It's finally official: the 2017 NFL Draft will take place in Philadelphia from April 27-29. A press conference was held on Thursday to announce the big event.
“Philadelphia is a passionate football town and will serve as a tremendous backdrop for the Draft and provide a great atmosphere for our fans and incoming players,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. “Jeffrey Lurie has been a strong advocate and supporter of the draft on behalf of the City of Philadelphia throughout the entire selection process. We look forward to working with the Philadelphia Eagles, the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) to create a week-long celebration of football for our fans.”
The draft will be held along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Players are set to walk up the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art after being drafted, which is pretty cool.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, they don't own their first round pick next year. Despite this, Philadelphia currently owns eight total selections in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The first ever NFL Draft took place in 1936 at the Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia. The last draft that took place in Philadelphia was held at the Warwick Hotel in 1961.