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NFL draft date: Draft to proceed in April as planned

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The NFL draft will be held April 23-25, commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed in a memo sent to teams on Thursday.

In the memo, Goodell wrote that despite the coronavirus pandemic halting much of the sports world, the league’s CEC was “unanimous and unequivocal that the Draft should go forward as scheduled.”

“Everyone recognizes that public health conditions are highly uncertain and there is no assurance that we can select a different date and be confident that conditions will be significantly more favorable than they are today,” Goodell wrote. “I also believe that the Draft can serve a very positive purpose for our clubs, our fans, and the country at large, and many of you have agreed.”

Per Goodell’s memo, all clubs should be planning on conducting draft operations outside of team facilities with a limited number of people present. 

On Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that a number of the league’s general managers were “concerned” that there “won’t be enough time for player physicals, gathering psychological testing, getting further verified information about the players” and that some teams might potentially have to conduct the draft from home.

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