After the traveling road show known as the NFL Draft stopped in Nashville this year, Sin City is set to take the reins as the hosts for the draft in 2020.
The NFL will be bringing a new team to Las Vegas in 2020 when the Oakland Raiders relocate to Sin City, but before the Silver and Black play a game the league will mark its presence in Vegas with the NFL Draft. The draft, which has become a traveling road show for the past five years after spending half a century in New York, will be held in Las Vegas from April 23-25, 2020.
It makes sense for the league to celebrate their newest city with the draft, allowing Las Vegas residents to get a sneak peek at what NFL life is like. Exact plans for where the draft will be held haven’t been publicly announced at this time, but there will be no shortage of good venues to host the draft along the Las Vegas strip.
The idea that the draft is in Las Vegas should also be a boon for fans, who can take advantage of all the unique entertainment options available in Sin City when they come to town for the festivities. The class should also be quarterback heavy, with Oregon’s Justin Herbert and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa among the top names expected to be called next April.
It will also be interesting to see how the league handles the concept of having a bunch of top collegiate prospects in a city as glamorous as Las Vegas. It’s very easy to get yourself into some trouble in Las Vegas if you’re not careful, and how some of the NFL’s future stars navigate the city could be a valuable scouting tool for teams looking to find future leaders.
It will be interesting to see what kind of show the city puts on for the draft, and you can bet that Las Vegas will do it with style.