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2020 NFL Draft isn’t being pushed back

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No delay in Las Vegas.

NFL: Las Vegas Views Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Despite some rumors that indicated otherwise, the 2020 NFL Draft is NOT going to be delayed this year. The selection process is still set to take place as originally scheduled from Thursday, April 23 through Saturday, April 25.

Official statement:

In consideration of current information related to COVID-19 and guidance from medical experts such as the CDC, and in coordination with public authorities in Nevada and the City of Las Vegas, the NFL will modify its plans for the 2020 NFL Draft, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today.

The clubs’ selection of players will proceed as scheduled April 23-25. The NFL is exploring innovative options for how the process will be conducted and will provide that information as it becomes available. The selection process will be televised.

Public NFL Draft events in Las Vegas next month will not take place.

”This decision reflects our foremost priority – the health and safety of all fans and citizens,” said Commissioner Goodell. “While this outcome is disappointing both to the NFL and to the Las Vegas community, we look forward to partnering with the Raiders, the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for a future NFL Draft as well as evaluating opportunities for other major NFL events in Las Vegas in the future, including the Super Bowl.”

There was thought the league might delay April’s big event due to the impact that the coronavirus pandemic is having on the pre-draft process. The NFL just shut down top 30 visits last week.

But the NFL Draft goes on. And it’s an especially important one for the Philadelphia Eagles, who currently own 10 picks this year.