Cleveland was once home to the Rams, but this year it will be hosting the 2021 NFL Draft — the culmination of the strangest and most unpredictable draft season of at least my lifetime. In the fact of no NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and with dozens of top prospects playing in little-to-no college football last year, the league is moving forward — as it must, of course — with the draft in April and May.
Here are several excepts from the NFL’s announced plans on Monday:
The NFL announced today that the 86th annual NFL Draft will take place April 29-May 1 across iconic downtown Cleveland locations, including FirstEnergy Stadium, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center.
A select number of prospects will take the stage in Cleveland while fans, media, NFL Network, ESPN and ABC crews will also be on-site as the league welcomes the new rookie class. Building on the success of last year’s virtual Draft, additional prospects will also participate in Draft festivities remotely from their homes around the country.
Club personnel involved in the selection process will be permitted to gather in a Draft Room at a location of their choosing, whether that be their facility or elsewhere while following appropriate protocols.
All three days of the NFL Draft will be broadcast on NFL Network, ESPN and ABC, including two nights of primetime coverage on Thursday and Friday. Further details on NFL Network, ESPN and ABC’s coverage of the 2021 NFL Draft will be announced at a later date.
The Rams traded their 2021 first round pick in the package to acquire Jalen Ramsey, so they likely won’t be involved on day one, but LA has three picks on day two and could still acquire more to work with on day three.
What are you most interested in seeing unfold in the draft this year?