The Cleveland Browns announced Thursday morning that they along with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission submitted a bid to host the 2019 or 2020 NFL Draft.
Rumors have swirled for months that Canton, Ohio could be a destination for the NFL Draft, even more now with the ongoing renovations at the Hall of Fame which are expected to be done by 2020.
Having the NFL Draft in Northeast Ohio around that time makes perfect sense for all sides because 2019 would mark the 100th season of play and 2020 is the 100th anniversary of when the National Football League was established in Canton, Ohio in August 20, 1920.
ESPN Cleveland Browns analyst Tony Grossi suggested that since the draft is three days long, instead of holding the entire draft in Canton or Cleveland. They might hold one day in Cleveland, one day in Canton and then one day in another location in Northeast Ohio (Akron perhaps?).
The last time Northeast Ohio held somewhat of a draft was in 1999 when the Browns held their expansion draft at the Canton Civic Center.
After years of having the NFL Draft in New York City, the NFL has taken it to other cities in recent years. Chicago held the draft in 2015 and 2016 while Philadelphia hosted it this past April.