The 2020 NFL Draft will continue on its schedule of April 23-26, but will be conducted virtually.
Team personnel will work from their homes, meaning no traditional team war rooms.
Here’s what commisioner Roger Goodell said to all 32 teams in a memo:
“We have reviewed this matter in the past few days with both the competition committee and CEC [a group of league executives], and this will confirm that clubs will conduct their draft operations remotely, with club personnel separately located in their homes.”
The draft was going to be held in Las Vegas, but the NFL canceled all public events last month. “We have made this decision for several reasons,” he wrote. “All clubs will not have access to their facilities, which is contrary to the fundamental equity principle that all clubs operate in a consistent and fair way.
“Moreover, we want all NFL personnel to comply with government directives and to model safe and appropriate health practices. Our staff will carry out its responsibilities in the same way, operating in separate locations outside of our offices. And after consulting with medical advisers, we cannot identify an alternative that is preferable from a medical or public health perspective, given the varying needs of clubs, the need properly to screen participants, and the unique risk factors that individual club employees may face.”