The NFL announced details for "Draft-A-Thon," a massive fundraising campaign part of the 2020 NFL Draft aimed at raising much-needed funds for COVID-19 relief efforts. The Draft-A-Thon will be live streamed on NFL social and digital platforms and featured in live Draft coverage on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes on April 23-25.
Donations can be made at NFL.com/RELIEF starting today. There is also a text-to-donate option. In addition to raising funds, the Draft-A-Thon will pay tribute to healthcare workers, first responders, and others on the front lines of the battle with COVID-19. To date, the NFL family has raised more than $50 million in COVID-19 relief.
Fans can follow the Draft-A-Thon on NFL digital properties across devices (phone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) and on Twitter, Twitch, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo Sports. Hosted by the NFL Network's Rich Eisen and Deion Sanders, the Draft-A-Thon will feature a wide variety of athletes, celebrities, and personalities, including actor and comedian Kevin Hart, music artists Quavo and Kane Brown, gaming icon Ninja, NFL stars Tyrann Mathieu, Devin Mccourty, Torrey Smith, Rod Woodson and many others.
Funds raised during Draft-A-Thon will help support six national nonprofit organizations listed below and their respective COVID-19 relief efforts. As part of this donation, all 32 NFL clubs have selected one or more of these organization's local branches to receive a portion of the funding. The remaining funds will be distributed across the country and internationally where the needs are greatest.
At NFL.com/auction fans can bid on autographed NFL items and exclusive packages to support COVID-19 relief as well. The NFL does not retain any profits from the sale of these items or experiences. Charitable contributions are donated to the NFL's nonprofit partners.
NFL plans to announce 2020 schedule by May 9
Appearing on the Rich Eisen Show this past Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is still set to announce its 2020 schedule by May 9. In addition to the NFC East opponents, the Giants host the Cardinals, 49ers, Browns, Steelers, and Buccaneers. They travel to face the Ravens, Bengals, Rams, Seahawks, and Bears.
"We are planning, as you can tell by the draft and by the start of the league year and by trying to adjust to the environment we're operating in, that we're planning and working toward staying on schedule," Goodell said. "We will be announcing our schedule by then and we intend to do everything possible to stay focused on that and make sure we can be prepared to execute on that, because that's where we think we'll be."
Gil Brandt releases "Hot 150" prospect rankings
Gil Brandt, who served as the vice president of player personnel for the Cowboys from 1960 to 1989, oversaw the drafting of nine players who are now enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (of which he also belongs). He was a pioneer in using computers for scouting and talent evaluations, became the first one to use psychological tests to evaluate mental makeup under pressure, and led the building of the NFL Scouting Combine. So, he knows a thing or two about prospects. With that in mind, NFL Media's "personnel guru" recently released his "Hot 150" ranking of this year's class.
View NFL.com's ranking of the top 150 prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft, which kicks off Thursday night.