NFL Draft to go forward as scheduled, Saints to hold "war room" at New Orleans brewery

Posted at 1:57 PM, Apr 03, 2020

With the NFL Draft just three weeks away, some NFL teams still have no idea of what is going on with the draft amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

NFL officials sent out a memo to teams to inform them of the restrictions that are in place to protect employees, players, and coaches.

ESPN's Dianna Russini tweeted the memo out:

According to the memo, league officials state they are considering two ideas: teams either stay in their facilities or possibly have their "war rooms" off-site.

In the memo, the league explained that "the NFL will decide on (1) or (2) above based on several factors, most notably guidance from Dr. Sills, the CDC and the impact of any shelter in place or similar executive orders that are imposed in club jurisdictions."

According to YAHOO! Sports , New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said his team will hold their draft night at a brewery in New Orleans.

Back in March, Payton tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a text to the USA Today , Payton defended his team's decision.

"We might have the safest set up in the league for these meetings," Payton said via text. "Remote location. Nobody here!"

The NFL Draft will take place April 23-25, which Goodell clarified in a memo to teams.