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NFL vice president Troy Vincent has sent a letter to several prospects inviting them to participate "live" in the NFL draft in three weeks.

The Associated Press on Tuesday obtained the letter sent by the league's football operations chief to prospective early selections in the draft, which will be held remotely, due to the coronavirus pandemic, on April 23-25.

"We hope that you will start your NFL journey with us as part of the NFL family," Vincent wrote. "At this time, we are working on the plan for draft. As you can imagine, it is a bit of a moving target with all that is going on.

"We are contemplating several options that we will be communicating to you once details are confirmed. We want to ensure that you and your family stay safe while we develop the best way to give you a great experience and highlight your accomplishments as you are drafted into the NFL."

Vincent asked the players not to publicize the invitation.

In recent drafts, first-round selections were announced by commissioner Roger Goodell, followed by hugs involving players and Goodell -- some of them comical -- and photo sessions with the players wearing team ball caps or team jerseys. Often their families and friends would get involved in the celebrations.

This year, with all public events at the planned site in Las Vegas canceled and the draft set to proceed remotely, players will likely be at their homes when their names are called.