The Philadelphia Eagles will have the honor of hosting one of the marquee events of the NFL season. Too bad they won’t be participating in the first round of it.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Philadelphia will host the 2017 NFL Draft after Chicago hosted the event the past two years. Philadelphia is the second different city to host the draft after the league moved it from Radio City Music Hall in New York City to the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.
This decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as commissioner Roger Goodell hinted in April it was “very likely” the draft would leave Chicago in 2017. The NFL has attempted to spread the draft around to different sites and Los Angeles has been widely rumored as a potential destination once the Rams complete construction of their brand new facility in Inglewood. Once it goes to Hollywood, there’s a chance it never comes back.
Oddly enough, the Eagles don’t have a first-round pick in this upcoming draft. The organization traded away its 2017 first-round selection, a 2018 second-round pick and their first, third and fourth-round selections in this past April’s draft to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the No. 2 overall pick, which it used to draft quarterback Carson Wentz.
So while the Eagles might have gotten their franchise quarterback of the future last spring, the always welcoming Philadelphia fans probably won’t get the opportunity to send some brotherly love to a new first-round rookie this year.