Saints won't conduct draft from brewery due to new NFL rules

Amos Morale III
April 06, 2020 - 2:12 pm

The New Orleans Saints won’t conduct the 2020 NFL Draft from the Dixie Brewery after the league sent teams a memo informing them to prepare for a “virtual draft.” 

“All clubs should dedicate their personnel and technology resources toward preparing for a fully virtual draft, with personnel in separate locations,” The memo which was tweeted by ESPN's Adam Schefter reads.

The NFL closed all team facilities, including the New Orleans Saints’, in March in order to comply with social distancing measures aimed at helping slow the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

A few members of the Saints front office were planning to conducted the draft from the board room at the Dixie Brewery owned by Gayle Benson.

“Mickey (Loomis), myself, Jeff (Ireland), with the position coach, maybe a few others, are in a large meeting room spread out with a lot of monitors. Depending on who we're reading, what player group we're reading, different people Skyping in,” Payton said of the expected setup. “We've started this morning, this will go on for really the next 11 or Days or till Easter.”

However the NFL’s mandate means Payton and the Saints personnel will conduct the draft from their respective homes.

“These steps were taken to protect our players and staffs, to model appropriate behavior, and to ensure competitive equity among all 32 clubs,” them memo reads.

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