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NFL Draft to go on as scheduled in April

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Public discussion on the decision to yield disciplinary action

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Super Bowl Press Conference Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Roger Goodell has made his stance loud and clear regarding this year’s NFL draft. In a memo sent Thursday evening to all 32 clubs, Goodell announced that this year’s NFL Draft will go on as planned from April 23-25.

“As you know, we have been reviewing and addressing all aspects of our off-season operations, including the Draft, in light of current public health conditions. Earlier today, the CEC discussed the issues relating to the Draft. The Committee was unanimous and unequivocal that the Draft should go forward as scheduled on April 23-25, 2020,” Goodell stated.

“Apart from the CEC, I have personally discussed the matter with other owners, club executives and coaches, and there is widespread support for the CEC’s conclusion.”

Take that last part with a grain of salt since a lot of “anonymous” coaches and executives have supposedly told media members that they’re actually against the decision and that there’s “more people who are opposed to the decision than those for it.” It should also be noted that Goodell made a point to tell the clubs that any public discussion involving the decision to continue with the draft in April could be subject to disciplinary actions.

The majority of fans are likely stoked to hear that the draft won’t be postponed into the month of May. We’ve all been cooped-up for the last few weeks and it’s probably tough to imagine going through another two months of self-isolation before we get to finally see who goes where in the draft.

But what are your thoughts on the matter? Would you have preferred the draft be postponed or are you excited that it’s going on as planned?