Thursday marked one year since the NBA suspended its season as the sports world began to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. We are all still living amid the coronavirus and everything that has happened since has been done a bit differently than we were used to.
In that early part of 2020, when things were extremely unknown, many wondered how the NFL would handle things like free agency or the 2020 NFL Draft (nobody foresaw empty stadiums throughout the league in the fall at the time). Ultimately the league pressed on in a socially-distanced setting which made for one of the most different NFL drafts that we will ever see.
The Dallas Cowboys had a draft performance that many around the league found to be impressive. Jerry Jones famously participated from a yacht which was a storyline that many held on to for a while, but it seems like this will not be the case in 2021.
The NFL Draft is set to take place in Cleveland for now, and teams will be allowed in their war rooms
When a venue was originally chosen for the 2021 NFL Draft it was Cleveland that was declared the winner. According to a report from NFL Network on Friday, the draft is on track to take place there this year, and what’s more is that each team will be allowed to operate from within their own war room.
As for the live draft April 29-May 1 in Cleveland -- yes, it's still on as of now, with safety precautions obviously in place there as well. https://t.co/4yrTK37ppR— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 12, 2021
The report notes that there will still be social distancing required for the in-person war room drafts, but it is certainly a step towards normalcy for the National Football League. This will be the first draft in which Mike McCarthy, who took over the Cowboys last year, will be able to participate from his team’s headquarters as opposed to an isolated location.
Dallas was awarded four compensatory picks this past week which brings their total number of selections to double digits at 10. They will seemingly be able to re-stock their roster with those picks from The Star in Frisco.