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UPDATE: Virtual Draft Plan From Makers Of Madden Denied

UPDATE: EA Sports has denied the report.

With the NFL draft on schedule to be held -- albeit virtually -- later this month, everyone understands it won't be executed like it normally will be.

While details are being sorted out how it will all come together and how teams individually will be able to work together during the three days, Ian Rapoport reports that Electronic Arts -- the company that makes the "Madden" NFL video games -- will create virtual versions of the draftees to allow them to still "walk across the stage" and get the celebratory handshake (or hug or whatever) from commissioner Roger Goodell. Given the circumstances, it's a cool idea.

Also cool -- each player will also get a $2,500 grant to give to the high school football program of their choice.

Commissioner Roger Goodell shakes hands with Kyler Murray after Murray was selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the first pick in the first round of the NFL football draft, in Nashville, Tenn. on Thursday, April 25, 2019.

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