Sports Draft is four weeks away, and the NFL says it’s not moving
Miami Dolphins Want to Trade Up For Joe Burrow
The Miami Dolphins want to take Joe Burrow with the first pick in 2020 NFL Draft.Salguero has been saying the Dolphins would "try" to move up to land Burrow for weeks. Today, he tweeted that a source told the Herald the team would "attempt" to trade up in the draft. The teams don't appear to be in any type of negotiations, despite the Dolphins' healthy stockpile of high picks in the April draft. (Picks No. 5, 18, 26, 39, 56, and 70 if you were curious.
Multiple General Managers want to press pause on the draft. The NFL finds their position unpersuasive.
“We are moving forward with the Draft as scheduled,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via text message on Thursday morning.
The 2020 draft begins four weeks from today. The General Managers subcommittee recently voted 6-1 to recommend a delay in the draft, given the inability to gather information as usual, and in light of the potential competitive disadvantage arising from the fact that some facilities are shut down by local stay-at-home orders. The NFL responded by closing all facilities through April 8, giving all teams equal footing when it comes to the unusual posture of attempting to conduct draft meetings and other preparations from home.
Report: Coaches believe NFL Draft will be held without fans
The draft is typically an open event for fans to attend. April’s draft is scheduled for April 23-25 in Las Vegas.The draft is typically an open event for fans to attend. According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, however, most NFL coaches believe it’s only a matter of time before April’s draft — currently scheduled for April 23-25 in Las Vegas — is moved behind closed doors.
Will the teams be less prepared than usual? Absolutely. As long as all teams face the same challenge, however, the league won’t be concerned about that.
Every year, teams make mistakes with their draft picks. Every year, players get drafted lower than perhaps they should have been drafted due to off-field concerns. This year, the risk of both dynamics playing out will become even more pronounced. From the league’s perspective, the fact that teams will be a little more nervous and players will be a little more nervous only adds to the reality of the NFL’s ultimate reality show about nothing.
Sure, the NFL’s ultimate reality show about nothing won’t happen in Las Vegas. No, there will be no human props in attendance. But the draft becomes the closest thing the sports world will have to actual sports for the foreseeable future, and it will generate record ratings.
NHL postpones draft, combine, and awards show
The NHL has postponed three key offseason events, with the draft, scouting combine, and awards show pushed back due to coronavirus concerns, the league announced Wednesday. The 2020 draft was slated for June 26-27 in Montreal, with Quebec native Alexis Lafreniere the projected top pick.The scouting combine was to take place June 1-6 in Buffalo, and Las Vegas was set to host the annual awards show for the 11th consecutive year on June 18.
The added twist of some teams not wanting the draft to proceed as scheduled becomes part of the natural drama, making the process even more interesting than it otherwise would be. And it will be very interesting, in many ways.
How will they announce the picks? How will ESPN, NFL Network, and ABC cover it? How many players will join via FaceTime or some other technology? What will coaches or General Managers have to say during the many interviews that unfold throughout the third day of the draft, after they’ve been forced to make multiple picks with minimal information?
Regardless, the draft is happening. And it’s going to be a big deal. It quite possibly will be a bigger deal than it’s ever been before.
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Blue Jays select Panik to 40-man roster, place Diaz on injured list .
TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays selected infielder Joe Panik to the 40-man roster on Monday and placed right-handed pitcher Yennsy Diaz on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain. Panik, 29, batted .381 with a triple, two home runs and five runs batted in through 10 pre-season games before MLB last week cancelled the rest of spring training and postponed opening day by two weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MLB on Monday pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest after the U.S. federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.