Scenes From the NFL Draft in Philly

Fans arrive ahead of the 2017 NFL football draft, in Philadelphia, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Fans arrive ahead of the 2017 NFL football draft, in Philadelphia, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

First you saw the road closures. Then came the traffic. By now, you know the NFL Draft is upon us. You might even know how the whole thing works.

So – what does the event that’s shutting down the Parkway actually look like? Apparently it looks like the “wildest, most raucous atmosphere in draft history.” Read more »

Charter School Claims It Can’t Operate During the NFL Draft

Russell Byers Charter School , NFL Draft

Russell Byers Charter School near 19th and Arch streets, via Google Maps

The 2017 NFL Draft Experience is bringing Philly a slew of street closures and parking restrictions – and apparently it’s prompting a school closure as well.

Administrators at the Russell Byers Charter School say the three-day football event will force the school to cancel classes April 25th through April 28th.  Read more »

Here’s Why the NFL Draft Requires So Many Street Closures

Photo | Victor Fiorillo

Photo | Victor Fiorillo

The 2017 NFL Draft Experience will occupy the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Eakins Oval and the steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (a.k.a. the Rocky steps) between April 25th-29th. But somehow the city has planned a month of street closures – no kidding.

Road closures and parking restrictions for the football event kicked off today – and if you’re not happy about them, you’re not alone.  Read more »

Eagles Win Coin Flip, Will Pick 14th in NFL Draft

Howie Roseman, GM

Eagles GM Howie Roseman celebrates after the team won a coin flip. | Image via Philadelphia Eagles’ coin-flip livestream

The Eagles now know where they’ll be picking in this year’s NFL Draft on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

On Friday, the Eagles won the coin flip that determined the 14th and 15th selections in April’s draft.

The coin flip was between the Colts and the Vikings, but the Eagles got the Vikings’ number-one selection in the Sam Bradford trade last summer. So GM Howie Roseman stood on stage with representatives from the Colts and Vikings before the coin flip. The NFL even hyped up the pick a bit, moving the coin flip back a half hour in order to get fans to come watch it.

“It’s a great result,” Howie Roseman told the Eagles’ website after the coin flip. “We’re excited to be able to pick at 14. We’re excited for the draft in Philly. We know how excited our fans are going to be when we make this 14th pick.” Read more »

NFL Announces Plans for Fan Festival on Parkway During Draft

A grey NFL Draft helmet and a football

The set-up at City Hall before the announcement the 2017 NFL Draft would be held in Philadelphia | Photo: Dan McQuade

The NFL Draft is in Philadelphia this year. Now the NFL has let us know what they’ll have for us to do between picks.

“In 2015 it was the pope,” Mayor Jim Kenney said. “In 2016 it was the DNC. Now it’s the NFL Draft.”

At a press conference held at the Art Museum on Tuesday morning, the NFL unveiled details for a huge, free fan festival along the Parkway during the draft. Read more »

The 2017 NFL Draft Will Be in Philadelphia

A grey NFL Draft helmet and a football

The set-up at City Hall before the announcement the 2017 NFL Draft would be held in Philadelphia | Photo: Dan McQuade

This is Philadelphia sports, and things can’t be easy. So of course it’s happening this way: The NFL Draft is returning to Philadelphia next year for the first time since 1961. The Eagles do not have a first-round pick.

The draft will begin on April 27th and run through the 29th, and will be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The NFL said draftees will walk up the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art when they are selected. Just like Rocky!

“How cool is this!” Ron Jaworski said to the assembled media at City Hall today. “About a post-pattern from here, eighty years ago the first NFL Draft was held. And guess what: We’re back, Philadelphia!”

The NFL Draft was held in New York between 1965 and 2014, but a few years ago the NFL decided to make it more of a fan-focused experience. It was held in Chicago’s Grant Park and Auditorium Theatre the past two years. Read more »

It Looks Like the NFL Draft Will Be in Philly Next Year

The NFL draft logo side by side with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Benjamin Franklin Parkway photo by Spike Brennan (license)

Per several reports, it seems like the NFL Draft will be in Philadelphia in 2017.

In early July, Wendy Ruderman quoted Bob Brady saying it was a done deal to hold the draft at a temporary stage and arena on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Kenney spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said the city hadn’t signed anything, but Brady was insistent: “We are going to showcase the city for the whole country again, and we’ll have thousands of visitors coming in here and all the players, all the sports teams, and all the coaches and managers will all be around. It will be great.” Read more »

Eagles Open Thread: NFL Draft, Day 3

(Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.)

(Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.)

UPDATE: The Eagles traded back in the sixth round to pick up an additional seventh-round selection.

Day 3 of the NFL Draft is underway, as the Eagles are expected to be on the clock five times today. Read more »

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