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Goodell to announce 2020 NFL Draft picks from his home basement

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell will reveal the selections of the 2020 NFL Draft first round from his home in Westchester County, New York, as part of a “fully virtual” event.

The April 23-25 draft was originally scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada but it was moved due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

It will now originate from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, where staff will “adhere to proper social distancing guidelines and local workplace rules.” A number of hosts and commentators will work from the ESPN studios, while others will contribute from their homes.

ESPN and the NFL Network will produce a broadcast that will air on both networks over all three days. ABC will air a separate draft broadcast on April 23 and 24 before simulcasting the ESPN/NFL Network feed on April 25.

The 2020 NFL Draft will also be streamed live across a number of NFL and ESPN digital and social media properties.

According to NBC Sports, a virtual montage of 15 fans of the team next in the selection process will be the backdrop behind the home-bound Goodell, with those fans reacting to the commissioner and the team pick. The US national anthem will also be performed by a well-known artist from their home.

The league, meanwhile, has dispatched 58 cameras to the homes of top prospects, and a few to college coaches, to secure their reactions on being picked and subsequent interviews.

The NFL Draft is also serving as a virtual fundraiser to benefit six charities that will be selected by the NFL Foundation and are working to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and provide relief to impacted communities.

Louisiana State University quarterback Joe Burrow is widely expected to be the No. 1 pick, with that pick held by the Cincinnati Bengals.