NFL Teams not expected to be at facilities for virtual draft
The NFL has remained adamant about continuing with the scheduled start date of April 23 for the 2020 NFL Draft, but it has yet to be determined where each team will make their selections from. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, teams are not expected to be conducting their drafts at their team facilities.
High-level officials from multiple NFL teams are now preparing to do the April 23-25 draft virtually, from home, away from their team facilities, league sources tell ESPN. Awaiting final decision from NFL on an unprecedented draft.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 4, 2020
In an attempt to maintain some normalcy amid the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL is prepared to complete the draft as scheduled. However, due to the unforeseen circumstances, the league had to make some changes to this year’s draft.
For starters, they pulled the plug on the draft being held in Las Vegas. Plus, there are reports that the NFL plans on holding the draft in a TV-studio setting. While the NFL initially expected to have teams make their selections from team facilities, that likely won’t be happening.
Over a week ago, Roger Goodell informed teams to shut down their facilities. As a result, team employees and players have been forced to conduct their work within the confines of their own homes. Sean McVay, the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, believes there’s a chance that the Rams hold their draft war room at his house.
Even though that is a legitimate possibility, there are nearly three weeks for teams to manufacture a plan on where they can meet. At the same time, they have to consider the guidelines that have been given by the government pertaining to the coronavirus.
The process to move forward with the 2020 NFL Draft on April 23-25 has been far from smooth. Nevertheless, even if teams have to draft from their homes, the NFL isn’t wavering their stance on having the draft take place later this month.