The NFL confirmed they will hold their draft in Las Vegas from April 23-25 as scheduled, in a memo obtained ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Commissioner Roger Goodell stated the NFL Management Council Executive Committee was “unanimous and unequivocal” in its decision to go ahead with the draft.
“Apart from the CEC, I have personally discussed this matter with many other owners, club executives and coaches, and there is widespread support for the CEC’s conclusion,” Goodell said in the statement.
“Everyone recognizes that public health conditions are highly uncertain and there is no assurance that we can select a different date and be confident that conditions will be significantly more favorable than they are today. I also believe that the draft can serve a very positive purpose for our clubs, our fans, and the country at large, and many of you have agreed.”
The NFL has canceled all public events that were scheduled and the draft will continue to be conducted and televised from a nearby studio. Selection of the players by the NFL teams will be announced in an outside location since the league closed all 32 team facilities on March 16.
Any location where the team drafts a player must have a limited amount of people present due and have ‘sufficient technology resources’ to communicate with representatives at the NFL Draft location and with the other teams.