The 2020 NFL Draft originally was set in Las Vegas, but there’s been a change of plans. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the NFL is unable to hold the event in a public setting due to restrictions for public health. The draft will still happen April 23-25 and be televised in primetime, however with a modern day twist. Instead, the NFL is set to hold a “fully virtual” draft with every general manager and coach operating from their own home.
“Clubs have been advised to prepare 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 says.
This means there wont be a “war room” with a giant conference room filled with scouts, coaches, and executives. That could make trades for picks more difficult to broker, although the NFL may make some accommodations for teams to hammer out details.
Will you be watching the draft this year? It may look something like a glorified conference call.