The NFL is Planning for a Fully Virtual 2020 Draft

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This year's NFL Draft will be far different than what fans are used to. 🙋‍♂️ 

On Monday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to all 32 clubs letting them know that they must draft away from team facilities and in separate locations due to the coronavirus.

"We have reviewed this matter in the past few days with both the Competition Committee and CEC," Goodell wrote, "and this will confirm that Clubs will conduct their Draft operations remotely, with club personnel separately located in their homes."

Though the league shut down NFL facilities last month, it appeared ready to allow owners, general managers and coaches to gather in some way for draft night, which is scheduled for April 23. 

Per TMZ, Saints head coach Sean Payton was even planning on creating a makeshift war room in a local New Orleans brewery to gear up for the big night.

Goodell shut down all that movement on Monday, though, saying, "All clubs should dedicate their personnel and technology resources toward preparing for a fully virtual Draft, with personnel in separate locations."


Before the coronavirus forced the league to change its draft plans, this year's primetime event in Las Vegas was already going to be one of a kind. With the draft stage situated on the water at the Fountains of Bellagio, players were going to boat up to the stage when they were selected.

For this new virtual format, the league will also be performing their duties in separate locations, but no further details were released on where the draft will be hosted. In theory, Goodell could be coming to you live from his bedroom or living room. (Hopefully that's not the case.) 

As for the coaches, you can bet some of them will be delivering picks straight from their man caves. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid probably has a pretty epic setup. 😂