NFL Requiring Teams To Draft Virtually, Remotely

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(670 The Score) The 2020 NFL Draft will be conducted virtually for all teams as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

In a league-wide memo that was distributed Monday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell informed teams they will be required to draft remotely -- meaning each team's executives, coaches and scouts will be required to remain apart in a virtual draft.

Though some teams were planning to hold the draft in their team facilities or at off-site locations, Goodell was seeking an even playing field.

"All clubs will not have access to their facilities, which is contrary to the fundamental equity principle that all clubs operate in a consistent and fair way," Goodell wrote in the memo, which was obtained by NFL Media reporter Tom Pelissero.

The Bears have been preparing for a virtual draft, general manager Ryan Pace said on a teleconference Friday. The team has been working with its IT department to ensure best practices during the draft, meetings and other offseason work.

"You are forced to quickly adapt to the changing landscape," Pace said.

The NFL Draft is set for April 23-25. The Bears don't own a pick in the first round, which will take place April 23. In the second round, they own the No. 43 and No. 50 overall picks.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.