NFL teams are beginning to suspend pre-draft travel due to COVID-19. The Redskins, the Buccaneers and the Jets are the first teams to pull draft scouts from the road.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder has been quoted as saying that the suspensions have come, “due to health and travel concerns.” ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed that the Jets have also pulled their scouts from the road.
Jets are now pulling all coaches and scouts off the road for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 situation, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2020
There have also been reports that the NFL is reconsidering situations surrounding the 2020 draft. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles have been reported as saying they may very well re-evaluate their draft strategies depending on how much travel is needed to scout prospects.
This is just the latest in a long string of events surrounding the coronavirus that has affected the sports world. The NBA season has been suspended, the NHL is likely to do the same, the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments will be played without fans and conference tournaments have been cancelled.
Adam Schefter has reported, however, that despite having closed training camps and suspending travel, the NFL has no plans to postpone the start of the season.
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