Just recently, the NFL announced a handful of future locations for the NFL Draft. After hosting the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, TN, the league will look to the bright lights of Las Vegas, NV to host the 2020 NFL Draft. The year following (2021), Cleveland will play host to the freshest batch of collegiate talent, and Kansas City earned the rights to the 2023 NFL Draft.
What about the 2022 NFL Draft? While the true reason for the odd omission for 2022 isn’t precisely clear, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport had the following to say:
“My understanding is what the NFL wants to do is go a little city/big city, and kind of alternate,” Rapoport said. “Obviously Nashville and then Vegas next, they’re basically saving a spot for a bigger city.”
While Pittsburgh only possesses the 62nd highest population for cities in the United States, there’s no denying the city has one of the largest fan bases for football in the country.
“Some of the ones that have been mentioned to me: Boston potentially, with the Patriots hosting, that would be one. Washington, D.C., with the Redskins. Maybe Houston with the Texans, although usually these are reserved for teams that do not host Super Bowls. But figure that 2022 spot is saved for one of the bigger NFL cities” said Rapoport.
While the league continues to search for a host city for the draft, BetOnline.ag released their latest odds on who will host the 2022 NFL Draft:
Washington D.C.: 5/2
It appears even oddsmakers are unsure where the draft will be held, although the city of Boston leads the pack as 2/1 favorites. Should Pittsburgh be able to land the bid, the city would benefit greatly from a football and financial standpoint.
Mic Drop: Adam Zielonka of Washington Times on McFarland, Brooks
Instead of trading for a proven running back like Leonard Fournette, the Steelers simply drafted a rookie with their 4th round pick. That rookie is Anthony McFarland out of the University of Maryland. To fully explain what McFarland brings to the table, Mike Asti was joined by Adam Zielonka, who is a sports reporter for the Washington Times. Zielonka also touched Antoine Brooks, the other Maryland product drafted by the Steelers.
Colbert Explains Why He Wanted Three Rounds Added to 2020 Draft
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is offering an explanation as to why he wanted three rounds added to the 2020 NFL Draft.
Speaking with NBC Sport’s Mike Florio on the PFT PM podcast Tuesday, Colbert took the opportunity to clarify his suggestion.
“The reasoning was, part of it was selfish,” Colbert said. “You wanted to have a safety net because we’re dealing with less information, and the more picks you have, maybe you’ll have a little bit of a safety net again.”
With the league’s self-implemented travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, clubs were unable to conduct their normal scouting activities prior to the Draft. This included Pro Days, private workouts and in-person interviews.
Less opportunities to watch and speak with prospects results in a larger margin for error.
Colbert went on to say that it also would have benefited some of the fringe prospects in the Draft that never had the chance to showcase themselves at a Pro Day or other setting.
“The other thing was it would give the marginal player that didn’t get his opportunity to go to a Pro Day and to perform. Maybe there will be more players drafted and then those players will then again have the chance they might not get.”
Now without rookie minicamps, the challenges are mounting for clubs and NFL hopefuls.
“Every year a team might stumble upon a tryout player,” Colbert said. “Maybe if we ever get on the field, we can think of a way to help those because there’s a big group of players that aren’t getting opportunities because of the situation.”
Colbert reminded Florio that the Steelers discovered Devlin “Duck” Hodges as a tryout in camp last year.
It is unclear when teams will be allowed to return to the practice field for their offseason programs, with clubs currently conducting theirs entirely from home.
Mic Drop: NFL Draft Recap Show
It was eat, sleep, draft coverage, repeat for Mike Asti and the Steelers Now crew this past week. And now that the draft is over, Mike Asti evaluates each pick and gives his thoughts on some moves he says the Steelers should have made.