NFL Insider Provides Update on League's Draft Plans Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The 2020 NFL Draft is set to take place in Las Vegas from April 23-25.
The 2020 NFL Draft is set to take place in Las Vegas from April 23-25. | Sam Wasson/Getty Images

While seemingly every active sporting league and its organizations have come to a halt in response to the recent coronavirus outbreak, the NFL finds itself in a unique position with its offseason about to begin.

Several NFL franchises have released statements saying they'll shut down team operations for at least two weeks, but the league itself has shown zero indication so far that its 2020 Draft plans for next month have changed because of coronavirus.

The draft is set to take place from April 23-25 in Las Vegas, where state authorities continue to monitor the situation and remain in contact with the NFL.

As it stands today, the draft is the next major US sporting event yet to be canceled due to coronavirus. A lot can change between now and then, and it most likely will, but the NFL has no choice but to evaluate both a fan-less gathering and a digital draft as potential resolutions.

With it being risky to travel during times like this, the league's offseason free agency period could easily be delayed or altered too. The NFL is lucky it has so much time to plan for the future amid the growing coronavirus concerns, but it should come to a verdict sooner rather than later.