FRISCO, Texas – In light of the ever-evolving situation with COVID-19, the NFL announced changes to its plans for the 2020 NFL Draft on Monday morning.
In a press release, the league said it has worked with medical experts as well as local officials to modify the event, which was slated to be held publicly in Las Vegas this spring.
The actual selection of players will still proceed as scheduled the weekend of April 23-25, but the public component will not take place.
Per the press release, the draft will still be televised, and the NFL is exploring its options for how the process will be conducted.
"This decision reflects our foremost priority – the healthy and safety of all fans and citizens," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "While this outcome is disappointing both to the NFL and to the Las Vegas community, we look forward to partnering with the Raiders, the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for a future NFL draft as well as evaluating opportunities for other major NFL events in Las Vegas in the future, including the Super Bowl."
The NFL has stated it will provide further information on how the draft will be re-formatted as it becomes available.
The Cowboys hold the No. 17 overall pick in this year's draft.