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Where is the NFL Draft in 2021? Location, city, tickets for Cleveland and beyond



Where is the NFL Draft in 2021? Location, city, tickets for Cleveland and beyond

In 2020, the NFL Draft was held virtually and televised from Roger Goodell’s basement as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But now, the draft will be making a return to a city in 2021.

The NFL Draft will head to Cleveland, Ohio for 2021. The draft will begin on April 29 and will have limited attendance because of the ongoing pandemic. Some of the top prospects will be invited to attend and though not all will go, including likely No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence, this year’s draft will feel a lot more normal than that of last year.

The NFL has also determined where the draft would be held in 2022 and 2023. Below you’ll find more information about the future of the NFL Draft and its host cities.

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Where is the NFL Draft this year?

The 2021 NFL Draft will be held in Cleveland, Ohio.

The NFL is planning to hold an outdoor draft in the city with Lake Erie serving as a backdrop for the draft’s stage. Additionally, a limited number of fans will be able to attend the event, which will adhere to the CDC’s guidelines for hosting outdoor events. Those chosen to sit among the “Inner Circle” to represent and cheer on their NFL team will need to be fully vaccinated.

This marks the first time that the NFL Draft will be coming to Cleveland, and the team, fresh off their first playoff win since 1994, is excited for the opportunity to host the draft. 

“We are thrilled for Cleveland to host this year’s NFL Draft and celebrate the hard-working and inspiring new Draft prospects, football’s great history, and our fans. It is even more special as we commemorate our 75th anniversary and have the opportunity to showcase the wonderful city of Cleveland to an international audience and to a responsible number of fans and visitors during the weekend,” said Dee and Jimmy Haslam, Managing and Principal Partners of the Cleveland Browns.

“We greatly appreciate the continued collaboration by the NFL, local and state government officials and medical experts who are all focused on creating a memorable and safe experience and we are also extremely encouraged by the state of Ohio’s vaccination rates and advancements that are allowing us to make the progress needed to return to a safe and more normal environment.”

The Browns are armed with the 22nd selection in the draft, so needless to say, Cleveland fans will be eagerly awaiting that selection.

Future NFL Draft locations

Year NFL Draft site
2021 Cleveland, Ohio
2022 Las Vegas, Nevada
2023 Kansas City, Missouri
2024 TBD

2022 NFL Draft: Las Vegas

Las Vegas was supposed to welcome the Raiders to the city by being the backdrop for the 2022 NFL Draft. Instead, the Vegas streets were largely empty last April because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So too was Allegiant Stadium.

Luckily for the NFL, the league had not yet determined where the 2022 NFL Draft would be held. With that vacancy, they were able to pencil in Las Vegas as the host. That will afford them to properly welcome the Raiders to their new host city and create a massive event and destination for football fans.

The 2020 NFL Draft was supposed to be the first even with fans in the Raiders’ new stadium. With that now moved to 2022, it will no longer be the case, as at least some segment of fans should grace Allegiant Stadium during the 2021 campaign. And there could be a lot of them, as the stadium can hold 65,000-70,000 fans, depending on the event.

A draft in Vegas should be plenty of fun for fans and players alike.

2023 NFL Draft: Kansas City

Back to back drafts will be hosted by AFC West teams, as the Chiefs will be the hosts during the 2023 NFL Draft. That should end up being a lot of fun.

Chiefs fans are among the most passionate in the NFL, and they always show up in full force to Chiefs games and tailgates, even in sub-freezing temperatures. The event will be centered around Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

“We are excited to work with the Kansas City Chiefs, the City of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Sports Commission to showcase the area for a week-long celebration of football that will be watched by millions of fans,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We know Chiefs fans will come out to celebrate along with thousands of fans from teams around the country for an incredible experience as we welcome the next generation of NFL players.” 

2024 NFL Draft: TBD

The NFL has yet to determine where the 2024 NFL Draft will be held. That said, the Green Bay Packers are reportedly one of the finalists expected to host it along with a couple of other unreported teams. So, perhaps the NFL will make a decision on that in the not-so-distant future.

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Anthony Edwards has no idea who Alex Rodriguez, potential Timberwolves owner, is



Anthony Edwards has no idea who Alex Rodriguez, potential Timberwolves owner, is

Anthony Edwards, meet Alex Rodriguez: Your potential future boss. Oh, and only one of the most singularly talented, charismatic and controversial MLB players this millennium.

As Rodriguez and e-commerce billionaire Marc Lore continue to finalize a deal with current Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor to take over the Minnesota franchise, reporters began asking current players their thoughts on their potential new boss.

But Edwards, the rookie out of Georgia, has no idea who Rodriguez is, as this exceptionally funny video showcases:

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Hey, at least he’s honest. And the explanation that he simply doesn’t watch baseball — as if only MLB fans know Rodriguez — is pure comedy. It’s not as if Edwards doesn’t understand the sport of baseball, either. In the video below, he describes how he was talented enough as a multi-athlete star to play in MLB had he decided to take that career route:

To be fair, Edwards, 19, wasn’t even born yet when Rodriguez began his MLB career in 1994 with the Seattle Mariners. And he was just 15 years old when Rodriguez hung up the cleats for the final time after the 2016 season.

Still, you’d think he would have at least heard of someone who was a 14-time All-Star selection, three-time AL MVP, two-time Gold Glove Award winner and 10-time Silver Slugger Award winner, among other accolades. And that’s to say nothing of his controversial PED use, which cost Rodriguez the entirety of the 2014 season due to suspension.

Look at it this way: If Rodriguez ends up gaining ownership of the Timberwolves, Edwards will have plenty of future opportunities to learn more about his new boss.

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Aaron Rodgers has perfect response for ‘Jeopardy!’ contestants who whiff on Packers question



Aaron Rodgers has perfect response for 'Jeopardy!' contestants who whiff on Packers question

Who are the Green Bay Packers?

Only one of the most historic franchises in the history of the NFL, owner of 13 championships and four Super Bowl victories and the current team of “Jeopardy!” guest host Aaron Rodgers. Oh, and a question on Tuesday’s episode.

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Unfortunately, all three contestants whiffed on the question after Rodgers’ introduction: “In the 1960s, these Midwesterners earned five NFL championship trophies.” Rodgers, of course, referred to Vince Lombardi’s Packers, who won titles in 1961, ’62, ’65, ’66 and ’67 — the latter two Super Bowl victories.

To make matters worse, one of the contestants then managed to correctly guess the Boston Celtics as the team to win the NBA title every year from 1959-66.

At the very least, it afforded viewers the opportunity to watch Rodgers show off his comedic chops. He clearly has picked up a few tricks from his discount double check and State Farm ad appearances. It certainly will do nothing to curb his enthusiasm for hosting the show full-time — while also serving as quarterback for the Packers.

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Jake Paul accused of sexual assault by TikTok star



Jake Paul accused of sexual assault by TikTok star

YouTube personality-turned-boxer Jake Paul has been accused of sexual assault.

Paul’s accuser, Jasmine Paradise, posted a 20-minute YouTube video on Friday in which she claimed Paul sexually assaulted her at his Team 10 house in Los Angeles. Paradise is a TikTok star with more than 525,000 followers.

In the video, Paradise focused on events she said occurred in June and July 2019; she said she met Paul at his home in July of that year after visiting his house several times with friends starting in June. In the video, Paradise said she and Paul had several awkward encounters at first, but that one night he pulled her into a corner of his studio area and began kissing her. She said she “was fine with that. I did think he was cute.”

Afterward, however, Paradise said Paul took her into his room and began to show frustration at her reluctance to have sex with him. She said he forced her to have oral sex after she told him “No” several times.

“Sex is very special and very important to me,” Paradise said in the video. “But I haven’t had sex with that many people. Normally, everybody respects me when I don’t want to do sexual things, so I thought that it was fine if I went in his room. I thought it would be fine to kiss him, because I thought he would stop if I didn’t want to do anything else.

“He didn’t ask for consent or anything. He knew I didn’t want to do anything with him because he said, ‘If nothing is gonna happen, what’s the point?’ Then he shoves himself in me.

“That’s not okay. On no level at all is that okay.”

Paradise also posted several text conversations between her and Paul, as well as photos and videos of her at his Team 10 house, as proof of her allegations in the video.

Daniel E. Gardenswartz, Paul’s lawyer, said his client “categorically denied” Paradise’s claims in a statement (via the New York Post).

“Our client is aware of the recent allegation against him. While others have already begun to debunk the claim alleged against him, our client categorically denies the allegation and has every intention of aggressively disproving it and pursuing legal action against those responsible for the defamation of his character.”

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