Against a near-consensus vote from a general manager subcommittee, the NFL is planning on sticking with the current schedule of the 2020 NFL Draft being broadcasted from April 23-25.
Clubs are currently worried that, due to the current climate of the NFL and the entire sports world, that certain teams will be at a disadvantage compared to others. At the moment, all offseason activities and workouts have been cancelled and there’s a handful of teams who have already closed their facilities entirely. As of today, Goodell is enforcing a mandate to close all 32 team facilities by the end of the day.
However, there will be a handful of teams that are at an even bigger disadvantage since they are located in states like California and New York which are two of the most-affected areas of the country. In terms of being able to complete important medical testing and gathering psychological evaluations, teams such as the Chargers, NIners, Giants, and Bills, among others, will have a harder time acquiring the necessary information to make educated decisions regarding their draft class.
On Peter King’s latest podcast, New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis made it clear that he prefers the draft to be postponed.
“I’d be personally in favor of delaying the draft, so that we can get some of the work done that our scouts and our personnel people ordinarily do,” Loomis said. “And then just the logistics of trying to conduct the draft, with not having access to your draft rooms and your offices, creates a lot of logistic problems.”
With the month of April expected to be the hardest month in terms of this entire pandemic and its’ impact on the country, it’s certainly going to be tough to make things go as smoothly as we would all prefer.
What do you all think of the draft potentially being postponed? Would you rather it go on as planned? Why or why not?