The anticipation for Las Vegas to host the NFL Draft for the very first time in history was huge among the local community and tourists anxious to see their favorite town host a major sports event.
But unfortunately, Las Vegas didn’t get a chance to properly host the NFL Draft this year with the global coronavirus pandemic putting a halt to the city and much of the sport’s world for that matter.
Instead, Vegas will get to host the highly-anticipated yearly event in the near future.
The National Football League announced on Thursday night that Las Vegas will host the 2020 NFL Draft. This announcement was made during the draft’s current installment, which is being held as a fully virtual event.
Commissioner Roger Goodell mistakenly made a small flub during the announcement, when he said that Las Vegas would host the 2020 draft, but quickly cleared up the statement to reflect the 2022 date.
“Congratulations to Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the Raiders’ organization and Raider Nation,” Goodell said.
Main Stage and Setup Plans for 2022 Draft
Some of the setup plans that were approved for what would have been the 2020 Draft in Vegas will seemingly carry over to 2022.
That includes the main stage of the NFL Draft being built adjacent to the Caesar’s Forum Conference Center, which will sit pretty next to the High Roller observation wheel.
The main stage will also host the Selection Square.
Talks are still in place of a red carpet being unveiled on the Fountains of Bellagio, which will make for the most picturesque and dramatic scene of the Draft. Prospects would be ferried to-and-from the stage via a boat.
Steve Hill, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says the city, while disappointed about being unable to bring the “exciting event to life this year,” is thrilled to be given the opportunity to host the 2022 NFL Draft.
Hill says they plan on making the 87th annual NFL Draft an ‘only Vegas’ experience that football fans will “never forget.”
More plans for the 2022 draft will be announced in the coming months, so be sure to stay tuned for those exciting announcements.
2020 NFL Draft Goes Virtual
With sports being on a global hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL came up with the best next solution for the 2020 NFL Draft: Going virtual.
And fans are here for it.
The 2020 NFL Draft kicked off on Thursday night, and sports fans took to social media to share their excitement over the first round of picks.
🚨 IT'S REAL 🚨
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) April 24, 2020
Hey, @Joe_Burrow10, congrats on being the number 1 overall pick! Can’t wait for us to be properly acquainted
— Calais Campbell (@CalaisCampbell) April 24, 2020
— Dwayne Haskins, Jr🌹 (@dh_simba7) April 24, 2020
— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) April 24, 2020
Goodell even got in on the action by making a TikTok video to Drake’s “Tootsie Slide” with former Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy. Consider it the virtual equivalent to draftees giving the commissioner a customary hug.
Jeudy went off the board to No. 15 overall to the Denver Broncos during Thursday night’s NFL Draft picks.
Raiders 2020 NFL Draft Promising Picks
The Las Vegas Raiders got probably the most exciting addition to their team thus far by selecting Henry Ruggs III. Ruggs is measured as the fastest player in the NFL Draft.
His addition will make for an already impressive Raiders offense that includes Josh Jacobs, Tyrell Williams, Trent Brown, Hunter Renfrow, Rodney Hudson, Darren Waller, and Derek Carr.
The Raiders also acquired Damon Arnette, a promising cornerback who saw his draft stock climb in the days leading up to the draft. While Arnette played with a broken wrist all last season, he also earned All-Big-10 honors during his senior season.