On Thursday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent the following memo to all 32 teams explaining that the draft will remain in place for April 23-25:
The full memo from Roger Goodell: pic.twitter.com/Nnur7RdBxX
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 26, 2020
The NFL GM counsel reported had concerns with the decision to not delay draft, but Goodell says the owners’ labor committee was “unanimous and unequivocal that the Draft should go forward as scheduled.”
The GMs were concerned that the current environment that includes closed team facilities and no offseason activities wouldn’t give them the opportunity to conduct player physicals, psychological testing, and further verify information about the players.
However, the NFL later addressed this by closing team facilities to help create an even playing field for every team after some facilities were still open for limited members.
Goodell says teams will need to prepare to hold their draft at separate locations from their team facilities. Tom Pelissero reports that some GMs and executives have told him that they’re already exploring options, including the possibility of conducting the draft from their living rooms.
The NFL will no longer hold the draft as a public event in Las Vegas and the league has been working on coming up with new ideas for how it will be executed.
We’ll have more regarding the NFL Draft as the news is available.