Key Committee Recommends Postponing 2020 NFL Draft Due to COVID-19 Risks

Roger Goodell
NFL general managers have told Roger Goodell they want to postpone the 2020 NFL Draft. | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The 2020 NFL Draft is scheduled to begin April 23 in Las Vegas. It has already been reported that the event will take place in a studio setting without the typically massive crowds.

As of now, however, teams are dealing with closed facilities and are unable to get in the normal preparation for such an important event. That reportedly led a subcommittee of NFL general managers to ask the league to postpone the draft.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said as recently as Tuesday that the draft will continue as planned.

This committee recommendation could lead to an uncomfortable conflict between teams and the league office. The concerns from these GMs are genuine; some areas are hit harder by the virus and are on more of a total lockdown, while others have yet to be adversely affected. That could only be a matter of time, however.

Teams are also not able to meet with prospects and could end up being forced to draft players they have never met with face-to-face. As it stands, however, the owners themselves would have to step in and voice concerns for anything to change.