National Football League planning draft as scheduled despite GMs' recommendation

Richard Schultz_NFL

Richard Schultz_NFL

As countries enforce stricter measures to combat the spread of the virus, Goodell said the shutdown of facilities will carry on until April 8, when the National Football League will determine - with the advice of medical experts and public health officials - whether it is safe to reopen or elongate their closures.

The reasoning behind the push to move the draft back is because the general managers don't feel they are getting adequate time to properly vet this year's draft prospects because much of the country is on lockdown because of the coronavirus outbreak.

According to the ESPN report, GMs were concerned that there wouldn't be time for player physicals, psychological tests and other necessary player-vetting procedures.

According to a memo sent to all league clubs and reported on, the shutdowns will continue to at least 8 April.

General managers feel that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused teams to dramatically adjust their typical pre-draft work, there will not be enough "verified information" about the players available in the draft.

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"I think a lot of owners aren't sold on keeping it on schedule", one source told the reporters.

The NFL has gotten some pushback for not postponing the draft scheduled for April 23-25 while the rest of the sports world is largely shut down. "Of course the power owners are calling the shots".

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The NFL had already begun making adjustments, including downgrading the draft from its normal fan celebration set for Las Vegas to a studio show.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees by 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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