After a few years of missing out on being the host city for the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns could become the draft’s home team in the near future
The NFL made a big change in 2015 when they decided to move the NFL Draft from Radio City Music Hall in New York City to a rotational schedule. The draft has since been in Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, and most recently Nashville, with the 2020 NFL Draft being in Las Vegas next off-season.
Cities and teams put out requests to host the NFL Draft, much like they do for the Super Bowl, and get selected by a committee. While it seemed likely that the league would choose a joint bid from Cleveland and Canton, Ohio in 2020 to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the league, it was passed over on its bids for 2019 and 2020. Other teams notably passed over for those years were Detroit, Kansas City, and Houston.
According to Albert Breer of the MMQB, Ohio could finally be selected with their bid to host the NFL Draft in either 2021 or 2023.
Breer writes concerning the NFL Owner’s Meetings:
"Also on the agenda: the site of 2021 and ’23 drafts. Both could be awarded on Wednesday…As for who could get it, it’s worth mentioning that Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Houston and Kansas City bid and lost out on ’19 and ’20."
Having the draft come to Northeastern Ohio would be big, and its not far out of the realm of possibilities. The Cleveland Browns appear to be coming out of their eternal rebuild, which has breathed life into a city that has remained passionate as ever about their football roots.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton is also planning major upgrades in the coming years, and having the draft there could help speed along production to try and have it ready by the time the draft is in the area.
Cleveland is well deserving of being selected as the host city for the NFL Draft. Browns fans won’t have to wait too long to see if they’ve been selected, either. The announcement for 2021 and 2023 is expected to come Wednesday at the Owner’s meetings in Florida.
If the Cleveland/Canton bid is passed over for either of those options, it may be a few more years before they know if they’ll be selected as a host city again.