Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini are reporting that the NFL plans to continue will plans for the draft to be held on April 23-25, despite a “unanimous” recommendation from the league’s general manager subcommittee to move it back.
According to ESPN, NFL GMs are concerned that the current environment that includes closed team facilities and no offseason activities, they won’t have a chance to conduct player physicals, psychological testing, and further verify information about the players. Beyond that, some teams would have to conduct the draft from home.
The NFL has closed team facilities to help create an even playing for teams, given that there were still some facilities open for limited members.
There is still a chance the NFL could adjust the draft schedule, but the consensus among NFL owners and the league office is that the draft will go on as scheduled.
“I think a lot of owners aren’t sold on keeping it on schedule,” a league source tells ESPN. “Of course the power owners are calling the shots. Plus, add to the fact that April is going to be the toughest month with this virus. It’s really a poor look.”
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.