How Will the NFL Draft Go with COVID-19?


Travis Cellucci

It’s that time of year once again: NFL fans are still mourning two months after the end of the NFL season and craving football content. Luckily, every year in April NFL fans will get some form of satisfaction as the NFL draft takes place. 

For the months since January, NFL experts have been making multiple rounds of mock drafts predicting where each prospect will go. It’s all predictions though and no one is ever to predict where a player will go. That’s the fun though, seeing which player your team will pick, and planning out their future with your team. The unpredictability of the draft always makes it a great time for everyone. Unfortunately, last year with COVID-19 the NFL draft had to be remote and prospects were not able to shake the commissioner’s hand. So will it be different this year or more of the same?

The answer is yes, there will be an in-person draft this year. Over three nights the draft will be held in three different locations. FirstEnergy Stadium, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Great Lakes Science Center. In an article by NBC Sports Washington, there will be a select number of prospects in attendance who will walk up the stage to be presented their jersey. There will also be media, legends, analysts, and fans in attendance who have all gotten the COVID vaccine. This is great news for the fans across the world, as we may get some sense of normality once again. We already have seen this with fans returning to NFL games this year, but this will be another great step in the right direction. 

I think it’s safe to say that every NFL fan will be watching the draft on April 29th. It’s always hard to wait for the NFL season to come back and the draft is in a good spot for the content we need.