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Saints plan draft war room at local brewery

Gayle Benson, Sean Payton, Saints

With teams not allowed to work in their team’s facilities teams are scrambling to find a place to hold their draft war rooms and the New Orleans Saints have found a unique spot. Coach Sean Payton said the team will be holding their war room at Dixie Brewery which happens to be owned by Saints owner Gayle Benson.

Payton said the team will be sure to follow the social distancing guidelines and added they will probably have only six or seven players in the room.

This facility is fantastic,” Payton said, according to ESPN via USA Today. “There’s no one out here. We have our board set up, we’ve got seven monitors. … We’re certainly distanced away from each other. There’s plenty of space. And then the monitors have all the scouts and everyone else, so the total people [involved] in the meeting might be 20.”

Payton has fully recovered from the coronavirus, but the Saints are still doing their draft meetings right now via teleconferencing. With the lack of people allowed in the room, it does a challenge, especially with the scouts being somewhere else.

“For every one of these teams, it’s obviously going to be different than what we’re used to,” Payton said. “We’re going to need to be more tech-savvy with the scouts.”

Even with everything else going on the NFL draft will go on as scheduled April 23-25 but there will be no party in Las Vegas and everything is going to be done virtually. Will the lack of sports this could be the highest viewed draft in NFL history.