In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL draft was held virtually and televised from Roger Goodell’s basement. But now the draft will return to a city in 2021.
The NFL draft will travel to Cleveland, Ohio in 2021. The draft will begin on April 29th and will have limited visits due to the ongoing pandemic. Some of the best prospects will be invited to take part, and while not all will leave, including Trevor Lawrence, who is likely number 1 overall, this year’s design will feel a lot more normal than last year’s.
The NFL has also determined where the draft will take place in 2022 and 2023. Below is more information on the future of the NFL draft and its host cities.
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Where’s the NFL Draft this year?
The 2021 NFL Draft will take place in Cleveland, Ohio.
The NFL plans to hold an outdoor draft in the city, with Lake Erie as the backdrop for the draft stage. In addition, a limited number of fans can attend the event, which is in accordance with CDC guidelines for hosting outdoor events. Those selected to sit in the “Inner Circle” to represent and cheer their NFL team must be fully vaccinated.
This is the first time the NFL Draft has come to Cleveland, and the team that just won their first playoff win since 1994 is looking forward to the opportunity to host the draft.
“We’re excited to have Cleveland host this year’s NFL Draft, celebrating the hard-working and inspiring new draft prospects, the great history of football and our fans. It is even more special when we commemorate our 75th anniversary and the opportunity have to present that. ” The wonderful city of Cleveland for an international audience and a responsible number of fans and visitors this weekend, “said Dee and Jimmy Haslam, Managing and Principal Partners of the Cleveland Browns.
“We greatly appreciate the continued collaboration of the NFL, local and state government officials and medical experts, all of whom are focused on creating a memorable and safe experience, and we are also extremely encouraged by the Ohio State vaccination rates and advances in bringing us this enable.” make the necessary progress to return to a safer and more normal environment. “
The Browns are armed with the 22nd selection in the draft, so Cleveland fans will of course be eagerly awaiting this selection.
Future NFL Draft locations
|year||NFL Draft Site|
|2022||The Vegas, Nevada|
|2023||Kansas City, Missouri|
2022 NFL draft: Las Vegas
Las Vegas should welcome the Raiders to town as it was the setting for the 2022 NFL Draft. Instead, the streets in Vegas were largely empty last April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So was Allegiant Stadium.
Fortunately for the NFL, the league hadn’t yet determined where the 2022 NFL draft would take place. With this position they were able to draw in Las Vegas as a host. That will allow them to really welcome the Raiders to their new host city and create a huge event and destination for soccer fans.
The 2020 NFL Draft should be the first, even with fans in the Raiders’ new stadium. Now that this has been postponed to 2022, this will no longer be the case as at least some fans should grace the Allegiant Stadium during the 2021 campaign. And there could be a lot of them, as the stadium can hold 65,000 to 70,000 fans depending on the event.
A Vegas design should be fun for fans and gamers alike.
2023 NFL draft: Kansas City
Back-to-back drafts will be hosted by AFC West teams as the Chiefs will host during the 2023 NFL draft. That should be a lot of fun in the end.
Chiefs fans are some of the most passionate in the NFL, and they always show themselves in full swing at Chiefs games and tailgates, even in sub-freezing temperatures. The event focuses on Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial.
“We are excited to be working with the Kansas City Chiefs, the City of Kansas City and the Kansas City Sports Commission to showcase the area for a week-long celebration of football that will be followed by millions of fans,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We know Chiefs fans will celebrate alongside thousands of fans from teams across the country for an amazing experience as we greet the next generation of NFL players.”
2024 NFL draft: TBD
The NFL has yet to determine where the 2024 NFL Draft will take place. The Green Bay Packers are reportedly one of the finalists expected to host along with a few other undeclared teams. Perhaps the NFL will make a decision on this in the not too distant future.