After the entire NFL jumped through numerous hoops to make the 2020 draft happen from home, that scenario is officially a thing of the past as the league informed clubs this morning that they will be allowed to use their draft rooms at the team facility during this year’s draft “provided physical distancing and proper mask wearing are followed”, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelilssero.
So for those of you who wanted to see the inside of Tom Telesco’s house once again in hopes of seeing that stuffed moose donning a Lance Alworth jersey, you’ll have to wait for the next nationwide pandemic.
The NFL informed clubs today they will be allowed in their draft rooms for the 2021 draft, provided physical distancing and proper mask wearing are followed, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 12, 2021
So, no "home draft" this year, though cameras will again be installed with each GM and head coach.
Wherever the coaches and general managers decide to set up for this year’s event, the cameras will follow, as well.
Another notable guideline being put in place is that no eating or drinking can take place within a team’s war room. Each team’s strategy for maneuvering through the draft with proper guidelines will also have to be submitted to Dr. Allen Sills ahead of time.
Lastly, it should be noted that the live event is still scheduled to go on as planned, so hopefully we’ll be able to get back to watching prospects walk across that stage in primetime late next month.