The NFL Draft is three weeks from today, and the NFL is still weighing options on how the draft setup will go. Teams have been forced to adjust their offseason programs and their usual pre-draft visits with the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, the league issued a memo informing all teams that two scenarios are under consideration by the NFL relating to the draft later this month.
Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero—who obtained the memo—one option is to operate out of their facilities: “Subject to mandatory health and safety guidelines issued by Dr. (Allen) Sills, which will include limitations on the number of permitted club personnel at the facility and rigorous cleaning requirements.” The San Francisco 49ers closed their headquarters on March 13 until further notice. The second option teams have is that they can operate remotely in what the NFL described as “personal residences, with a clear prohibition on any number of club personnel gathering in one residence.”
There was no date on when the NFL will make a decision. Here was the explanation: 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.”
Teams can get creative. The Saints are planning on setting up shop at a local brewery that’s owned by the Benson family (the Saints owners) where all staff members will be spread out in a large room and are only allowed to renter after their temperature has been taken.
The NFL could, you know, postpone the event instead of jumping through all of these hoops to ensure the draft goes on.