Philadelphia is finally going to be officially announced as the host city of the 2017 NFL Draft, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter.
A press conference has been announced for Thursday, Sept. 1 starting at 12:00 PM ET at Philadelphia City Hall. NFL senior vice president of events Peter O'Reilly, Mayor Jim Kenney, Eagles president Don Smolenski, former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski, and Philadelphia convention and visitors bureau president Julie Coker-Graham are scheduled to speak.
This news hardly comes as a surprise. It was reported back in late April that Philadelphia was a leading candidate to host the upcoming draft. Since then, multiple reports have emerged indicating Philly as the likely choice.
As fans are well aware, the Eagles do not own their first round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Philadelphia gave up that selection when trading up to the No. 2 pick this year in order to draft Carson Wentz.
2017 might not be the only year the NFL Draft is hosted in Philadelphia. Howard Eskin reports the city of Philadelphia has interest in hosting the event for two years. The Eagles do have their first round pick in 2018.