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2020 NFL Draft will not be postponed, but public event cancelled

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The NFL Draft will still happen on time, but without a public audience.

NFL: 2017 NFL Draft Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Despite earlier reports to the contrary, the NFL Draft will not be postponed. The NFL announced on Monday morning that the draft will proceed to take place on the scheduled days of April 23 through April 25.

However, the public event in Las Vegas has been cancelled.

“The clubs’ selection of players will proceed as scheduled April 23-25,” an official NFL statement said. “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.”

Considering most Pro Days have been cancelled and many teams have shut down their facilities, preventing NFL prospects from private visits, it’s clear that this pre-draft process will have a significant impact on the draft itself. This undoubtedly gives the Lions a slight advantage, seeing as they met personally with many of this year’s prospects when they coached the North team at the Senior Bowl.

You can read the league’s full statement on the decision here.