NFL Management Council 'Unanimous' That 2020 Draft Should Happen as Scheduled

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2020

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - APRIL 25: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at the podium on day 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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The NFL draft is still on track to happen from April 23 to 25.

On Thursday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams Thursday saying the NFL Management Council Executive Committee (CEC) "was unanimous and unequivocal that the draft should go forward as scheduled."

The memo also revealed Goodell has discussed keeping the draft as scheduled with owners, executives and coaches despite concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The commissioner said there is "widespread support for the CEC's conclusion."

This year's draft was scheduled to take place in front of thousands of fans in Las Vegas, where the Raiders will play this season, but all public festivities surrounding it were canceled because of the coronavirus.

It will still be broadcast on television but will have a different feel than in previous years, when Goodell would announce the picks to booing and cheering fans and then embrace the rookies after they made it on stage.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the league plans on incorporating charitable efforts into the draft to help those in need amid the pandemic.

Goodell's memo comes after Schefter and Dianna Russini reported Tuesday that the league's general manager subcommittee recommended the draft be postponed out of concern there is not enough time to evaluate players. Individual visits with players have been canceled and team facilities are closed, leading to difficulties conducting physicals and gathering more information on players in general.

There was also concern about a potential competitive advantage if some of the teams could be in their facilities during the draft while others could not because of lockdowns and various public health measures.

However, Goodell made it clear the draft will not be postponed.

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