The NFL is trying to move forward with the upcoming NFL Draft with as few changes as possible.
The league already scratched its plans to hold the draft in front of a live crowd, but it hasn’t quite come to a conclusion on what the actual operations side of the draft will look like. But the NFL sent a memo to all the head coaches and general managers on Thursday that presented a couple options, according to Dianna Russini of ESPN.
“Based on these communications, the current Draft site scenarios being considered by the NFL are (1) at the club facility, subject to mandatory health and safety guidelines issued by Dr. Sills, which will include limitations on the number of permitted club personnel at the facility and rigorous cleaning requirements; or (2) totally remote (personal residences, with a clear prohibition on any number of club personnel gathering in one residence). The NFL will decide on (1) or (2) above based on several factors, most notably guidance from Dr. Sills, the CDC and the impact of any shelter in place or similar executive orders that are imposed in club jurisdictions.”
The memo also stated that the NFL isn’t ordering teams to move their draft-day operations to an offsite location, but it will be allowed as long as they comply with Dr. Sills orders.
The CDC is recommending that people should avoid gatherings with more than 10 people and that applies to the NFL Draft as well. It doesn’t seem to make much sense for the NFL to ban access to team facilities and then allow them to gather there for the draft, but the NFL is steadfast on trying to have as normal an offseason as possible.