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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
UPDATE: The Eagles traded back in the sixth round to pick up an additional seventh-round selection.
Trade: @Eagles send pick # 188 to Minnesota for pick # 196 in 6th round and pick # 240 in 7th round
— Derek Boyko (@derek_boyko) April 30, 2016
Day 3 of the NFL Draft is underway, as the Eagles are expected to be on the clock five times today. Read more »
On an emergency episode of Press Coverage, Tim and Josh delve into their thoughts on the Sam Bradford contract. Is it good, bad, or neutral? And what does it mean for April’s draft? Read more »