Saints GM Mickey Loomis Wants The NFL Draft Postponed: “This Isn’t A Fantasy Draft”

The NFL Draft is still on schedule for April 23-25 and GMs around the league are not happy with it.

Saints GM Mickey Loomis is one of them.

“I’d be personally in favor of delaying the draft, so that we can get some of the work done that our scouts and our personnel people ordinarily do,” Loomis said on The Peter King Podcast. “And then just the logistics of trying to conduct the draft, with not having access to your draft rooms and your offices, creates a lot of logistic problems.

“This is not a fantasy draft that you conduct out there with just a list of things on a piece of paper. There’s a lot of work that goes into it to prepare, and there’s a lot of work that is done during the draft. Listen, it’ll be very, very difficult to conduct that and do it in a way that you’re doing justice to the process.”

ESPN reported Tuesday night that the NFL’s General Manager subcommittee unanimously recommended to commissioner Goodell that the draft be moved back due to COVID-19. 

The subcommittee believes that teams won’t have time to prepare for the draft, given the cancellation of Pro Day workouts, private workouts, team visits, and medical examinations with team doctors. 

The subcommittee also believes that the state-mandated closure of operations in states like California and New Jersey while other facilities can function will create a disadvantage for team employees compelled to work at home.

Despite all of that, the NFL seems to be determined to proceed with the draft on April 23-25.

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