In 2020, the NFL Draft took place virtually and televised from Roger Goodell’s basement in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. But now the project will make a comeback in a city in 2021.
The NFL Draft will travel to Cleveland, Ohio for 2021. The draft will begin April 29 and will have limited attendance due to the ongoing pandemic. Some of the top prospects will be invited to attend and while not all will go, including likely top overall pick Trevor Lawrence, this year’s draft will look a lot more normal than last year.
The NFL has also determined where the draft will be held in 2022 and 2023. More information on the future of the NFL Draft and its host cities can be found below.
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Where is the NFL Draft this year?
The 2021 NFL Draft will be held in Cleveland, Ohio.
The NFL plans to host an outdoor draft in the city with Lake Erie serving as the backdrop for the draft stage. Additionally, a limited number of fans will be able to attend the event, which will adhere to CDC guidelines for hosting outdoor events. Those chosen to sit from the “inner circle” to represent and encourage their NFL team will need to be fully immunized.
This is the first time the NFL Draft has arrived in Cleveland, and the team, which just earned their first playoff win since 1994, are thrilled to have the opportunity to host the Draft.
“We’re thrilled that Cleveland is hosting this year’s NFL Draft and celebrating the hard-working and inspiring new draft prospects, the great history of football and our fans. It’s even more special as we commemorate our 75th anniversary and have the opportunity to introduce the wonderful city of Cleveland to an international audience and a responsible number of fans and visitors over the weekend, ”said Dee and Jimmy Haslam, Principal and Principal Partners of The Cleveland Browns.
“We greatly appreciate the continued collaboration of the NFL, local and state government officials, and medical experts who are all focused on creating a memorable and safe experience and we are also extremely encouraged by the state of immunization rates. Ohio and the progress that allows us to make the progress needed to return to a safer and more normal environment. “
The Browns are armed with the 22nd draft draft, so it goes without saying that Cleveland fans will be eagerly awaiting this selection.
Future NFL Draft Locations
|Year||NFL Draft Site|
|2022||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|2023||Kansas City, Missouri|
|2024||To be determined|
2022 NFL Draft: Las Vegas
Las Vegas was supposed to welcome the Raiders to the city by being the backdrop for the 2022 NFL Draft. Instead, the streets of Vegas were largely empty last April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The same was true for the Allegiant Stadium.
Luckily for the NFL, the league had yet to determine where the 2022 NFL Draft would be held. With this vacant, they were able to write Las Vegas as the host. This will allow them to properly welcome the Raiders to their new host city and create a massive event and destination for football fans.
The 2020 NFL Draft was supposed to be the first, even with fans in the Raiders’ new stadium. With that now moved to 2022, that will no longer be the case, as at least one segment of fans is expected to grace the Allegiant Stadium during the 2021 campaign. And there could be plenty, as the stadium can seat 65,000 to 70,000. spectators, depending on the event.
A Vegas draft should be a lot of fun for fans and players alike.
2023 NFL Draft: Kansas City
Back-to-back drafts will be hosted by the AFC West teams, as the Chiefs will host the 2023 NFL Draft. It should end up being a lot of fun.
Chiefs fans are some of the most passionate people in the NFL, and they always show up in force at Chiefs games and hatchbacks, even in subzero temperatures. The event will center around Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial.
“We are thrilled to be working with the Kansas City Chiefs, the City of Kansas City and the Kansas City Athletic Commission to showcase the region during a celebratory football week that will be watched by millions of fans,” said the NFL commissioner, Roger. Goodell. “We know Chiefs fans will come and celebrate with thousands of team fans across the country for an incredible experience as we welcome the next generation of NFL players.”
2024 NFL Draft: TBD
The NFL has yet to determine where the 2024 NFL Draft will take place. That said, the Green Bay Packers are said to be one of the finalists expected to host it along with a few other unreported teams. So maybe the NFL will make a decision on this in the not-so-distant future.