The 2020 NFL Draft will not be postponed due to the coronavirus, but the way it is held will be changed.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, commissioner Roger Goodell has just informed all 32 NFL teams in a memo that the draft will be “fully virtual,” with club personnel located separately in their homes.
This hardly comes as a surprise.
As a result of COVID-19, the NBA and NHL have both indefinitely suspended their respective 2019-20 campaigns, and there is currently no timetable for their returns (if they return at all this season).
In addition, the MLB has pushed back the start of its regular season, which was supposed to begin late last month.
While the NFL has not yet altered anything concerning its own regular season, which is scheduled to start next September, it has canceled all organized team activities and offseason practices.
As of right now, training camp is still slated to kick off in late July, but obviously, that is tentative at this point.
This NFL Draft is certainly set to be an interesting one with multiple quarterbacks who could go in the top 10.
LSU's Joe Burrow is widely viewed as the best prospect, and the general consensus is that the Cincinnati Bengals will take him with the first overall pick. However, there is also Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon's Justin Herbert, both of which are considered strong quarterback prospects. Herbert's stock, in particular, has risen recently.
The NFL Draft will begin on Thursday, April 25 and will conclude that Saturday.