Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 NFL Draft will go on as scheduled.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to teams on Thursday night that the draft will still occur April 23-25.

As ESPN’s Dianna Russini notes, there have been concerns from NFL organizations about how to fairly prepare and evaluate for the draft during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But Goodell said in his league memo that the NFL Management Council Executive Committee “was unanimous and unequivocal that the Draft should go forward as scheduled on April 23-25, 2020.”

Goodell also explained that the draft will be “conducted and held in a way that reflects current conditions.”

“Because of the unique circumstances in our country today, the 2020 Draft will obviously need to be conducted in a different way. Already, we have cancelled all public events, we will not be bringing prospects and their families to the Draft, and the draft itself will be conducted and televised in a way that reflects current conditions.

NFL team facilities are closed until at least April 8 due to COVID-19, and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that NFL executives he’s talked to are “exploring options, including the possibility of conducting the draft from their living rooms.”

The draft was originally scheduled to take place in front of thousands of fans on the Las Vegas Strip, but that was canceled due to COVID-19.

It remains to be seen what the television broadcast of the draft will be like (likely a very scaled-down production), but at least sports fans have somethingin addition to NFL free agency — to watch and follow during these sportsless times.

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