The NFL Draft will kick-off Thursday night in Philadelphia. It’s a return to the Northeast after two years in Chicago.
Once an annual event in New York City, the NFL has taken its top off-season draw on tour around the country. Sort of. While they have traveled as far West as Chicago and now back to Philadelphia the question is where can they go next?
In 2018 the NFL may move the draft once again. Frankly they should. While it’s not 100% that every city that serves as home to an NFL franchise should get into a rotation there are some cities that should get a chance to host the event live.
Here are five cities that should see the NFL Draft in the next five years and five cities that frankly, don’t really need to host the draft.
Los Angeles, Ca. – Yes
The L.A. market has a return of football after decades of no team at all. With both the Rams and Chargers now firmly embedded in the L.A. market why not bring the draft to L.A. Making it even more appealing is the representation of both the AFC and the NFC conferences.
Los Angeles has all of the needed requirements including hosting facilities. The NFL wanted back in the market for a reason and that reason is money. Taking the draft would ensure a large take for the league.
Some believe there is a drawback due to the time difference but that would not change for anyone but the NFL who would have to start the draft around 4 or 5 so those on the east coast would still watch in the primetime slotting.
Cleveland, Oh. – No
There is no need to hold the draft in Cleveland. If weather is not worrisome the fact that there simple doesn’t seem to carry the same kind of draw unless the NFL really wants to watch the Browns make a top five pick and then the fanbase leave. A better option would be to travel south to Canton and host it there. Hosting the draft at the Hall of Fame would be a nice introduction for incoming rookies.