The Cleveland Browns are slated to host next year's draft, which will run from April 29 through May 1.
The NFL held the 2020 draft amid the pandemic. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the picks from his basement, and team personnel worked remotely.
While the pandemic disrupted the process, it didn't alter the timeline in the same way postponing the 2020 college football season would.
In April, Stadium's Brett McMurphy surveyed 130 FBS athletic directors, with 114 ADs responding. Fourteen percent of the group thought the season may not kick off until January or February 2021. A traditional 12-game regular season plus conference championships and bowl games would mean teams are continuing to play well after the draft.
Were that scenario to happen, McMurphy noted one concern is star players such as Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence could opt out of the season to focus on the draft.
The NCAA has yet to announce any decision to delay the start of the 2020 campaign. Six games are scheduled for Aug. 29 to get action underway.
However, the upward trend of confirmed COVID-19 cases could put that in jeopardy.