On Thursday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell alerted all 32 teams that the upcoming draft will go on as scheduled. He also issued a warning to every team, saying "public discussion of issues relating to the draft serves no useful purpose and is grounds for disciplinary action."
Some executives aren't thrilled that Goodell won't postpone the draft in large part because it affects how they evaluate talent. Scouting departments will have to rely strictly on tape and NFL Combine performances.
Despite the league's warning, an anonymous AFC executive told Albert Breer of The MMQB that Goodell's memo about issuing disciplinary action was "ridiculous and embarrassing."
This just goes to show that a solid amount of executives around the NFL preferred a later date for the draft. On the other hand though, team owners and league officials didn't want to make any changes to the league's schedule.
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis made it very clear that he was in favor of the draft being postponed, but that was before Goodell's warning.
A major issue for executives right now is that face-to-face meetings with prospects aren't allowed. Pro days have also been canceled due to health concerns.
Whether or not the entire league approves of it, the 2020 NFL Draft will begin on April 23.