Rick Zamperin: NFL Draft will be historic one more ways than one

“With the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select…”

When Commissioner Roger Goodell utters that phrase on the night of April 23 to kick off the opening round of the National Football League’s biggest off-season event, it will be historic.

That’s because in a memo sent to all 32 NFL teams, Goodell outlined how the April 23-25 draft is going to operate while team employees and league officials practice physical distancing.

For the first time in league history, the NFL Draft will be held in an entirely virtual format because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The draft was supposed to be held in Las Vegas, but the NFL has cancelled all public events to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, and with all team facilities closed as of March 26, teams will be making each of their selections remotely.

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