Chiefs pull personnel from pre-draft activities due to coronavirus
By Matt Conner
The Kansas City Chiefs are among a few NFL teams who have already decided to pull their coaches and scouts off the road due to coronavirus.
The Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly joined in with the first few NFL teams to decide to make significant pre-draft adjustments given the threat of the coronavirus. Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports has word that the Chiefs have decided to keep their scouts and coaches at home, for the time being, instead of attending pro days before the 2020 NFL Draft.
This time of year is typically a whirlwind for front office personnel as well as some coaches as general managers seek to gather as much information as possible in order to make the most informed decisions when it comes to the late April draft. Every day throughout the month of March and into April features numerous schools hosting pro days for their players, which means running through position-specific drills and speed and agility tests.
Fellow Yahoo! sports reporters Eric Edholm and Charles Robinson had word on late Wednesday that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles were the first teams to pull their respective staffs from the road for pre-draft activities, and rumors persist that the New Orleans Saints are considering the same.
Given the fluidity of updates around the coronavirus, there are likely more changes ahead as each major sport responds to current events. The NBA has already suspended its season, and the NHL is evaluating the possibilities. Major League Baseball is scheduled to start at month’s end, but even that is up in the air. Will pro days continue? Will the NFL Draft be postponed? These are questions that will only be answered in the days ahead.
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