Cleveland announces dates and sites for 2021 NFL Draft

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Before any more people decided they’re fond of the way the 2020 NFL Draft was conducted, Cleveland officials announced plans for next year’s draft extravaganza.

The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission announced the 2021 NFL Draft will be held April 29-May 1 in downtown Cleveland, at locations around FirstEnergy Stadium and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Assuming the world is back to normal by then, it would be a return to the kind of major event the league was used to conducting before the COVID-19 pandemic forced them into last weekend’s stay-at-home draft.

The league has already announced the 2022 NFL Draft would head back to Las Vegas to make up for the party they missed the chance to host, but Cleveland was already on the books.

“We’re excited for Cleveland to ‘Rock The Clock’ as the host of next year’s NFL Draft and NFL Draft Experience — assuming large gatherings can take place without compromising the well-being of participants,” president and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Destination Cleveland David Gilbert said in a statement. “We, along with our partners at the NFL, the Cleveland Browns and the City of Cleveland, are steadfast in our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of all spectators and participants. We’re working tirelessly to make this the best Draft event yet — for the NFL and its fans as well as for the Cleveland community.”

Of course, the assumption that things will be normal next spring is far from a guarantee, especially if there’s no reliable testing and vaccine procedures in place in the United States.

17 responses to “Cleveland announces dates and sites for 2021 NFL Draft

  1. stop holding your breath for a vaccine. there isnt one for the common cold, flu or sars for that matter, you’re not getting one for this. time to just deal with it

  2. Not fond of the draft this year by a long shot. Lets get back to the glitz and bang. Boos and cheers. Crowds and booze!

  3. Of course, the assumption that things will be normal next spring is far from a guarantee, especially if there’s no reliable testing and vaccine procedures in place in the United States.
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    Just stop with the misinformation. We have reliable testing, it just takes time to manufacture them. In a year, you don’t think we’ll have enough tests?

    The only vaccine you should count on is herd immunity, which you get by having young and healthy people out in public so it will run through the population. Keeping everyone locked up in their houses just delays the inevitable and destroys the economy. We used to understand this.

  4. I’ll be at the Vegas draft in 2022. I will pass on the Cleveland draft. No offense to the fine people of Cleveland, but Lake Erie smells.

  5. I’m in the minority on this, but I enjoyed this year’s draft a lot more than in years past. Views into the homes of players, coaches and GMs was enjoyable, especially those with their families milling around. Trades went off with out a hitch, and fans still got to boo Roger Goodell.

    I’ll take that every time over the tired old order of of a arena full of intoxicated fans screaming and yelling about players who haven’t yet played a down in the NFL.

  6. “stop holding your breath for a vaccine. there isnt one for the common cold, flu or sars for that matter, you’re not getting one for this. time to just deal with it”

    There IS a vaccine for the Flu. You are correct about there not being one for the common cold or SARs

  7. If you come here, don’t miss the opportunity to eat at “Mabel’s,” Michael Symon’s BBQ joint. Leave room for the key lime pudding dessert. Yum.

  8. “There IS a vaccine for the Flu. You are correct about there not being one for the common cold or SARs”

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    no there is a flu shot for the flu. it doesnt do anything, its a placebo. theres a vaccine for measles and polio, thus no measles and polio. yet millions get the flu yearly.therefore, no vaccine

  9. The need for all to be tested or for a vaccine to reopen the country is a power grab and is not accurate in the least.

  10. “The only vaccine you should count on is herd immunity, which you get by having young and healthy people out in public so it will run through the population. Keeping everyone locked up in their houses just delays the inevitable and destroys the economy. We used to understand this.”
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    Herd immunity only works when enough people exposed to a pathogen develop an an immunity to it due to memory cells (like with chicken pox). Unfortunately, there’s no evidence yet that exposure to this coronavirus confers immunity. Now it might, but so far, there’s no evidence that it does.

    In that case, only a vaccine would allow for any type of herd immunity. And, it may require a yearly vaccine (like the flu).

    Sometimes people think that just because we have a lot of information electronically available to us instantaneously, that we should be able to figure out how biological entities work very quickly. Unfortunately, that still takes lab testing, which takes time.

  11. So next April a million people will crowd shoulder to shoulder?

    Good luck with that

  12. gotitan says:
    April 28, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Lots of doctors on this site.
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    Or perhaps a lot of people who listen to doctors rather than talking heads on CNN.

  13. edukator44 says:
    April 28, 2020 at 1:05 pm
    no there is a flu shot for the flu. it doesnt do anything, its a placebo. theres a vaccine for measles and polio, thus no measles and polio. yet millions get the flu yearly.therefore, no vaccine
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    Stop spreading total nonsense!! Flu shots aren’t a placebo but a medley of vaccines for which strains are thought most likely to be around during the coming winter. The problem is new strains emerge/mutate every year, and new vaccines are always having to be made, and it’s a guessing game which strains will hit us – hence the need for a flu-shot every winter and why it isn’t always fully effective. This may well happen with covid too, even if a vaccine is found.

  14. Everyone needs to stop panicking and ask themselves why there is so much ado about a virus that has killed 1/4 of what the seasonal flu does.

    This is an illusion with something much bigger coming soon, it’s time you wake up.

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