On Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news that the NFL will announce on Thursday that the city of Philadelphia will host the 2017 draft.
Back in April, ESPN reported Philly was the leading contender to host the 2017 draft. On Thursday, it will become official. Philly, 2017.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2016
After having been hosted in New York for decades, the draft moved to Chicago over the past two years, and now it’s starting to become the new “thing” to basically bid on the rights to host the draft.
What is funny about it being hosted in Philly is the fact that Cleveland acquired the Eagles’ 2017 first-round pick during this year’s draft, as they wanted to move up to select quarterback Carson Wentz at No. 2 overall. That means the city’s locals won’t even be able to have a vested interest in the first and most buzzworthy day of the draft. Cleveland will be poised to steal all of the thunder, especially if they have two top-10 picks.