The Bears, like the rest of the NFL, will conduct the 2020 NFL draft very differently from years past. Instead of a crowded war room at Halas Hall, general manager Ryan Pace, coach Matt Nagy and the rest of the team's who's who will be forced to adjust to the nation's social distancing effort to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.
There are several options available to the Bears, ranging from a smaller group of influential voices in the war room to a virtual setting at their homes.
"They've been preparing us for all of this," Pace said via the team's website. "We have a couple options right now. The first one would be Halas with a limited number of people and using the technology in our draft room. [Another] one would be an offsite location, which we're establishing several options now. The third one would be operating from our homes remotely, which obviously there are some challenges with that. We're kind of going through each one of them. We do have some offsite locations, but we haven't pinpointed one down just yet.
"Whatever they tell us to do, we'll be ready. And we're just going to follow the experts in that area."
Nagy said the Bears will rely on their tech department to get it right.
"It's going to be certainly different for us," he said. "You've got to be tech-savvy. That's why we are relying on all those [IT] people. They've been amazing and communicating with us on how to do things. I have my office here at my house and I'm able to have four different computers rolling."
The Bears will have the first day of the draft to adjust to the new normal this April. Without a first-round pick, Chicago won't be on the clock until No. 43 overall. They have two picks in the second round but (No.s 43 and 50) but don't select again (as of now) until the fifth round.
Pace has traditionally been very active with draft-day trades, sliding up and down the draft board at equal rates. He may not have as much comfort doing that in 2020 because of the unique working conditions.
Regardless, the Bears have to get their picks right this year in what will be a critical draft class to round out a roster poised to make a run at the NFC North crown this fall.