The 2020 NFL Draft is just weeks away and the league is reportedly still trying to figure out how it will navigate a virtual draft experience. Among the changes the NFL is considering to the draft structure, brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, is reportedly allowing teams a one-time extension while they are on the clock.
According to The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones and Daniel Kaplan, NFL teams are preparing as if the stay-at-home orders will remain in place when the 2020 NFL Draft is held form April 23-25. Due to the logistical complications that would be caused by multiple executives from every team working from their homes, the NFL has considered a potential solution that would grant teams a time extension while they are on the clock.
In previous drafts, teams are each given a 10-minute window to submit their pick or trade it when they are on the clock in the first round. From there, the teams have seven minutes for second-round picks, five minutes for Round 3-6 and four minutes in Round 7.