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NFL announces cancellation of public 2020 NFL Draft events; player selection process to proceed


In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, the NFL has announced that all public 2020 NFL Draft events have been cancelled. The player selection process, however, will go on as planned for April 23-25.

"In consideration of current information related to COVID-19 and guidance from medical experts such as the CDC, and in coordination with public authorities in Nevada and the City of Las Vegas, the NFL will modify its plans for the 2020 NFL Draft, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today," the NFL wrote in a press release.

"The clubs' selection of players will proceed as scheduled April 23-25. The NFL is exploring innovative options for how the process will be conducted and will provide that information as it becomes available. The selection process will be televised."

That means that all public events around the NFL Draft in Las Vegas have been cancelled. The Broncos had planned to send OLB Bradley Chubb and Ring of Famer Randy Gradishar to announce the team's second- and third-round draft picks, respectively.

"This decision reflects our foremost priority – the health and safety of all fans and citizens," Commissioner Goodell said. "While this outcome is disappointing both to the NFL and to the Las Vegas community, we look forward to partnering with the Raiders, the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for a future NFL Draft as well as evaluating opportunities for other major NFL events in Las Vegas in the future, including the Super Bowl."

COVID-19 has already changed how the draft process works for teams, as the NFL sent a memo to all teams announcing on Friday that "all in-person, pre-draft visits with draft-eligible players are prohibited until further notice."

Club personnel are also not allowed to travel to college campuses to meet with prospects, including at Pro Days. These new guidelines don't put a complete halt to the entire pre-draft process, but they do vastly curtail it. Teams now can only interview prospects over the phone or through video conferencing.

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