By David Saunders | UPDATED: 11:28, 20 April 2020
This year’s NFL draft is unlike any other in the history of the league. In order to help curb the spread of COVID-19, prospects will be selected virtually by each of the 32 teams. But that’s only what the public will witness.
Behind the scenes, prospects have had to train, compete and recover in ways they never have before. Isolated, away from their teammates and training partners, relying on only themselves to push through each repetition and each sprint.
But that’s what separates Under Armour from the rest. This is how we train and compete; we do what it takes.
Running Back for the Wisconsin Badgers Jonathan Taylor, lets us know how he is training and preparing for the moment his name is announced on draft day.
JONATHAN TAYLOR, RUNNING BACK
UA: We’re living in uncertain times right now, how has working out been different for you?
JT: It hasn’t changed too much. I’m grateful that I have access to a facility with some equipment that I am able to use to get stronger and faster. There are differences though, things like training while social distancing means that most times I’m alone or have to hit the backyard to put in work.
UA: How has social-distancing changed your mindset on being part of a team?
JT: It hasn’t changed. This is just a small bump in the road. At the end of the day, in order to be successful in football you need to be a great teammate. That’s my mindset, understanding when all of this comes to an end, we have to flip that switch back and work together as a team again.
UA: How important is recovery to you, and what’re some recovery methods you’re using at home?
JT: Recovery is very important and something that’s gotten me to the point I’m at today. Just as I would after a game or practice, I’m hitting the foam roller, stretching and taking care of my body so I’m physically and mentally at my best. Routines like this have allowed me longevity on the collegiate level and will continue on into the next chapter.
UA: How have you approached the challenge of interacting with teams during social-distancing?
JT: I have to show my knowledge of the game without being there in person. There are no workouts and no team meetings. Everything is over the phone, texts, calls, FaceTimes and Zoom. All we can do is share what we know about the game.
UA: What are you looking forward to most once you get that call on draft night?
JT: Being on the phone with the organization that’s deciding to put their faith and trust in me. It’s one thing to hear your name called from the commissioner, but it’s another thing to hear “we trust you, we think you’re a great player and want you to be here to help us win football games” from a coach or General Manager.