in the draft with picks like D.K. Metcalf, Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin, Frank Clark, Tyler Lockett, Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson. 

By ensuring he can continue to work his magic, the Seahawks hope to continue flipping prospects into pros and avoiding flops at all costs.