Kyle’s update 7:52: Former 49ers LB Elijah Lee has agreed to a deal with the Detriot Lions. That isn’t much of a surprise as the 49ers did not place a tender on Lee, which allowed him to negotiate with other teams. The 49ers were looking to get more athletic at linebacker, and they accomplished that the last two offseasons. Hopefully, he has an opportunity to play with the Lions—best of luck, Elijah.
With the COVID-19 outbreak shutting down most of the major professional sports leagues around the world, the NFL has been the exception, going on with business as usual.
Now, it looks like commissioner Roger Goodell intends on proceeding with the 2020 NFL Draft from April 23 through April 25.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted out a memo Goodell sent out to teams:
Commissioner Goodell sent out a memo to NFL teams tonight that the draft will go on April 23-25. pic.twitter.com/tYlHo3fKqC— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 26, 2020
“Earlier today, the CEC discussed the issues relating to the Draft. The Committee was unanimous and unequivocal that the draft should go forward as scheduled,” Goodell said in the memo. “Apart from the CEC, I have personally discussed this matter with many owners, club executives and coaches, and there is widespread for the CEC’s conclusion.”
The Commissioner added that coronavirus pandemic’s uncertainty was something the league didn’t want to mess with. Goodell acknowledged that the CEC isn’t comfortable with rescheduling the Draft because the NFL can’t be sure when they could nail down a future date.
The memo also mentions some of the changes around the Draft, which was originally scheduled to be in Las Vegas.
- All public events have been cancelled.
- Prospects and their families will not be attending.
- The Draft will be televised in a way that reflects current conditions.
Goodell says the league is focused on making sure each team is on level playing field with all the changes surrounding the event.
“All clubs should now be doing the necessary planning to conduct Draft operations in a location outside your facility, with a limited amount of people present, and with sufficient technology resources to allow to communicate internally, with other clubs and with Draft headquarters,” the memo says. “Be prepared to adjust to changed circumstances in the next several weeks, including the prospect of clubs being able to resume even limited operations with their facilities.”
The Commissioner also put the hammer down on anyone in the league who wants to question his decision:
In Roger Goodell’s memo that the draft will go on, he served warning to those around the league that criticize the league’s stance. Goodell wrote, “public discussion of issues relating to the draft serves no useful purpose and is grounds for disciplinary action.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 27, 2020
The Niners have No. 13 and No. 31 picks in the first round, then don’t have another selection until the fifth round.
Here is the full list of 2020 49ers picks:
Round 1, pick 13 (No. 13 overall)
Round 1, pick 31 (No. 31 overall)
Round 5, pick 10 (No. 156 overall)
Round 5, pick 30 (No. 176 overall)
Round 6, pick 31 (No. 210 overall)
Round 7, pick 3 (No. 217 overall)
Round 7, pick 31 (No. 245 overall)
This could change, with plenty of talk about John Lynch looking to deal one of his first-round picks to pickup some more Draft capital.
Do you think the NFL is making the right decision?