TAYLOR COUNTY—NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed all 32 of the league’s teams’ coaches, general managers, and front office executives on Monday that the 2020 NFL draft will be held entirely remotely, as team offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the memo, which was obtained by several media outlets, Goodell explained that “clubs have been advised to conduct the 2020 Draft entirely outside of their facilities and in a fully virtual format, with club personnel in separate locations and able to communicate with one another and Draft headquarters by phone or internet.”
Goodell also added in the memo that the NFL’s offices in New York and all teams’ facilities will remain closed indefinitely.
“We have reviewed this matter in the past few days with both the Competition Committee and
the owners’ labor committee, and this will confirm that clubs will conduct their Draft operations remotely, with club personnel separately located in their homes.”
In addition, the league has suspended teams’ offseason programs for players but decided to move forward with the draft over the recommendation by an advisory committee of general managers that it be postponed until a later date.
The NFL Draft was to be staged in Las Vegas, but that live event has now been canceled. Now, plans have been set forth to conduct the three-night, seven-round draft as a TV-only event from April 23-25.