You read that right. Unfortunately, with the events that have transpired over the last couple of weeks over COVID-19, the NFL has decided to ax hosting the NFL Draft in Las Vegas. This comes just a day after Las Vegas resorts, the Wynn and MGM Grand, closed their doors indefinitely. Currently, the earliest you can make a reservation is May 1st.
While no plans have been announced, the NFL has committed to proceeding with the draft scheduled to run from April 23rd to the 25th. In a news release commissioner, Roger Goodell explained that the Draft will be televised and that they are still working through "innovative" ways to present this to its audience.
Owner Mark Davis had some bittersweet words about the cancellation news but hopes that the city of Las Vegas and its new NFL team the Raiders have another chance at hosting the event.
"Health and safety has always been our top priority, so despite it being a major disappointment, this was the right decision. I would like to thank Governor Sisolak and the LVCVA for all of the passion they put into creating an event that would have been second to none. Although Las Vegas lost this chance to shine, there will be many more opportunities to show the world just what Las Vegas is made of. Whether it be the Draft, the Pro Bowl or the Super Bowl, the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World is ready!"
-Mark Davis, Las Vegas Raiders Owner
The entire draft process has taken a hit this year. Collegiate teams such as Alabama have delayed and moved their pro-days to a later date. The NFL has also prohibited teams from pre-draft on-campus visits to prospects effective this past Saturday. The COVID-19 protocols have forced teams to change their draft approach by heavily relying on phone or Skype interviews rather than in person. With the draft not changing dates, teams are scrambling to do as much research as they can.
Although sad for all of the fans that were planning on attending the event (myself included) you can continue to follow #OnTapSports for all of your NFL draft coverage as the date nears. Be on the lookout for mock drafts and our rankings.