The NFL made official Monday what had long been anticipated -- the 2020 NFL Draft will be fully virtual due to social distancing guidelines in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, with personnel from each team working the event from their homes.
"We have made this decision for several reasons," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a memo to all teams. "All clubs will not have access to their facilities, which is contrary to the fundamental equity principle that all clubs operate in a consistent and fair way. Moreover, we want all NFL personnel to comply with government directives and to model safe and appropriate health practices.
"Our staff will carry out its responsibilities in the same way, operating in separate locations out of our offices. And after consulting with medical advisors, we cannot identify an alternative that is preferable from a medical or public health perspective give the varying needs of clubs, the need properly to screen participants, and the unique risk factors that individual club employees may face."