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Panthers GM Dave Gettleman will draft via Skype so he can watch son graduate

Becker College in Worcester, Mass. wasn't going to set its graduation date to avoid conflicting with the NFL draft, so Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman had a problem.

His son, Sam, was graduating from Becker on draft weekend. Saturday's ceremony is on the same day as the third and final day of the NFL draft. Even though many fans have tuned out by the third day, those four rounds are crucial for NFL teams looking to build depth and maybe hit on a starter or two if they're lucky.

Gettleman is trying to do both. He went to Worcester for the ceremony, and will run the Panthers' draft via Skype, according to the Associated Press. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson signed off on the plan in March.


It's probably not that big of a deal that Gettleman isn't there. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said the Panthers sent an IT team up to Worcester to set up a replicated draft room in his hotel. The Panthers have spent months setting up a draft board and having debates on players, and by this point the conversations should be minimal. With the ability for Gettleman to Skype in, one would assume the draft will go as it normally would. Carolina has four picks, one in every round.

The NFL culture is usually that nothing is as important as football, but it's good to see that the Panthers understood the situation and Gettleman wants to be there for his son's graduation. Given the technology available today, it will be like he's there anyway.

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