NFL Draft Set for Cleveland: A year ago at this time, we did not even know if we were going to have a 2020 NFL season. The NFL draft was forced to be virtual and front office personnel was unable to be together. The 2020 NFL draft was taken live from commissioner Roger Goodell’s basement where he announced picks.
After a year filled with uncertainty, things are beginning to work their way back to normal as the 2021 NFL draft will be hosted in Cleveland and will be in person this year. This year’s draft will be held from April 29 through May 1.
Fans and Prospects will gather in Cleveland for different festivities and will be required to adhere to all Covid-19 protocols that are in place in Cleveland. All fans will be required to wear a mask and social distance.
Plans for the Event
This year’s NFL draft is expected to be taking place right outside of Brown’s FirstEnergy Stadium and along Lake Erie. Cleveland will set up different events and areas to keep people entertained and socially distanced.
The NFL is planning on using a similar plan that was used for this year’s past Super Bowl that will keep fans in pods. Some events to keep fans involved will include a mini NFL combine experience that will be set up, different food and beverage options, and large television screens to keep you in on all the action.
Something that makes the draft so special is watching the players walk across the stage after hearing their name called and it will be interesting to see if that takes place this year.
With Covid still going on it will be interesting to see how many players decide to attend the event.
League Comments on Draft Weekend
For the NFL it is a great sign to see things trending in the right direction towards normalcy after eliminating fans from attending most events due to Covid-19. “We are thrilled to be heading to Cleveland for the NFL Draft, which has become one of the most highly anticipated events in sports,” said NFL executive vice president Peter O’Reilly.
O’Reilly and many from the NFL know that it is possible to hold events with fans after doing so on the biggest of all stages in the Super Bowl.
“Just months after executing a safe and successful Super Bowl LV, we look forward to bringing the excitement of our Draft traditions to fans in collaboration with the Browns, Destination Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, the City of Cleveland, and all of our local Cleveland partners.” Cleveland is a city that lives and dies for their Cleveland Browns and coming off of their first playoff season since 2002 the city is going to have an electric draft weekend.
Haslem Family on the event
Before the Covid-19 outbreak that took place right as the NFL offseason was getting underway, Cleveland was in consideration to host the draft.
“We are thrilled for Cleveland to host this year’s NFL Draft and celebrate the hard-working and inspiring new Draft prospects, football’s great history, and our fans,” said Dee and Jimmy Haslam, managing and principal partners of the Cleveland Browns.
The Haslem family is excited to be hosting the draft this year, but they also have plenty of appreciation for those who are making the event happen safely as we are still being affected by the pandemic.
“We greatly appreciate the continued collaboration by 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 Ohio’s vaccination rates and advancements that are allowing us to make the progress needed to return to a safe and more normal environment.”