In 2019 Josh Allen took center stage in front of thousands in Nashville shortly after Roger Goodell announced the Jacksonville Jaguars’ selection at seventh overall. This year’s group of talented prospects will not share a similar experience.
Monday morning the NFL announced it has canceled all public NFL Draft events that were set to take place later next month in Las Vegas. Each team will still select players from April 23-25. They are exploring “innovative options” to create a draft process fans can still enjoy on television.
“This decision reflects our foremost priority — the health and safety of all fans and citizens,” Goodell in a statement. “While this outcome is disappointing both to the NFL and to the Las Vegas community, we look forward to partnering with the Raiders, the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for a future NFL Draft as well as evaluating opportunities for other major NFL events in Las Vegas in the future, including the Super Bowl.”
The draft process will not be delayed. It’s not good news for a handful of Kentucky Wildcats that hoped to prove their worth in front of NFL front office personnel at UK Pro Day, now suspended due to coronavirus concerns. It appears unlikely those restrictions will be lifted prior to the NFL Draft.
Even though Lynn Bowden cannot be tested in-person by NFL officials, the eye in the sky does not lie. The film prospects have put out up to this point has never played a bigger role in the draft process.