With just over two weeks to go before the 2020 NFL Draft, the league continues to adapt on the fly to ensure that this year’s selection process is completely delayed due to restrictions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic . As the Seattle Times ‘ Bob condotta, NFL Network reports that the process includes plans for a full mock-up of 32 teams before the actual event.
The simulation would serve as a “dry run,” according to Condotta, with the intention of showing all teams “how to draft from a distance.” The NFL originally planned for the 32 teams to have representatives at team facilities during the April 23-25 presentation, but Commissioner Roger Goodell informed the league this week that the draft would be held in a, with all team staff working remotely from their homes rather than in facilities – many of which are still virtually closed due to the pandemic.
All details of the project, which was originally touted as a lucrative in-person gathering in Las Vegas, remain unresolved, at least publicly. Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is said to have gone so farto be added to the project to compensate for sudden changes in the pre-project assessment process. But Goodell is said to have insisted that the event continue as planned, although with to allow more time for teams to make choices during the repechage.
The project is currently scheduled to start at 8 p.m. AND Thursday, April 23, with broadcasts on ESPN and NFL Network.