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This year’s NFL Draft procedure; 2021 NFL Draft still in Cleveland, and Vegas could get 2022

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Plus, some news about when the 2020 NFL Schedule will be released.

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

On Tuesday, the NFL owners officially voted to approve the addition of two playoff teams for the 2020 season. In addition, we also learned some things about this year’s NFL Draft, as well as the years to follow.

Roger Goodell Will Announce from a Central Hub

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will have a location where he announces the picks, and there will be video connectivity to every team. The league will also arrange for 50 prospects to be part of the broadcast remotely, to simulate the scenario where prospects are invited to the actual draft stage.

The War Rooms Will be Open

Team executives can still gather together in their facility war rooms to make and strategize the picks. However, there cannot be more than 10 people in the room, and everyone must adhere to the social guidelines of staying six feet apart:

There could be one-use time extensions granted for clubs, to help with the challenges of the remote communication.

Future of the NFL Draft

Obviously, the 2020 NFL Draft that was scheduled to take place in Las Vegas is now happening remotely. In terms of scheduling, Cleveland was picked for the 2021 NFL Draft already, and Kansas City was picked for the 2023 NFL Draft. The year 2022 was, coincidentally, left open, and all signs right now are pointing to that year going to Las Vegas.

2020 NFL Schedule

It is expected that the 2020 NFL Schedule will be announced after the draft, but definitely prior to May 9. That is a change from the norm, because the schedule is always announced in mid-April, prior to the draft.

At the moment, the NFL is still planning for a full, normal regular season schedule. Of course, they aren’t naive, and are discussing contingency options behind the scenes. But for now, they are planning a normal schedule release, and then will adapt as the world health situation becomes clearer.